The ninth edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus will take place in Hebbel am Ufer Theatre (HAU 1-3) in Berlin Kreuzberg from February 12 – 17, 2011. „Framespotting – Filmmakers positioning themselves“ is the thematic focus for the 2011 Talent Campus, which 350 young international filmmakers will attend during the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.

Today’s demanding world asks for outspoken filmmakers who don’t just follow the rules, it needs a generation of filmmakers who are ready to assume responsibility, take risks and find new approaches. Filmmakers who are not only guided by artistic creativity, but who also define their own goals and develop an eye for the signposts that show the way. And yet for young filmmakers today, filmmaking is increasingly more complex. “The Berlinale Talent Campus 2011 therefore focuses on supporting Talents in their personal search to position themselves in today’s world of cinema. This includes guiding them through questions like: What are my strengths? What do I stand for? Together with established international experts, we will develop ways of creative and strategic decision-making. Choosing a direction is not necessarily restricting oneself,“ says Programme Manager Matthijs Wouter Knol.

Producers, directors, actors, cinematographers, screenwriters, editors, production designers, film score composers, sound designers and film critics from all over the world are invited to apply online at www.berlinale-talentcampus.de until October 6, 2010. During the application process, they may also fill out an additional application for the numerous hands-on training programmes: Talent Press, Doc Station, Script Station, Talent Project Market, Score Competition and for the Talent Campus short film competition, the Berlin Today Award. More information at www.berlinale-talentcampus.de/channel/487.html.

Campus International: Talent Campus Durban & Talent Campus Sarajevo

The 3rd Talent Campus Durban will take place from July 24 - 28, 2010, during the 31st Durban International Film Festival. Guided by the motto „Focusing on Africa: Unleashing Talent in 2010“, about 40 young African filmmakers will meet with experienced film professionals for five days of examining the theoretical and practical aspects of filmmaking. One focus includes developing new partnerships within the African film industry. Project Manager Christine Tröstrum will present the Berlinale Talent Campus in Durban. Some of the experts expected to attend are Raoul Peck, Mtutuzeli Matshoba, Caroline Kamya, Rehad Desai and Pascal Capitolin. The Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund will also be at the festival for a spotlight event. More information at www.cca.ukzn.ac.za/talentdiff2010.htm.

The Sarajevo Talent Campus will take place for the fourth time from July 25 - 31, 2010, during the 16th Sarajevo Film Festival. The event’s theme will be „Storytelling – From Your Backyard to the World“. About 60 young filmmakers from the region will have the opportunity to exchange and learn. Guests at this year’s Campus Sarajevo include actor Morgan Freeman, director Semih Kaplanoglu (Golden Bear, Berlinale 2010 for Bal) and Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick, who will receive the Heart of Sarajevo award this year for his work and dedication to the festival, including to the Sarajevo Talent Campus. More information at www.sff.ba/en/stc_2010?site=industry&set_culture=en.


The Berlinale Talent Campus is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a business division of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media upon a decision of the German Bundestag, in co-operation with MEDIA - Training programme of the European Union and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.