Les films de Cannes à Bucarest is organizing the second edition of the Managing Talents event on October 21st, at 11:00, at Cinema Pro, continuing on the festival’s path to support beginner or established actors, regardless of age, in their professional development. The objective of the meeting is to get as many Romanian actors as possible in contact with renowned casting directors from around the world.

In 2016, casting directors and agents like Ilene Feldman or Avy Kaufman, who managed the careers of celebrities like Ryan Gosling, Colin Farrell, Terrence Malick, Angelina Jolie, Ang Lee, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg, talked with actors and directors from Romania about the professionals who put them in the spotlight – the manager, the agent or the casting director. This year, Managing Talents brings to Bucharest some of the most active casting directors of the moment: Frank Moiselle (Ireland), Vicki Thomson (United Kingdom), Nathalie Cheron (France), Elizaveta Shmakova (Russia), Victor Jenkins (United Kingdom) and Richard Cook (Ireland).

The workshop of October 21st 2017 is open both to established actors, regardless of age, and to those making their debut.

The application form, the conditions of participation and more details are available on the site filmedefestival.ro by accessing this link. The number of participants is limited – 250 seats, and the participation fee is RON 100.

Interested actors are invited to make a video recording (self-tape) in English, French or Russian (of the text proposed on the event page) and to create online access links to this self-tape and to their file from the data base of the casting agency there are registered with – the file must contain recently taken pictures. They can opt to provide in the application online access links to a presentation video (reel), as well as to film sequences wherein they played.

The application period is September 27th – October 8th. All participants enrolled in the workshop will be automatically registered in the database of the casting directors invited to Bucharest.

The casting directors and organizers will watch the self-tapes of those enrolled in the workshop and, on this basis, the casting directors will select a number of approximately 30 actors that will have the chance to personal meetings with them on the days of Friday October 20th and, respectively, Sunday October22nd.

The workshop structure:

  • 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

Invited casting directors

Nominated three times for Primetime Emmy awards, Frank Moiselle collaborated with renowned directors such as Jim Sheridan, Joel Schumacher, Gillies MacKinnon and Neil Jordan, and he worked for numerous TV series, among which are Ballykissangel, The Tudors, The Borgias and Vikings.

From the United Kingdom, there will be Vicki Thomson, who’s worked for several, multi-award-winning TV productions, including Broadchurch, Humans, Grantchester, Brief Encounters, The Last Kingdom, and Episodes, as well as Victor Jenkins (Victor Jenkins Casting Ltd.) for the epic productions Troy and Alexander, and nominated for the Artios Awards along with Kelly Valentine (VHJ Casting).

Nathalie Cheron works for French and European productions, collaborating with some of the most celebrated European directors – Luc Besson, Olivier Assayas, Guillaume Gallienne, Frédéric Auburtin, and Americans – Robert Altman, Norman Jewison, Danny Huston, Des McAnuff and Doug Liman.

Elizaveta Shmakova began her career at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, becoming curator for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg. Since 2002, she is the casting director for the Studio Slon, where she works on Russian and International productions.

The workshop is organized in collaboration with Richard Cook, one of the founders of The Lisa Richards Agency, whose portfolio includes such actors as Cillian Murphy, Aidan Turner, Pierce Brosnan and Vlad Ivanov. Richard Cook is also the artistic director of the Subtitle Film Fest, as well as the founder of the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny, Ireland, one of the most important comedy festivals.

The actors talking to the participants of Managing Talents are Nahuel Pérez Biscayart (the protagonist of 120 battements par minute, directed by Robin Campillo, awarded the Grand Prix – Cannes 2017), Dylan Smith (known for his roles in 300, Total Recall, and The Mummy), Valentina Lodovini (awarded for her role of Maria in the film Benvenuti al sud, directed by Luca Miniero) and Vlad Ivanov (one of today’s most popular Romanian actors, known for his role in 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, directed by Cristian Mungiu, Police, Adjective, directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, Position of the Baby, directed by Călin Peter Netzer and Dogs, directed by Bogdan Mirică).

Radu Muntean (The Paper Will Be Blue, One Floor Below) and Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Beyond the Hills, Graduation) are the two directors who will give talks in the 2nd part of the October 21st workshop.

Managing Talents is an event presented by BRD Groupe Société Générale, organized with the support of the Spotlight European Film Festival and Subtitle.


The festival is presented by Orange Romania, a traditional partner of the event.

Supported by: BRD Groupe Société Générale

Official car of the festival: Renault

With the support of: Catena, Groupama Asigurări, Apa Nova, Silva

Official Coffee of the festival: Nespresso

The eighth edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is organized by the Cinemascop Association and Voodoo Films, in partnership with the Embassy of France and the French Institute in Bucharest.

Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is a cultural project financed by the The Ministry of Culture and National Identity, the National Center of Cinematography, SACD / Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers), the Cultural Project Centre of the Bucharest City Hall – ARCUB, within the Cultural Program “Bucureşti Oraș Participativ” 2017 and the Romanian Cultural Institute.

Partners: Hotel Mercure, S.E.R.V.E, UPS, Media Image Factory, PiArt Vision.

Media partners: Europa FM, Zile și Nopți, Cinemap, Glamour, VIVA!, ELLE, News.ro, A List Magazine, Observator Cutural, Scena9, Agerpres, Cinemagia, LiterNet, Movie News, AaRC, Cinefan, Umblat.ro, Urban.ro

Media monitoring partner: mediaTRUST

The local editions of the festival, taking place in the 7 other cities are carried out in Brașov with the support of the Local Council of Brașov, through the program “Project co-financed by the Brașov Local Council”, in Cluj-Napoca with the support of the Local Council of Cluj Napoca, the City Hall of Cluj Napoca and the “Suedia” Association, in Sibiu in partnership with ASTRA Film Festival, in Arad through the program “Co-financed by The Municipal Cultural Center Arad”, in Timișoara with the support of the City Hall of Timișoara, The Cultural House Of The City Of Timișoara and the Philharmonic of Banat, in Iași with the support of The City Hall of Iași and the Athenaeum, and in Suceava with the help of the City Hall of Suceava.


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