Berlinale Talents bolsters collaboration with the Arab world with inaugural programme of masterclasses and workshops in Beirut.

The Berlinale has unveiled plans for the inaugural edition of Talents Beirut. The programme will invite about 15 promising Arab cinematographers, editors and sound designers/score composers to take part in a four-day programme of master classes and workshops and will be held from September 18-21, 2014.

Expanding in the Middle East and Northern Africa, Talents Beirut will be part of the international network of Talents initiatives aiming to support and connect emerging filmmakers worldwide, linking to the range of programmes and platforms the Berlin International Film Festival annually offers.

Those eligible to apply include emerging cinematographers, editors and sound designers/score composers from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Applications will be taken via from April 8 until May 23, 2014.

Talents Beirut is an initiative of Metropolis Art Cinema in Beirut and the Goethe-Institut Lebanon in cooperation with Berlinale Talents and FIDMarseille.

“Strong films from the Arab world in the past years have proven to be essential in understanding this region of the world”, said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick.

“Talents Beirut will focus on an often disregarded group of film professionals, who nevertheless define the image and sound of stories coming from the Middle East and Northern Africa. This project will intensify film relations with the Middle East and Northern Africa in the future”.

The director of Talents Beirut, Hania Mroué, said the programme would offer “a unique opportunity to help develop a strong new generation in the Arab film industry”.

Programme details, experts, and selected participants will be announced this summer.