Seven talents have been selected from three African countries to participate in the 15th edition of the Berlinale Talents programme.

Taxi Driver director Daniel Oriahi is among the three Nigerians, including star actor OC Ukeje, selected for the programme.

The seven filmmakers are part of the 250 emerging professionals from 71 countries selected for the programme.

The other Africans are Adefoyeke Ajao (Nigeria), Marie Laurentine Bayala (Burkina Faso), Khanyo Mjamba (South Africa), Ulan Garba Matta (Nigeria), Zamo Mkhwanazi (South Africa).


Exploring the theme ‘Courage: Against All Odds’, the talents will participate in a six-day program featuring over 100 events, with many open to the public.

Berlinale Talents will again take place in the theatres of HAU Hebbel am Ufer from February 11 to 16, 2017.

Festival Director Dieter Kosslick comments on the upcoming anniversary edition: ‘Since 2003 we have welcomed 5,128 young Talents to Berlin, with over 100 returning to the festival or the film market each year. This extended network symbolizes cultural exchange across all borders, keeps the festival cutting-edge and is living proof that talent development always pays off.’

An international selection committee chose the 250 Talents out of 2,711 applicants from 127 nations based on their prior achievements and the impact and relevance of their artistic work in their home countries.

The 2017 Talents hail from the fields of directing (106), producing (49), acting (15), screenwriting (5), cinematography (17), editing (14), production design (13), film criticism (8), sales and distribution (10), score composing (6) and sound design (8).

Out of these, 40 participants with projects in development have been selected for Project Labs in the categories: documentary, fiction and short film.