Our Mission

Who we are

Berlinale Talents is a talent development programme that explores the how and why of movie making. Since 2003, it has grown to become a one-of-a-kind forum for film professionals and cinema lovers alike, featuring public talks, workshops, networking events and alumni screenings. While the Berlinale sections showcase films in all their facets and the European Film Market is the festival's most vibrant business hub, our focus are creative people and how they see the world through a different lens.

Diverse in curriculum and community, we are continuously evolving by listening to our Talents and almost 9,000 alumni from more than 150 countries, adjusting our methods and tailoring our content to keep abreast of the ever-changing creative industry.
Berlinale Homage In Conversation with Helen Mirren
Berlinale Homage In Conversation with Helen Mirren
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Laura Nasmyth and Iman Djionne at the Global Speed Matching.
Laura Nasmyth and Iman Djionne at the Global Speed Matching.
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Our Mission

As cultural facilitators, we aim to bring about sustainable connections among the world’s most promising filmmakers and series creators. Our participants stand out for their creative vision as well as their impact on their local communities. We seek to empower them by offering guidance, mentorship, contacts and exposure for their projects.

In addition to the events in Berlin, we offer year-round fellowships and seven international offshoots, spanning the globe from Latin America to the Middle East and Asia, which foster top emerging talent in those regions.

If you are a filmmaker, we want to boost and amplify your voice. If you are a sponsor, we welcome you on board in supporting the talent of tomorrow. And if you are a filmgoer, we cannot wait to give you a glimpse behind the scenes of the magic we call cinema.

Uniquely, we consider each of our 13 creative disciplines of equal importance in their contribution to the magic of filmmaking. Our Talents hail from a huge range of cultural and social backgrounds. All of this reflects the fair, equal and diverse future of film we’re working towards.
Denis Côté at Early Bird Breakfast.
Denis Côté at Early Bird Breakfast.
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Cate Blanchett at Talents Table Talk Places like Home.
Cate Blanchett at Talents Table Talk Places like Home.
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What's on offer

Our public events at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer theatres offer film enthusiasts the chance to engage with the leading lights of the film and art worlds. As "Berlinale's House of Talent", we welcome many guests from the programme sections and enlarge the festival community with other experts you can only meet at Berlinale Talents. So you might take in a conversation with Meryl Streep, listen to a live concert with Japanese composer Ryūichi Sakamoto or learn about the miniature set design on Wes Anderson’s films. Public tickets are available online and at Berlinale box offices; sign up for our newsletter and social media for updates.

Our specialised industry events are for 200 carefully selected emerging film professionals who congregate in Berlin and online to share and deepen their craft, meet collaborators and develop new projects. As a participating Talent, you’ll attend a packed schedule of meetings, workshops, pitches and networking events in cooperation with the European Film Market, the World Cinema Fund and the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Along the way, you might find yourself chatting with a Chinese producer, an Iranian cinematographer or a Colombian editor. With around 100 smaller and bigger events on offer, you’re bound to leave inspired by new collaborators and as a proud member of the Talents family with almost 9,000 alumni and an impressive track record from arthouse to the Academy Awards.  

Creating understanding across borders and barriers also comes to life through our decentralised network of partners, who are actively engaged in shaping the film industry and culture on local and global levels. Berlinale Talents has always been firmly rooted in Berlin but likewise feels home in its offshoots around the globe.