Berlinale: Berlinale Talents

Berlinale Talents

Every February Berlinale Talents brings 300 selected talents (writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, actors, editors, distributors, production designers, composers, sound designers and young film journalists) together with professionals from the international film industry. This vital platform has developed into one of the most exciting initiatives at the Berlinale and has led to many success stories of films made by Talents alumni, which can increasingly be enjoyed in the Berlinale film programme. Located in the close proximity of the festival centre and the European Film Market, Berlinale Talents hosts many events with Berlinale guests, renowned filmmakers and emerging talents in the three venues of the HAU Hebbel am Ufer.

Besides the fruitful association of established filmmakers with the award-winners of tomorrow, Berlinale Talents offers tailored coaching in all areas of film-making. Furthermore, the development of selected film projects is supported during and after the event. These projects are also presented in the Talents Online Community.

Berlinale Talents continuously cooperates with the Berlinale Co-Production Market. In the framework of the “Talent Project Market”, selected projects by participants are presented to producers and financiers.

Berlinale Talents is not just an industry event. Many events are public and open to interested Berlinale visitors.

Every edition of Berlinale Talents has a thematic focus, to which a part of the programme is dedicated and for which specific experts are invited.

Under the motto “Ready to Play? Breaking the Rules”, Berlinale Talents 2014 encouraged its 300 budding filmmakers to experiment with new and unusual ways of bringing their stories and characters to life on screen. The focus in 2014 was on storytelling and successful scriptwriting. Berlinale Talents assisted the filmmakers in playfully approaching character development.

"For us, Breaking the Rules means introducing filmmakers with daring and new methods, it's about boldly questioning established structures and playfully discovering new paths and possibilities," said former programme manager Matthijs Wouter Knol.

Berlinale Talents closely collaborates with different film festivals around the globe and helps them to build up their own regional networks and to support emerging filmmakers from their continents. The Talents initiative has been exported to Beirut (Lebanon), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Durban (South Africa), Guadalajara (Mexico), Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and Tokyo (Japan), which all host annual Talents International events within the framework of festivals and with support from Berlin.

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Berlinale Talents is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a business division of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, in cooperation with Robert Bosch Stiftung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Canon.


Berlinale Talents
Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin