This post is sponsored by Nespresso.

From time to time here on HeyUGuys we are able to shine a spotlight on some truly incredible opportunities for filmmakers.

Today sees the launch of the Nespresso Talents 2016 Short Film contest. Continuing their commitment to championing new voices in the world of film, and in their ninth year as an Official Partner of the Cannes Film Festival, they are offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Nespresso are looking for filmmakers to submit an extraordinary short film in the vertical format for the chance to win €6,000 and travel to Cannes for a screening of their film.

Take a look at this introductory video to get an idea of the possibilities.


Vertical film offers new avenues for story-telling, giving your audience experiences they’ve never had before. You choose an idea that you are passionate to tell, and the way you do that celebrates, explores or breaks the boundaries of vertical.

Nespresso are looking for all types of films – live action, fiction, documentary, animation, multimedia, experimental – in all types of genres.

The vertical format medium gives you the chance to think differently about the way you bring your idea to life and the visual techniques that you use to tell your story.

Check out some amazing examples of vertical films.

How to enter.

Go to and follow #nespressotalents on social media. Find out more information on the Nespresso and userfarm sites.

When the contest will run, and be judged

  • 7th of March – 10th of April (contest deadline)
  • 25th of April – Shortlisted announced on
  • 13th May – Selected filmmakers announced during the Award Ceremony at Cannes


There will be 3 selected videos with no specific ranking.

  • 1° selected video: 6.000 EU
  • 2° selected video: 6.000 EU
  • 3° selected video: 6.000 EU

The three selected filmmakers will be invited to receive their rewards at the
ceremony at Cannes. Their films will be showcased in a private screening room
during the Festival in the presence of the Jury Members, representatives from La
Semaine de La Critique and Media invited for the occasion.

Nespresso will pay for travel to Cannes and accommodation in Cannes for the three
selected filmmakers. (2 days / 1 night in a 4* hotel)


All genres are welcome in the form of fiction, documentary, animation or clip.


English, or subtitled in English. Please ensure that subtitles are synced with
the voices on the film.

Tech Specs:

  • Video length: 3 minutes max.
  • Video Format: 9:16 Full HD
  • Max size: 2GB


The 3 Talents have been selected with the help of the Berlinale Talents & the Semaine de la Critique team.

They are recognised as future key players in the film industry and each has been commissioned to create a vertical film to inspire short filmmakers to enter the contest.

Their role will be to shortlist 20 videos amongst the participants and select the 3 winners.

Gaëlle DenisPresident of the Jury, BAFTA winner for Fish Never Sleep.

Erik Schmitt – Jury Member, whose latest short, ‘Berlin Metanoia”, is premiering at the Berlinale 2016.

Eva Weber – Jury Member, Sundance Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award Recipient.

Alfonso Gonzalez – Nespresso CCO

This post is sponsored by Nespresso.