Ready, steady, go – applications are now open for Berlinale Talents 2019! Please spread the word, and apply by September 3, 2018.
Join the Berlinale's summit and talent development programme for the world's top 250 emerging film and TV series professionals. During six intensive festival days in February 2019, you can make a wealth of new contacts and get substantial input from your fellow creatives of all disciplines and the leading lights of the industry and art.
Berlinale Talents is the festival's hub for creativity, collaboration and discovery. Every year, more than 100 experts join the Talents for talks, screenings, case-studies, workshops and project labs. In the past, Meryl Streep discussed women's evolving role in Hollywood, Lav Diaz shared the stories between the lines of his scripts, and film composer Ryūichi Sakamoto improvised live on the piano. Further topics discussed range from queer cinema to top-notch lighting concepts, from team building to co-producing, or the latest innovations in VR.
How to Apply
Berlinale Talents is open to filmmakers and drama series creators in the early stages of their careers who have already made two or more shorts, a feature film or a high-quality TV series that have screened internationally or won awards. We welcome applications from:
Actors - Cinematographers - Directors - Distributors - Editors - Film critics - Producers - Production designers - Sales agents - Screenwriters - Score composers - Sound designers
Return as an Alum
If you've participated in Berlinale Talents before, we'd be delighted to welcome you back. You have two options:
Our Doc Station, Script Station, Short Film Station and Talent Project Market are open to alumni who would like to develop and present a project in Berlin. In addition, former participants of the Doc Station, Script Station, Short Film Station or Talent Project Market who were unable to attend the general summit during their first visit may reapply for Berlinale Talents.
Over 40 talks and interactive panel discussions offer ample opportunity to gain insights from the luminaries of the Berlinale, the European Film Market and the international film and art world.
Last year's experts included Gus Van Sant, Willem Dafoe, Nancy Schreiber, Agnès Godard, Tom Tykwer, Christian Petzold, Josephine Decker, Lauren Greenfield, and many more.
Talents from specific disciplines learn and share the tricks of the trade through hands-on case studies at six different in-depth workshops.
If you're invited to Berlinale Talents as an actor, cinematographer, distributor, editor, production designer, sales agent, score composer or sound designer, you're automatically considered for one of the corresponding Studios. There you can exchange ideas with fellow Talents, participate in practical exercises, and develop your creative practice under the guidance of mentors and experts.
The Project Labs provide a space for 30 screenwriters and writer-directors to concentrate on developing their latest projects. The Doc Station, Script Station and Short Film Station offer individual mentorship to fine-tune your project's concept and story structure, and to help unfold its full potential. The Project Labs culminate in presentations to industry representatives – an excellent chance to make an impression and test your material's viability.
Talent Project Market
The Talent Project Market invites ten producers to present their fully developed feature film projects to experienced international co-producers and financiers attending the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Participants receive guidance from industry experts, intensive one-on-one meetings with potential partners and the chance to give a public pitch and win a cash prize.
To top it all off, Berlinale Talents offers endless networking opportunities. Interactive events ranging from Talents Circles and Global Speed Matching sessions to Happy Hours at the European Film Market and our popular Dine & Shine dinner allow you to meet the movers and shakers of the industry, network more informally and find partners for future projects.
One of the leading accelerator programmes for emerging film critics, Talent Press offers the unique chance to explore Berlinale films and events under the tutelage of seasoned mentors. From their home base in the editorial office, the ten participants will refine their writing technique, attend screenings and Talents events, interview filmmakers, and work on an in-depth essay to be published after the festival.