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Nespresso Talents is a celebration of creative filmmaking. Now in its fifth year, this unique competition empowers filmmakers to tell a story through the format of vertical video.

Nespresso Talents is an annual short film contest limited to films shot in a vertical 9:16 video format.

Theme :
This year’s theme is “Virtuous Circles “

Virtuous circles are everywhere and they can be a powerful force for good. We want you to tell your story of how one good deed has changed something for the better, how it became a catalyst for something bigger than the action itself.
Virtuous circles can be sparked by anything. From a small gesture that was repaid in kind, to bigger actions that have benefitted our world on a larger scale. Your story can feature friends, family, complete strangers, or imaginary characters. What’s important is that it tells your ‘Virtuous Circles’ story.

Categories :

International contest: All videos received globally are eligible / 3 winners
National contests (USA, UK&ROI, Mexico, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Philippines, Australia, Romania, and Belgium)*: Videos from country residents are eligible / 3 winners per country


Film length : between 2 minutes minimum and 3 minutes maximum.
Vertical format (9/16).
All genres are welcome (e.g. comedy, drama, educational…) in the form of fiction, documentary, or animation.

Watch the winning videos from previous editions.

There is no entry fee to participate!

It’s free to enter!

• 1st prize: 5000€ and an invitation to Cannes Film Festival 2020
• 2nd prize: 3000€ and an invitation to Cannes Film Festival 2020
• 3rd pize: 2000€ and an invitation to Cannes Film Festival 2020

Who may enter ?
The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18.

Timeline :

March 25th: Submissions closed
March 26th to April 20th: Shortlisting and judging
April 25th: Shortlisted films displayed on the website
From May: International and local award ceremonies

Official website:


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