Managing Talents

Special event organized under the umbrella of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest – a discussion.

October 21st
from 11:00 to 14:00

Cinema PRO (6 I. C. Brătianu Boulevard, District 2)

  • 11:00 – 11:45: Actors for Actors – a dialogue between invited participants and actors about the opportunities, specificities and conditions of actors internationally.
  • 11:45 – 12:30: What we expect from you – what directors expect from actors after meeting at casting.
  • 12:30 – 13:15: Listening to casting directors – experienced casting directors speak about self tapes, tactics, opportunities and preparation for international castings.
  • 13:15: networking cocktail.

Available seats: 250

The purpose of this event is to facilitate the meeting between Romanian actors and world famous casting agents, as well as with foreign and Romanian actors with a remarkable international career. The workshop is open to professional or amateur actors of all ages who have played in any kind of film sequence in the last five years, and who speak English, French or Russian well enough to attend an audition.

This year, the top 30 applicants, regardless of the workshop of October 21st, will have the chance to personally meet (for 15 minutes) the invited casting directors. Application period: September 27th –October 8th. The application forms will no longer be valid as of Sunday, October 8th, at 23:59 o’clock.

Casting directors invited

Richard Cook

Richard Cook (Ireland): founder of the Lisa Richards Agency, representing for 27 years the professionals from creative industries – actors, comedians, screenwriters, directors, designers, composers and presenters. Actors like Cillian Murphy, Aidan Turner, Pierce Brosnan, Vlad Ivanov are in the agency’s portofolio; the artistic director of Subtitle Film fest; the founder of Cat Laughs Comedy Festival (Kilkenny, Irlanda).

Frank Moiselle

Frank Moiselle (Ireland): casting director and three times nominee of the Primetime Emmy, worked with famous directors like Jim Sheridan, Joel Schumacher, Gillies MacKinnon and Neil Jordan. He started his career as a casting assistant for the movie The Dead (r. John Huston) and worked for various TV shows amongst which Ballykissangel (BBC), Tudors, Borgias and Vikings (History/MGM).

Vicki Thomson

Vicki Thomson (Great Britain): Worked for numerous and multi-awarded television productions including Broadchurch (ITV), Humans (C4), Grantchester (ITV), Brief Encounters (ITV), The Last Kingdom (ITV) and  Episodes (BBC).

Nathalie Cheron

Nathalie Cheron (France): mostly works for French and European productions and with some of the most respected directors – Luc Besson, Olivier Assayas, Guillaume Gallienne, Frédéric Auburtin. She also worked with American directors – Robert Altman, Norman Jewison, Danny Huston, Des McAnuff and Doug Liman. Nathalie is a member of the Association des Responsables de Distribution Artistique (ARDA) and was a jury member for European Shooting Stars 2015.

Elizaveta Shmakova

Elizaveta Shmakova (Russia): studied at St. Petersburg State Conservatory and began her career at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, later becoming Exhibition Curator at both the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. In 2002, Elizaveta became Casting Director for Studio Slon, where she casts Russian and International productions.

Victor Jenkins

Victor Jenkins (Great Britain): got his first job in casting working under Lucinda Syson on the epic films Troy and Alexander and soon became famous. From there he moved into TV, heading his own shows at the age of 26. After 3 years he wanted to move back in to the film world and became Associate with the late Carrie Hilton, and then Gary Davy before co-founding VHJ Casting with fellow Casting Director Kelly Valentine Hendry in 2010. Alongside Kelly he has been nominated for 2 Artios Awards. In 2017, he starts his own company, Victor Jenkins Casting Ltd.

Participation conditions – ACTORS

  • Create a video recording (self-tape) working from the text proposed by the organizers, in one of the 3 languages;
Download English Text
Download French Text
Download Russian Text
  • Fill out the application form, and insert links to your self-tape, to the reel (your presentation video – you as a film actor), to a representative sequence that you played in, and to your profile from the data base of the Casting Agency with which you are registered;
  • Pay the event participation fee of RON 100.
Application Form

Participation conditions – 2017 ACTING GRADUATES

Graduates of acting schools, class of 2017, can apply for the Managing Talents workshop, but are not eligible for the selection of individual meetings with casting directors. For them, the application terms are:

  • Be Romanian or Moldovan citizen;
  • Create a video recording (self-tape) working from the text proposed by the organizers;
Download Text
  • Fill out the application form, and insert links to your self-tape and to your profile from the data base of the Casting Agency with which you are registered.
Application Form

How does it work?

The casting agents will receive the contact information and links to the casting forms of the participants, as well as the video recordings. These will be watched by the casting agents as well as by a number of film industry professionals from Romania, mostly film directors.

Based on the video recordings received, the organizers will select, along with the casting agents, a number of around 30 actors who, besides the workshop of October 21st, will have individual meetings for 15 minutes with the casting directors on Friday, October 20th, and Sunday, October22nd. The place where the meetings will take place will be subsequently announced. For this final stage, only experienced actors are eligible, and not recent graduates.

All applicants will be granted access to, within the limit of available seats, the Managing Talents workshop that includes three panels and a networking cocktail.

The event is organized in partnership with Richard Cook, co-founder of The Lisa Richards Agency. With the support of: Spotlight, and Subtitle.

Managing Talents is an event presented by BRD Groupe Société Générale.

BRD invests in culture, education and sports, privileging projects that accompany growth and facilitate the progress of new generations and bring long term value. Culture represents an essential pillar of social development, and BRD encourages innovative projects that will be recognized and appreciated by young people.

Following this vision, BRD created Scena9, a journalism platform that offers daily orientation instruments on the world map of culture in Romania and constantly supports initiatives for theatre, film, contemporary visual art and classical music, thus giving form to the universe of cultural engagement.