Toronto, ON – EuropaCorp and Yahoo Style are excited to announce the top 20 artists of the global initiative for original costume designs for the upcoming sci-fi film VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS. Submissions were received from all over the world via Talenthouse, the open-source artistic platform, with the highest number of submissions from France, US, UK, Germany and Italy, along with one finalist from Canada, where the film is being distributed by Entertainment One (eOne).
With help from the film’s costume designer, Olivier Bériot, and Editor in Chief of Yahoo Style, Joe Zee, the following designers have been handpicked by writer/director, Luc Besson to be a part of this incredible opportunity:
·           Boris Gvozdev, Belarus
·           Thomas Evenepoel, Belgium
·           Andrew Martin, Canada 
·           Fred Blanchard, France
·           Michel Gibault, France 
·           Pascal Casolari, France
·           Renaud Roche, France 
·           Vincent Marie-Françoise, France
·           Yves Martel, France 
·           Zoltan Olah, Hungary
·           Zsanett Cseh, Hungary
·           Stefania Barreca, Italy
·           Loles Romero, Spain
·           Karolina Luisoni, Switzerland
·           Abiola Onabule, UK
·           Camille Bloch and Evgeniia Galeeva, UK
·           Emma Reid, UK
·           Katren Wood, UK
·           Mark Harrison, UK
·           Kathy Weathers, USA
 
I personally went through each and every submission, and every design was truly exceptional and unique, yet lent itself to the world of Valerian wonderfully,” said Besson. “It was very difficult to narrow down the top 20 from such incredible options, but we are extremely pleased with the selections we have made.
The campaign, which ran for 51 days, received a grand total of 3,350 submissions, the largest number of submissions for a brand campaign on the Talenthouse platform to date. VALERIAN stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke and John Goodman. Production is set to begin January 2016.
To view the top 20 designs please visit: https://www.yahoo.com/style/announcing-the-winners-of-luc-1320736800817206.html
To view all of the submissions please visit: https://www.talenthouse.com/i/design-for-valerian/submissions
 
About Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Rooted in the classic graphique novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science-fiction saga. 
 
Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.
Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.
For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/ValerianMovie 
 
About EuropaCorp
EuropaCorp is a global film and television studio founded by visionary director, screenwriter and producer Luc Besson (The Big BlueLa Femme NikitaLéon: The ProfessionalThe Fifth ElementThe Lady and Lucy). EuropaCorp has produced the phenomenally successful Taken and Transporter franchises and the global blockbuster Lucy among others successful films worldwide. EuropaCorp recently began distributing its own films in the United States and through output deals in key international markets. The studio’s slate includes  Shut In starring Naomi Watts, the high-concept comedy Nine Lives directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Garner, the action-thriller The Lake directed by Steven Quale and starring Sullivan Stapleton and JK Simmons and Luc Besson's Valerian starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne.
 
 
About Talenthouse
Talenthouse was built to help professional creatives be seen, heard and compensated. Since 2009, Talenthouse has democratized creative work, giving independent artists from all over the world direct access to creative briefs from leading brands, agencies and entertainment clients. Over the last six years, Talenthouse has built a multi- disciplined artistic community who deliver on-brief and on-brand content at scale.
Brands and icons who have partnered with Talenthouse include, SpotifyUniversal PicturesadidasMarriottMicrosoftSigur RosAvicii, ​Deadmau5RankinStevie Nicks and Jessie J. Talenthouse’s board of investors and advisors include, Google co-founder, Eric Schmidt; Myspace co-founder Chris DeWolfe; actor, Gerard Butler, and musician, Dave Stewart.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specialises in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The Company's comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Spain, the Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Film and Television Divisions, the Company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
For more information, please contact:
 
Natalie Petozzi
Entertainment One
416.309.4214
natalie.petozzi@entonegroup.com