French, Germany biz to Rendez-Vous


PARIS --The fifth annual Rendez-Vous Franco-Allemands (Franco-German Meetings) is set to kick off in Versailles on Nov. 22, French film promotion organization Unifrance announced Wednesday.

The three-day confab, presided over by the heads of both countries' state film bodies, Veronique Cayla and Peter Dinges, will feature a series of meetings for film industry professionals.

The subjects du jour will include new ways of financing and the implications for co-productions, the deployment of digital screens and the implication of VOD for film and television.

A pitching session will help both Gallic and German producers find co-production partners for their various projects. Russian producers also are planning to make the trip to Versailles to observe the exchanges and propose their own projects.

Unifrance will introduce young talents from Germany (Martina Gedek, August Diehl, Alexander Fehling, Fabian Hinrichs, Sibel Kekilli, Anneke Kim Sarnau, Hinnerk Schoenemann, Joerdis Triebel and Sebastian Urzendowsky) and France (Melvil Poupaud, Nicolas Cazale, Jennifer Decker, Valerie Donzelli, Mylene Jampanoi, Adrien Jolivet, Aissa Maiga and Allyson Paradis) to each other and to visiting producers.

Since the creation of the conference, the number of Franco-German co-productions has risen from an average of two films per year to an average of 10, and about 30 co-productions are in various stages of production.

Last year's Rendez-vous Franco-Allemands saw a record 370 participants from both countries.