'Persepolis,' 'Darling' producers in mix at Cannes


PARIS -- Twenty-two promising young producers will take the spotlight at this year's Festival de Cannes as part of European Film Promotion's ninth annual Producers on the Move program.

The initiative to promote young producers, financed by the European Union's MEDIA program and EFP member organizations, will feature roundtable discussions, co-production lunches and meetings May 17-20.

"Particularly for young producers, it is extremely important that they can network with producers from other European countries and have an exchange of ideas on a high international level," EFP managing director Renate Rose said.

This year's crop of hopefuls selected from the EFP's member organizations includes Marc-Antoine Robert of 2.4.7. Films, whose animated hit "Persepolis" already has made waves across the Atlantic, and Swedish producer Fredrik Heinig of St. Paul Film, whose first film, "Darling," has been an international success.

Other Producers on the Move participants include Manuel Cristobal (Perro Verde Films), Maria Drandaki (Bad Movies), Silje Hopland Eik (Cinenord), Alise Gelze (Film Angels Studio), Oana Giurgiu (Libra Film Production), Grzegorz Hajdarowicz (Gremi Film Production), Laura Hastings-Smith (Wayward Films), Dalma Hidasi (Extreme Film), Sigrid Hoerner (moneypenny filmproduktion), Max Karli, (Rita Prods.), Macdara Kelleher (Fastnet Films), Jiri Konecny (Endorfilm), Daniele Mazzocca (Verdeoro), Bernard Michaux (Lucil), Reinier Selen (Rinkel Film & TV Prods.), Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson, (Saga Film), Ulla Simonen, Marko Skop (Artileria), Louise Vesth (Zentropa) and Leonel Vieira (Stopline Films).