Berlinale: Berlinale Residency Profile

Berlinale Residency

The Berlinale Residency will return for a new edition in 2018. The call for entries will go out in February 2018 with the residency itself taking place from September to November 2018.

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 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 three 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.


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 Script Station, Doc Station or Talent Project Market of Berlinale Talents; 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 2015 and to present the project at the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2016.

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

Download Participation Conditions pdf (132 KB)

The Berlinale Residency is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the Federal Foreign Office.

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