Talents Guadalajara is an intensive summit for filmmakers from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, that have stand out for their originality, talent and vision of the future, always standing in their today. Reflecting on their reality and innovating towards tomorrow.

The programme includes various Master Classes, conferences, reflection dialogues (Talents Circles), screenings, and multidisciplinary workshops (Studios) focused on bringing participants closer to the most relevant and current themes of the film industry, as well as the creation of professional networks,

Talents Guadalajara offers, a range of opportunities and international collaborations, reinforced by the Talents International programme around the world: Berlinale Talents, Talents Beirut, Talents Buenos Aires, Talents Durban, Talents Sarajevo and Talents Tokyo.

The Guadalajara International Film Festival in collaboration with Berlinale Talents and the support of Goethe-Institute Mexico and the International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI presents the twelfth edition of Talents Guadalajara under the theme “Glocal”. This theme was inspired by the idea of ​​sowing into the next generation of filmmakers, ways of crafting films that go according to our local contexts, but that connect us with a global vision and enriched with diverse experiences.

In an industry where international co-production and visibility have been placed as a “must” to guarantee the success of filmmakers and their projects, we seek to create a space that prioritizes the right to be different over the requirement of being noticed. Identity, multiculturalism, sustainability, territories and their sociocultural contexts; are some of the main axes of film production that we’ll be exploring on this edition of Talents Guadalajara, by the hand of fifty filmmakers selected for their unique perspective and added value to their communities.

How do international trends affect the way we tell our stories? Is it possible to make films for a foreign market about specific realities? What are the tools to reach these markets?

From March 20 to 25, 2020; Talents Guadalajara will gather 50 young filmmakers who stand out for their originality, resonance and professionalism; chosen out of 628 applications from 21 different countries.

Each year Talents Guadalajara invites filmmakers and industry professionals to be part of the selection committee that helps us find the emerging filmmakers who will join us for the meetings, studios and labs.

For this edition, the committee was formed by: Ariadna Mogollón, producer and academic coordinator of JEQ, A self-managed Learning Space of feminist community cinema. Andrew Houchens; producer, programmer and consultant for EFM-Berlinale. Eloisa Lopez-Gomez, programmer and content strategist for Sofá Digital, a VOD company in Latin America. Misha MacLaird, curator, writer and film producer that ever since 2015 has been a Programming Advisor for the Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF).

For the category of film criticism, the committee was composed of film critics belonging to FIPRESCI, Annemarie Meier (Austria-Mexico), Mariangel Solomita (Uruguay) and Eduardo Guillot (Spain).