Kickstarter is partnering with the Berlinale Talents initiative to launch a new program that will nurture and engage creative talent at the Berlin International Film Festival. Since its inception in 2003, Berlinale Talents has been the festival’s creative academy, summit and networking platform for up-and-coming film professionals. The summit runs for six days during the Berlinale and offers a wide variety of programs, including classes, panel discussions, workshops, and hands-on training and script development programs for 300 invited professionals.
The Kickstarter + Berlinale Talents network partnership will open up campaign support to the initiative’s alumni network of more than 6,000 directors, writers, producers, and film professionals who choose to launch Kickstarter campaigns. Alumni can engage and work directly with Kickstarter’s Film team to receive mentorship and support for their projects launched during the partnership. After the festival, Kickstarter will host quarterly online engagement events to work with the Berlinale Talents’ extensive film community.
At this year’s festival, Kickstarter’s Senior Film Outreach Lead Dan Schoenbrun will lead a "Meet the Expert" session, where he will share insider knowledge with filmmakers about how to successfully utilize Kickstarter to create successful campaigns.
"Berlinale Talents is an expertly curated, truly international summit that arms emerging artists with the tools they need to get through the filmmaking process," said Schoenbrun in an official statement. "We’re so excited and honored to be working in partnership with the Berlinale Talents program, and to be aligning with one of the world’s most respected festivals with the shared goal of helping artists get bold new works made."
Kickstarter alumni in this year’s Berlinale include Donari Braxton ("Out of My Hands"), Kimberly Parker ("She’s Lost Control"), Scott Cummings ("Buffalo Juggalos"), Jonathan David Kane ("Papa Machete") and more.