Applications are now open for Berlinale Talents 2018. Please spread the word and apply by September 4, 2017.

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Berlinale Talents is the festival’s talent development programme, offering mentoring, networking and project development for exceptional film and drama series professionals from around the world. Join us in Berlin for various talks, industry panels, screenings, pitching sessions, workshops and project development labs.

Every year, 250 Talents from 12 disciplines come together during the festival to receive guidance and inspiration from top-notch experts and to make invaluable contacts with fellow participants and industry professionals at the Berlinale.

Online application:
Deadline: 4 September 2017, 23:59 (CEST)
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How to Apply

Berlinale Talents is aimed at filmmakers and drama series creators who already have a five to ten year career under their belts:

> Actors
> Cinematographers
> Directors
> Distributors
> Editors
> Film critics
> Producers
> Production designers
> Sales agents
> Screenwriters
> Score composers
> Sound designers

To find out how to apply.please  visit our website and watch the application video. Still have questions? Send us an email:

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Applying as a Returnee

If you’ve participated in Berlinale Talents in the past, you may be eligible to return to the fold. There are two routes:

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 Project Lab participants who were unable to take full advantage of the wider programme of events during their first visit may reapply for Berlinale Talents.

Apply now as a returnee


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Over 40 talks and interactive panel discussions offer ample opportunities to exchange knowledge with the leading lights of the Berlinale, the European Film Market and the international film industry.

Last year’s experts included Paul Verhoeven, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Christo, Ana Lily Amirpour, Olafur Eliasson, Agnieszka Holland, Raoul Peck, Gurinder Chadha, David OReilly, Alex McDowell, and many more.

Browse our 2017 events and watch full-length recordings of our past editions.

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Talents from specific disciplines share and learn the tricks of the trade through hands-on case studies at six different Studios.

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 excursions, and hone your own work under the guidance of mentors and experts.

Find out more about our Studios.

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Project Labs

The Project Labs give 30 screenwriters and writer-directors the space to concentrate on developing their latest projects. The Doc Station, Script Station and Short Film Station provide tailor-made support to develop your project’s concept, story structure and full potential. The Project Labs culminate in presentations to industry representatives, providing an excellent chance to test your material’s viability and to make an impression.

Learn more about the Project Labs and explore last year’s projects.


Talent Project Market

The Talent Project Market invites ten producers to present their fully developed feature film proposals to 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 at the Co-Production Market and win cash prizes.

Read about the Talent Project Market and browse the projects from 2017.


Networking Events

As if that wasn’t enough, we have networking events galore in store for you. Various interactive formats 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 film industry, network more informally and find collaborators for future projects.

Get to know our network of over 7,000 alumni.


Talent Press

Known as one of the leading accelerator programmes and networks for emerging film critics, Talent Press offers the unique chance to explore Berlinale films and events under the tutelage of world-class mentors. From their home base in the editorial office, the ten participants hone their writing technique, attend screenings and Talents events, interview filmmakers, and work on an in-depth essay that is published at the end of the festival.

Read this year’s articles and download the 2017 magazine.

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