We are family. The seven Talents International initiatives have a similar structure to their Berlin counterpart while retaining their own distinct regional perspectives and benefiting from the networks of locally based film festivals.
Taking place during the 23rd Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film (BAFICI), Talents Buenos Aires offers around 70 participants from 10 South American countries an extensive programme of workshops and master classes.
The upcoming edition of Talents Buenos Aires pays tribute to one of the greatest films made in the recent past. This is “El año del descubrimiento” (The Year of the Discovery) by the Spanish filmmaker Luis Lopez Carrasco.
On one hand, we are proud to host this film as a title because it involves a political conflict through a unique mise en scene. This reflects a very good standing point to discuss film, politics, voices and ways to approach reality.
On the other hand, the title of the film reflects a bit of what happened recently to our lives. A discovery of new ways of living and connecting to each other due to the virus presence.
For its 17th edition, Talents Buenos Aires will take place in late April 2022
Screenwriters, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, art directors, editors, sound designers, programmers/curators and film critics from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Application period for 2022: 15 October, 2021 - 7 January, 2022
Event: Late April, 2022
Talents Buenos Aires is an initiative of Universidad del Cine in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, BAFICI, the Goethe-Institut Buenos Aires, Mecenazgo Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Fundación Itaú, Embassy of Germany in Buenos Aires and Embassy of Spain in Argentina.
Talents Beirut invites 20 emerging cinematographers, editors, sound designers and score composers from the Arab world to take part in a four-day programme of workshops and talks in order to reflect on their own work, connect with other emerging creative talents, and benefit from the knowledge and expertise of film professionals from across the region.
Talents Beirut 2021 was a special online edition: The Talents Beirut Forum. Solely dedicated to the alumni of Talents Beirut, the online Forum reunited the talents of the 6 previous editions to think, reflect, learn and dream together about the future of our industry. It took place in September/October.
The 2021 edition was open to previous alumni of Talents Beirut.
Event period 2021: 30 September - 3 October, 2021
Talents Beirut is an initiative of the Metropolis Association in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Lebanon, in collaboration with Berlinale Talents and FIDMarseille, and with the support of The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and The Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Taking place during the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG), the initiative welcomes 50 emerging filmmakers from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean to an extensive programme of master classes, studios for various disciplines, and specialised labs for film critics (Talent Press) and producers (Talents Co-Production Meeting).
From October 1 to 6, 2021, the 36th edition of Talents Guadalajara brought together 30 young filmmakers who stand out for their originality, talent and vision towards the future, always reflecting their reality.
Talents Guadalajara is open to screenwriters, directors (including animation directors), producers, cinematographers, editors, sound designers, composers, actors and film critics from Mexico, Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama) and the Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Granada, Haiti, Jaimaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vinces and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago). Participants should be fluent in Spanish and English.
Application period: 16 July - 16 August, 2021
Event period: 1-6 October, 2021
Talents Guadalajara is an initiative of the Universidad de Guadalajara and the Guadalajara International Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, Goethe-Institut Mexico, FIPRESCI and the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV), Cuba.
Run alongside the Durban FilmMart, Talents Durban brings together 20 emerging African filmmakers and critics and provides them with a unique opportunity to meet with international industry mentors. Through intensive workshops and hands-on project development, up-and-coming filmmaking talents are encouraged to advance their careers and connect with the continent's top producers.
The latest edition of Talents Durban and Durban FilmMart "Disrupt! The Shape of Stories to Come" took place from 13-22 August 2021. The programme comprised labs for projects in development (features, shorts, docs, animation, series), where participants received script consulting and presented their projects at the African Pitching Forum. In addition, Talent Press workshops offered mentorship for three emerging film critics.
Screenwriters and directors with fiction, documentary, animation or hybrid projects, as well as film critics, from the following countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Chad, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Application period: 1 February - 19 March 2021
Event period: 13-22 August 2021
Talents Durban is an initiative of the Durban FilmMart in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, with support from the Durban Film Office, the Gauteng Film Commission, the International Emerging Film Talent Association, and the Namibia Film Commission.
As an integral part of the Sarajevo Film Festival, Talents Sarajevo aims to connect some 65 emerging film professionals from Southeastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus with their peers from across the region and with acclaimed international industry experts. The six-day event consists of master classes, talks, screenings and specialised workshops focusing on screenwriting, directing, producing, acting, cinematography, editing and film criticism.
The 15th edition of Talents Sarajevo, titled 'BRAVE', took place during the Sarajevo Film Festival, from 13-20 August.
Screenwriters, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, editors and film critics from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.
Application period: 26 May - 30 June
Event period: 13-20 August
Talents Sarajevo is an initiative of the Sarajevo Film Festival in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, and is supported by the Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo, the United States Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Goethe-Institut, British Council, Studio Chelia, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Centre Serbia, Georgian National Fund and Macedonian Film Agency.
Taking place every year during the TOKYO FILMeX Festival, Talents Tokyo offers a select group of 15 directors and producers from East and Southeast Asia a unique opportunity to present their own projects to experts and local industry professionals. In addition, the six-day programme includes a number of training sessions as well as lectures by distinguished international film professionals who share their expertise with the participants.
The 11th edition of Talents Tokyo took place from 1-6 November.
In addition to its regular mentorship and the Talents Tokyo Award, the initiative offered funding to support its alums in the long run. The Next Masters Programme selected ten projects which compete for a Project Development Fund grant (worth up to 1 million JPY) and an International Promotion Fund grant (worth up to 500,000 JPY).
Directors and producers from Brunei, Cambodia, China, China Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China Macao Special Administrative Region, East-Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Laos People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Application period: May 15 to June 15, 2021
Event period: 1-6 November, 2021
Talents Tokyo is organised by the Talents Tokyo Organising Committee (TOKYO FILMeX) in cooperation with Berlinale Talents and the Goethe-Institut Tokyo.
The most recent addition to the Talents International family, Talent Press Rio seeks to support Portuguese-speaking film critics, create stronger ties between Lusophone countries, and foster broader cross-cultural exchange through editorial meetings, talks with filmmakers, screenings and panels. Last year, six writers from Brazil, Angola and Portugal were selected to participate.
Talent Press Rio took place from 15-26th November 2021, within the scope of the Festival do Rio – Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. Eight participants were selected by a committee of professionals in the field and had the opportunity to virtually attend the festival.
Film critics and journalists born or residents in Portuguese-speaking countries (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe or East Timor).
Application period: Now - 10 October, 2021
Event period: 15-26 November, 2021
Talent Press Rio is an initiative of the Rio de Janeiro Intl' Film Festival, the Goethe-Institut and the Berlinale Talents, with the support of the International Film Critics Association (Fipresci) and the Brazilian Film Critics Association (Abraccine).