Open call for movie makers.. Nespresso Talents 2016 – Shoot Vertical and go to Cannes! Nespresso has a long tradition of supporting talents in different fields, such as film, design and gastronomy. Nespresso expands its support for talent development and soundly complements its engagement in film. Nespresso has launched the vertical video contest “Nespresso Talents 2016”. The competition is open for entries March 7 through April 10, 2016. Winners will be announced on May 12, 2016 and receive 6,000 Euros each and a trip to the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The screening at Cannes is a screening during Cannes Film Festival. Join HERE
Storytelling – telling stories – is an integral part of our brand identity. With stories, we are able to communicate effectively. We know about the power of a good story! Nespresso Talents is a platform for young filmmakers. We challenge you to explore something extraordinary in a self-made film. An international jury will judge your work, and 3 winners will be invited and presented at the Film Festival in Cannes 2016th Nespresso calls the best filmmakers to tell their story in unique images and the chance to be invited to the film festival in Cannes to secure. #nespressotalents
The Jury for the Nespresso Talents 2016 contest is composed of 3 Talents & Alfonso Gonzalez (Nespresso Chief Customer Officer). The 3 Talents have been selected with the help of the Berlinale Talents & the Semaine de la Critique team. They are recognised as future key players in the film industry and each has been commissioned to create a vertical film to inspire short filmmakers to enter the contest. Their role will be to shortlist 20 videos amongst the participants and select the 3 winners.
Gaëlle Denis – President of the Jury
Gaëlle was spotted as one of the most promising French-British emerging feature film directors by Cannes Critic’s Week’s Next Step programme. She has won a BAFTA and a Cannes Cinéfondation selection for her short Fish Never Sleep. And her latest short, Crocodile, won the Canal Plus best short film award at Cannes 2014 Critics Week. Gaëlle’s unique approach to storytelling sees her use a broad range of techniques including animation, live action and theatrical direction. She is also an award-winning commercials director and has worked on opera pieces, hybrid animations, and multi-media projects.
“Vertical filmmaking revives the portrait format, pushing the immersive experience further by exploring and experimenting narrative into a new ratio “ Gaëlle Denis gaelledenis.com
Originally from France, Gaëlle Denis came to London after graduating from ENSAD to complete an MA at the Royal College of Art in Animation. While at Japan’s Kyoto City University of Arts, she directed the short film “Fish Never Sleep”, which won the BAFTA for Best Animated Short and Cannes Cinéfondation selection. Later “City Paradise” collected more than 50 awards including the prestigious Annecy Special Jury award and a BAFTA nomination. Always exploring new mediums, Gaëlle Denis has gained numerous accolades for her unique approach to storytelling that uses a broad range of techniques including animation, live action and theatrical direction. Gaëlle is also an award-winning commercials director and has worked on opera pieces, hybrid animations, multi-media projects. More recently focusing on live action, her latest BFI funded short “Crocodile” premiered at Cannes’ Critics Week where it won the Prix Canal+ for best short. Awarded places on TFL’s Adaptlab and Framework, the Jerusalem Film Lab and Le Groupe Ouest lab, Gaëlle was spotted as one of the most promising French-British emerging feature film directors by Cannes Critic’s Week’s Next Step programme.
Erik Schmitt – Jury Member
Erik Schmitt’s short “Now Follows” won the Lola for Best Short Film in 2011 and his latest short, ‘Berlin Metanoia”, is premiering at the Berlinale 2016. Erik’s innovative films use in-camera tricks and experiments with filming techniques such as stop motion, pixilation, playing with perspectives and special sets. Erik is currently writing a feature film, with support from the Wim Wenders Foundation.
“I like the idea that the way we use smartphones changes the way we consume media, and thus the way we think. Just a few years ago, vertical video seemed like a silly idea. But now it’s here, and it opens up a brand new field of art that is waiting for us all to explore, break conventions, and create something new” Erik Schmitt
Erik Schmitt was born Erik Schmitt in 1980 in Mainz, Germany. He studied communication sciences and English Literature in Geneva, Munich, Melbourne and FU Berlin. Erik founded KAMERAPFERD with Stephan Müller, and from 2009-2014 the directing duo from 2009-2014 produced a range of highly visual, often unconventional short films. “Now Follows” won the Lola, the German Best Short Film Award, in 2011, and the following year, Erik and Stephan worked on several projects in Los Angeles thanks to a grant from Villa Aurora. Out of this time grew the short “Rhino Full Throttle”, which premiered in 2013 at the Berlinale and won more than 60 prizes at more than 120 film festivals. Erik likes to push the boundaries of what’s possible, using in-camera tricks and experiments with filming techniques such as stop motion, pixilation, playing with perspectives and special sets in order to tell an emotional story in a new way. Erik has also directed several TV ads, music videos, as well as Solartaxi – a feature length documentary about the first solar powered car to circumnavigate the globe.
Eva Weber – Jury Member
Eva Weber is a multi-award winning filmmaker working in both documentary and fiction. Eva is the recipient of the Sundance Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award and her latest short Field Study, funded by the BFI, has been nominated for the 2015 European Film Award. Her documentary THE SOLITARY LIFE OF CRANES was described as “one of the most absorbing documentaries of the year”, and one of the top five films of the year in Sight &Sound’s annual film review.
“I love the challenge of making a vertical film. I’m excited to see how it will change not only the composition of the image but also how it might open my mind to new ideas and ways of looking at things.” Eva Weber www.oddgirlout.co.uk
Eva began her career making several award-winning short fiction films before directing the multiple award-winning short documentary ‘The Intimacy of Strangers’ which premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival and screened at over 50 festivals worldwide. Eva then directed ‘City of Cranes’ for Channel 4. Described as ‘stunningly poetic’, the film won, amongst others, awards at Los Angeles Film Fest, Full Frame and Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival.
Eva’s 27-minute film ‘The Solitary Life of Cranes’, a companion piece to ‘City of Cranes’, was critically acclaimed and selected as one of the top five films of the year in Sight & Sound’s annual film review.
Eva’s short film ‘Steel Homes’ received its North American premiere at Sundance in 2009, and then in 2011, Eva’s short ‘Reindeer’ premiered at Los Angeles Film Fest, and went on to screen at, amongst others, Sundance, Telluride and AFI Fest. Eva’s 47-minute documentary ‘Black Out’ received its world premiere at IDFA in 2012, and won, amongst others, awards at FIFE Environmental Film Festival in Paris and Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival.
Eva’s 20-minute fiction short ‘Field Study’ received its UK premiere at Encounters Film Festival in September 2014 and has been nominated for the European Film Awards 2015. Most recently, Eva completed the short, 10-minute film ‘Of The Unknown’ for Tribeca Film Institute and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The film is part of a series of five films, inspired by the words of Nelson Mandela and executive produced by James Marsh. Eva is currently in development with a number of feature projects, including a feature documentary with Signe Byrge, and the fiction feature ‘Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name’ written by Vendela Vida.
With the latter, Eva took part in the Sundance Institute’s 2013 Screenwriters Labs, Sundance, Directors Labs and Composers & Sound Design Labs.
The contest is looking for entries that challenge the conventions of storytelling and creatively bring to life the creative theme of “Explore Your Extraordinary”! Join it .. Win .. and go to Cannes!
Explore your extraordinary in the brand new Nespresso Talents 2016 project. Submit your VERTICAL SHORT FILM (9:16) and break the conventions of the usual viewing experience. 3 videos will be selected and showcased in Cannes – the screening at Cannes is a screening during Cannes Film Festival – total rewards of 18.000 €! Deadline: 10th April 2016