This blog post is written by Courtney Harmstone, a recent graduate of the MA International Film Business. Since graduating, Courtney has worked in freelance production on a variety of projects in London and across the U.K. Courtney is currently assisting the University of Exeter as a Marketing Assistant and working on the development of two feature films.
Berlinale Talents: What is it?
There are many exciting aspects of Berlinale International Film Festival, but one of the best for filmmakers at the start of their career is the Berlinale Talents. Berlinale Talents is aimed at film and television professionals who are in the first 10 years of their career.
Berlinale Talents was established in 2003 as a creative summit and networking platform for promising emerging filmmakers from around the world. In 2016, there were 250 professionals participating in the event. It includes a summit programme with master classes, interactive panel discussions, studios and workshops.
During six days, the participants get in touch with fresh ideas and myriads of likeminded people. It is not a “school”, but rather a community of mentors and experts who consider the participants colleagues.
The Berlinale Talents is an excellent way to get involved with the festival. If you are interested in participating, you must apply in the summer (please see Berlinale Talents newsletter for the exact deadline). This means, if you are interested in being involved with Berlinale Talents, you will need to apply before you have started your Masters at Exeter in September. However, it is not a requirement and will not prevent you from starting your Masters or attending the field trip to Berlinale.
Berlinale Talents is a superb tool for filmmakers and can aid future filmmakers in their career through networking and panel discussions. It is useful for the masters as it will give you access to another aspect of the film festival and connect you with industry members who may be helpful in your future careers.
If you are interested in the Berlinale Talents, we advise you sign up for the newsletter (link below) which will send you updates for the application deadline.
Participants are required to be in their first ten years of their career.
Students can be accepted, on exceptional cases, when they have already worked in the film business and come with a promising record of films or series on their CV.
While applications are currently closed for Berlinale Talents, if you sign up for their newsletter and you fit the criteria, you will get updates about when to apply! (To give you an idea of deadlines, the 2017 application pool closed on September 1st, 2016.)
Written by Courtney Harmstone, alumni of the MAIFB and Film Producer