520 young film talents from 84 countries have been selected for this year's Berlinale Talent Campus 2004, where they will be tutored by guest professional filmmakers such as Eleanor Bergstein, Anthony Minghella, Walter Murch, Nicolas Philibert, Zbigniew Preisner, Alan Parker and Wim Wenders.
Compared to last year the total number of countries represented has increased by 23 including, for the first time, young filmmakers from countries such as Afghanistan, Palestine, Kazakhstan, Burkina Faso and Columbia.
This year more than 3600 talents from 101 countries applied, compared to 2000 applicants from 70 different countries last year.
Apart from the 80 German talents chosen to participate, the majority of talents come from UK (67), USA (47), Canada (21), France (21), Spain (18), Poland (12), Switzerland (12), Italy (11) and Israel (10).
Of these, 39% are directors, 25% script writers, 11% producers as well as cinematographers, actors, editors, sound designers and composers. 41% of Campus participants are women.