Cannes Film Festival 2017

What: Panel Discussion: The Profession of Casting
Hosted by: Casting Society of America and International Network of Casting Directors
Where: The American Pavilion* at the Cannes Film Festival
When: 21 May, Sunday, 2017
Time: 11:00- 12:00

Constance Demontoy, France
Richard Cook, Lisa Richards Agency, Ireland
Jenny Jue, CSA, USA
Tusse Lande, ICDN, Sweden
Debbie McWilliams, ICDN
Moderated by: Nancy Bishop, CSA, ICDN
* Please note that you do not have to be a member at AmPav to attend the panel, but you must have a festival badge to get into the pavilion. Please RSVP at in order to placed on the guest list.

The Casting Society of America, the International Network of Casting Directors, and the American Pavilion hosts a special panel at Cannes to celebrate the profession of casting. The target audience will be industry professionals who collaborate with casting directors as well as those interested in pursuing casting as a career. Directors, producers, agents and actors are all welcome to attend this round table discussion that explores the history, growth and art and craft of the casting profession in the film industries. Themes will include the qualities that make a successful and effective casting director, the creativity and the evolution of casting, and how casting directors best collaborate with actors, agents, producers and directors. The panel represents a broad range of experienced international professionals.
RICHARD COOK (Ireland) is a talent agent. He is co-founder of the Lisa Richards Agency ( and Artistic Director of SUBTITLE (, a European Film Festival based in Kilkenny, Ireland; in the relaxed, informal setting of Kilkenny city, it connects influential casting directors from the US, UK, Europe and Ireland with a small selection of European actors.


CONSTANCE DEMONTOY (France) collaborates with Quebecker directors like Jean Marc Vallée, Denis Villeneuve and Denys Arcand and with Europeans Thomas Vinterberg, Pepe Dancquart, Sharunas Bartas and Andrei Konchalovsky. Her recent credts include Golden-Globe winner Elle (dir. Paul Verhoeven,) the Director’s Fortnight selection of Frost, (dir. Sharunas Bartas) and Rodin , (dir by Jacques Doillon,) which is in the Official Selection for Cannes this year.

JENNY JUE CSA (LA) has been working in feature film casting since 2003. She has been nominated for CSA awards for Kaboom (Dir. Gregg Araki), and My Son What Have you Done? (Dir. Werner Herzog), and won for Inglorious Basterds (Dir. Quentin Tarantino). Recent projects include two feature films for Dir. Bong Joon Ho, Snowpiercer and OKJA, which is currently in competition at Cannes.

TUSSE LANDE ICDN (Sweden) has worked for over twenty years in the Scandinavian and European market. Credits include Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet´s Nest. She has also collaborated on the Bond franchise with SkyFall, and Spectre. Her contribution to ‘Nordic Noir’ features television series such as Wallander, Beck, and Jordskott.

DEBBIE McWIILLIAMS, ICDN, based in London, has been a beloved and experienced member of the casting community for many years. She is most celebrated for her work on the James Bond franchise. Other recent credits include the soon to be released A&E series, Knightfall, Angels and Demons, directed by Ron Howard and Centurion, directed by Neil Marshall.

NANCY BISHOP, CSA, ICDN is an Emmy award nominated national board member at CSA and will moderate. With offices in London and Prague, she just cast “Ophelia,” starring Clive Owen, and Naomi Watts. Recent credits include Unlocked, directed by Michael Apted, Don’t Breathe, and Mission Impossible IV. Her second book, “Auditioning for Film and TV,” was published by Bloomsbury.

CSA: The Casting Society of American currently boasts more than 600 members. CSA Casting Directors and Associates work around the world, with members based in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa. Today CSA acts as a global resource for producers, directors and creative teams seeking casting professionals, promotes the image of casting directors and associates worldwide, engages in a number of charitable activities, and supports its members by sharing important and helpful professional information of common interest.
ICDN: The International Casting Directors Network, based in Berlin Germany, is in the process of transforming from a Network to an independent association. The aim of ICDN is to promote professional casting practices across borders and to support open communication and collaboration among casting directors.
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