Cannes: European Film Promotion Names 'Producers on the Move'

12:00 AM PST 04/23/2014 by Scott Roxborough
Wolfgang Thaler
The ambitious 3D documentary series "Cathedrals of Culture" was co-produced by former Producers on the Move participants.

The 24 up-and-coming producers from across the EU will take part in the two-day networking session organized by European Film Promotion.

European Film Promotion (EFP) has announced the 24 up-and-coming European producers who will head to Cannes this year for EFP's 2014 Producers on the Move networking event.

The selection of young producers from across Europe includes Tomas Hruby from the Czech Republic, who produced Agnieszka Holland's award-winning mini-series Burning Bush (2013); the Norwegian Terez Hollo-Klausen, whose credits include Anne Sewitsky's Totally True Love (2011) and Britain's Tristan Goligher, winner of the British Independent Film Award prize for best achievement in production for Andrew Haigh's Weekend (2011).

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A full list of this year's Producers on the Move can be found on EFP's website.

The 24 producers will take part in EFP's two-day networking program, which runs May 17-19 during the Cannes Film Festival. The goal of the program is to set up collaborations and cross-border co-productions for future projects.

Now in its 15th year, EFP's Producers on the Move program has proved a successful production match maker. 2011 Producer on the Move participants Gian-Piero Ringel and Maria Ekerhovd have collaborated on Wim Wenders' 3D drama Every Thing Will Be Fine, starring James Franco, the ambitious Cathedrals of Culture documentary series, which screened at the Berlin Film Festival, and the upcoming German drama Dirk Ohm – The Illusionist That Disappeared from director Bobbie Peers, which was co-produced by 2010 Producers on the Move alum Lizette Jonjic.

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Another recent collaboration was Anna Kazejak's The Word, produced by Lukasz Dzieciol and Jesper Morthorst, both Producers on the Move participants from 2011. The Word premiered in the Generation section in Berlin and bowed in Poland in March. Some 17 co-productions are currently in development between the participants in the 2013 program, according to EFP.

The Producers on the Move is backed by the European Union's MEDIA program along with French-German TV network ARTE and European co-production fund Eurimages. Participants are selected by participating EFP member organizations. The program includes working sessions and one-on-one speed dating between participating producers. For the first time this year, Euroimages has prepared a case study to be presented and discussed at the 2014 session.

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