Applications open for Berlinale Talents 2018

Take part in the festival`s development programme

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 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. The applications will be open until the 4th of September 2017, 23:59 (CEST). You can find the online application here.

Short Film Station participants © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2017

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

For detailed information regarding the application process, please visit the website and watch the application video. Any further questions will be answered by mail to

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.

Cinematographer Timo Salminen at the Camera Studio © Peter Himsel, Berlinale 2017


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. Watch past livestreams here.


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 the studios here.

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 a chance to test your material’s viability and to make an impression.

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.

Networking Events

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.

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. This year's articles and download the 2016 magazine.




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