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SITGES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018
What: Panel Discussion: Casting – act locally, think globally and create effective strategy to boost your international career.
Hosted by: Casting Society of America
Place: Carpa Noray (Hotel Meliá Sitges), Carrer de Joan Salvat Papasseit, 38, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona.
Date: Thursday, 11th October.
Time: 11:00 am.
Moderated by: Luci Lenox, CSA ICDN Spain
Panelists: Nancy Bishop, CSA, ICDN; UK and Czech Republic
Leo Davis, ICDN, UK
Manuel Puro, CSA, UK
Sarah Travis, CSA, CDG, UK
Casting – ACT LOCALLY AND THINK GLOBALLY
The Casting Society of America hosts a special panel at the Sitges Film Festival where the discussion is focuses on strategies to ensure that your acting career will develop to its full potential. Discussion will also include how directors and producers can work to get the best possible cast in each territory that they are casting in.
Directors, producers, agents and actors are all welcome to attend this round table discussion which will explore how to ensure that local talent is reaching its full potential. There will be discussions about showreels, headshots and tips on self-taping.
The panel represents a broad range of experienced international casting directors who will share their wisdom about casting around the entire world.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
LUCI LENOX, CSA is a casting director and member of the CSA European Board, who has worked in the film industry for the last fifteen years between Barcelona, Spain and the UK. Her specialties are international productions shooting in Spain and European co-productions, but she also enjoys working with budding filmmakers and rising stars. Credits include the award winning Victoria, for which she cast the title role, Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina, Barcelona, and the TV series Genius.
NANCY BISHOP, CSA, ICDN is an American born Emmy-nominated casting director working internationally with active offices in both London and Prague. She is the Chair of the CSA European Branch, as well as a national CSA board member. She has been retained as a casting director by dozens of major producers and directors, ranging from Matthew Weiner on his most recent series, The Romanoffs. Recent TV credits include 12 Monkeys for Sci-Fy, Knightfall, for A&E, and Lore for Amazon. Recent film credits include the soon to be released Ophelia, starring Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts and Clive Owen. Past credits include, Snowpiercer, Mission Impossible IV, and Bourne Identity. When she is not casting, she is educating actors and has written two books on acting, the most recent, “Auditioning for Film and TV” (published by Bloomsbury), is available on Amazon. She also founded the Acting for Film Program at the Prague Film School.
LEO DAVIS , is British casting Director based in London.
Amongst the many directors she has worked with are Stephen Frears , Fernando Meirelles, Peter Webber , Wim Wenders, Volker Schlondorff, Bille August , Soren Kragh-Jacobsen ,Shekhar Kapur, Ralph Fiennes, Lars von Trier, Ricky Gervais, Roland Emmerich, Arnaud Desplechin, Nae Caranfil , Atom Egoyan , Lee Tamahori ,
David Jones , Mel Gibson and Mike Nicols. She has been nominated for Emmy Awards three times, and has cast on 6 Oscar nominated films. Notes titles are: The Constant Gardener, The Queen, Philomena, Dirty Pretty Things, and The Snapper…
Manuel Puro, CSA, began his film career in 1995 as an assistant casting director working with directors including Guillermo del Toro, Nicolas Roeg and Richard Attenborough.
In 2000 he was headhunted by Michael Foster, co-chairman of Europe’s leading talent agency ICM, to work with A-list clients including Hugh Grant, Rachel Weisz, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Julie Christie. From mid 2002 Manuel was head of development at SKA Films – Matthew Vaughn and Guy Ritchie’s production company. In January 2007 he returned to his first love and founded Puro Casting, an award winning international casting company. Recent projects include MUTE (Duncan Jones), MUSE (Jaume Balaguero) and PLANET OF THE APES: THE LAST FRONTIER, the first in-house video game to come out of Andy Serkis’ The Imaginarium. Last year Manuel created The Acting Habit, an innovative online platform where actors from all over the world can share their work, receive and give feedback, experiment creatively and learn new technical skills.
SARAH TREVIS, CSA & CDG, is an award-winning British casting director based in London, and a member of the CSA European board. She began her career at the National Theatre and then went on to work in feature films and television, in the UK, Europe and the US. She has worked for major US studios with leading film Directors such as Danny Boyle, Roger Michell, Paul Thomas Anderson and Rob Marshall. Recent credits include Pennyworth (Warner Bros), Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) and Phantom Thread (Annapurna). Her particular interest is in Africa and her past credits include: The Ghost and The Darkness,A United Kingdom, Hotel Rwanda and The Flight of the Phoenix. She was the Industry Consultant for the oldest UK drama school, LAMDA, from 2009-2018 and most recently won the prize for Best Casting at BWIFF, a Chicago Independent Film Festival.
ABOUT THE HOSTS:
CSA: Celebrating casting excellence globally since 1982.
The premier organization for casting directors and associate casting directors in film, television, theatre and new media, the Casting Society of America seeks to uphold and honor the highest standards of professionalism in the casting field; to advocate and promote the role of the casting director generally and within the entertainment industry while supporting its members to further their goals and protect their common interests.
We promise to support equal employment opportunities regardless of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin. Casting Directors and Associate Casting Directors affiliated with the Casting Society of America are committed to maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and ethical responsibility.