The Hamburg-based, pan-European promotional organisation European Film Promotion (EFP) has selected 22 aspiring European producers for its Producers On The Move networking initiative to take place during the Cannes Film Festival next month.
Since being launched in 2000, Producers On The Move has enabled over 140 up-and-coming European producers to meet opposite numbers from all over Europe to discuss current projects and lay the foundation for future collaborations at roundtable meetings and co-production lunches.
This year's lineup, which was selected by the EFP member organisations, includes France's Marc-Antoine Robert, whose 2.4.7. Films produced the Oscar-nominated Persepolis, Norway's Silje Hopland Eik, producer of the award-winning children's film Trigger and Eva Dahr's romantic comedy Mars & Venus, the UK's Laura Hastings-Smith, lead producer on the Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen's Bobby Sands drama Hunger, and Poland's Grzegorz Hajkarowicz of Gremi Film whose credits include Peter Greenaway's Nightwatching and Murilo Pasta's Polish-Spanish-Brazilian co-production Carmo.
The complete list of 2008's Producers On The Move (with their production companies) is as follows:
- Manuel Cristobal, Perro Verde Films (Spain)
- Maria Drandaki, Bad Movies (Greece)
- Silje Hopland Eik, Cinenord (Norway)
- Alise Gelze, Film Angels Studio (Lithuania)
- Oana Giurgiu, Libra Film (Romania)
- Grzegorz Hajkarowicz, Gremi Film Production (Poland)
- Laura Hastings-Smith, Wayward Films (UK)
- Fredrik Heinig, St Paul Film (Sweden)
- Dalma Hidasi, Extreme Film (Hungary)
- Sigrid Hoerner, moneypenny filmproduktion (Germany)
- Max Karli, Rita Productions (Switzerland)
- Macdara Kelleher, Fastnet Films (Ireland)
- Jiri Konecny, Endorfilm (Czech Republic)
- Daniele Mazzocca, Verdeoro (Italy)
- Bernard Michaux, Lucil (Luxembourg)
- Marc-Antoine Robert, 2.4.7. Films (France)
- Reinier Selen, Rinkel Film & TV Productions (Holland)
- Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson, Saga Film (Iceland)
- Ulla Simonen, freelance (Finland)
- Marko Skop, Artileria (Slovakia)
- Leonel Vieira, Stopline Films (Portugal)
- Louise Vesth, Zentropa Filmbyen (Denmark)
More information on the Producers On The Move 2008, which is supported financially by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the EFP member organisations and sponsors, can be found at www.efp-online.com.