Art and Experience: Iranian director of photography Mohammad Haddadi has been invited to the 15th Berlinale Talents as the first Iranian to attend the major festival.

Berlinale Talents will be held on February 11-16, 2017 on the sidelines of the 67th Berlinale which is scheduled for February 9-17, 2017, berlinale-talents.de reported.

Berlinale Talents is the annual summit and networking platform of the Berlin International Film Festival for 250 outstanding creativities from the fields of film and drama series.

The finalists are selected from 2,711 individuals from 127 countries.

Haddadi won the Best Photography Award for the film ‘Starless Dreams’, directed by Mehrdad Oskouei, at the 13th International Documentary Film Festival CRONOGRAF of Moldova, 2016.

Berlinale Talents is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival — a business division of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, in cooperation with Creative Europe MEDIA, a program of the European Union, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. It was initiated in 2003.

In addition to the extensive summit program of master classes and panel discussions with top-notch experts, Berlinale Talents offers a range of Project Labs for further developing and presenting one’s own project.

Berlinale Talents also provides studio program and workshops for specific groups of film professionals. As an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, the entire event is closely linked with the program of the festival sections and the European Film Market.

While the roots of Berlinale Talents are firmly planted in Berlin, new shoots of the initiative have been sprouting internationally. These Talents International editions, Talents Beirut in Lebanon, Talents Buenos Aires in Argentina, Talents Guadalajara in Mexico, Talents Durban in South Africa, Talents Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Talents Tokyo in Japan have the familiar structure and purpose as their German counterpart; all the while retaining a regional perspective and finding support and the necessary amenities in a locally based international film festival. Talents initiatives are supported by local partners as well as by the Goethe-Institut.