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14 February 2018

Nespresso Talents 2018 Launches in the UK with All-Female Jury to Celebrate “The Difference She Makes”

Nespresso announces the launch of Nespresso Talents 2018, a unique vertical filmmaking contest which aims to showcase extraordinary talent from around the world. Now in its third year, Nespresso Talents continues to push the boundaries of traditional filmmaking by asking that all submissions are in a vertical format (9:16), giving entrants a chance to explore their creativity through a completely new perspective. The Nespresso Talents competition is the first of its kind and in 2017, 317 videos were submitted from over 40 different countries.

Storytellers have an incredible power. They are able to provide hope, make us laugh, make us cry and change the world around them. By working with young filmmakers, Nespresso wants to create a rallying cry for a brighter tomorrow. This year, Nespresso wanted to build on its own commitment to sustainability and positive change through empowering more women agronomists and farmers with knowledge and education, unleashing all the amazing potential and impact that comes with it –to the coffee, to her family, to her community and beyond.

This is why Nespresso is asking young filmmakers to share the stories of women who make a difference. The brand is inviting talent to cast a light on women’s achievements, the small ordinary ones and the big extraordinary ones. Nespresso is looking for stories, made by women and men, which celebrate the strength, the talent and the innovation of the women who spark change.

For the UK contest, Nespresso has appointed an all-female jury made up of some of the most influential women in the film industry: Kate Kinninmont MBE, Chief Executive of Women in Film and Television (UK); Caroline Norbury MBE, founding Chief Executive of Creative England; Elizabeth Karlsen, film producer and co-founder of Number 9 films; Christiana Ebohon-Green, award-winning director; Eva Pederzini, Marketing Director of Nespresso UK and ROI.

The contest will be open for entries from 8th February to 25th March 2018 on The jury panel will review the entries, choosing
the three best short films, which will be available for the public to view on UK entrants to the contest will also be eligible for the international selection.

The winner will not only receive funds for his or her film career but also an exclusive trip to the world-renowned 2018 Cannes Film Festival in May, where the international winners will be formally announced and celebrated. Winners will receive mentoring sessions in Cannes with Semaine de la Critique and Berlinale Talents representatives.

The Nespresso Talents platform aims to inspire filmmakers to create positive change in the world and to celebrate filmmaking talent globally. The contest brief also taps into cultural trends by offering a new storytelling perspective using the vertical format – a way of viewing videos, which has already grown 600% in the last five years.

Alfonso Gonzalez, Nespresso Chief Customer Officer explains: “Nespresso seeks out people who think differently, who are prepared to go further, push boundaries and demonstrate creativity in what they do. For this reason, we are proud to support film events, with a focus on young talent and innovation in film.”

To build on the brand’s on-going support of cinematography, this year, Nespresso is honoured to be a Platinum Partner to the EE British Academy Film Awards in London, as well as Official Coffee Partner at the Berlinale International Film Festival for the third consecutive year.

As part of the BAFTA partnership, Nespresso is proud to be the official co-host of the BAFTA Nespresso Nominees’ Party, which will take place on Saturday 17th February at Kensington Palace. Nominees and guests will come together to celebrate on the eve of the Awards Ceremony and, last year, Emma Stone, Hugh Grant, Amy Adams and Andrew Garfield were among some of the nominees who attended.

Meet the people who will judge the UK Selection of Nespresso Talents 2018.

L-R: [Christiana Ebohon-Green, Elizabeth Karlsen, Eva Pederzini, Caroline Norbury MBE, Kate Kinninmont MBE]

Kate Kinninmont MBE
Chief Executive of Women in Film and Television (UK)

Kate Kinninmont is the Chief Executive of Women in Film and Television (UK), the premier membership organisation for women in the creative media with an international network of over 10,000 women worldwide. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she is a member of BAFTA and the Royal Television Society. Kate is also an Honorary Associate of The London Film School, and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2014 for services to the women in the television and film industry.

Caroline Norbury MBE
Founding Chief Executive of Creative England

Caroline Norbury MBE is the founding Chief Executive of Creative England and dedicated to championing the creative industries. Caroline is a member of BAFTA, the Royal Society of Arts, the UK Trade & Investment Creative Industries Sector Advisory Group and leads on the work of the Creative Industries Council Access to Finance working group. She was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to the film industry.

Elizabeth Karlsen
British film producer and production manager

Elizabeth Karlsen is an Oscar-nominated producer and production manager, best known for Carol (2015), The Crying Game (1992), Made In Dagenham (2010) and Youth (2015). She co-founded Number 9 Films and has served on the board of EM Media, The Edinburgh Festival, was chair of Women in Film and TV UK and is on the advisory board for the 2016 NFTS Gala.

Christiana Ebohon-Green
Award-winning director

Christiana Ebohon-Green is an award-winning drama director, who has worked in television for 15 years. She has also written and directed several short films, including St Claire (1997) and In Your Eye (1998), which won the Kodak Award USA 1998, and was screened at the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker’s Showcase at Cannes in 1999. Christiana was selected for the BAFTA Elevate 2017 scheme and is a former mentee of Women in Film & Television.

Eva Pederzini
Marketing Director at Nespresso UK and ROI

Eva leads creative campaigns and partnerships with film festivals for Nespresso, from BAFTA to the Berlinale. She has a passion for cinema and is a strong advocate of women in leadership roles. Eva is proud to support the empowerment of women in the film industry, as well as further afield through Nespresso’s work with women in coffee.