Jude Lister in Film & TV

03/11/2015

Creative England announces TalentX 2016

TalentX, the first international forum of its kind specifically designed for film talent developers, will return to Amsterdam for its second edition from 16-18 March 2016. 

The event is hosted by Creative England in partnership with the Danish Film Institute, the Irish Film Board and the Netherlands Film Fund, and supported by the EU’s Creative Europe programme.

Building on the success of the inaugural event, the results of which were presented at Cannes Film Festival 2015, the TalentX 2016 programme will be focused on feature filmmaking, gathering representatives of film funds and talent labs from across the EU and beyond to help shape new approaches, attitudes and models for talent development.

Over three days, 30 participants will explore the challenges and opportunities facing talent within the industry, what writers and directors really want from development, and how producers can be best supported in bringing on talent. They will compare different international models for the development of people and projects, and successful strategies for moving talent into first, second and third features.

Professionals from across the value chain will be invited to contribute to sessions: from filmmakers to broadcasters, financiers and business executives, sales agents, distributors and exhibitors. Last year guest speakers included representatives from StudioCanal, Memento Films International, SquareOne Entertainment, Haut et Court, Morena Films, Sampo Media, Habbekrats, Sundance Institute, Screen Australia, Rotterdam International Film Festival and TorinoFilmLab, alongside filmmakers such as Duane Hopkins (UK), Tristan Goligher (UK), Paddy Breathnach (Ireland) and Sacha Polak (Netherlands). 

Caroline Cooper-Charles, Head of Film at Creative England says, 

"Developing talent and ideas is the lifeblood of our industry, but it is easy to get stuck in cycles and methodology that can hamper a positive development process. TalentX is a wonderful forum for developers to collectively set aside preconceptions, explore alternative ways of working and discover new creative strategies. We’re excited to welcome new participants and continue our relationships with key partners to build on the success of last year’s event.”   

Mette Damgaard-Sørensen, Artistic Director of New Danish Screen at the Danish Film Institute says, 

“In an ever-evolving European film ecology, with new opportunities and challenges in terms of production, distribution and social reality, developing young film makers as strong artistic voices is more important than ever.  In order to inform and qualify best practice, cross collaboration between talent developers seems crucial. TalentX is an important forum to critically examine our methods and discuss a production reality which is becoming more and more international.”

Teresa McGrane, Deputy Chief Executive at the Irish Film Board says, 

“TalentX is a great partnership and a wonderful forum to share ideas with funders, talent developers around Europe and of course that so important triangulation of Writers, Producers and Directors.”  

Dorien van de Pas, Head of New Screen/Consultant Talent Development Netherlands Filmfund says, 

“It is very important and inspiring to share experiences, ideas and best practices on an international level, since we and our Talents think and work more globally than ever.”

To download the summary report of TalentX 2015 (available in English, French, German and Spanish) and register for the upcoming edition taking place from 16-18 March 2016, visit our TalentX page

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