Since 2003, Berlinale Talents has grown to become a festival within the larger festival. This annual summit and development programme of the Berlin International Film Festival explores the how and why of movie making and offers featuring talks, workshops, networking events and screenings for film professionals. Just as the European Film Market (EFM)* that hosts it, Berlinale Talents programme will take place virtually in Berlin from the 1st to the 5th of March.
*The European Film Market (EFM) is one of the top three meeting places of the international film and media industries. Its close links with the Berlinale and its position at the centre of Berlin’s creative economy, are defining characteristics of the Berlinale’s film market.
Placed under the theme of “Dreams”, the 19th Berlinale Talents will gather 200 chosen Talents (from 65 countries, selected from a pool of over 3,000 applicants) as well as a host of guests and the public. All are invited into a digital forum that will showcase the endless possibilities and dream worlds of films: an opportunity to begin building and sharing a global vision for the cinema of the future.
Part of this year's virtual Berlinale Talents: Ildikó Enyedi, Nadav Lapid, Adina Pintilie, Mohammad Rasoulof, Jasmila Žbanić - all former Golden-Bear winners -, Ava DuVernay, Takeshi Fukunaga, Heperi Mita, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers - Berlinale and Talents Alumni, equally potent and subtle in their films from inside Indigenous communities -, the French screenwriter and director Céline Sciamma (whose Petite Maman is in the 2021 Competition), the Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul or the Guinean actor and director Welket Bungué.