B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2021
15 to 24 October
Frankfurt Rhein-Main & online
Film, art, games, XR, AI, conference, masterclasses
Focus on identity



Premiere of B3 Talent ForumFostering emerging talent on an international scale

(Frankfurt/Main, Offenbach, 8 October 2021)

The new "B3 Talent Forum" proves the B3 Biennial`s special dedication to promoting emerging creative talent. The Forum combines two new formats: the initiative "HessenLab" and the cross-university graduation promotion program "HAB-Hessen". It gives participants an additional opportunity to present themselves - also internationally - and to network.

The HessenLab initiative was launched in close cooperation of B3 and HessenFilm und Medien GmbH. The goal is to build a platform for young professionals and creative talents from the fields of film, art, XR and games with a special focus on regional, national and international networking. 20 international creative talents will present and develop a project of their own during an online mentoring program, exchanging content and viewpoints with experts and fellow participants. Besides helping the artistic reflection of project ideas, this training program will also focus on building international networks and initiating co-productions. The program is mentored by international art and media professionals including Austrian film director Johannes Grenzfurthner; photographer Sandra Mann (GER); Frederic Boyer, Director of the Tribeca Film Festival; and Jordan McGarry, Head of Talent Development and Production at Film London. The director, producer and author Doris Dörrie will host a master class.

Hessen's Minister for Science and the Arts, Angela Dorn, attaches particular importance to the sustainable promotion of young talent and of Hessen as a film and media location:

"We want all bright and creative minds to be able to develop their full potential, because then they create things that enrich and propel us all forward. This allows us to enjoy unique artistic experiences and also a dialogue with many different voices of society, through the means of art. To do this, artists need artistic freedom and good funding - and that's why we want to support young artists and media creators in networking and entering international markets, while at the same time presenting Hessen as a superior place for creative work and education. HessenLab, HAB-Hessen and the B3 Talent Forum can make an important contribution to this."

The second important part of the B3 Talent Forum is HAB-Hessen. The HAB-Hessen initiative is a cross-university graduation support program for students in art, film and media programs at Kunsthochschule Kassel, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, Hochschule Rhine-Main and Hochschule Darmstadt. All these schools belong to the Hessian Film and Media Academy (hFMA) network. An advisory board of high-profile film and media professionals will accompany the HAB funding: Anna Schoeppe (GF HessenFilm und Medien GmbH); Anne-Kathrin Brinkmann (ZDF/arte); and Stefan Weil (co-owner and managing director of Atelier Markgraph GmbH Frankfurt).

"I am very happy about the strong support we receive from Minister Dorn, about the close cooperation with the universities from the network of the Hessian Film and Media Academy (hFMA) and about the alliance with HessenFilm to establish this groundbreaking support for creative talents in Hessen. The B3 strengthens this initiative with its expertise, offering an attractive, international platform for establishing long-term ties among professionals from the various media and creative industries on the one hand and young creatives on the other, as well as promoting international exchange between them," states Prof. Bernd Kracke, President of the Offenbach University of Arts and Design (HfG) and Artistic Director of the B3.

Anna Schoeppe, Managing Director of HessenFilm und Medien GmbH said “The B3 offers HessenLab a suitable platform for the establishment of sustainable connections between professionals in the diverse-media space and creative industries, as well as for young creatives from Hessen. I am particularly pleased to see the addition of high artistic quality in support for the participants, as well as the reflection of diversity in the program.



About B3 – An Alliance for the Moving Image

As a cross-media, cross-genre and international moving image festival offering film screenings, exhibitions, conference and workshop programs as well as various competition formats, B3 addresses the discourse on all trends and developments pertaining to the moving image in the areas of film, art, games and VR/XR. The aim of the Biennial, which was launched in 2012, is on the one hand to create a broad interdisciplinary alliance for the moving image, and on the other hand to offer the international cultural and creative industries a comprehensive platform for innovation and exchange. From October 15 to 24, 2021, the sixth edition of the B3 Biennial will offer the world's film, art and media professionals an international platform for innovation, exchange and visibility. B3 2021 will take place as a hybrid festival. A total of around 80 contributors from 25 countries will be featured. The B3 Biennial of the Moving Image is organized by the Offenbach School of Design (HfG) and funded by the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art (HMWK). Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt are main sponsors. Partners include Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt as well as Sylvia and Friedrich von Metzler. Strategic partners are the Frankfurt Book Fair, THE ARTS+, Film London and many more. Main event partners are ASTOR Film Lounge MyZeil, MyZeil Shopping-Center, and Satis&Fy.


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