Every year, 4,000 film professionals from 140 countries apply to take part in the “Berlinale Talents” programme, a Berlin International Film Festival initiative. It brings 300 young talents from the film industry – authors, directors, producers, camera operators, actors, film editors, film distributors, production designers, composers, sound designers and young film journalists – together with international film industry professionals. The platform has evolved to become one of the Berlinale’s most exciting initiatives, offering a springboard into the main programme of the Berlinale and into the international film business.
Participants in the Berlinale Talents programme are just starting out in their chosen careers. During the course of a week, the initiative runs coaching programmes relating to all aspects of the filmmaking business. This includes discussions with experts and the opportunity for the participants to take their own projects to the next level and present them to a select festival audience. The theme of the 2016 Berlinale Talents programme is “The Nature of Relations”. “In an age where connections are everything and everyone is connected all of the time, the true nature of relations remains an unexplored biotope”, says programme director Florian Weghorn. “Together we will shed light on the individual areas while at the same time looking at the bigger picture.”
Founded in 2003, the initiative originally went by the name of the Berlinale Talent Campus. Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick’s idea was to provide young international film professionals with a platform at the Berlinale.
From Campus to Hollywood
The career of German filmmaker Patrick Vollrath is a good example of how important the young talents initiative is. Now 30 years old, Patrick took part in the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2013 and at the end of February 2016 will already be on his way to Hollywood. His short film “Everything Will Be Okay” is one of the five nominees in the category “Live Action Short Film” at this year’s Oscars, which will be presented at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater on 28 February. In this 30-minute film – Patrick’s graduation project at Filmakademie Wien – a weekend father kidnaps his eight-year-old daughter.
Berlinale Talents from 13 to 18 February 2016 in Berlin