Call for Entries: Berlinale Talents 2021

Call for Entries: Berlinale Talents 2021

Call for Entries: Berlinale Talents 2021

Applications are now open for Berlinale Talents 2021! Apply by September 1, 2020, 12:00 noon (CEST).

Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we hope you’re healthy, in good spirits and pursuing your creative projects where possible. At Berlinale Talents, we’re working on creating a safe edition in February 2021 that will hopefully be able to welcome everybody to Berlin. In order to react flexibly to shifting circumstances while upholding our core values of inclusion and diversity, we plan to expand our digital offerings and partnerships to reach participants and audiences who might not be able to attend in person.

With this call for entries, we’d like to encourage you to keep working with us towards a future where film connects and unites people. We look forward to meeting you!

Who Can Apply

Actors – New: Audience Designers – Cinematographers – Directors – Distributors – Editors – Film Critics – Producers – Production Designers – Sales Agents – Screenwriters – Score Composers – Sound Designers.

Berlinale Talents is aimed at emerging filmmakers and series creators who have made at least two or more shorts, a feature film or a high-quality series that have screened internationally.

Creating access to films, both in local communities and online, has never been more important. We’re now officially welcoming emerging curators and founders of audience-centred cinema spaces, VOD platforms and other film initiatives to apply for Berlinale Talents as „audience designers“.

See application details and video. Questions? Email


Ready to change your perspective? Over 20 public talks and screenings will help you see the world through a different lens. Recent editions have featured Cate Blanchett, Olafur Eliasson, Agnès Godard, Raoul Peck, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Jia Zhang-ke and many more. Conversations have covered everything from decolonising film archives to building cinema collectives and writing social media-based series.

Browse our 2020 events and watch recordings of our talks.

Talents Labs

Want to advance your latest project? Apply for the Doc Station, Script Station or Short Form Station to receive mentoring, finesse your material and present it to industry players. Producers can submit their advanced feature-length projects to the Talent Project Market to meet potential co-producers and funders. Learn more and explore last year’s projects.

Our Studios are dedicated to specific disciplines – acting, cinematography, editing, production design, score composition, sound design, and distribution, sales and audience design. Small group settings offer you the chance to learn from experts and peers through case studies and hands-on exercises. Find out more.

Talent Press invites ten emerging film critics to cover the Berlinale with all its offerings. Under the guidance of noted mentors, they attend screenings and events, write reviews and essays, and perfect their individual style and voice. Visit the Talent Press website.


Bringing together 250 creatives from over 80 countries and 13 disciplines, plus countless festival and market guests, Berlinale Talents is all about creating lasting connections. And once you’re part of the Talents family, you’ll become a member of our worldwide network. Meet our community of over 8,500 alumni.

Alumni Applicants

We’d love to welcome you back as an alum. There are two ways to return. Apply with a project: Alums who have a project they want to develop and present can submit it to the Doc Station, Script Station, Short Form Station or Talent Project Market. Relive the Summit: Former participants of one of the four above-mentioned labs can re-apply to take advantage of our Summit programme of talks, workshops and screenings.

Apply now as an alum.

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