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The first Talent Campus in Japan will take place at the Tokyo Filmex, where it will run Nov. 21-26.

Since its launch at the Berlinale in 2003, the educational Talent Campus has become an integral part of the fest, energizing young filmmakers around the world and inspiring other international fests to set up similar events.

The Talent Campus Tokyo will invite about 15 talented young directors and producers from East and Southeast Asia to attend workshops, master classes and panel discussions with high-profile experts and filmmakers.

Young filmmakers will be able to apply beginning June 1. Program details, experts and participants will be announced in fall.

The Talent Campus Tokyo is presented by the Filmex organizing committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture in cooperation with the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Goethe Institute Tokyo.

“Considering the current situation in Japan and in light of the 150th anniversary of German-Japanese friendship, this is an important project to intensify film relations with Japan and Asia in the future,” said Bernd Neumann, German federal commissioner for culture and media. “The Berlinale Talent Campus is a unique initiative for artistic exchange that links international talent to the German film industry.”

The Berlinale began exporting its know-how and network of talent around the world following the first Talent Campus in Berlin in 2003.

Some Campus events initially took place at fests in Kiev, Cape Town and and Delhi.

Since 2009, however, Talent Campus international programs have been taking place exclusively in Guadalajara, Buenos Aires, Durban, Sarajevo and now expanded to Tokyo.