The first Berlinale Residency just closed successfully during this year’s Berlin International Film Festival with the presentation of the selected projects by Matías Bize, Rebecca Daly, Samuel Maoz, Raya Martin, Rafi Pitts and Sacha Polak. And now the fellowship programme is again inviting filmmakers from around the world to apply for a three-month stay in Berlin.
The “Berlin 24/7” programme Berlinale Residency supports auteur filmmakers who have already shown their first works successfully at renowned international festivals in developing their new film projects. In close contact with individually selected script consultants from the Nipkow Programm, the filmmakers work on finalizing their screenplays. In a workshop towards the end of the Residency, their producers are given feedback from experienced industry professionals and support in preparing the projects for the international market.
The Berlinale Residency will invite four projects (full-length fictional and documentary films, as well as cross-media projects) to Berlin, where the filmmakers will be given the opportunity to maximize the potential of their projects without diminishing the central creative qualities of the stories they want to tell.
The filmmakers will be able to work on location in Berlin from August 15 until November 15, 2013. In order to find co-producers and financiers, they will return to Berlin to present their projects with their producers at the Berlinale Co-Production Market in February 2014 or at the Ibero-American Co-Production Meeting in Guadalajara in March 2014.
Applications for the Berlinale Residency (Aug 15 – Nov 15, 2013) may be submitted online until March 10, 2013 at www.berlinale-residency.de.
The Berlinale Residency is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Nipkow Programm and the Guadalajara International Film Festival, in cooperation with the MEDIA Mundus programme of the European Union and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. The Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg supports the Berlinale Residencywithin the scope of the “Berlin 24/7” programme that offers fellowships in the German capital to international filmmakers.
Application period for the 2013 Berlinale Residency: February 7 through March 10, 2013
Who Can apply?
Eligible are directors from all over the world, who are currently working on a feature film project (fiction, documentary, cross-media) for theatrical release, who have already secured a production company for the project and who have:
- already directed a feature-length film which screened in the official selection of a renowned international film festival (e.g. Berlinale, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice etc.)
and/or have finished a film which
- was presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market; or
- participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus’ Script Station, Doc Station or Talent Project Market; or
- was supported by the World Cinema Fund
There are no restrictions in terms of the content or the planned shooting locations of the project.
All applicants must be fluent in English.
The application for the Berlinale Residency consists of two parts:
How To Apply?
Part 1: Online application
First you must accept the conditions for participating in the Berlinale Residency. You will then proceed to the online application form which you must complete in English.
In addition, you must upload the following PDFs:
- treatment (around 5-10 pages)
- full script
- distribution and marketing concept (one page)
- a short description (1/2 page) of how you plan to find an audience for your film
- financing plan
- signed rights clearance (clarifying that you are the copyright owner or otherwise entitled to realise this project)
- a signed producer’s agreement which confirms the producer’s attachment to the project and his/her availability to attend the workshop in Berlin in November 2013
Part 2: Material per mail/courier
You have to send in the following items per mail or courier:
- 7 DVD copies of one of your previous films (do not send video clips or showreels). Films made in a language other than English should be subtitled in English
The submitted samples of work will not be returned. The material which is NOT selected can be picked up at the Berlin-based offices of the Berlinale Residency. Should the sample of work not be picked up by June 30, it will be destroyed.
The Berlinale Residency is not liable for any loss or damage incurred, irrespective of the cause.