Events

Talents Tokyo 2021 Call for Entries

Genre:
  • Lecture / Symposium

This program will see young Asians who aspire to become filmmakers and producers gather in Tokyo for an event that aims to cultivate the hidden talents of those with the potential to become the great directors and producers of tomorrow, in order to enhance efforts to create and disseminate culture from Tokyo in the world of film. It will provide the know-how required to achieve success on the global stage and opportunities to build international networks of connections.

Talents Tokyo 2021 will take place from Monday, November 1 to Saturday, November 6, 2021.

*Note: If in the case that COVID-19 is still a threat by the end of August, Talents Tokyo 2021 will be held completely online.


*Main Achievement of Talents Tokyo Participants as of March 31, 2021

Application guidelines

A) Qualifications

Your application will be processed only if you meet all requirements.
a) You have an East-Asian / Southeast-Asian nationality or are residing in this region.
b) You are fluent in the English language.
c) You have not previously participated in past editions of Talents Tokyo (formerly known as Talent Campus Tokyo or Next Masters Tokyo).
d) You are a director and/or producer that have made max. 1-2 feature films.
e) You are able to attend during the entire period of the Talents Tokyo.
f) You submitted a complete and accurate application entirely in English, which includes a sample work.

*If you are selected as a participant, your provided data will be published on the official website.
**The applications are for individuals. We cannot accept team applications.
***You must have obtained consent of other copyright owners if you are to use their works for your sample requirement as stated in Terms and Conditions.

B) Application

The application consists of three parts.
Submit the following items (see below for further instructions):
– Online Application
– Sample of Work (short film or comprehensive report)
– Treatment including financial report

Part 1: Online application
1) Accept the regulations for participating in the Talents Tokyo. (Further Regulation below)
2) Proceed to the online application form, which you must complete entirely in English.
* If you registered the “field of work” for your application profile as profession other than Director or Producer, please send us an email before applying.

Part 2: Submit a sample of work
For Directors: Upload ONE sample film instructed as below.
– a) short film made specifically for the Talents Tokyo application or b) an excerpt from some feature film which you worked for previously.
– MAX Length: 15 min
– The sample should be in English, or subtitled in English.
– Choose a clip that shows what you’re capable of professionally. It should highlight your creativity rather than a certain theme or topic (we do not recommend a trailer).

2.2 For Producers: comprehensive report
Submit a comprehensive report of the films you have produced so far.
Refer to the films’ production process: development, theatrical release, box office or participation in film festivals.
MAX Length: 5 pages, in single PDF file.

Part 3: Submit a treatment/ Project Presentation
Upload a single 5page PDF document with your treatment/synopsis of the project in English.

During the program, participants will be required to participate in a ‘Project Presentation’ program in addition to the general program like lectures or screenings. This is an opportunity to learn how to present your project to industry professionals.
The eligible project must be a feature (60 minutes or more in length) for theatrical release and suitable for an international co-production. As the main event of the program, participant will publicly present his/her own project which will be eligible for the Talents Tokyo Award.

Part 4: Additional Assignments
Once selected to the program in September, you will be obligated to send in additional assignments below:
– your one page bio with photos (due early October)
– 3min video of your sample works (due early October)
– one page outline of your project (due mid-October)
– first draft of the script (due late October)
– presentation materials (due during program)

Selection Process
Participants will be selected at the sole discretion of the Talents Tokyo.
Applicants selected will be informed via e-mail by end of September 2021 at the latest. The list of selected participants will be published on the official website by this date. You can also consult your selection status anytime by logging into your online profile.
There is no legal claim to participate in Talents Tokyo.

C) Further Regulations:

Participant’s film material or sample of work
1) The participant hereby agrees that his/her photograph and data may be published on the Talents Tokyo website and magazine as provided in the ‘Presentation’ area of the online application form. (This can be customized by the participant at any time by logging into his/her profile.)
2) The participant agrees that his/her sample of work submitted to the Talents Tokyo may be shown publicly at Talents Tokyo, and streamed on Talents Tokyo website or related organizations and/or sponsors of Talents Tokyo.
3) The participant agrees that the aforementioned use of his/her work may also include podcasting. This means that his/her work can be accessed and that he/she can access the works of other talents vice-versa.
4) The participant agrees that his/her submitted sample of work, may be published by Talents Tokyo in full length or as an excerpt in print or television or any other multimedia format for promotional purposes of Talents Tokyo.
5) The participant declares that he/she owns the copyright for the sample of work submitted, according to the relevant national and international regulations. This includes music and sound effects included in sample of work. He/she guarantees that no rights of third parties are violated by the material used in the film or other sample of work submitted. The participant unconditionally and irrevocably declares his/her copyright responsibility towards third parties in case of disputes over copyright violations. In this respect, the participant exempts Talents Tokyo from all claims by third parties.
6) The applicant agrees that his/her work can be presented to parties who are interested in the commercial exploitation of the short film or the work sample submitted. Talents Tokyo will not negotiate any commercial exploitation of the submitted works without a written agreement from the copyright holder.

Planned application timeline

Saturday, May 15 to Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 23:59 Japan time.

Privacy policy

Talents Tokyo respects each person’s right to privacy. We do not buy or distribute personal information or your samples of work for commercial purposes. Your application data and your sample of work will be treated confidentially. Data are saved on the server of Berlinale Talents. Only staffs of Talents Tokyo Organizing Committee (TOKYO FILMeX) and Berlinale Talents has access to your application data. If you are selected to participate in Talents Tokyo, your profile data and your submitted sample of work, will be used as stated above (C 2-5).
In particular, it may be displayed in a database at Talents Tokyo and on our website or related areas. The purpose is to improve communication between participants, experts and visitors. The purpose of this website is to encourage participants of Talents Tokyo and Talents International programs from all areas of film and to inform the public at large about Talents Tokyo. We appreciate our visitors, their comments, and their suggestions.

Governing law

For the avoidance of doubt, this agreement is governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the Japan. In the event of any dispute arising out of or in connection with this agreement, exclusive place of venue shall be Tokyo.

Obligations of Talents Tokyo:

As Talents Tokyo is a publicly funded program, the program asks for several obligations from its participants.
Please make sure to read such obligations carefully before applying.
By submitting the application form, you have read, understood and agreed to all obligations.

Invitation & Travel expenses
Successful applicants will be invited to Talents Tokyo (if COVID is not a threat by August).
For participants from outside Japan (see also a below), the cost of one round-trip economy class air ticket from a major city in the participant’s country of residence in East or Southeast Asia to Tokyo and accommodation for 7 nights in Tokyo will be covered by the organizers.
For participants from Japan, accommodation for 7 nights in Tokyo will be covered by the organizers (see also b below).

Accommodation
ALL PARTICIPANTS will be required to stay at a hotel stipulated by the organizers.
Rooms will be shared rooms with other participants.

a) For participants from outside Japan, organizers will cover the following costs:
-One round-trip economy class air ticket from a major city in the participant’s country of residence in East or Southeast Asia to Tokyo.
-As part of public fund, this air-ticket may not be changed or cancelled once confirmed.
-Participants must submit their roundtrip boarding pass after the program.
-Accommodation for 7 nights from Nov. 1 to 6.
-Per diem (tax included).

b) For participants from Japan, organizers will cover the following cost:
-Accommodation for 7 nights from Nov. 1 to 6.
-Per diem (tax included).

Accreditation
The accreditation allows you to participate in all events of Talents Tokyo.
As a registered participant of the Talents Tokyo 2021 you are also automatically accredited to TOKYO FILMeX 2021 taking place on November 2021, and is eligible to be provided with a limited amount of tickets for screenings, subject to availability. However, participants must prioritize participating in the Talents Tokyo program before attending events of TOKYO FILMeX.

After participating in Talents Tokyo, alumni will automatically become part of the worldwide Talents community online and will be able to easily connect to international alumni that participated in previous editions of the Campus International programs in Berlin, Guadalajara, Buenos Aires, Durban, Sarajevo and Beirut.

Attendance
The Talents Tokyo offers, free of charge, a comprehensive program and many privileges to all participants. Your presence as a Talent is a mark of distinction and a recommendation for film professionals throughout the world. In return, we expect your cooperation and daily attendance at the program. Talents Tokyo reserves the right to remove participants who abuse their accreditation by being repeatedly absent and or making false statements, from our website and program.

Assignments
Participants of Talents Tokyo will be obliged to send in assignments as below:
– your one page bio with photos (due early October)
– 3min video of your sample works (due early October)
– one page outline of your project (due mid-October)
– first draft of the script (due late October)
– presentation materials (due during program)

Participants will also be required to participate in a ‘Project Presentation’ program in addition to the general program like lectures or screenings. This is an opportunity to learn how to present your project to industry professionals.
The eligible project must be a feature (60 minutes or more in length) for theatrical release and suitable for an international co-production. As the main event of the program, participant will publicly present his/her own project which will be eligible for the Talents Tokyo Award.

Talents Tokyo reserves the right to remove participants who abuse their accreditation by repeatedly missing the deadline or by not handing in assignments, from the official website and program.

FAQ

Q1: What happens if the program moves online?
A1:
You must be available to participate for roughly 12 hours a day during the 6 days of the program with a secure internet connection. Please also consider time difference as live lectures and presentations will be held in Japan Standard Time.

Q2:What happens to my travel expenses if I’m from East and South East Asia but is not residing in that region?
A2:
We may cover partial costs of your travel expenses from your residing country to Tokyo.
Accommodation and per diem will be covered as usual.

Contact

Talents Tokyo, c/o TOKYO FILMeX office
e-mail: talents@talents-tokyo.jp

Venues

Yurakucho Asahi Hall, etc.

Credit

Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), and Talents Tokyo Organizing Committee (TOKYO FILMeX)
in cooperation with
Berlinale Talents
In collaboration with
Goethe Institute Tokyo