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NEXT EDITION: February 18-23, 2023. Please email us with any questions ([email protected]). Thank you!

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Summer cinema in the city!
01/06/2022

Summer cinema in the city!

Good news for film fans: The #BerlinaleGoesOpenAir-programme is online now! 🎉

From June 15 to 29, we will present festival highlights from the February program in a summery outdoor atmosphere. Berlinale Goes Open Air combines the tradition of the Summer Berlinale with the concept for Berlinale Goes Kiez, an audience favourite: In cooperation with five Berlin outdoor cinemas films from various Berlinale sections will be shown, introduced by the festival directors or the Berlinale section head. Guests from film teams will also attend some screenings.

Ticket sales starting June 3! Check out the full programme now via: bit.ly/BerlinaleGoesOpenAirProgramme

#Berlinale #Berlinale2022 #BerlinaleGoesOpenAir #OpenAir #OpenAirCinema Photo: © Daniel Seiffert / Berlinale

World Cinema Fund is sounding the call for project applications! 📣 Accepting long feature films, fiction and documentary...
01/06/2022

World Cinema Fund is sounding the call for project applications! 📣 Accepting long feature films, fiction and documentary forms 📣 Deadline: 5 July!

🌟Here we go again!!
🎬🎬We are opening the call for long feature films, fiction and in documentary form
⚡Deadline: July 5th ⚡
You can find the application form, guidelines and all the information about the different programmes on our website.
We are eager to read your projects!!
👉www.berlinale-worldcinemafund.de
#WCFclassic, #WCFEurope, #WCFAfrica, #WCFACP
Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival, Kulturstiftung des Bundes, ACP UE Culture Auswärtiges Amt

As the film world bids adieu to Festival de Cannes for another year, we are celebrating successes of all sorts. Not only...
30/05/2022

As the film world bids adieu to Festival de Cannes for another year, we are celebrating successes of all sorts. Not only are there a large number of Talents alumni attached to award-winning films, but we also managed to reconnect with some of our alumni community in person once more! And no better way than with sundowners sur la plage! Thanks to all alumni who joined and huge congratulations to those who walked away with prizes!

🌟 Award-winning alumni 🌟
Ruben Östlund's Palme d'Or winning "Triangle of Sadness" was edited by Jacob Schulsinger (BT 2010).
Winner of the Grand Prix, Lukas Dhont's "Close", was written by Angelo Tijssens (BT 2021)
In Shorts, the Palme d'Or went to Jianying Chen's "The Water Murmurs", with executive producer Zuolong Shan (BT 2011/7) and Abinash Bikram Shah (BT 2010) received a Special Mention for his "Lori".
Alexandru Belc (BT 2006) won Un Certain Regard's Best Director for "Metronom", and Hayakawa Chie's "Plan 75", which was co-producer Alemberg Ang (BT 2013/21) with producer Eiko Mizuno Gray (BT 2019) received a Special Mention in the Camera d'Or.
La Semaine de la Critique also proved fruitful for Talents alumni, with "La Jauría" winning the Grand Prize and the SACD Award. The film was written, directed and produced by Andrés Ramírez Pulido (BT 2017), with producer Lou Chicoteau (BT 2016).
"Metsurin tarina" (The Woodcutter Story), a project developed at our Script Station by writer & director Mikko Myllylahti (BT 2015), won the Gan Foundation Award for Distribution, The film was edited by Jussi Rautaniemi (BT 2017) and produced by Jussi Rantamäki (BT 2009).
And last but by no means least, "On Xerxes' throne" written by Yorgos Teltzidis (BT 2017), with sales by Wouter Jansen (BT 2020) won the Canal+ Award for short film. 👏👏👏

All film stills courtesy of Cannes.

Sending our congratulations to 2020/22 Talents alumni Hanis Bagashov, whose project "I Don't Want" has been making waves...
30/05/2022
BELDOCS in Progress prizes awarded at the BELDOCS Industry closing ceremony | Beldocs

Sending our congratulations to 2020/22 Talents alumni Hanis Bagashov, whose project "I Don't Want" has been making waves. At the end of April, it won two prizes at the the East-West Talent Lab within goEast Film Festival: the Renovabis Research Grant (€3,500) for a planned documentary project with a thematic focus on human and minority rights, as well as the Current Time TV Award (USA), endowed with €1,500.
And this month, the feature length documentary project in progress also won the
Documentary Association of Europe Encouragement Award at Beldocs - Меđunarodni festival dokumentarnog filma in Belgrade. 🥳👏

Beldocs Industry that took place as a part of 15. Beldocs IDFF concluded on 14 May with an award ceremony of Beldocs in Progress section

Interested in making your film production practices greener? Well here's one for you - TorinoFilmLab's Green Film Lab! T...
27/05/2022

Interested in making your film production practices greener? Well here's one for you - TorinoFilmLab's Green Film Lab! The workshop focuses on sustainable film production, training European film professionals on green practices including how to apply a green protocol and get certification.
The lab takes place in Mallorca from 28-31 July.
Apply by 3 June.
All info: www.torinofilmlab.it/green-film-lab

🚨 Filmmakers from Southeast Europe and Southern Caucasus, you have five days left to apply for the 16th edition of Talen...
27/05/2022

🚨 Filmmakers from Southeast Europe and Southern Caucasus, you have five days left to apply for the 16th edition of Talents Sarajevo! The unique programme runs from 12-18 August, within the framework of the SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL. Do not miss your chance to take part!
Deadline: 31 May
Apply: https://www.berlinale-talents.de/bt/sarajevo/ap/tc/index

Reminder that you have just under two weeks left to apply to Talents Tokyo! The deadline for applications is 31 May, 202...
18/05/2022

Reminder that you have just under two weeks left to apply to Talents Tokyo! The deadline for applications is 31 May, 2022, with the event itself running from 31 October to 5 November!
All details: https://talents-tokyo.jp/2022/

Got a project you need partners for? Looking for a project to join? Then don't miss European creatives pitching their pr...
18/05/2022
Pitch your innovation! | Creative Europe

Got a project you need partners for? Looking for a project to join? Then don't miss European creatives pitching their project for the Creative Europe Call "Innovation Lab"!
Apply with a project in order to present a 5 minute pitch followed by a short Q & A with the audience, or register to take part in the audience and maybe become a partner for one of the projects.
Date: Monday 20 June, 10am-1pm (CEST) online via Zoom
All info in link 👇👇

Creative Europe Desk Deutschland - MEDIA Creative Europe Desk - MEDIA Office Croatia Creative Europe Desk Danmark Creative Europe Desk Ireland - MEDIA Office Creative Europe Desk Italy MEDIA Creative Europe

For English Version scrol down. Sie haben eine Idee für ein innovatives und branchenübergreifendes Projekt? Sie interessieren sich für die Creative Innovation Lab Förderung von Creative Europe und sind auf der Suche nach europäischen Partnern? Dann bewerben Sie sich jetzt für unsere Online-Mat...

Two of our alumni have teamed up to use their abilities to train others! Ieva Buzinskaite (BT 2013) and Domante Urmonait...
13/05/2022

Two of our alumni have teamed up to use their abilities to train others! Ieva Buzinskaite (BT 2013) and Domante Urmonaite (BT 2015) joined forces to create an international training programme Art Department Masterclass. It's an educational programme for art department crew, with an impressive list of experts to guide participants, for example Production Designer K.K. BARRETT (Being John Malkovich, Her, Marie Antoinette).

Applications deadline 17 May. Course runs 13-18 June in Vilnius, Lithuania.
For all info on course content, fees and application:
www.artdepartmentmasterclass.com

Building lasting relationships is a crucial part of what we do, especially within our Alumni Community. We are implement...
13/05/2022

Building lasting relationships is a crucial part of what we do, especially within our Alumni Community. We are implementing a new series of tools to keep our alumni in vivid exchange, and this week had the first of our Online Reconnect Series. Alumni of Berlinale Talents 2021 and 2022 were invited to take part in several discussions on work opportunities, discipline specific queries, the future of the film industry following on from our Talents Tanks in February, plus ways to support the filmmaking community in times of crisis. Thank you to all who took part for your valuable inputs and for creating an exciting, engaging and fun round of talks! If you’re an alumni, keep an eye on our newsletter for upcoming Reconnect events!

Great news for film lovers just in time for the weekend - Berlin-set "Nico" has its German cinema release today! The fil...
12/05/2022
Nico | Trailer (deutsch) [with English subtitles] ᴴᴰ

Great news for film lovers just in time for the weekend - Berlin-set "Nico" has its German cinema release today! The film was written by Sara Fazilat (BT 2017), who also produced and stars in the lead role, and Francy Fabritz (BT 2021), who was also the cinematographer. Looking at the repercussions of a racist attack, the film also stars Sara Klimoska (BT 2019) and has Haraldur Þrastarson (BT 2020) on board as sound designer! A Talents family affair, don't miss it!

Ab 12.05.2022 im Kino | Die selbstbewusste, lebensbejahende Deutsch-Perserin Nico liebt ihren Job als Altenpflegerin und ist wegen ihrer lockeren Art bei all...

Ukrainian Films Now is a new initiative at Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes supported by EAVE (European Audiovisual E...
12/05/2022
12 European film funds partner on Ukraine fundraising event in Cannes (exclusive)

Ukrainian Films Now is a new initiative at Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes supported by EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), First Cut Lab and When East Meets West, in partnership with #EFAD and #CineRegio.
The goal is to fast-track the completion of nine Ukrainian films in post-production by connecting the Ukrainian film teams with potential European producers and partners. A cash prize of €30,000 will be awarded to one of the projects presented by a jury including Elena López Riera (BT 2017) who is screening in Directors’ Fortnight).
One of the projects is "Stepne" by Maryna Vroda (BT 2010). Check below for further info and the full list of projects.

Ukrainian Films Now aims to provide financial and practical support to the Ukrainian industry.

If you missed our newsletter last week, you may have missed our exciting list of Talents Alumni who are set to shine at ...
10/05/2022

If you missed our newsletter last week, you may have missed our exciting list of Talents Alumni who are set to shine at Cannes, kicking off in a week's time! We're delighted to share that there will be at least 59 alumni with work across 37 films! To make sure you stay up to date on all our news, opportunities and calls for entry, sign up for the newsletter on our website, just scroll to the bottom.
For the full Cannes alumni call sheet: bit.ly/BT_AlumniAtCannes22

📸 "Metsurin tarina" (The Woodcutter Story), developed at our Script Station by writer & director Mikko Myllylahti, with editor Jussi Rautaniemi and producer Jussi Rantamäki. Image courtesy of Semaine de la Critique.

Under 27? Got a screenplay written and aren't sure what to do with it? The third German Young Talent Screenplay Award fr...
05/05/2022
Drehbuchpreis 2022

Under 27? Got a screenplay written and aren't sure what to do with it? The third German Young Talent Screenplay Award from up-and-coming Int. Film Festival Hannover could be for you! Read all about it below and apply before the deadline on 1 July!

up-and-coming Film Festival Hannover ist ein Wettbewerb für Schüler, Studenten und Jugendliche bis zum Alter von 27 Jahren. Der Wettbewerb findet alle 2 Jahre statt.

Including Berlinale Talents, the Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) supports many important initiatives for filmmakers. Another...
04/05/2022
FFA Filmförderungsanstalt | 2016

Including Berlinale Talents, the Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) supports many important initiatives for filmmakers. Another is the Alliance 4 Development (A4D) initiative, part of Locarno Film Festival. Running from 5-7 August, it is a co-development programme for film projects from Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, aimed at future-proofing their market potential and fostering long-term creative and business ties between the countries. The FFA's involvement enables two German producers to take part!
Application deadline is 27 May 2022. For all info check the link below.

Seit 2015 bringt Alliance 4 Development (A4D) im Rahmen von Locarno Pro und dem Locarno Film Festival Filmschaffende und deren Projekte in frühen Entwicklungsphasen aus der Schweiz, Deutschland, Frankreich und Italien zusammen. Mit Unterstützung des Österreichischen Filminstituts (ÖFI) wird A4D ...

Are you working on a project and already have a producer attached? The RACCONTI | IDM Script Lab could be a great opport...
02/05/2022
RACCONTI | IDM Script Lab

Are you working on a project and already have a producer attached? The RACCONTI | IDM Script Lab could be a great opportunity for you. An exclusive script-writing laboratory, the programme's goal is to deep dive into the writing and productive process, culminating in a pitching session designed to find co-producers and possible investors.
Deadline for applications is 27 May, 2022.

For all further info on the course including dates and fees:

RACCONTI | IDM Script Lab is an exclusive script-writing laboratory, designed to develop only three projects with a high production potential. This very selective and restricted environment enables participants to explore new approaches to storytelling with the support of high-profile international....

The 18th achtung berlin - new berlin film award came to a close on Wednesday, but not before the juries cames to their c...
29/04/2022

The 18th achtung berlin - new berlin film award came to a close on Wednesday, but not before the juries cames to their conclusions and bestowed awards on some familiar faces! There were familiar faces in the juries too - Talents commander-in-chief Florian Weghorn served on the Jury for Medium-length films!

Best Feature Film went to "Ladybitch", which was edited by Aletta von Vietinghoff, 2015 Talents alumni and the coordinator of our Editing Studio.
Best Doctumentary went to "Anima - Die Kleider meines Vater" written and directed by Uli Decker (BT 2012), with Rita Bakacs (BT 2012) also a writer. The film also won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.
"Mayor, Shepherd, Widow, Dragon" by Eliza Petkova (BT 2018), with DoP Constanze Schmitt (BT 2020), received a Special Mention in the Documentary Competition.
Best Screenplay went to "Stille Post" written and directed by Florian Hoffmann (BT 2022) and produced by Roxana Richters (BT 2019).
Jesse Mazuch (BT 2016) was awarded the prize for Best Cinematography in a Feature for "Ich, Ich, Ich", which stars Lola Klamroth (BT 2018) and also produced by Roxana Richters.
A Special Mention in the Medium-Length Film Competition was awarded to Lili Zahavi (BT 2018) for "Me Myself Andi".
Congratulations to all!

Photos courtesy of Achtung Berlin.

Talents Buenos Aires wrapped its 17th edition on Saturday after another exciting round, this time exploring the theme 'T...
29/04/2022

Talents Buenos Aires wrapped its 17th edition on Saturday after another exciting round, this time exploring the theme 'The Year of Discovery' and promoting critical and aesthetic thinking regarding recent world events and their influence on the film world. An engaging 5 days for the 55 Talents from all over South America! Welcome to the skilled film professionals who are now part of the Talents family, and congratulations to the team of Talents Buenos Aires on another great edition! 🥳

The Jury of the 75th Festival de Cannes has been announced, with French actor Vincent Lindon presiding over the incredib...
28/04/2022
The Jury of the 75th Festival de Cannes and its President unveiled

The Jury of the 75th Festival de Cannes has been announced, with French actor Vincent Lindon presiding over the incredibly talented members. Included in the Jury is "The Worst Person in the World" writer and director Joachim Trier. Fun fact about Joachim? He was a Berlinale Talent in 2004! ✨✨

  French actor Vincent Lindon will be the President of the Jury of the 75th Festival de Cannes. Together with eight jury members, the actor who won Best Actor in 2015 will present the Palme d'Or to one of the 21 films in competition on Saturday, May 28, during the closing ceremony, to be broadcast ...

27/04/2022

We are deeply shocked by and strongly condemn the verdict of the Turkish court, sentencing Osman Kavala to lifelong imprisonment and seven other members or advisors of Anadolu Kültür to 18-year imprisonment.

We stand in solidarity with: Çiğdem Mater, Yiğit Ali Ekmekçi, Ali Hakan Altınay, Mine Özerden, Mücella Yapıcı, Tayfun Kahraman and Can Atalay.

Çiğdem Mater (pictured) is a friend of the Berlinale. She produced the film “Toz Bezi“, which was part of the 2016 Forum selection. Mater‘s work advocates freedom of expression and human rights.
Therefore, the Berlinale joins the European Court of Human Rights' calls for immediate release.

#FreeOsmanKavala #WeStandWithÇiğdemMater #ÇiğdemMater #HakanAltınay #MineÖzerden #CanAtalay #TayfunKahraman #MücellaYapıcı #YiğitAliEkmekçi

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Any followers based in Austria, make sure to check out "Soldat Ahmet" the debut from director Jannis Lenz (BT 2021), in cinemas now! Selected for Visions du Réel last year, the film revolves around Ahmet, the dutiful son of Turkish immigrants, a tough boxer and hardworking soldier dedicated to "serving Austria". But the more he tries to fulfill the expectations of every role, the more he feels the need to break out of the stereotypes imposed on him.
"I am a very eclectic listener and a very eclectic composer", Spanish film composer Alberto Torres Malalengua tells DW Culture. His experiences being bullied as a teenager encouraged his passion, as he would spend time in his room both studying Bach and listening to Nirvana, "I felt like music was a passport to another life". The music he creates ranges from rock to electro beats, Flamenco to classical tunes allowing him to compose for a broad spectrum of stories. Alberto's many compositions include the score for “Mama”, a film about Mama Zawadi, a worker at the Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The film won the Goya 2022 for Best Short Documentary.
Our friends and colleagues at European Film Market - EFM have created a special episode of their Industry Insights podcast 'What's at Stake in Ukraine - a Filmmakers' Conversation'. Listen to the insightful conversation at www.efm-berlinale.de/en/about-efm/efm-podcast/the-efm-podcast.html or on your regular podcast provider.
SXSW kicks off today and we're sending our best to all involved! The festival runs until 19 March where the Closing Night Headliner will be FX’s Atlanta Season 3 Premiere starring non other than our recent guest Zazie Beetz! The lineup also includes "What We Leave Behind - Lo que dejamos atrás" directed by Iliana Sosa (BT 2018) and edited and co-produced by Isidore Bethel (BT 2018).
In Dieu Hao Do’s work, forgotten histories and silenced perspectives take centre stage, "I really believe it is important to preserve different perspectives of history, of storytelling and to empower people who have not been heard for a long time." The Chinese-German artist, filmmaker and film activist takes draws on his own family history. He was born in Germany after his parents fled Vietnam, part of a Chinese minority persecuted by the Communist regime after the fall of Saigon. From these roots grow his themes of home, place in the world, historical dialogue and the life of the Asian diaspora in Germany.
Our Talent Press were just as hard at work this year as any other, despite the physical distance. Their body of insightful reviews and essays culminated in the collective work "On the Future of Festival Coverage: An Assemblage", an original and thought-provoking piece where the Talents were given carte blanche to reflect on the future of their craft. The result is an assemblage of projects, from a handwritten letter to a TikTok video and more, with candid takes on what this year's digital Berlinale Talents amounted to for them. The group also had the immense fortune of chatting with some leading figures in the field and directors who unveiled their latest projects at the Berlinale. Brazilian directors including Gustavo Vinagre ("Tres Tigres Tristes"), Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós ("Dry Ground Burning") opened up about their Forum entries and Brazil's indie film scene. Jöns Jönsson and Johannes Louis ("Axiom"'s director and DOP) shared their creative process, giving the Talents a chance to discuss their visual references and influences too. And a panel with Forum's Cristina Nord and Jacqueline Nsiah offered a behind-the-scenes look at how one of the Berlinale's leading sections.
We are still reeling from the 20th edition of Berlinale Talents and recovery has now transformed into reliving the highlights of some of our public sessions! From model making for “The French Dispatch” with Adam Stockhausen, Simon Weisse and the team from his atelier, to our Insta Live Q&A with Hollywood actor Zazie Beetz (Joker), our all-female cinematography session including Oscar-nominated alumna Ari Wegner, and the grand finale with Golden Bear winner and Talents alumna Carla Simón, what a celebration of twenty years of Berlinale Talents! Don’t forget you can still watch all our public sessions and see all our photo highlights on our website: www.berlinale-talents.de
Cameroonian born Ellie Foumbi moved to New York when she was very young, an experience which richly influenced the themes in her work; race, identity, trying to find your place, outsiders, generational trauma in African-American families. Starting out as an actress, she became frustrated with the lack of roles for her, so decided to tell her own stories. "Once I started writing and directing, it was the most natural thing in the world to me", she tells DW Culture .
Final call for submissions to Talents Durban! 📣 Deadline 04 March, 2022, that's tomorrow! ⏰ All info: 👇 https://www.durbanfilmmart.co.za/Talents-Durban
Looking for some quality viewing? Then head to MUBI where you can catch three shorts from Talents alumna and Short Form Station mentor Akosua Adoma Owusu! "Ghanaian-American filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu’s electrifying trilogy on Black hair culture weaves together multiple source materials and distinct narratives to unpick the tangled knots of capitalism, race, Western beauty ideals, and colonialism."
"As a filmmaker I am interested in social justice, women's empowerment, the female experience", Indian filmmaker Payal Sethi tells DW Culture. Coming from a long line of female storytellers, she has been on a journey to find her own style, often focusing on women who rebel against the circumstances forced on them. She feels that Indian alternative cinema must be nurtured and allowed to flourish in order to preserve the art in film, so uses local, less-represented dialects in her work. Payal was selected as this year's Talent recipient of the Kompagnon fellowship, providing funding and mentoring for her work.