Indian participants on why the Berlinale Talents programme is important

Posted on February 24, 2020


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255 talents (126 women, 123 men, and six that choose to identify as neither) from 86 countries are part of Berlinale Talents, an intense six-day programme featuring around 100 events, with internationally renowned experts and acclaimed Berlinale guests holding workshops and talks. Here are some of the Indian participants on what they hope to get from this experience.

Prantik Basu, whose most recent short documentary film “Rang Mahal” premiered at Berlinale 2019; his film “Sakhisona” won a Tiger Award at the IFFR in 2017

I had applied for Berlinale Talents for the first time in 2007, right before I joined FTII. I hardly had any theoretical knowledge, but had just finished making a short film which premiered at the Kolkata International Film Festival that year. I kept on applying every other year, but with no luck. Over the years, applying for the Talents programme had become an annual ritual. Irrespective of the results, the application process is a fun exercise in itself, with questions as fundamental and reflective as one’s relation to cinema, the process one follows and one’s current preoccupation with the medium. It had become a way of assessing my own progress.

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