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Watch the winning vertical short films from Nespresso Talents 2020

Briefs 10 July, 2020

Nespresso has announced the three winning films for the 2020 Nespresso Talents international competition, with talented filmmakers from Mexico, Czech Republic and Iran selected from over 700 submissions.  

We’re excited to share the official selections for the short film competition run via Genero, inviting filmmakers around the world to tell unique stories in a vertical format.

With the Cannes Film Festival postponed, Nespresso has orchestrated an online award ceremony to congratulate the winners. Watch the full announcement below. 

The selected filmmakers will each receive an invitation to the 2021 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, a mentoring session with cinema experts and prize money from a pool of €50,000. Also receiving prizes are winning films from 11 local markets that also took part in regional competitions. 

Congratulations to everyone involved in creating a film this year in such challenging circumstances. We were blown away to receive 734 submissions from 47 countries around the world! A special mention goes to each of the 36 winning productions, and over 100 shortlisted films.

"Fostering creative talents and supporting people who think differently is at the core of the Nespresso Talents platform. Despite these challenging times, we are delighted to see so many talented filmmakers joined the movement, almost doubling this year’s participation, compared to our 2019 edition".

Anna Lundstrom, Nespresso Chief Brand Officer

The Jury

As well as the 42 jury members who took part in judging the local competitions, the three overall winners were selected by the all-star members of the diverse international jury: Film and television actor Mark Chao, General Coordinator of Cannes’ Semaine De La Critique Rémi Bonhomme, award winning photographer Rena Effendi, and world explorer/adventurer Mike Horn. From the 15 short-listed films, the jury deliberated to ultimately come to a consensus on the three winning productions.

The Theme

Filmmakers were invited to get creative with this year’s theme ‘Virtuous Circles’, which called for stories about how one good deed can change something for the better, and even become a catalyst for something bigger than the action itself. Judges were looking at specific criteria within the films, including unique use of the vertical format.

"Vertical filmmaking is more personal, intimate and engaging than traditional cinematography."

Mark Chao, Nespresso Talents Jury

The Ceremony

We are thrilled to share the full award ceremony from Nespresso Talents, recapping the amazing project, and featuring members of the Nespresso team and International jury announcing the shortlist and selected films. Watch below.

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The Selected Films

Congratulations to the selected filmmakers: Faride Shroeder, Daniela Hýbnerová and Teymour Ghaderi.

1st Place: ‘Oasis’ by Faride Shroeder (Mexico)

Mexican writer and director Faride Shroeder has 14 years of experience in the film and advertising industries. She is passionate about imagery and in a constant search for beauty through her attention to detail. Her film ‘Oasis’ was selected in 1st place for its brilliant sensitivity towards this year’s theme.

2nd Place: ‘The one about the shirt’ by Daniela Hýbnerová (Czech Republic)

Daniela Hýbnerová is currently studying animated film at FAMU International in Prague. Her storytelling, drawing and animations are inspired by the Wes Anderson universe and the world of Harry Potter. Her passion for animation and the originality of her short film were what led the jury to award her 2nd place.

3rd Place: ‘Home’ by Teymour Ghaderi (Iran)

Teymour Ghaderi is a film writer and director who grew up in the city of Kamyaran, Iran. He specialises in creating short films and documentaries on human rights themes. The poetic view of Virtuous Circles in ‘Home’, the photography and its approach to the vertical format charmed the jury who awarded the filmmaker third place.

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1st Place

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2nd Place

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3rd Place

Trees planted for every submission

Nespresso works with PUR Project to support reforestation around the world as part of their commitment to sustainability. For this year’s competition, 10 trees will be planted for every short film created. Thanks to all the filmmakers who got involved, the record-breaking submissions received this year means that 7,430 trees will be planted in Colombia!

Thanks again to all the filmmakers who took part in Nespresso Talents 2020. You can watch the full shortlists and find out the winners for the regional projects via the Nespresso Talents website.