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TalentX: Developing the Developers - The international forum for industry professionals working to support the development and progression of feature film talent. 

Please note: Registrations for TalentX 2016 are currently closed. Follow us on Twitter for alerts.

About TalentX

The latest edition of TalentX was held in Amsterdam from 16-18 March 2016, and brought together 30 representatives of Film Funds and Talent Labs from across the EU and beyond who are working to support the development and progression of feature film talent.

After its successful inaugural run in 2015 (download the Summary Report - available in EnglishFrenchGerman and Spanish), returned with a fresh programme hosted by Creative England in partnership with the Danish Film Institute, the Irish Film Board and Netherlands Film Fund, and with the support of the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

Over three days, talent developers took part in a learning and ideas exchange focusing on the challenges and opportunities facing feature film talent in the ‘real world’.

Through a combination of international case studies, keynotes and workshops, participants actively explored topics such as: what do producers, directors and writers really want from development?; how effectively do film fund interventions relate to the ‘real world’ of industry and markets?; and how can we shape a fresh approach to supporting film talent from first feature to second, third and beyond?

Petter Braathen, Managing Partner for Norway-based Phoenix Consulting Ltd, chaired the three-day event, bringing his heavyweight multi-sector expertise as a facilitator. Petter has worked with renowned global consulting firms on Strategy and Change Management in Science, Technology and  Business, and holds extensive experience in media working both as a publisher and with business development in a pan-European media corporation. 

Further Contributors Included:

  • Talent agent Richard Cook (IE) and Peter Buckingham of SampoMedia (UK) kicked off the event with thought-provoking keynotes considering “Where Does the ‘Real World' Start for Talent?”
  • Writer-director Michael Noer, producer René Ezra, former artistic director / commissioner of New Danish Screen Jakob Høgel and sales manager Silje Glimsdal (DK) talked about their experiences on the award-winning first feature 'R'.  
  • Producers Bero Beyer (NL), Amra Bakšić Čamo (BA), Xavier Granada (ES) and Peter Smyth (UK) joined us for a panel & discussion session around the role of producers in development and their relationship with funders.  
  • The programme also featured case studies of Biennale College-Cinema (IT) and Wildcards, a cooperation between Flanders Audiovisual Fund & Netherlands Film Fund (BE / NL).

The venue for TalentX 2016 was The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, a 1920s architectural gem that has been renovated with quirky interior design and unusual room features. Full of eccentric character and a sense of fun, the hotel is at once thoroughly modern and steeped in history, having been built by the Royal Dutch Lloyd company to house emigrants before their departure on its ships. The Lloyd is a 10-minute tram journey from Amsterdam Centraal Station, and a 30-40 minute-walk from the city centre.

Download the TalentX 2016 Summary Report here.

Summary Report 2015

TalentX 2015 enabled the sharing and exploration of established, successful talent development practices. 

Six core themes emerged from the forum, which are highlighted in the Summary Report, to help inform and shape the way in which new and emerging feature film talent is supported.

Download the TalentX 2015 Summary Report in the resources below (available in English, French, German and Spanish).

Rapport Sommaire

TalentX 2015 a permis de partager et d'explorer des pratiques de développement des talents établies qui ont fait leurs preuves. 

Six thèmes principaux sont ressortis du forum. Ils sont repris dans le rapport sommaire pour aider à organiser et communiquer sur la manière dont les nouveaux talents émergents du monde du cinéma sont soutenus.  Téléchargez le rapport sommaire TalentX 2015 dans les ressources ci-dessous (disponible en anglais, français, allemand et espagnol).

Zusammenfassender Bericht

TalentX 2015 hat den Austausch und die Erforschung bewährter, erfolgreicher Praktiken der Talententwicklung ermöglicht. 

Im Rahmen des Forums wurden sechs Kernthemen aufgeworfen, die im zusammenfassenden Bericht hervorgehoben sind. Sie dienen zur Information und dazu, die Art und Weise zu gestalten, auf die neue und aufstrebende Spielfilmtalente unterstützt werden.  Laden Sie den zusammenfassenden Bericht über TalentX 2015 aus den nachstehenden Quellen herunter (in Englisch, Französisch, Deutsch und Spanisch erhältlich).

Resumen Ejecutivo

TalentX 2015 permitió compartir y explorar prácticas arraigadas y eficaces de desarrollo de talentos. 

En el foro se propusieron seis temas principales, que se destacan en el Resumen ejecutivo, para ayudar a informar y dar forma a la manera en la que se apoya a los nuevos talentos emergentes.  Descargue el Resumen ejecutivo de TalentX 2015 en los recursos que aparecen a continuación (disponible en inglés, francés, alemán y español).