Maihi is a Berlinale Talent

DEGANZ member and 2017 Incubator alum Renae Maihi attended the 2024 Berlinale Talents Summit as a selected writer/director.

Each year, the renowned Berlinale Film Festival hosts the talent development programme to foster the growth of the world’s top emerging filmmakers. Participants attend The Summit in Berlin for a week of discipline-specific workshops, talks with acclaimed guests, and project development labs. They also join the Berlinale Global Community, an exclusive group of filmmakers and professionals to find support, inspiration, and potential collaborators.

This year, Renae and 201 other talents were selected from a record 3,832 applications from 131 countries. She attended the highly competitive programme as the sole participant from Aotearoa and the only Indigenous filmmaker in the group.

She shared with DEGANZ about her time at The Summit,

Highlights of my time at Berlinale Talents include listening to Martin Scorsese and Lupita Nyong’o talk for us about their careers, dinner with director Wes Anderson’s Art Department collaborator, the lovely Simon Weisse, as well as a direct invitation from the European branch of the Academy to be a member. I found some future collaborators who were also talents in the program working at the top level in their countries. Definitely an excellent time in Berlin.

The Summit took place from 17-22 February with the theme, Common Toungues: Speaking Out in the Language of Cinema.

It’s great to see Renae being recognised for her mahi on such a large international scale!

Last updated on 29 February 2024