Talent Grants 2006

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Corporate & other activities, CSR

Paris, November 17, 2006

On 27 November 2006, at the Petit Palais in Paris, the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation will award its “Talent Grants 2006” to ten young professionals working on innovative projects in the fields of writing, film production, TV script writing, music, bookselling, journalism, photography and digital design. A total of 210,000 euros will be awarded in grants this year.

Established in 1989, the Talent Grants are designed to help young designers and media professionals under the age of 30 (35 for booksellers) to complete a specific project. As well as providing the winners with financial assistance, the Talent Grants represent an important stepping-stone in their careers. Writers Florian Zeller and Yann Moix, and film producer Olivier Delbosc (Jean-Philippe, Anthony Zimmer, L’Avion) are among the 140 professionals who have been awarded grants by the Jean-Lagardère Foundation over the years.


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This year’s winners were selected by several prestigious judging panels, whose members include a number of big names from the world of media, arts and culture, including Edmonde Charles-Roux, (Writing Panel), Pierre Lescure (Film Production Panel), Laurent Joffrin (Journalism Panel), David Burnett (Photography Panel), Jean-Marie Sevestre (Bookselling Panel), Bruno Patino (Digital Design Panel), Stephan Bourdoiseau (Music Panel) and Pascale Breugnot (TV Script Writing Panel). For the first time, the winners of last year’s Talent Grants were invited to sit on the judging panels, offering them a unique opportunity to establish contact with leading professionals in their chosen field.


2006 winners


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Winner of the Digital Design Grant – €25,000
Valentine Duong, 28
Project:
developing an innovative programme concept to teach hip-hop steps and moves; the programme will be broadcast on web TV.
   

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Winner of the Writing Grant – €25,000
Gaspard Koenig, 23
Project:
Koenig takes philosophy as the starting point for his story about a university teacher working on philosophical systems for whom one particular system proves too much for his sanity.
   

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Special Writing Prize – €5,000
Grégoire Polet, 28
Project:
Polet explores what it means to be human through a series of short sketches of characters who unwittingly form part of an enormous network that links and binds them together…
   

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Winner of the Music Grant – €25,000
Fanny Chériaux (Fannytastic), 29
Project:
the Music Grant will be awarded to Chériaux for her second album (pop rock melodies).
   

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Winner of the Film Production Grant – €50,000
Frédéric Jouve, 30
Project:
the production of Yuk E, a “film noir” and Arnaud Bigeard’s first feature-length film.
   

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Winner of the TV Script Writing Grant – €20,000
Christophe Gautry, 30
Project:
a script for an animated film based on the legendary Slavic character, Babayaga.
   

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Winner of the Press Journalism Grant – €10,000
Marie Barraud, 28
Project:
an investigation into the commercial rivalry that pits the rice growers of Java in Indonesia against the mass producers of Arkansas in the US.
   

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Winner of the Booksellers Grant – €30,000
Carole Ohana, 33
Project:
young people’s bookstores – “demystifying” the first steps.
   

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Winner of the Photography Grant – €15,000
Véronique de Viguerie, 28
Project:
lifting the veil on the destructive Iran-Afghanistan-Pakistan trafficking triangle.
   

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Special Photography Prize – €5,000
Stéphanie Lacombe, 30
Project:
Photographing everyday family meals in France.

Photos of the winners are available on request from the press department


The Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation aims to promote creativity and provide support for young people working in the fields of culture, research and sport. In 2006, the Foundation organized a manga exhibition at the Maison de Solenn in Paris, a centre for vulnerable teenagers in Paris. As part of its commitment to sporting activities, the Foundation recently signed a ten-year partnership deal with Fête le Mur, an organization founded by former tennis champion Yannick Noah, which provides young people from disadvantaged areas with an opportunity to play tennis and engage in cultural activities. The Foundation has also been active in the field of research by supporting young researchers who use the latest digital technology to open up new avenues for the production, transformation and transfer of knowledge.


For more information :
www.fondation-jeanluclagardere.com

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