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Winning short films for Nespresso Talents 2021 announced at Cannes Film Festival

Genero news 13 July, 2021

Nespresso announced the three winning films for Nespresso Talents 2021 at Cannes Film Festival this week, with talented filmmakers from Russia and the Czech Republic taking out the International competition. The vertical short films were selected from nearly 1000 submissions across 60 countries.

After last year’s event went entirely virtual, Nespresso Talents were thrilled to hold a live award ceremony at the Palais des Festivals on Friday. We’re excited to share the announcement below, which screened with members of the jury, esteemed guests and winners (including some of those from 2020) in attendance.

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For sixth edition of Nespresso Talents, creators were invited to submit 2-3 minute vertical short films of any genre around this year’s theme, ‘Doing is Everything’. This year’s competition broke previous records, with nearly 1000 submissions representing 60 different countries around the world.

Fifteen films were shortlisted for the International competition, while 100 films were also shortlisted for 9 regional competitions (Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Mexico, Philippines, Romania, Russia and Spain) with regional winners due to be announced at local events over the coming weeks.

“Nespresso Talents is an opportunity to foster incredible creative talent while engaging with a younger audience that embraces innovation with a disruptive spirit. We are delighted to see so many talented filmmakers joined the movement and shared their creations, increasing our participation rate by 25% compared to last year’s edition.”

- Anna Lundstrom, Chief Brand Officer at Nespresso.

International Winners

Where travel permitted, this year’s International winners were flown to Cannes Film Festival for the award ceremony, as well as receiving a mentoring session with cinema experts and cash prizes. Congratulations to each of the winning filmmakers!

1st Place: ‘Postman’ by Klim Tukaev (Russia)

2nd Place: ‘Bagman’ by Jan Kellner (Czech Republic)

3rd Place: ‘Speaking in flowers’ by Nicolina Sterbet (Czech Republic)

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1st Place

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2nd Place

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3rd Place

Additional Winners

This year we were excited to see the return of the Nespresso Club Member award, along with the introduction of a new award for students & alumni of select film schools  around the world.  Congratulations to the following filmmakers:

Nespresso Club Member Award: ‘33421’ by Bruno Martins

Film School Award: ‘Doing is Love’ by Cristina Aguilera Ochoa

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1st Place - Club Member

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International Jury

The challenging process of selecting the winning films was given to an all star panel of talented industry professionals. The five talented members of the International jury for 2021 included:

  • Film and television actor Mark Chao
  • World explorer and adventurer Mike Horn
  • Writer, director & Nespresso Talents 2020 winner Faride Shroeder
  • Acclaimed French actress Zita Hanrot
  • Rwandan-French director & actress Sonia Rolland

Almost 5,000 trees planted

Committed towards off setting their carbon footprint, Nespresso worked in partnership with Pur Project to celebrate each participating filmmaker by planting 5 trees for every short film submitted. These trees will contribute to a large-scale initiative, transitioning coffee growers into organic coffee production through agroforestry, bringing to life this year’s ‘Doing is Everything’ movement.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who took part in Nespresso Talents this year. We hope to see you again in 2022!