Now in its sixth year, B3 Media is looking for artists for its 2019 edition of TalentLab – an innovative creative development programme aimed at BAME artists, writers, creative producers, and filmmakers who are ready to take their careers to the next level.
They 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 September 2019. From this initial group, up to 6 projects will be commissioned.
The selected filmmakers and artists will receive mentorship and development support between October – November 2019 with an opportunity to present their work at B3 Futures creative showcase in central London in November 2019.
Author and filmmaker Nelson George is one of this year’s mentors. George produced the critically acclaimed documentary ‘The Black Godfather’ that recently premiered on Netflix.
He also wrote and directed ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’, a documentary about the world-famous African-American ballerina Misty Copeland and was Executive Producer & co-writer on the successful Netflix series ‘The Get Down’, created by director Baz Luhrmann and Pulitzer-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis.
Nelson George said: “I had an incredibly fulfilling creative experience working with the emerging talents at the TalentLab last year. It was a diverse and forward-thinking group of content creators. Looking forward to meeting a vibrant new group of talented writer/directors.”
TalentLab is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme, and the University of Nottingham’s Horizon / Mixed Reality Lab.
TalentLab helps diverse artists take their careers to the next level by transforming raw ideas and stories into outstanding projects capable of garnering widespread acclaim through a programme of workshops and bespoke 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.
Jane Saunders, ScreenSkills Mentoring Manager, said: “Mentoring can help professionals at every career stage, but we know that is particularly beneficial for emerging talent without a strong network of personal contacts in the industry.
“ScreenSkills is committed to building a more diverse and inclusive UK workforce. We are pleased to support the TalentLab, which gives a voice to talent from BAME backgrounds and are under-represented in our workforce.”
TalentLab 2019’s application closing date is 27th August 2019 at Midday. Applicants can visit www.b3media.net/talentlab for more information.