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International Pitching Forums
Berlinale TalentS

Berlin, Germany
 

Start:
End:
11 February 2017
16 February 2017

 

Introduction

Berlinale Talents is a creative academy and networking platform for 350 up-and-coming filmmakers from all over the world. The Campus will support and foster emerging filmmakers, bringing them together with seasoned experts who have travelled the road before and will shine a light on the bumpy road ahead.

Program overview

Grand Format

Lectures, panel discussions and stars-in-the-limelight sessions addressing the burning, inspirational and vibrant issues in filmmaking today.

Atelier

Workshops, seminars and case studies enabling talents to interact with world-class experts from all disciplines.

Excursions

‘Off-campus’ excursions to the Berlin-Brandenburg region give talents the opportunity to observe skilled personnel in their professional environments, providing a glimpse of industry structure and practice, as well as an introduction to the working aspirations of participating talents.

Hands-on training programmes

Personal tutoring, coaching and training of participants from different fields of work. These hands-on training programmes require an additional application, in certain cases related to a project you’re currently working on. The hands-on training programmes of the Campus include:

  • the Score Competition for score composers and sound designers
  • the Campus Studio for directors, producers, cinematographers, and editors involved in post-production stage
  • the Script Station for scriptwriters
  • the Doc Station for documentary filmmakers
  • the Talent Project Market for collaborating producers and directors
  • the Talent Press for film critics
  • the Talent Actors Stage for actors
  • the Berlin Today Award for directors.

Attendee tips

"Take some flu or cold medicines as it can get very cold in Berlin.
Attend the breakfasts – they are also a great opportunity to meet people.
Arrive in Berlin early, prior to the Campus, because once it starts you don’t have time.
Bring lots of business cards.
Consider staying in a single room. €100 is a measly price to pay for undisturbed sleep and a peaceful night.
Rug up! Berlin is cold in February.
Consider eating breakfast from within your room. Buy some fruit, cereal, long-life milk and a plastic bowl from a nearby supermarket, and bring them back to your room. This will save you time and money in the busy mornings, whilst also ensuring you don’t just live on coffee and pretzels."

"As a creative producer, director and writer looking to make international connections with like-minded people the Berlin Talent Campus was a life changing experience!"

"The Berlin Talent Campus offers, free of charge, a comprehensive program of workshops, panels, discussion, film events and the opportunity to present projects to professional co-producers and financiers. Every year 350 emerging filmmakers are selected to attend and I felt very fortunate to participate. Over the course of six days I found the experience incredibly rewarding, both personally and professionally. In a relatively short period of time I was able to network and meet with a great number of both emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, participate in unique workshops and panels with leading industry professionals, pitch to sales agents, distributors and other producers."

"My tip to young filmmakers would be to focus your attention on the skill-specific streams of the Talent Campus. There are smaller, separate sections for directors, cinematographers, editors, actors and composers; these each require additional application materials and some are competitive, and make the Campus a far more skill-specific and personal experience. The streams offer opportunities to get more tailored benefits from the festival."

Disclaimer
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