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Cannes: Efp Unveils line-up for Producers On The Move 2013

European Film Promotion has special programs highlighting talent in Berlin (Shooting Stars), a Producer Lab in Toronto, 10 Directors to Watch at Karlovy Vary, European Directors at Busan and a great networking party at Afm. For 14 years Efp has hosted Producers on the Move in Cannes. This year 29 producers from 29 different European countries will take part in the event from 18 to 21 May, 2013. The Republic of Kosovo* and Montenegro will both be represented for the first time this year with a producer. These are the producers who set the ball rolling on projects, forge coalitions and conjure up a film out of an idea. Film producers are increasingly looking past their national borders. In order to facilitate an exchange with similarly ambitious colleagues from other European countries and showcase their range of achievements, European Film Promotion (Efp) offers a platform for networking to carefully selected producers. 12 of the 29 producers are women ♀.

Looking back at the 2012 edition of Producers on the Move, almost all of the producers are still in contact with one another to follow up on ideas. 17 from last year's 25 participants (68%) are already working on 15 co-productions.

The group of former participants includes such internationally known and award-winning producers as Ada Solomon from Romania (Child's Pose), Bettina Brokemper from Germany (Bal), Louise Vesth from Denmark (Melancholia) and Siniša Juričić from Croatia (Sofia’s Last Ambulance).

Scheduled during the Cannes International Film Festival, the program provides its participants with an additional visibility they get at this melting pot for filmmakers, sales agents, financiers and the international media. Producers On The Move's schedule with pitching sessions, one-on-one speed-dating meetings and various opportunities to build up business relationships and to exchange knowledge enables the selected filmmakers to return home with advanced film projects and, sometimes, with a co-production deal. At the Producers' Lunch, they can, moreover, get in contact with participants from previous years.

The participants have already realized joint European film projects which were noticed on the international radar, but they still are on their way to becoming international players. Many of them produced feature films as well as documentaries, and some are additionally active in the field of animation films.

For the fourth time, Efp will be cooperating for Producers On The Move with the pan-European co-production fund Eurimages.

The following producers were selected by Efp member organizations from their respective countries:

Belgium

Anton Iffland Stettner, Need Productions

i.e. Home by Ursula Meier

selected by Wallonie Bruxelles Image

Bulgaria

Konstantin Bojanov, Argentum Lux Films

i.e. Avé by Konstantin Bojanov

selected by the Bulgarian National Film Centre

Croatia

Zdenka Gold, ♀ Spiritus Movens Production

i.e. A Stranger by Bobo Jelčić

selected by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Czech Republic

Viktor Tauš, Fog’n’Desire Films

i.e. House by Zuzana Liová

selected by the Czech Film Center

Denmark

Mikael Chr. Rieks, Nordisk Film Production

i.e. A Funny Man by Martin Zandvliet

selected by The Danish Film Institute

Estonia

Kiur Aarma, Traumfabrik

i.e. Disco & Atomic War by Jaak Kilmi & Kiur Aarma

selected by Baltic Films

Finland

Jussi Rantamäki, Aamu Filmcompany

i.e. The Painting Sellers by Juho Kuosmanen

selected by the Finnish Film Foundation

France

Mathieu Robinet, Révérence

i.e. Love is in the Air by Alexandre Castagnetti

selected by Unifrance films

Georgia

Zaza Rusadze, Zazarfilm

i.e. A Fold in my Blanket by Zaza Rusadze

selected by the Georgian National Film Center

Germany

Jochen Laube, teamWorx Ludwigsburg

i.e. Five Years by Stefan Schaller

selected by German Films

Greece

Giorgos Karnavas, Heretic

i.e. Boy Eating The Bird’s Food by Ektoras Lygizos

selected by the Greek Film Centre

Hungary

Andrea Taschler, ♀ Mirage Film Studio

i.e. Bibliothèque Pascal by Szabolcs Hajdu

selected by Magyar Filmunió / Hungarian National Film Fund

Iceland

Thorkell Hardarson, Markell Productions

i.e. Feathered Cocaine by Thorkell Hardarson & Örn Marinó Arnarson

selected by the Icelandic Fim Centre

Ireland

Conor Barry, Sp Films

i.e. Love Eternal by Brendan Muldowney

selected by the Irish Film Board

Italy

Viola Prestieri, Buena Onda

i.e. The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino

selected by Istituto Luce Cinecittà

Republic of Kosovo*

Valon Jakupaj, Gegnia Film

i.e. Adventures of Santa Clause by Valon Jakupaj

selected by the Kosova Cinematography Center

Luxembourg

Gilles Chanial, Red Lion

i.e. Le goût des myrtilles by Thomas de Thier

selected by Film Fund Luxembourg

Fyr of Macedonia

Labina Mitevska, ♀ Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production

i.e. The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears by Teona Mitevska

selected by Macedonian Film Fund

Montenegro

Sehad Čekić, Cut-Up Production

i.e. The Ascent by Neminja Becanovic

selected by the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro

The Netherlands

Marleen Slot, ♀ Viking Film

i.e. Zurich by Sacha Polak

selected by Eye International / Netherlands

Norway

Hans-Jørgen Osnes, Motlys

i.e. Oslo, August 31st by Joachim Trier

selected by the Norwegian Film Institute

Poland

Agnieszka Kurzydło, ♀ MD 4

i.e. In The Name Of by Małgośka Szumowska ♀

selected by the Polish Film Institute

Portugal

João Matos, Terratreme filmes

i.e. Lacrau by João Vladimiro

selected by Ica I.P. / Portugal

Romania

Anca Puiu, ♀ Mandragora

i.e. Rocker by Marian Crisan

selected by the Romanian Film Promotion

Slovak Republic

Mira Fornay, ♀ Mirafox

i.e. My Dog Killer by Mira Fornay

selected by Slovak Film Institute

Spain

María Zamora, ♀ Avalon P.C.

i.e. Todos están muertos by Beatriz Sanchis ♀

selected by Icaa / Spain

Sweden

Erika Wasserman, ♀ Idyll

i.e. Avalon by Axel Petersén

selected by the Swedish Film Institute

Switzerland

Joëlle Bertossa, ♀ Close Up Film

i.e. Body by Halima Ouardiri

selected by Swiss Films

United Kingdom

Andrea Cornwell, ♀ Lobo Films Ltd

i.e. The Last Days On Mars by Ruairi Robinson

selected by the British Council
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2011 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival: Official Slections

The 8th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is all set to run for ten days this Feb. 11-20 in Missoula, Montana. This year, the fest will have a whopping 140 film programs, a growth that necessitates an expansion from its regular home at the Historic Wilma Theatre — where it will occupy two screens — to also feature screenings at the former Pipestone Mountaineering store.

Special events at the fest include a free opening night screening of How to Die in Oregon sponsored by HBO Documentary Films. The film, directed by Peter D. Richardson, examines the impact the legalization of physician-assisted suicide has had on the state. (In 1994, Oregon was the first state to legalize the practice.)

Also, indie rock band Yo La Tengo will perform their acclaimed live score of the films of pioneering French underwater documentary film director Jean Painlevé, something they have done for other film festivals all over the world.
See full article at Underground Film Journal »

Q&A: Feathered Cocaine

Falcons, used for hunting across the world for over 4,000 years, today go for upward of $1 million each, making the trade in them more lucrative than heroin and involving thousands of smugglers, corrupt government officials, and the moneyed, mostly Arab men who are obsessed with the bird of prey. The blurb on Feathered Cocaine made it clear enough that the documentary, by Icelandic duo Thorkell S. Hardarson and Örn Marino Arnarson, was a look at the illegal falcon trade, spurred by the bottomless oil wells and boundless appetites in the Persian Gulf. By the end of the film, however, the governments of Mongolia and the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations are shown to have had a hand in it, the CIA and the Nsa are implicated in not just ignoring, but covering up links between the Saudi royal family and Al-Qaeda, and the location of Osama Bin Laden, ...
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Tribeca '10 | Icelandic Directing Duo Explore Falcon's Role in Geopolitics

Tribeca will play host the world premiere of "Feathered Cocaine" from Icelandic filmmakers' Thorkell Hardarson and Örn Marino Arnarson. This marks their first English language feature documentary. Behind drugs, people, and weapons, falcon smuggling has become the world's most mysterious and profitable illegal trade. To the wealthy elite throughout the Persian Gulf, falcon hunting is a passion beyond compare. The coveted birds regularly command prices from $25,000 to $1 million, earning ...
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Tribeca '10 | Icelandic Directing Duo Explore Falcon's Role in Geopolitics

Tribeca '10 | Icelandic Directing Duo Explore Falcon's Role in Geopolitics
Tribeca will play host the world premiere of "Feathered Cocaine" from Icelandic filmmakers' Thorkell Hardarson and Örn Marino Arnarson. This marks their first English language feature documentary. Behind drugs, people, and weapons, falcon smuggling has become the world's most mysterious and profitable illegal trade. To the wealthy elite throughout the Persian Gulf, falcon hunting is a passion beyond compare. The coveted birds regularly command prices from $25,000 to $1 million, earning ...
See full article at Indiewire »

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