Cannes: EFP unveils line-up for PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE 2013

Italian Producer on the Move, Viola Prestieri, sees  The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino in Competition

Italian Producer on the Move, Viola Prestieri, sees
The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino in Competition

They are the ones who set the ball rolling on projects, forge coalitions and conjure up a film out of an idea. Film producers are increasingly looking past their national borders. In order to facilitate an exchange with similarly ambitious colleagues from other European countries and showcase their range of achievements, European Film Promotion (EFP) offers a platform for networking to carefully selected producers. The programme PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE is now in its 14th year at the film festival in Cannes.

29 producers from 29 different European countries will take part in the event from 18 to 21 May, 2013. The Republic of Kosovo* and Montenegro will both be represented for the first time this year with a producer. Financial support for the project, which sees new trans-national co-productions being developed each year, comes from the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the participating EFP member organisations.

Some of the 2013 PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE will be seen with their films in one of the sections of the Cannes Film Festival: Italian participant Viola Prestieri (Buena Onda) has executive produced The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino which will be screened in Competiton. Furthermore she has produced Honey by Valeria Golino to be seen in Un Certain Regard. UK participant Andrea Cornwell (Lobo Films Ltd) produced (through Qwerty Films) The Last Days On Mars by Ruairi Robinson which has been selected for the Directors Fortnight.

Please see below for full line-up and further information

Looking back at the 2012 edition of PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE, almost all of the producers are still in contact with one another to follow up on ideas. 17 from last year’s 25 participants (68%) are already working on 15 co-productions.

The group of former participants includes such internationally known and award-winning producers as Ada Solomon from Romania (Child’s Pose), Bettina Brokemper from Germany (Bal), Louise Vesth from Denmark (Melancholia) and Siniša Juričić from Croatia (Sofia’s Last Ambulance).

Scheduled during the Cannes International Film Festival, the programme provides its participants with an additional visibility they get at this melting pot for filmmakers, sales agents, financiers and the international media. PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE’s schedule with pitching sessions, one-on-one speed-dating meetings and various opportunities to build up business relationships and to exchange knowledge enables the selected filmmakers to return home with advanced film projects and, sometimes, with a co-production deal. At the Producers’ Lunch, they can, moreover, get in contact with participants from previous years.

The emerging and independently working producers are selected by EFP member organisations from the respective countries. The participants have already realized joint European film projects which were noticed on the international radar, but they still are on their way to becoming international players. Many of them produced feature films as well as documentaries, and some are additionally active in the field of animation films.

For the fourth time, EFP will be cooperating for PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE with the pan-European co-production fund Eurimages.

The following producers were selected by EFP member organisations:

Anton Iffland Stettner, Need Productions
i.e. Home by Ursula Meier
selected by Wallonie Bruxelles Image

Konstantin Bojanov, Argentum Lux Films
i.e. Avé by Konstantin Bojanov
selected by the Bulgarian National Film Centre

Zdenka Gold, Spiritus Movens Production
i.e. A Stranger by Bobo Jelčić
selected by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Czech Republic
Viktor Tauš, Fog’n’Desire Films
i.e. House by Zuzana Liová
selected by the Czech Film Center

Mikael Chr. Rieks, Nordisk Film Production
i.e. A Funny Man by Martin Zandvliet
selected by The Danish Film Institute

Kiur Aarma, Traumfabrik
i.e. Disco & Atomic War by Jaak Kilmi & Kiur Aarma
selected by Baltic Films

Jussi Rantamäki, Aamu Filmcompany
i.e. The Painting Sellers by Juho Kuosmanen
selected by the Finnish Film Foundation

Mathieu Robinet, Révérence
i.e. Love is in the Air by Alexandre Castagnetti
selected by Unifrance films

Zaza Rusadze, Zazarfilm
i.e.  A Fold in my Blanket by Zaza Rusadze
selected by the Georgian National Film Center

Jochen Laube, teamWorx Ludwigsburg
i.e. Five Years by Stefan Schaller
selected by German Films

Giorgos Karnavas, Heretic
i.e. Boy Eating The Bird’s Food by Ektoras Lygizos
selected by the Greek Film Centre

Andrea Taschler, Mirage Film Studio
i.e. Bibliothèque Pascal by Szabolcs Hajdu
selected by Magyar Filmunió / Hungarian National Film Fund

Thorkell Hardarson, Markell Productions
i.e. Feathered Cocaine by Thorkell Hardarson & Örn Marinó Arnarson
selected by the Icelandic Fim Centre

Conor Barry, SP Films
i.e. Love Eternal by Brendan Muldowney
selected by the Irish Film Board

Viola Prestieri, Buena Onda
i.e. The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino
selected by Istituto Luce Cinecittà

Republic of Kosovo*
Valon Jakupaj, Gegnia Film
i.e. Adventures of Santa Clause  by Valon Jakupaj
selected by the Kosova Cinematography Center

Gilles Chanial, Red Lion
i.e. Le goût des myrtilles by Thomas de Thier
selected by Film Fund Luxembourg

FYR of Macedonia
Labina Mitevska, Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production
i.e. The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears by Teona Mitevska
selected by Macedonian Film Fund

Sehad Čekić, Cut-Up Production
i.e. The Ascent by Neminja Becanovic
selected by the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro

The Netherlands
Marleen Slot, Viking Film
i.e. Zurich by Sacha Polak
selected by EYE International / Netherlands

Hans-Jørgen Osnes, Motlys
i.e. Oslo, August 31st by Joachim Trier
selected by the Norwegian Film Institute

Agnieszka Kurzydło, MD 4
i.e. In The Name Of by Małgośka Szumowska
selected by the Polish Film Institute

João Matos, Terratreme filmes
i.e. Lacrau by João Vladimiro
selected by ICA I.P. / Portugal

Anca Puiu, Mandragora
i.e. Rocker by Marian Crisan
selected by the Romanian Film Promotion

Slovak Republic
Mira Fornay, Mirafox
i.e. My Dog Killer by Mira Fornay
selected by Slovak Film Institute

María Zamora, Avalon P.C.
i.e. Todos están muertos by Beatriz Sanchis
selected by ICAA / Spain

Erika Wasserman, Idyll
i.e. Avalon by Axel Petersén
selected by the Swedish Film Institute

Joëlle Bertossa, Close Up Film
i.e. Body by Halima Ouardiri
selected by Swiss Films

United Kingdom
Andrea Cornwell, Lobo Films Ltd
i.e. The Last Days On Mars by Ruairi Robinson
selected by the British Council


*This designation is without prejudice to position on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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