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Berlin International Film Festival 2018 Berlinale Talents Summit for creatives in film and drama series.

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Application Deadline: September 3rd 2018

Berlinale Talents is the annual summit an8d networking platform of the Berlin International Film Festival for 250 outstanding creatives from the fields of film and drama series.

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, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. It was initiated in 2003.

In addition to the extensive summit programme of master classes and panel discussions with top-notch experts, Berlinale Talents offers a range of Project Labs in which you can further develop and present your own project. Berlinale Talents also provides Studio programmes and workshops for specific groups of film professionals. As an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, the entire event is closely linked with the programmes of the festival sections and the European Film Market.

While the roots of Berlinale Talents are firmly planted in Berlin new shoots of the initiative have been sprouting internationally. These Talents International editions, Talents Beirut in Lebanon, Talents Buenos Aires in Argentina, Talents Guadalajara in Mexico, Talents Durban in South Africa, Talents Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Talents Tokyo in Japan have the familiar structure and purpose of their German counterpart; all the while retaining a regional perspective and finding support and the necessary amenities in a locally based international film festival. Talents initiatives are supported by local partners as well as by the Goethe-Institut.


Talents can register for specific Summit sessions for free. For general audiences, tickets are available at the festival and HAU box offices.

Grand format sessions The ‘grand format’ sessions of the Summit programme feature high-profile directors, producers, actors, editors, cinematographers, and production designers with an outstanding international reputation, who share their experience in moderated master classes, lectures and panel discussions. They give insight into various working methods and discuss different aspects of filmmaking, ranging from development and pre-production, production and post-production to promotion of films. Many of these sessions relate to brand new or upcoming cinema productions, their content, their format, and the people working on them. ‘Grand format’ sessions are moderated by experienced film critics or film industry professionals and provide a good setting for an intimate talk with inspiring guests.

Atelier sessions The Summit also offers an opportunity for more interactive panel discussions in the ‘atelier’ sessions. These are mid-scale events for a smaller audience, in which invited experts present practical case studies, enabling Talents to join the discussion and ask more practical questions. Quite often, the ‘atelier’ sessions focus on specific fields of work (like production or editing etc.), even though the sessions are always accessible to Talents from other fields of work.

How to Apply:

Applications for the 2019 edition are now open (deadline: September 3). Apply now

Berlinale Talents is aimed at film and television professionals in the early stages of their careers.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Berlin International Film Festival 2018 Berlinale Talents Summit

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