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Summit

In a series of public talks, workshops and discussions, the Summit encourages exchange about films, their values for our society and how they came into being. For cinephiles and professionals alike, the HAU Hebbel am Ufer theatre becomes the home for encounters with artists and experts who can only be met here.

The Magic of Talents

Talks

Featuring internationally acclaimed filmmakers and artists, the talks in HAU1 offer valuable insights into every possible aspect of filmmaking. Open-mindedness and a passion for discovery are the hallmarks of this creative hotbed of the festival.

Past editions have featured director Apichatpong Weerasethakul exploring the creative power of dreaming, Ava DuVernay leading a dialogue on new voices in cinema with Indigenous filmmakers, Cate Blanchett on developing a controversial character, Meryl Streep discussing the role of women in Hollywood, director Raoul Peck giving a probing analysis of institutional racism, Ruben Östlund pitching his next film idea to the Berlinale Talents audience, and Ryūichi Sakamoto improvising live on the piano. As always at the Berlinale, audiences can actively participate and contribute their own questions and experiences.

Honorary Golden Bear Recipient Martin Scorsese enthralls the audience at Berlinale Talents.
Honorary Golden Bear Recipient Martin Scorsese enthralls the audience at Berlinale Talents.

Discussions

In smaller interactive gatherings and live workshops, experts dissect practical case studies together with the Talents, fellow guests and public audiences. Quite often, these sessions in HAU2 and HAU3 focus on specific disciplines, allowing participants to deepen their knowledge niche subjects.

Learn how to navigate virtual shoots with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, get the inside scoop on the secrets of storytelling with Lav Diaz, or take a glance over the shoulder of Wes Anderson's prop and model maker Simon Weisse. Take part in a discussion on the ever-growing importance of intimacy coordination in the industry, or release your inner animal on stage together with renowned actors, led by some of the top acting coaches in the business. The sessions reflect cutting-edge trends and equip filmmakers with the tools they need to stay on top of an ever-changing industry.

Ryūichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, composers of
Ryūichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, composers of "The Revenant" soundtrack, improvise live on the Talents stage.
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The International Jury of Berlinale Shorts take part in an interactive Q&A session with the Talents audience.
The International Jury of Berlinale Shorts take part in an interactive Q&A session with the Talents audience.
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Networking

Creating new connections and forging strong relationships is one of the most important parts of Berlinale Talents. The entire week is a playground for networking on all levels, from casual lunch with other Talents to our more structured events.

Take, for example, our Talents Tanks, which invite 200 Talents to take part in an open exchange with eachother, discussing the current and future state of work in the creative world, a safe, informal space where they can reflect on some of the most pressing issues facing the industry. Focused around one of our core sustainability themes, the Talents Tanks offer a place to jointly examine and condense shared visions of the future.

Dotted throughout the week we also have tightly-knit Focus Groups, giving you the chance to get personal with expert practitioners and raising questions on emerging aspects of the industry. Thanks to the intimate format, you'll be able to immerse yourself in topical discussions and exchanges with your fellow peers.

And we can't forget the legendary Dine & Shine, which hosts more than 400 guests and involves changing seats after every course, giving you the chance to meet a wide range of contacts from the industry reps and festival guests.


Making connections at more intimate levels at the Talents Tanks.
Making connections at more intimate levels at the Talents Tanks.
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The renowned networking extravaganza, the Dine & Shine
The renowned networking extravaganza, the Dine & Shine
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Guests

Ken Adam, Maren Ade , Ana Lily Amirpour, Harry Belafonte, Gael García Bernal, Juliette Binoche, Cate BlanchettJane Campion, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Park Chan-wook, Geraldine ChaplinChristo, Isabel Coixet, Willem Dafoe, Josephine Decker, Julie Delpy, Claire Denis, Alexandre Desplat, Lav Diaz, Ava DuVernayOlafur Eliasson, Todd Field, Ralph Fiennes, Stephen Frears, Nikolau Geyrhalter, Greta Gerwig, Agnès Godard , Hildur Guðnadóttir, Patricio Guzmán, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Uli HanischEliza Hittman& Ira Sachs, Agnieszka Holland, Dennis Hopper, Nina HossSandra Hüller, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Holly Hunter, Bong Joon-Ho, Kirsten Johnson, Gaston Kaboré, Shah Rukh Khan, Ellen Kuras, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, David Lowery, Erika Lust, Andie MacDowell, John MalkovichLucrecia Martel, Ursula Meier, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brillante Mendoza, Tsai Ming-liang, Walter Murch, Michael Nyman, Joshua Oppenheimer, Ruben ÖstlundEuzhan Palcy, Raoul Peck, Christian Petzold, Laura Poitras, Sandy Powell, Charlotte Rampling, Keanu Reeves, Carlos Reygadas, Max Richter, Isabella Rossellini, Ryūichi Sakamoto, Walter Salles, Roberto Saviono, James SchamusCéline Sciamma, Martin Scorsese,  Howard Shore, Volker Schlöndorff, Paul Schrader, Ridley Scott, Ulrich Seidl, Abderrahmane Sissako, Kristen StewartTilda Swinton, István Szabó, André Téchiné, Tom Tykwer, Christine Vachon, Paul Verhoeven, Andrzej Wajda, John Waters, Apichatpong WeerasethakulWim Wenders, Matthew Weiner, Wong Kar-wai, Jia Zhang-ke and many more.