Deauville lunch brings producers together

American and International Desk matchmaking event

PARIS -- American producers will break bread with the creme-de-la-creme of Gaul's film industry when French Producers' Guild the APC, the Deauville Film Festival and the Hollywood Reporter host a star-studded lunch at Cartier's Villa in Deauville on Saturday, Sept 12.

The lunch will focus on the APC's new "American & International Desk" designed in response to the "TRIP" tax rebate for foreign production passed by the French government earlier this year.

The A & I Desk aims to promote an exchange between foreign and French film execs and develop new business opportunities for international projects with locations in France. The Deauville lunch marks the A & I Desk's first official matchmaking event since its launch over the summer.

"We're very happy and proud to be able to launch this collaborative process between French production and international filmmakers, notably from the U.S.," APC managing director Frederic Goldsmith said in an interview. The A & I Desk hopes to serve as the middleman between French producers and filmmakers from across the globe hoping to make films in Gaul.

For now, the organization isn't planning to put a price on their consultation services. "It's very informal for the time being. We're taking things step by step and we'll see what happens," Goldsmith said of the new A & I Desk's plans for the future. The A & I Desk will act as an intermediary between the two countries for American producers looking for information on the new tax rebate or access to the APC's network of 120 producers.

Actor Andy Garcia, who produced "City Island" in which he also stars, will attend the Deauville lunch with his co-producers Lauren Versel and Milutin G. Gatsby. "Harrison, Montgomery" writer-director-producer Daniel Davila, actor Octavio Gomez Berrios and producer Catherine Davila will join "Entre Nos" filmmaker Paola Mendoza and several high-profile French producers including Mandarin Cinema president and APC president Eric Altmayer, Fidelite's Marc Missonnier, Produire a Paris' Charles Gassot and Beatrice Merimee, Pan Europeenne's Emilien Bignon and reps from state film body the CNC and the Deauville festival.

Organizers are hoping to facilitate dialogue between the producers through the networking-friendly lunch towards the end of the 10-day Deauville Festival of American cinema that kicked off in the Normandy seaside town on Sept. 4 and runs through Sunday.