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Producers On The Move At Cannes

Written by: FFT Webmaster | May 19th, 2011

Twenty five film producers from 25 European countries just concluded a whirlwind of schmoozing sessions, formal meetings and and promotion activities in association with the European Film Promotion’s industry networking platform PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE at the Cannes International Film Festival. This is the largest number of participants since the program’s launch 12 years ago, with Albania being represented with a producer for the first time. Between May 14 and 17, the producers, each selected by individual country members of the pan-European promotion agency, were heavily promoted to attending international film industry professionals and press. The main goal is to promote their projects and to possibly find potential co-production partners.

Some of this year’s lineup from PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE were represented in various sections of the Cannes Film Festival. Iceland’s Hlín Jóhannesdóttir of Zik Zak Filmworks co-produced Rúnar Rúnarsson’s VOLCANO, which screened in the  Directors’ Fortnight section. Cinefondation, Cannes’ platform for the promotion of innovative productions, picked Attila Csáky’s project HIER by Balint Kenyeres as well as Bogdan Mustata’s WOLF, which will be co-produced by Gian-Piero Ringel (Germany), to participate in this year’s edition of the Cinefondation Atelier. All of this year’s participants have projects in the pipeline with great potential and a European orientation. For the second time, EFP cooperated with experts for film financing: Eurimages, the largest European co-production fund, and German financial giant Commerzbank. They provided the participating producers with information about complementary financing opportunities.

Participating Producers and Projects (in country of origin order):

Albania
Dritan Huqi, OnFILM Production
The Albanian by Johannes Naber

Bulgaria
Borislav Chouchkov, Chouchkov Brothers
Tilt by Viktor Chouchkov Jr

Czech Republic
Radim Procházka, Produkce Radim Procházka
The Greatest Czechs by Robert Sedlácek

Denmark
Jesper Morthorst, Alphaville Pictures Copenhagen
Room 304 by Brigitte Stærmose

Finland
Joonas Berghäll, Oktober Oy
Steam of Life by Joonas Berghäll

France
Justin Taurand, Les Films du Bélier
Love Like Poison by Katel Quillévéré

Germany
Gian-Piero Ringel, Neue Road Movies GmbH
Pina by Wim Wenders

Greece
Maria Hatzakou, HAOS Film
Attenberg by Athina Rachel Tsangari

Hungary
Attila Csáky, Cameofilm Kft.
Kolorado Kid by András B. Vágvölgyi

Iceland
Hlín Jóhannesdóttir, Zik Zak Filmworks
Volcano by Rúnar Rúnarsson

Ireland
Rebecca O’Flanagan, Treasure Entertainment
My Brothers by Paul Fraser

Italy
Marta Donzelli, Vivo Film
The Four Times by Michelangelo Frammartino

Latvia
Linda Krukle, KrukFilm
Hong Kong Confidential by Maris Martinsons

Luxembourg
David Grumbach, Paul Thiltges Distributions
The Congress by Ari Folman (in prod.)

Macedonia
Darko Popov, Punk Film
Punk’s Not Dead by Vladimir Blazevski

Norway
Maria Ekerhovd, Mer Film AS
Vegas by Gunnar Vikene

Poland
Lukasz Dzieciol, Opus Film
Zero by Pawel Borowski

Portugal
João Trabulo, Periferia Filmes
No Company by João Trabulo

Romania
Ada Solomon, HiFilm Productions
Visiting Hours by Adrian Sitaru

Slovak Republic
Michal Kollár, Sokol Kollár
The House by Zuzana Liovà

Spain
Borja Pena, Vaca Films
Cell 211 by Daniel Monzón

Sweden
Mimmi Spång, Garagefilm International
Sebbe by Babak Najafi

Switzerland
Dan Wechsler, Bord Cadre films
Opération Casablanca by Laurent Nègre

The Netherlands
Michael John Fedun, Corrino Media Group
The Devil’s Double by Lee Tamahori

United Kingdom
Samm Haillay, Third Films
Better Things by Duane Hopkins

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