Cutting Edge Talent Camp 2021

Call for Projects

The Talent Camp will be held during the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg from November 8 until 15, 2021 (see details below). We are opening our call for film directors and producers who are currently studying or are alumni of any German film or art school, and who are working on their first or second feature project before completion in November.

The Talent Camp is looking for young film directors and producers who are ready to make the first steps towards the international market and to present their project to key players from the industry.

The workshop will help you navigate between the various festivals, labs, producers and sales agents as well as to find the best strategy to continue preparing, making, financing, presenting and distributing your feature film.

The criteria of the application:

  • You need to be a German film student or alumni, but not necessarily a German citizen
  • You need to be in any stage of production of your first or second full length feature film: You can participate as early as starting out with a good script in hand and with some financing already in place and at the latest if you are currently (in November) in the final stages of post-production or if you are looking for the right festival to submit your film to
  • You need to be enthusiastic and open-minded to learn and meet people from the industry
  • You need to be a director or a producer

The necessary documents in English:

  • Long synopsis of the project (min. 3 – max. 5 pages)
  • Brochure or visual if available
  • Director’s statement, intention
  • Director’s bio, filmography
  • Producer’s bio, filmography, if available
  • Director’s previous works (links to at least two of them on vimeo or google drive)
  • Budget, brief financing plan
  • Presumed status of the project in November, intention of participating at the Talent Camp and description about what you are looking for

What we can offer:

  • A one-week intensive (hybrid or online) workshop with experts in small groups
  • Round table meetings with festival programmers, feature labs, German and international film funds, co-producers, producers, distributors
  • Masterclasses
  • Pitching training with experts
  • Hotel for 3 nights
  • Contribution to travel expenses

The dates: if hybrid, the online part will be from November 8 until 11, the physical part from November 12 until 15 in Mannheim; if the physical component has to be cancelled, the Talent Camp will take place online from November 8 until 13.

If you are interested, please send an e-mail along with the documents mentioned above to
The submission deadline is June 27th, 2021 midnight. The chosen projects will be notified by August 31st, 2021 about the selection.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Mannheim!
Zsuzsi Bánkuti and the team of the IFFMH

Cutting Edge Talent Camp

  • The Cutting Edge Talent Camp supports outstanding projects and talented filmmakers from Germany in their first steps towards international networking, recognition and production.

The talent camp is open to directors and producers who are students or alumni at a German film or art school and whose debut or second feature film is at a stage between financing, production and post-production.

In workshops, masterclasses and roundtables, the selected participants are invited to reflect on the potential of their work for the international market together with experts from the international cinema industry. Over the course of three days, they will get to know film festival curators and their work, discuss marketing and distribution strategies with representatives of talent labs and co-production markets, film funding, TV stations and world sales - and learn about the principles of sustainable production. Depending on the individual needs of the participants, they exchange ideas with producers, receive assistance in the further development of their projects or prepare themselves for the various stages of distribution.

The Cutting Edge Talent Camp is supported by MFG Film Funding Baden-Württemberg and the Federal Government Commissioner for culture and the Media.

Achievements and Alumni

Here you can find the participants of the first edition of the CETC and their success stories.

Achievements and Alumni