Jude Lister in Film & TV

15/12/2014

Introducing TalentX

TalentX, the first international forum for professionals working in film talent development, to be held in Amsterdam.

Taking place at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam from 18-20 March 2015, TalentX will bring together professionals working to support the development and progression of film talent from across the EU and beyond.

Due to be an annual event, TalentX will be hosted by Creative England in partnership with the Danish Film Institute and the Irish Film Board, and supported by the EU’s Creative Europe programme.

“Getting creative people onto the path that works for them in developing their careers is vital,” commented Chris Moll, Head of Film at Creative England.

“However, that is only the beginning – ensuring new and emerging talent can thrive, making second, third and more projects that successfully connect with audiences is the endgame and sharing experiences on how we can do that more consistently is what this forum is all about.”

Attendees will include talent developers from studios and commercial companies as well as state funding agencies and other organisations such as film schools, all who are proactively working with new and emerging talent. They will take part in a learning and ideas exchange, focusing on the challenges and opportunities facing talent within the real world. 

Participants will be actively exploring what writers and directors really want from development, successful strategies for moving talent into first, second and third features, the role of producers in bringing on talent and different international models for the development of people and projects. 

Keith Potter from the Irish Film Board said, “I think it's a great opportunity for us to listen to the writers, directors and producers who have been through the talent development process, to identify what worked for them - and what didn't.”

Prami Larsen, Head of Film at the Danish Film Institute added, “A rapidly changing global entertainment industry calls for new ways of developing emerging film makers. New skills and new collaborations are needed when the ways of production, distribution and storytelling in moving images are changing due to the web, digital technology and changes in cultural behavior. It is about time to start ventures aiming at strengthening European talent development by sharing best practice experience for the benefit of the European film culture.”

Other significant players in the film and television ecology including broadcasters, financiers and business executives, sales agents, distributors and exhibitors, as well as filmmakers who have experienced different kinds of talent support and development, will be invited to take part as contributors and facilitators. 

For more information on how to take part in TalentX (18-20 March 2015), visit www.creativeengland.co.uk/film/talentx.

  • Talent Development
  • Filmmaking