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.

In 2015 the main theme was "2015: A Space Discovery". Berlinale Talents invited 300 emerging filmmakers to discover new ways of looking at cinematic space. Throughout nearly 100 talks and workshops, experts and talents dedicated themselves to film as a multi-dimensional spatial art, jointly exploring various perspectives for the screen, or how characters unfold the action spaces of edited stories and imagery. Berlinale Talents related all this, on a local and global level, to the economic and cultural spaces in which talents develop, create and market their films.

"Technically and aesthetically the cinematic space is just being re-invented these days, while our daily living spaces are tangibly being transformed by political and economic upheavals. Filmmakers navigate in many dimensions, their films therefore offer the frameworks or let them overcome boundaries. We look forward to turning Berlinale Talents once again into an open space for encounters, exchanges and networking," said Programme Manager Florian Weghorn on the thematic focus 2015.

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 Creative Europe MEDIA, a programme of the European Union, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.


Berlinale Talents
Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin