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DIVERSE ARTISTS ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR B3 MEDIA’S 2017 EDITION OF TALENTLAB

DEADLINE EXTENSION – SEPTEMBER 25TH

Now in its fifth year, B3 Media seeks diverse artists for its 2017 edition of TalentLab – an innovative creative development programme aimed at BAME (black, Asian or minority ethnic) artists, writers, creative producers, and filmmakers who are ready to take their careers to the next level.

B3 Media is a leading media arts network that understands the importance of representative storytelling. TalentLab 2017 helps diverse artists take their careers to the next level by transforming raw ideas and stories into outstanding projects through workshops and individualised support. The programme also enables participants to gain greater exposure and recognition in their fields via carefully curated networks with a list of industry mentors.

Nelson George is one of this year’s mentors. George wrote and directed ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’, a documentary about the world famous African American ballerina Misty Copeland. He was also Executive Producer and co-writer on the successful Netflix series ‘The Get Down’, created by director Baz Luhrmann and Pulitzer-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe for playing the lead in George’s HBO directorial debut, ‘Life Support.’

Supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds and University of Nottingham’s Horizon/ Mixed Reality Lab, TalentLab 2017’s closing date is 25th September 2017.

Applicants can visit b3media.net/talentlab for more information.

We are calling for applications from individuals with a strong story to tell and a track record in film, visual arts, theatre and digital storytelling. B3 Media is hoping to find 20 candidates with ideas to participate in a series of development labs in November 2017. From this initial group, up to 6 projects will be commissioned and produced between November 2017 – January 2018 with an opportunity to present their work at our B3 Futures industry showcase at Picturehouse Central (London) in February 2018.

Dan Simmons, Creative Skillset’s Head of Partnerships said, “Inclusivity is a key strand of our strategy and we are delighted to support this important programme through the Film Skills Fund. B3 Media have a great track record in improving the skills of BAME creatives and enabling promising talent to emerge. We look forward to discovering this year’s intake and experiencing their creative output.

Professor Steve Benford of Nottingham University said: “It has been tremendously exciting to host this year’s Talentlab artists at the Mixed Reality Laboratory. Their enthusiasm and creativity have been a breath of fresh air and our team is excited by the unusual and challenging new projects that are emerging. We are very much looking forward to engaging with a new cohort of artists next year and fully expect them to help us continue to push the boundaries of interactive media”.

Marc Boothe, Founder/ Creative Director of B3 Media, says: “At B3, our passion is finding, growing and showcasing creative talent with fresh stories that have yet to be told. We focus on developing creative leaders from diverse communities who have something to say whether it’s by way of short, feature, or transmedia art forms. It’s exciting to find and ignite talented storytellers who will blaze the trail for years to come.”

 

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