The Creative Mind Group will be on the campus of Norfolk State University on Monday, Nov. 2, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in room 156 of Madison Hall. Charles Box, the group’s Recruitment Manger, will be talking to students from any major about the many opportunities the group offers to college students to break into the film and media industries, as well as providing networking connections with talent agencies, public relations firms, and related businesses. The event is sponsored by Norfolk State’s nationally-accredited Dept. of Mass Communications and Journalism.
The Creative Mind Group is a nonprofit organization that ushers the next generation of talented film & TV professionals into the entertainment industry. They offer opportunities for international experience and exposure at the world’s most prestigious film festivals and markets. The Dept. of Mass Communications and Journalism at Norfolk State University has worked with the group before and hopes this event will continue that successful relationship.
At each festival and market, The Creative Mind Group’s programs provide a platform for filmmakers and emerging film professionals to showcase their talents by creating short films, and interning and networking with top-tier film studios, production companies, talent agencies, public relation firms and media outlets.
In fact, The Creative Mind Group is now accepting applications for their “Live the Dream” program that takes students to the Sundance Film Festival Jan. 20-27 in Park City, Utah. The program provides opportunities for filmmakers to showcase their work and provides internships for students to connect with companies that can launch their careers. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 20 and students can apply at thecreativemindgroup.com.
In addition, The Creative Mind Group is currently sponsoring The Horizon Award, which will select two emerging female directors based on the submission of a 2-minute film. The winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the 2016 Sundance Film Festival; access to screenings, parties, and networking events; and mentorship from Oscar Award winning producers. The 2 minute films are due Dec. 1 and students can find out more about the contest at thecreativemindgroup.com/Horizon. The Horizon Award hopes to rectify the shortage of female directors by providing the female winners this opportunity.
Through these programs, The Creative Mind Group helps the next generation of leaders in the film industry launch and propel their careers. To date they’ve brought over 1,300 participants to film festivals all over the world, set up more than 700 internships, produced more than 75 films and provided over 100 jobs. The Creative Mind Group is exemplary of interactive learning experiences while dynamically advancing the way emerging film and TV industry professionals connect with the entertainment industry.