Berlinale: Berlinale Residency Profile


Berlinale Residency

Please note:
The next Call for Entries for the Berlinale Residency is scheduled for early 2015 with the Residency taking place in autumn 2015.

The Berlinale Residency programme supports writer/directors from around the world, who have already enjoyed their first festival and cinema successes, in developing their new fiction, documentary film or cross-media projects. Only feature-length projects to which a producer is officially attached are eligible for selection.

The Berlinale Residency offers the filmmakers a great working atmosphere, monthly sessions with renowned script mentors from the Nipkow Programm, and social events with fellow filmmakers. Their producers receive input from widely experienced industry professionals and support in preparing and packaging the selected projects for the international market in a workshop towards the end of the Residency programme. The filmmakers and their producers return to Berlin in February for the Berlinale Co-Production Market where they present their project to potential co-producers and financiers.

The Berlinale Residency gives the filmmakers the opportunity to maximize the potential of their projects and to find their audiences, without limiting the creative qualities of the stories they want to tell. The writer/directors receive three monthly grants of 1.500 Euro each, enabling them to live and work in Berlin for the duration of the programme.

The three-month Berlinale Residency programme took place from August 15 – November 15, 2013.

The selected directors committed themselves to living in Berlin for these three months. The attached producers committed themselves to participating in a workshop in Berlin from Nov 8-11, 2013, and to present the project at the Berlinale Co-Production Market in February 2014 or at the Ibero-American Coproduction Meeting during the Guadalajara International Film Festival in March 2014.

Application

Eligible are directors from all over the world, who are currently working on a feature film project (fiction, documentary, cross-media) for theatrical release, who have already secured a production company for the project and who have:

  • already directed a feature-length film which screened in the official selection of a renowned international film festival (e.g. Berlinale, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice etc.)

and/or have finished a film which

  • was presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market; or
  • participated in the Berlinale Talents’ Script Station, Doc Station or Talent Project Market; or
  • was supported by the World Cinema Fund

There are no restrictions in terms of the content or the planned shooting locations of the project.

All applicants must be fluent in English.

The application for the Berlinale Residency consists of two parts:

Part 1: Online application
First you must accept the conditions for participating in the Berlinale Residency. You will then proceed to the online application form which you must complete in English.
In addition, you must upload the following PDFs:

  • treatment (around 5-10 pages)
  • full script
  • distribution and marketing concept (one page)
  • a short description (1/2 page) of how you plan to find an audience for your film
  • budget
  • financing plan
  • signed rights clearance (clarifying that you are the copyright owner or otherwise entitled to realise this project)
  • a signed producer’s agreement which confirms the producer’s attachment to the project and his/her availability to attend the workshop in Berlin in November 2013

Part 2: Material per mail/courier

You have to send in the following items per mail or courier:

  • 7 DVD copies of one of your previous films (do not send video clips or showreels). Films made in a language other than English should be subtitled in English

The submitted samples of work will not be returned. The material which is NOT selected can be picked up at the Berlin-based offices of the Berlinale Residency. Should the sample of work not be picked up by June 30, it will be destroyed.

The Berlinale Residency is not liable for any loss or damage incurred, irrespective of the cause.

Download Participation Conditions pdf (85 KB)

The Berlinale Residency is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Nipkow Programme and the Guadalajara International Film Festival, in cooperation with the MEDIA Mundus programme of the European Union and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Contact

Project Coordinator
Kathi Bildhauer

Assistant
Katrin Wirth

Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin
Tel. +49 • 30 • 259 20 • 522
Fax +49 • 30 • 259 20 • 529