After the success of last year’s edition, Sony Group Corporation (Sony) and THU have joined forces once again to launch a global challenge that supports young creators worldwide and to discover the next generation of creative minds in the digital entertainment industry. Last year, 1638 total submissions from 105 countries were received.
Sony Talent League by THU is looking for submissions that mix different creative ﬁelds, such as animation, ﬁlm, games, VR, digital photography, music, multi-media, and so on. The aim of the challenge is to inspire young creators to go beyond their creative comfort zones, overcome their insecurities and stop doubting their talent.
The second edition of Sony Talent League by THU was just launched at the THU Main Event 2021, held in Tróia, Portugal. Creators aged between 18 and 35 can participate in the challenge by submitting their ideas from October 8 until November 14, either individually or in a group of up to four team members. This year, collaboration will be reinforced through a team matching initiative which will connect creators to help them ﬁnd partners to develop projects together as a team.
The three ﬁnalists will be empowered to get their ideas off the ground through 10 weeks of mentorships with renowned creators and industry legends, and a funding of up to 10.000€ per submission. Furthermore, the winning team will be awarded a full-ride to THU’s next event (entry ticket, travel, accommodation, and food).
The jury and mentor panel includes Shuzo John Shiota, President & CEO of Polygon Pictures; Shuhei Yoshida, Head of Indies Initiative for Sony Interactive Entertainment; Sally Slade, Lead Engineer at Magnopus; David Prescott, SVP Creative Production; Kara Oropallo, Animation Production Manager, Consultant and Trainer; Scot Stafford, Composer, Sound Supervisor, and Director; Kevin Young, Head of Creative Technology at The Mills’ London Studio; and Saraswathi Balgam, Writer, Director, and Creative Producer, with more to be announced.
“Creators spend so much time wondering if they’re good enough, that sometimes
they can miss out on incredible opportunities that could boost their creative journey. That’s why Sony Talent League is so important: to empower creators and help them realize that their talent and their voice matters. ” says André Luis, THU’s founder. ” THU and Sony share this same mission, and we strongly believe that the key to growth and success is to bring something meaningful to the community of talent”, André adds.
More information about Sony Talent League by THU is available here:https://bit.ly/sony-talent-league