Next is a new tailor sized program intending to further local talent in tight collaboration with the industry, creative and educational field. The program supports local talents by using all means and individual guidance and coaching.
The needs of the talent are leading and will result in tailor-made programs with which we support and co-construct a track record for each of our talents.
We want to boost the creative industry in the region of Noord-Brabant by allowing talents the resources, people and knowledge to kick-start their careers, initiate and produce new projects and create or broaden their (inter)national network.
This talent program was created in 2016, on the initiative of Playgrounds. Playgrounds already had a number of talent development activities, such as workshops, awards and the development of new work, but wanted to formalize this and gain more visibility for talents and the need to invest time and budget in talent development. In Next, the connections that Playgrounds has made for more than a decade between talents and the professional field are structurally embedded and supported by a broad network.
Together with 6 national partners, the first talent development trajectory Next was designed in 2016 and is still running today. At the end of 2019, the trajectory was expanded with documentary film and photography. And in 2020 we were able to also offer guidance to fiction film makers. Talents involved in animation, illustration, virtual reality, games and visual effects, documentary and fiction are now included in the process.
Nowadays the Next trajectory is supported by 9 partners: Playgrounds, Submarine Channel, The Panics, Herrie Film & TV, Art Academy St. Joost, Natlab, BROET, BredaPhoto and Kaboom animation festival.
Selection of the talents
Talents for Next are forwarded by the national and regional industry. Besides the obvious freshly graduates, we look for talents in diverse disciplines and with varied backgrounds: film and image makers who have earned their credits and are at a point in their career about to take and investigate new paths or directions.
The partners in Next, consisting of representatives from the industry, selects eight talents per trajectory. A program, tailored to the specific needs and wishes of each talent, is set up.
For at least one year these talents commit themselves to their personal talent-program and work together with coaches, professionals and advisors to nourish their needs for knowledge and skills in all kinds of fields and levels.
We believe in sharing. Next stimulates new partnerships and collaborations and makes many of its workshops and masterclasses available to a broad group of talents and professionals. In 2021 we’ll organize several workshops and masterclasses for professionals in our Next Academy. More to be announced soon!
Please look for all Next activities in our online agenda and join our talents!
Image header: Josefien van Kooten