By Ogova Ondego
Published July 13, 2015
Actors, cinematographers, directors, distributors, editors, film critics, producers, production designers, sales agents, screenwriters, score composers, and sound designers who have been working in the film and television drama series field over the past five years have till September 1, 2015 to apply for the 2016 edition of Berlinale Talents skills-development programme.
“Berlinale Talents is the creative summit and networking platform for emerging film and drama series professionals at the Berlin International Film Festival. Every year, 300 international creatives from various disciplines are invited to Berlin to expand their horizons through all kinds of insightful and invaluable input, to share experiences with experts and among each other, and to become a part of the ever-growing community of Berlinale Talents alumni.” Berlinale Talents says in a media statement.
Saying the application procedure varies depending on one’s field of work, Berlinale Talents invites interested motion pictures players to find out if they are eligible to write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications may be submitted via berlinale-talents.de/story/41/application-2016.html before the end of September 1, 2015.
Among the five hands-on programme areas planned for participants include:
a). The Summit
Film professionals from the Berlinale, the European Film Market and many other experts of international reputation and from various backgrounds give insights into their work and enter into a direct dialogue with the audience through this programme.
Participating actors, cinematographers, distributors, editors, production designers, sales agents, score composers and sound designers are automatically considered for one of the corresponding Studio programmes. They share their ideas with fellow Talents, take part in various hands-on programmes and excursions, and discuss and improve the aesthetics and mechanics of their own work under the tutelage of mentors and experts through one of the six studios.
c). Project Labs
Selected screenwriters and writer-directors are offered the right environment to further work on and present their new fiction, documentary and short film projects.
Doc Station, Script Station and Short Film Station provide development with regard to concept, story structure and creative issues. All three Stations are concluded with public presentations in front of representatives from the international film industry.
d). Talent Project Market (TPM)
Invited producers have the chance to present their fully developed feature film projects to international co-producers and financiers, get inside knowledge and new contacts. They can also win monetary awards. In preparation for the two days of one-on-one meetings, selected Talents take part in a special programme under the guidance of industry experts and experienced consultants.
e). Talent Press
Talent Press offers promising critics and journalists a platform and mentorship to acquaint themselves with current trends in world cinema and film journalism. Participants meet people, review movies and take part in events throughout the entire festival and Berlinale Talents. They share their experiences and thoughts in an extensive essay, published at different websites and within their own international networks.