Talents Tokyo 2017



Call for Entries

Talents Tokyo 2017 (TT2017), the Asian talent development and networking platform for film, will take place again from November 20 (Mon) to November 25 (Sat), 2017 during the 18th TOKYO FILMeX in 2017. We will welcome applications from May 15 (Mon) to June 15 (Thurs), 2017.

Fifteen successful “Talents” (participants) will have the opportunity to work on their own film projects and build networks among young filmmakers and film professionals throughout the 6-day workshop.

Many, including Singaporean director Mr. Anthony Chen and Filipina producer Ms. Bianca Balbuena, have studied at Talents Tokyo, producing over one hundred “alumni.” Talents Tokyo also continues to encourage its alumni to materialize their film projects through the Next Masters Support Program.


Talents Tokyo 2017 is organized by:
Tokyo Metropolitan Government; Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture); the Japan Foundation Asia Center; Talents Tokyo Organizing Committee (TOKYO FILMeX).

The event will take place at the Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo from November 20 to 25, 2017.

During the 18th TOKYO FILMeX held in November 2017, the 8th edition of the filmmaker development project “Talents Tokyo 2017″ will be conducted under the supervision of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), the Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Talents Tokyo Organizing Committee (TOKYO FILMeX), in cooperation with Berlinale Talents and in collaboration with: Goethe Institute Tokyo.

In these 7 editions, around 100 talented young Filmmakers and Producers from more than 10 Asian countries/region have participated in previous editions of this event.

We look forward to receiving the entries from young Filmmakers/ Producers in the making.

The information on this page is subject to change without notice.


We look forward to receiving the entries from young filmmakers and producers.


Application Guidelines

Participation conditions
If you are interested in applying, please read through the following participation conditions for Talents Tokyo 2017.


A) Qualification

Your application for Talents Tokyo will only be processed if you meet the following 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 (previously Talent Campus Tokyo).
d) You have filled out the application form correctly and entirely in English. In case you are selected as participant, please be aware that your data will be published on our website as provided by you.
e) You are a director and/or producer.
f) You have directed and/or produced max. 1-2 short and/or feature films.
g) You have submitted a complete application, including a sample of work.
h) You are able to attend during the whole period of Talents Tokyo.

Please note that the application is individual. We cannot accept team applications. You must have obtained the consent of the other copyright owners for the use of the work sample submitted as stated below.


B) Application

The application consists of three parts

Part 1: Online application

First you must accept the conditions for participating in the Talents
Tokyo. You will then proceed to the online application form, which you
must complete in English.

* If your application profile is registered under another field of work than Director or Producer, please send us an email to <talents@talents-tokyo.jp> before your application.

Part 2: Submit a sample of work

2.1 For Directors:
Your film material should be max. 15 minutes in length. The sample can either be a film made specifically for Talents Tokyo application, less than 15 minutes short film or an excerpt from some feature film which you worked for previously. The sample should be in English, or subtitled in English. It should highlight your creativity rather than a certain theme or topic (we do not recommend the trailer for a few minutes). Choose a clip that shows what you’re capable of professionally.
Technical specifications for films:
We prefer to receive your film via upload as a digital file. The file may not exceed 1 GB, and should be encoded as QUICKTIME (recommended format) or MPEG4, multiplexed (audio and video in one file)

2.2 For Producers:
Your sample of work should be a comprehensive report of the films you have produced so far. It should refer to the films’ production process: development, theatrical release, box office or participation in film festivals. The maximum length is 5 pages, in single PDF file.

Part 3: Project Presentation
In addition to its general program, Talents Tokyo offers all participants the chance to learn how to present a project to industry professionals.

The project must be a feature film (60 minutes or more) for theatrical release and suitable for an international co-production.

All applicants will need to fill out the mandatory project presentation form in their online application, and in addition upload a 5-page treatment/synopsis in English, a 5 page excerpt from the project’s script, as well as a 1-page financing plan in a single PDF document. If you are selected for the Talents Tokyo, you have to send us a one page resume of the project till the first week of October for the Talents booklet.

The Project Presentation program is obligatory for all selected talents. If selected, you will need to make a first draft of the script available to us before the event (mid-November, 2017).

Your application to the above-mentioned ‘Project Presentation’ program will not be further considered if you are not selected for 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 website and in the magazine of Talents Tokyo 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 Talents Tokyo may be shown publicly at Talents Tokyo, and streamed on the website of Talents Tokyo 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 podcast 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.


Application deadline

Talents Tokyo 2017 deadline for receipt of your complete application is June 15, 2017.

Event dates
November 20-25, 2017

Location of the event
Yurakucho Asahi Hall.

Selection of participants

Participants will be selected at the sole discretion of Talents Tokyo.

Applicants selected for participation will be informed by e-mail by Mid September 2017 at the latest. The list of selected participants will be published on our 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.

Invitation & travel expenses
Successful applicants will be invited to Talents Tokyo.
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 to Tokyo and accommodation for 7 nights in Tokyo will be covered by the organizers.
For participants from Japan, only accommodation for 7 nights in Tokyo will be covered by the organizers (see also b) below).

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

a) For participants from outside Japan:
Organizers will cover only the following costs:
-one round-trip economy class air ticket from a major city in the participant’s country of residence to Tokyo.
-Per diem (tax included).
-Accommodation for 7 nights from Nov. 19th to 25th.

b) For participants from Japan: Organizers will cover only the following cost.
-Accommodation for 7 nights from Nov. 19th to 25th.
-Per diem (tax included).

* The participant CAN NOT extend his/her stay in Tokyo after the week of Talents Tokyo 2017.

Status of the participants
The accreditation allows you to participate in all events of Talents Tokyo.
As a registered participant of Talents Tokyo 2017 you are automatically accredited to TOKYO FILMeX 2017 taking place in November 2017 (www.filmex.net), and eligible to be provided with a limited amount of tickets for screenings, subject to availability.

Talents Tokyo offers, free of charge, a comprehensive program and many privileges to all participants. Your presence as a Talent on our website 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 Talents. Talents Tokyo reserves the right to remove participants from the website who abuse their accreditation, who are repeatedly absent, or who make false statements.

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. The data are saved on the server of Berlinale Talents. Only the staff of Talents Tokyo Organizing Committee (TOKYO FILMeX) and Berlin 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.