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Are you looking for a way to tap into the European movie scene? To hook up with a producer whose tastes jibe with yours and might be open to a coproduction? To buy a hot film? Check out the European Film Promotion's line up of 23 young Producers On The Move.
This year’s line up, which has been selected by the EFP member organizations, includes the UK’s Isabelle Stead ♀ of Human Film, who produced Mohamed Al-Daradji Berlinale prize-winner Son of Babylon and is currently in post-production on his new film Iraq’s Missing, and France’s Lauranne Bourrachot ♀ of Paris-based Chic Films, who produced Jacques Audiard’s multi-award-winning A Prophet.
EFP has also selected Bulgaria’s producer-director Kamen Kalev, whose film Eastern Plays had its world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight last year, and Berlin-based Oliver Damian whose 27 Films Production begins shooting soon on the hilarious sci-fi comedy Iron Sky by Finnish cult director Timo Vuorensola with Blind Spot Pictures producing.
Since its launch in 2000, Producers On The Move has brought together over 200 producers, including this year’s crop, and aims to lay the foundation for future collaborations at roundtable meetings and co-production lunches.
Past editions, for example, saw the producers of Urszula Antoniak’s ♀ Locarno prize-winner Nothing Personal, Reiner Selen of Rinkel Film & TV Productions and Macdara Kelleher ♀ ? of Ireland’s Fastnet Films, meeting in Cannes as Producers on the Move in 2008 and deciding to work together. The same happened with Meike Kordes ♀ of Germany when she met Estonian producer Riina Sildos ♀ of Amrion Productions in Cannes in 2007, who then boarded Chris Kraus’ drama Poll.
12 women ♀ producers out of 23 is 52%. John Cooper at Sundance alerted SydneysBuzz to the fact that he thought women producers held a stronger position in the business than they did as directors.
An innovation this year will see Commerzbank serving as a new financial partner for Producers on the Move and providing the participating producers in Cannes with information about complementary financing opportunities.
The full line up is:
• Kamen Kalev – Waterfrontfilm (Bulgaria)
• Pavel Berčík – Evolutionfilms (Czech Republic)
• Christian Rank - Miso Film ApS (Denmark)
• Anneli Ahven ♀ – Exitfilm (Estonia)
• Annika Sucksdorff ♀ - Helsinki Filmi (Finland)
• Lauranne Bourrachot ♀ - Chic Films (France)
• Oliver Damian - 27 Films (Germany)
• Yorgos Tsourgiannis - Boo Productions (Greece)
• Tamás Liszka - Szimpla Film (Hungary)
• David Oskar Olafsson - Mystery Ísland (Iceland)
• Katie Holly ♀ - Bl!nder Films (Ireland)
• Simone Bachini ♀ – Aranciafilm (Italy)
• Vladimir Anastasov - Sektor Film (Macedonia)
• Asle Vatn ♀ ? - Friland AS (Norway)
• Kamila Polit ♀ - Prasa & Film (Poland)
• Joao Figueiras – Blackmaria (Portugal)
• Daniel Burlac - Elefant Film (Romania)
• Jelena Mitrović ♀ - Baš Čelik (Serbia)
• Silvia Panáková ♀ – Arina Film (Slovakia)
• Álvaro Alonso - Jaleo Films (Spain)
• Lizette Jonjic ♀ - Migma Film (Sweden)
• Anne Walser ♀ - C-FILMS AG (Switzerland)
• Isabelle Stead ♀ - Human Film (United Kingdom)