European Film Promotion
European Film Promotion

Based on their outstanding careers forged on international co-productions, 24 up-and-coming players in the European film industry have been selected to take part in European Film Promotion's (EFP) networking platform Producers on the Move. Now in its 15th year, EFP spotlights emerging European producers at the Cannes Film Festival from May 17-19 and helps them embark on successful cooperation with their similarly ambitious Producers on the Move colleagues from all over Europe.

The programas been financially supported by the MEDIA Program (2007-2013) of the European Union and the participating EFP member organizations who each made a careful selection of their national participants according to specific criteria.

The schedule of Producers on the Move includes working sessions, one-to-one speed-dating meetings and various opportunities to exchange knowledge and follow up discussions on future projects. In addition, EFP will be teaming up with the European cultural channel ARTE and the pan-European co-production fund Eurimages for Producers on the Move. For the first time, Eurimages has prepared a case study exclusively for EFP's program to be discussed under the direction of Eurimages Executive Director Roberto Olla.

He points out the importance of programs such as Producers on the Move:
“This is the 4th consecutive year that Eurimages is involved with this initiative which perfectly marries our objectives of encouraging co-operation between producers so as to stimulate cinematographic co-productions and of promoting their international distribution. Further to the success of the collaboration at the Cannes Festival, the Eurimages Fund has strengthened its partnership with European Film Promotion through other initiatives which also seek to unite professionals from the European film industry in order to participate in its development on an international level.”

Looking back at previous editions, EFP's programme results each year in several new trans-national co-productions and gives the producers a higher profile in Cannes. For 2013, almost all of the participants are still in contact with one another and 17 co-productions are in development.

One recent success story is the coming-of-age feature The Word, directed by Anna Kazejak and co-produced by two Producers on the Move from 2011, Lukasz Dzieciol(Opus Film, Poland) and Jesper Morthorst (SF Film Production, Denmark). The film was released in Poland in March after its premiere at the Berlinale in the Generation sidebar.

Currently in post is Dirk Ohm - The Illusionist That Disappeared, directed by Bobbie Peers. The producer Maria Ekerhovd (Mer Film AS, Norway), joined forces for this film with her Producers on the Move colleague from 2011, Gian-Piero Ringel (Neue Road Movies, Germany) and the 2010 Producers on the Move, Lizette Jonjic (Migma Film, Sweden). Norway has scheduled the release for September 2014. Ekerhovd and Ringel also worked together for two further projects: Every Thing Will Be Fine by Wim Wenders and the six episodes for Cathedrals of Culture which have been presented at this year’s Berlinale.

The following producers were selected by the EFP member organizations:

Director: Maya Vitkova

Producer: Maya Vitkova
Viktoria Films, Bulgaria
selected by Bulgarian National Film Centre

Gangster of Love
Director: Nebojša Slijepcevic

Producer: Vanja Jambrović
Restart, Croatia
selected by Croation Audiovisual Centre

Burning Bush
Director: Agnieszka Holland

Producer: Tomáš Hrubỳ
Nutprodukce, Czech Republic
selected by Czech Film Center

Director: Ask Hasselbalch

Producer: Eva Jakobsen
Nimbus Film, Denmark
selected by Danish Film Institute

Concrete Night 
Director: Pirjo Honkasalo

Producer: Mark Lwoff
Bufo, Finland
selected by Finnish Film Foundation

Director: Eric Rochant

Producer: Mathias Rubin
Récifilms, France
selected by UniFrance films

Director: Tinatin Kajrishvili

Producer: Tinatin Kajrishvili
Gemini, Georgia
selected by Georgian National Film Center

The Special Need
Director: Carlo Zoratti

Producer: Henning Kamm
Detailfilm, Germany
selected by German Films

Standing Aside, Watching
Director: Yorgos Servetas

Producer: Konstantin Kontovrakis
Heretic Creative Producer, Greece
selected by Greek Film Centre

Land of Storms
Director: Adam Csaszi

Producer: Eszter Gyárfás
Proton Cinema, Hungary
selected by Magyar Filmunió/ Hungarian National Film Fund

Director: Ragnar Bragason

Producer: Árni Filippusson
Mystery, Iceland
selected by Icelandic Fim Centre

You're Ugly Too
Director: Mark Noonan

Producer: John Keville
SP Films, Ireland
selected by Irish Film Board

Black Souls
Director: Francesco Munzi

Producer: Olivia Musini
Cinemaundici, Italy
selected by Istituto Luce Cinecittà

Monument to Michael Jackson
Director: Darko Lungulov

Co-Producer: Ognen Antov
Dream Factory Macedonia, FYR of Macedonia
selected by Macedonian Film Agency

The Ascent
Director: Nemanja Becanovic

Producer: Ivan Djurović
Artikulacija Production, Montenegro
selected by Ministry of Culture of Montenegro

Totally True Love
Director: Anne Sewitsky

Producer: Teréz Hollo-Klausen
Anna Kron Film, Norway
selected by Norwegian Film Institute

Fuck for Forest
Director: Michal Marczak

Producer: Mikołaj Pokromski
Pokromski Studio, Poland
selected by Polish Film Institute

Director: Jason Butler

Producer: Nuno Bernardo
beActive Entertainment, Portugal
selected by ICA I.P. / Portugal

Slovakia 2.0
Director: Iveta Grófová, Juraj Herz, Martin Šulík, Miro Jelok, Mišo Suchý, Ondrej Rudavský, Peter Kerekes, Peter Krištúfek, Viera Cákanyová, Zuzana Liová

Producer: Mátyás Prikler
MPhilms, Slovak Republic
selected by Slovak Film Institute

The Extraordinary Tale
Director: José F. Ortuño, Laura Alvea

Producer: Marta Velasco
Áralan Films, Spain
selected by ICAA / Spain

Beyond Beyond
Director: Esben Toft Jacobsen

Producer: Petter Lindblad
Snowcloud Films, Sweden
selected by Swedish Film Institute

Ate Ver La Luz
Director: Basil da Cunha

Producer: Elodie Brunner
Box Productions, Switzerland
selected by Swiss Films

Secrets of War
Director: Dennis Bots

Producer: David Bijker
Bijker Film & TV, The Netherlands
selected by EYE International

Director: Andrew Haigh

Producer: Tristan Goligher
The Bureau Film Company, United Kingdom
selected by British Council