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BOOK OF PRODUCERS 2015

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BELGIUM

AUSTRIA

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Bady Minck

Julie Esparbes

Founded in Vienna in 2001, AMOUR FOU Vienna realises feature, documentary and experimental films. AMOUR FOU stands for aesthetic vision and powerful, daring film art across all genres. The company had its breakthrough in 2003 at Cannes where four of its films were invited: Struggle  by Ruth Mader,  No Rest For the Brave  by Alain Guiraudie,  Fast Film  by Virgil Widrich and  In the Beginning Was the Eye by Bady Minck. Many of the films produced and created by AMOUR FOU Vienna reached international recognition at the film festivals in Venice, Berlin, Cannes, Toronto and many more. Most recently  The Notebook  by János Szász premiered at the Karlovy Vary IFF and was awarded the Grand Prix Crystal Globe in 2013. The feature film Fever  by Elfi Mikesch, starring Eva Mattes and Martin Wuttke had its premiere at the Berlinale Panorama in 2014. Current releases are Michael Sturmingers feature film Casanova Variatons which celebrated its world premiere at the International Film Festival San Sebastián in 2014 and the documentary  Dreams Rewired  by Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhardt and Thomas Tode narrated by Tilda Swinton premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2015. The associate partners of  AMOUR FOU Vienna  are Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu and Bady Minck.

Julie Esparbes graduated in Political Sciences in Lyon (France), with a Master in Cultural Management, from ULB (Brussels). During her studies, she had several work experiences in different fields: distribution , audiovisual cooperation and festival programming. Julie entered the Belgian independent production company Hélicotronc in 2008 as a Production Assistant. The company developps Art House films; lots of them are selected in prestigious festivals, like Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Toronto...  An Executive Producer on many films,  Julie now works as a producer at Hélicotronc, searching for new talents. In a few years, she has produced 7 short films. All of them have received the financial support of the French speaking Belgian Cinema fund, and some of them also received the support of the CNC, Arte or the RTBF. One of  her latest short film “Solo Rex” is having great success in festivals all around the world and was pre-nominated both for the Cesars and the Magritte (the Belgian’s Cesars).

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BELGIUM

BELGIUM

BULGARIA

Novak Prod

Ben Vandendaele

Matthias Van Hijfte

Catherine Hadjiiska

After finishing a Master degree in European politics (UCL, Belgium - 2007), Amel Bouzid attends the Production Certificate courses at the IAD, where she meets with Bernard de Dessus Les Moustier, Johan Knudsen and Vincent Canart, the founders of Kaplan, an independent production company active since 1988. Starting from 2008, she joins force with the team of Kaplan and its sister company, Novak Prod (active since 2001 under the direction of Olivier Dubois). And Romeo Married Juliette, the first short produced by Amel Bouzid, has just won the Best Muhr Short at the Dubai International Film Festival (2014) and is made eligible for the 2016 Academy Awards.

Born in 1981 in Belgium. After his studies at the Rits film school in Brussels he started working at Czar.be as media manager, editor,... In 2009 he got the opportunity to produce his first short film “Siemiany”, that premiered at the Clermont-Ferrand ISFF and at the Berlinale. This was the start of a very successful career of the short film, shown at more than 60 festivals worldwide and won numerous prizes. He founded Blondynka Films with two colleagues and two other successful short films were made. Since the end of 2012 he’s freelance producer/post-producer and founded his own production company, Bekke Films. In 2013 he made, “De weg van alle vlees”, that won all the awards at the ISFF Leuven 2013 and won numerous other awards worldwide. Out of this festival experience, the sales/promo agency RADIATOR IP Sales emerged. Since 2014 he’s representing several short films and co-produced “De Smet”, which won the Canal+ award at Clermont-Ferrand ISFF 2015.

Matthias Van Hijfte is a film critic from Belgium, Ghent. He writes articles for the youth magazine BILL and has been a frequent participant in the Nisimazine workshops since 2013. After finishing his master in History, he studied Film Studies and Visual Culture at the University of Antwerp where he honed his writing skills on film. In 2014 he moved to Paris where he took on the task of communication assistant in the NISI MASA office from March until August. Back in Belgium, he was a production assistant for the short film EMPIRE directed by Kristof Hoornaert and produced by Sireal Films. Currently he is working on his first script.

Catherine is a junior producer at Portokal, Bulgaria, since 2014. Portokal’s short film PRIDE (dir. Pavel G. Vesnakov) won the Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival and a nomination for the 2014 European Film Awards, among many other international accolades. Currently, Catherine’s working on the Portughese-Bulgarian co-production ABYSS by dir. Leonor Noivo, set for completion in summer 2015. Catherine is a project coordinator for Sofia Meetings, a co-production market for first and second features, held parallel to the Sofia International Film Festival. Over the past 5 years Catherine has been working as a junior producer in feature and documentary films in Bulgaria and the UK with directors Konstantin Bojanov, Ben Lewis,  Matthew Bowyer  and Chouchkov Brothers.  Catherine holds BA in Media Arts from University of London.

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CROATIA

CROATIA

Daria Blaževic

Sinisa Juricic

Daina Oniunas-Pusic

Luka Venturin

Daria Blažević (Zagreb 1987.) has discovered (or has been discovered by?) NISI MASA in 2009., as the representative of the Network member Kinoklub Zagreb. Being quickly enthused by NISI MASA’s spirit and wide range of film-related workshops and activities, she became more involved in 2010 as a Board member and Vice president of the Network. As of 2013 she is the current President of NISI MASA, supporting the Head Office, overseeing projects and shaping the future strategy of the Network. She studied Film and television directing at the Academy of dramatic arts in Zagreb, as well as Directing at the Film Academy Vienna. She lives and works in Zagreb, as a director, producer and cultural manager. Her shorts have been to some festivals, and won some awards.

He founded Nukleus association in 2003, Nukleus Film Croatia in 2009, Nukleus Film Slovenia in 2012 and Jaako dobra produkcija (JDP) in 2013. He graduated acting in 1990 and film production in 2009 from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, Croatia.

Daina Oniunas-Pusić is a filmmaker from Croatia. She has a B.A. in film directing from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts and an M.A. in filmmaking from the London Film School, which she completed in 2012. In 2013 she won the Jelena Rajković award for best Croatian filmmaker under the age of 30.   Daina is in development on a pilot for a comedy television series due to winning the Bafta and Stellar Network TV comedy and drama pitch-up event.   She has just completed her 2014 European Short Film Pitch winning project “The Beast” which she wrote and directed.    As one of the six winners of the latest Creative England scheme ‘Funny Girls’, Daina is currently developing her next short with Creative England, Baby Cow and Big Talk.

Luka gained formal education at the College of Entrepreneurship in Zagreb. While studying Production on Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb, he started working as an assistant producer and production manager with many production companies (Freemantle Media, Unbeatable productions Ltd., Croatia film). After working in various aspects of audio-visual production, such as animations, TV shows, TV series, event organizing, workshop production, short film production, he undertook the role of the producer for Sekvenca. The latest film he produced, Picnic, had it’s world premiere in 2015. in Berlinale.

Sinisa’s focus is on producing films and helping talented filmmakers from the EEC to achieve their full international potential. Recent works include, amongst others, co-producing “The Chicken” (received the European Film Award in 2014, in co-production with ZAK Film), “Velvet Terrorists” (FEDEORA Award at Karlovy Vary IFF 2013, in co-production with Hypermarket Film and Peter Kerekes), “Kismet” (IDFA competition 2013, in coproduction with Anemon films and Forest Troop), “Sofia’s Last Ambulance” (France4Visionary award at Cannes Film Festival 2012, co-produced with Sia and Sutor Kolonko). Attended training programs such as Discovery Campus Masterschool (2006), exOriente (2006-2012), EAVE (2007), EAVE+ (2014), Producers on the Move (2012), ACE Producers Network (2013), Producers Lab Toronto (2013), Torino FilmLab (2014) and others.

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Works also as an organizer of cultural events on many projects and festivals, including Jewish Film Festival, Zagrebdox, Zagreb Film Festival, Street Art Museum, and also as production manager on commercials and promo films from Croatia’s leading marketing agencies.

She lives and works in London.

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FRANCE

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FRANCE

FRANCE

FRANCE

Louise Bellicaud

Rémi Bernard

Laurent Crouzeix

Louise Bellicaud graduated from the Media Business School in 2009 (Post Graduate Training European Audiovisual Management). Starting her career in French film distribution in Mexico, she got involved in production and went to London working in development and feature film financing at “Future Films”. Coming back to France, she started working at Sacrebleu productions in 2011 as business affairs (“Faces from place”, animated TV series broadcasted on ARTE, “Long way North”, animated feature film/ theatre release in 2015). She sets up her own production company “In Vivo Films” at the beginning of 2015 in order to keep working with directors from different backgrounds and nationalities, developing live-action short and feature films.

Rémi Bernard started his carreer as a graphic designer and photographer. He approached the cinema through storyboard drawing, then started to write and direct short films, some of them winning awards in international festivals. In 2004, he created Courts Devant Short Film Festival, that became international a few years later, and is now the biggest in Paris.  As Art Director and General Manager of Courts Devant since the beginning, he has designed and launched several new initiatives such as “4 scénarios vivants”, “Ça tourne en Ile-de-France” and “Euro Courts Devant”, a two-day event to promote, encourage and improve European coproductions and broadcasting of short films, including “C3PM”, a co-production post-production mini-market. He reads short film scripts for the French cinema body CNC “contribution financière”, and is a member of the short films college of the Académie des César.

Laurent Crouzeix is Co-Executive Director of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival & Market. He is Programmer of the International Competition and Project Manager on the shortfilmdepot. com online platform. Laurent is also Coordinator of Euro Connection, the coproduction meetings for shorts he launched in 2009 as part of the Short Film Market in Clermont-Ferrand. He also produces various targeted industry meetings and implements partnerships with other festivals and markets. He’s regularly invited to industry events as expert in Europe and beyond.

Jean Laurent Csinidis Born in 1981 in Marseille (France). From 2006 to 2010, he worked at Amour Fou (Austria/Luxembourg). Among other things, he was line-­ producer of MappaMundi by Bady Minck and head of development of the feature film The Night of Thousand Hours by Virgil Widrich. He also ensured financing of several coproductions, and was in charge of developing the company in Luxembourg. In October 2010, together with three partners, he created and became the manager of Films de Force Majeure, a production company based in Marseille and dedicated to delegate production of art-­ house films. (see filmography below) FFM also provides production services for feature films,for instance on FC de Kampioenen by Skyline Enternainment (which remained #1 at Belgian box-­office during Christmas holidays in 2013) or currently on Ventoux by Nicole van Kilsdonk (prod.: Keyfilm, NL & Prime Time, BE). Jean-­Laurent Csinidis is EAVE Film Finance Forum Graduate. He attended Doc Regio 2011, LisbonDocs 2012, Pitching du Réel 2013... He is also a translator, and part-­time lecturer at Aix-­en-Pce University.

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FRANCE

FRANCE

FRANCE

Elvire Dolgorouky

Emilie Dubois

Lauren Grall

David Guiraud

Since 2001, Sacrebleu productions has produced more than 50 films, selected in over 1000 festivals as prestigious as Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, ClermontFerrand. In 2014, the company produced 5 short films : 3 animated films, 1 fiction and 1 experimental. Sacrebleu is currently developing several short and long films, along with animated TV series. Sacrebleu is notably working on « Long way north », a feature lenght animation film that will be released in December 2015.

Based in Paris and Lyon, France, Origine films is both a production company and a sales agency for short films. Created in 2011, the company now represents for world sales more than 100 short films from more than 20 different countries. Our line up as a sales agent naturally reflects our broad tastes: spanning over all genres, from comedy to action thriller, from drama to fantasy. Our aim is to create a network of young filmmakers throughout the world and to further explore possible future coproductions with the producers and directors we’ve represented as sales agent. In the past years, we’ve produced 12 short films, including 37°4 S by Adriano Valerio, Special Jury Mention in Cannes 2013 and David di Donatello for Best Short Film in 2014. Soon to be released, two FrenchBelgian coproductions: The Black Bear, by Xavier Seron & Méryl Fortunat-Rossi, a hilarious horror spoof, and A Spider’s Web, by Hüseyin Aydin Gürsoy, an drama set among the Turkish community.

Lauren Grall began her film career in Germany as a buyer for the distribution company Delphi Filmverleih. When she returned to France, she collaborated with several international production companies and created together with the director Audrey Estrougo 6.11 FILMS in which they produced the third feature of the director.

After a bachelor in Cinema at La Sorbonne (Paris), he was an assistant director on the successful French feature “Le Serpent” which scored almost 800 000 entries at the French Box Office. In 2007 he became in charge of Short Films for the Richmond French Film Festival (USA). Shortly after founding Ad Astra Films in 2008 with Sébastien Aubert, he decided to launch the production of his first professional short film shot in the Moroccan desert, The Danaides’ barrel, which was selected by around 50 international film festivals. In 2009 he was elected “Entrepreneur of the month” by Le Journal des enterprises, a monthly business magazine. Formerly in charge of the festivals distribution, he is now the “talent seeker” of the company, permanently looking for promising scriptwriters or film directors.

2014: Quinzaine des réalisateurs nomination and Semaine de la Critique nomination at Cannes Festival 2012: Silver Bear in Berlin / Crystal in Annecy 2011 / 2005 : Oscar nomination. 2010: Palme d’or for best short film 2010: Procirep Award for best producer After 2 master’s degrees in international law and in cinema production at La Sorbonne, Elvire Dolgorouky worked at Bee films prior to Wild Bunch as a production manager and in business affairs. She joined Sacrebleu productions in 2014.

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FRANCE

FRANCE

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FRANCE

GERMANY

Clémence Marcadier

Laurine Pelassy

Marie Sonne-Jensen

Nele Fritzsche

After her Master’s degree, Clémence worked as assistant director and production assistant. In the same time she directed commercials. She won a prize for her first script that she produced and directed. She decided to create her own production company, GASP, with Olivier Chabalier. Within this stucture she produced 5 short films including coproductions with french and foreign companies. Their latest films were selected in many international festivals and TV broadcasted. In the same time Clémence is still writing her own projects. She recently won the support of a french found to write her new film.

Laurine Pelassy is born in 1983. In 2007, she becomes Business Affairs Executive at Rectangle Productions with the producers Edouard Weil and Alice Girard, and works on features as In the beginning by Xavier Giannoli, Declaration of war by Valérie Donzelli, Me, Myself and Mum by Guillaume Gallienne. She creates Les films de la Capitaine in 2012 to work with audacious directors and to produce movies offering an original, inquiring vision of the world. Her films have already been selected in lots of film festivals in France and abroad. Among them, Thomas Bardinet’s feature nino, une adolescence imaginaire de Nino Ferrer, Léo Ponge’s documentary In search of bigfoot and Grégoire Graesslin’s short film Helix Aspersa (Locarno Film Festival 2014). Member of EAVE Producers Workshops 2015, she develops strong relationships and confidence with talented young directors, to accompany them from short to feature films.

LA VOIE LACTÉE is a production company, based in Paris, created to gather synergies of European filmmakers, artists and technicians on common projects. It was founded in 2005 by three partners who have in common the experience of independent filmmaking and international co-productions: Nathalie Algazi, François Drouot, and Marie Sonne-Jensen.

Nele Luise Fritzsche is Curator and Head of both interForum, the fringe programme for professional visitors and the International Script Pitch Competition of the International Short Film Festival interfilm Berlin  since 2013. As Co-curator of interfilm’s special programs, she is a member of the selection committee of interfilm Festival since 2014. Since 2008 Nele has been engaged regularly in the international festival scene. She was project manager and assistant artistic director for  Greenland Eyes Film Festival, Nordwind Festival and F40 Kunstraum. At the 59th Berlinale Nele assisted at the accreditation office which she continued until 2013. Nele is based in Berlin and finishing her studies of Music, Media and Scandinavian Studies at Humbold University.

Marie Sonne-Jensen is Danish and has been living in Paris for 17 years. After two years of experience in the advertising industry, three years collaborating as a production coordinator at Slot Machine (working on “Dogville”, “Dear Wendy”, “Los Muertos” etc), four years at Les films du lendemain, (“The flight of the Red Balloon”, “Les regrets”, “L’Apollonide” etc), being a development coordinator for One World films and collaborating on European financing strategies in different production companies in France, Sweden and Denmark, she now produces shorts and feature films in La Voie Lactée.

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GERMANY

HUNGARY

HUNGARY

Christian Füllmich

Linh Vu Hong

Ádám Breier

Dániel Deák

Before studying Media Management with a specialisation on film and television productions in Munich in 2006, Christian gained some experience in different areas of film and television industry, working for various film production companies. After receiving the Bachelor’s degree in 2009 he lived in Australia for a while and worked on a number of film and television productions in Brisbane. Since early 2010, he has worked in the field of TV drama and feature film in Germany. Additionally, he supervised some cinematography classes lead by Michael Ballhaus at the HFF Munich. Since 2011 Christian is working alongside Torben Maas in the role of producer for their joint production company filmschaft maas & füllmich GmbH which is located in Munich. In 2013 they received the Bavarian Film Award for young producers for their first full-length feature film production called “NEMEZ”, who successfully ran at several international film festivals.

Linh Vu was born and raise in Leipzig Germany. In a young age she discovered her interest for film and media. Therefore she studied Media and Communication Science and Philosophy. Before graduation she realized a short documentary about the urban poverty of her hometown, which is represented by the portray of a young boy named “Paul”. Linh also worked for Maximusfilm GmbH, a film production company which is specialized in documentaries and produced numerous projects for the TV channels ProSieben and arte. Since 2014 Linh is part of FILMALLEE and therefore involved in the documentary feature project “No Lullaby” that won at idfa Amsterdam and the Dok.fest Munich in 2014, the pan-european co-production “That trip we took with Dad” (in postproduction) and the documentary film “Fever” (in development).

Adam Breier has received an MA degree specialized in Media Studies in Hungary, he took screenwriting courses in New York, and later on he has graduated from the EICTV (Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television) in Cuba majoring in fiction directing. His short fiction and documentary films have been shown in festivals in more then fifteen countries of the world, including A-category festivals as Montreal, and Bilbao. He has also directed and produced commercials in Hungary and France. Adam works as an associate producer for AZT-Media in Hungary. He has lived and worked in France, Cuba and USA and he is fluent in French, Spanish, English and Hungarian. His project for a first feature, The Strike has been selected to the Biennale Cinema College 2013 of Venice.

Daniel was born in Budapest where he lives  and  works.  He  loves to create, write  andwatch films, especially shorts. After studying literature  and  film theory  he  founded Daazo.com with Zoltán Aprily - the MEDIA programme-supported short film sharing website, which presents and distributes shorts. From 2007 to 2010 he was a board member of Nisi Masa - Network of Young European Cinema. Also, he is the publisher of World of Shorts magazine (distributed at the Berlinale, the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.) 

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ITALY

ITALY

ITALY

Károly Fehér

Daniele De Cicco

Franco Dipietro

Gabriele Oricchio

Károly Fehér works as a producer in his company Popfilm, founded in 2003 with Csilla Szentirmai. The company’s scope of activities has shifted from producing commercials to the production of animation-, short-, and feature films in the past five years. Károly Fehér’s first work as producer was in Gábor Rohonyi’s “Konyec”, when he was asked to be the executive producer of the movie. In the following years, he produced several Academy of Drama and Film graduation films and various shortfilms (amongst others: the award-winning “Sunstroke” by Lili Horváth and “Cold Shower” by Orsolya Nagypál). In recent years, he produced various short- and animation films. His first feature-length movie, “The Wednesday Child”, directed by Lili Horváth, is currently in postproduction and entering the festival circuit. He is an EAVE Graduated Producer at FFF 2012.

Daniele De Cicco graduated in Literature at the University of Pisa and specialized in Cinema and Television Studies at the University of Parma. He was editor for the RAI television program “FuoriOrario” and worked for the Torino Film Festival. For six years he took care of the organization of the international film festival “Il Vento del Cinema” directed by Enrico Ghezzi. He also worked for the production companies Teatri Uniti and Indigo Film.

Founder and project selector for Due Monete, production company based in Turin, Italy, and existing since 2005. Due Monete is specialized in branded content, project development, film production.    We are eligible for the Italian Minister of Culture (MIBAC) fund both for developing and producing short and feature film; and the Piemonte Short Film Fund and Doc Film Fund.   Truly open to coproductions, we’re happy to invite you to check our website for knowing more about us and follow us on Facebook. www.duemonete.it www.facebook.com/due.monete Among the latest production:  “Life as a coin”, 2015, animated short story, funded by Croatian Audiovisual Centre.   “Ruggero”, 2012, live action, funded by a successful crowdfunding campaign. Winner of Nisida Award and Teen Jury Award at Capalbio International Film Festival, bought by Canal+ for broadcasting in France and Africa.    “The change”, 2009, live action, Screened in Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique in 2010. 

After working for more than 15 years in ADV Agencies and Commercials Production Companies, he decides to open, with 2 partners, Blue Door Production with which he debut with the short film “The Wholly Family” by Terry Gilliam, 2011 EFA Winner for the Best European Short Film. In few years he co-produced several short films working with Directors coming from various Countries. In 2013 he produce his first feature film “The Fall from Heaven” by Ferit Karahan, a Kurdish director. The film was well received at many Festivals and it won Awards for Best Film at Antalya Film Festival and at Ankara Int. Film Festival. The last short film produced in 2014 is “Caserta Palace Dream” by James McTeigue and starring Richard Dreyfuss. He is actually working on the development of the feature film “The death of black horses” by Ferit Karahan that it has been selected by the Jerusalem Film Lab to partecipate at its 2015 script development lab.

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LITHUANIA

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LUXEMBOURG

LUXEMBOURG

Marija Razgute

Alexander Lucas

Marija Razgutė – Lithuanian film producer, working since 2008 when she established film production company Čiobreliai. Her latest short film The Noisemaker by Karolis Kaupinis was awarded as the Best Pitch in European Short Pitch 2013 and premiered in Festival del film Locarno in 2014. Marija Razgutė is the cofounder of Lithuanian Short Film Agency Lithuanian Shorts, organizing International Short Film Festival Vilnius Film Shorts, short film project presentation platform Baltic Pitching Forum. In 2010 Marija Razgutė graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts with MA in Culture Management and Cultural Policy. She is a member of Independent Producers Association in Lithuania since 2011.

AMOUR FOU Luxembourg. Founded in Luxembourg in 1995, formerly known as Minotaurus Film, AMOUR FOU Luxembourg realises artistically exceptional feature, documentary and short films for the international market with international and, most frequently, European partners. AMOUR FOU Luxembourg reached international recognition in Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and many more festivals with its films in 2012 and 2013. Hannah Arendt by Margarete von Trotta, which had a very successful theatrical run throughout Europe and was awarded with the „Silver Lola“. In 2013 the creative documentary Naked Opera premiered at the Panorama section of Berlinale and received the Heiner-Carow-Award. Jessica Hausner’s Amour Fou premiered at Un Certain Regard at the Festival de Cannes 2014, as well as Elfi Mikesch‘s new film Fever premiered at the Berlinale Panorama 2014.  The associate partners of AMOUR FOU Luxembourg are Bady Minck and Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu.

LUXEMBOURG

Bernard Michaux Bernard, born and raised in Luxembourg, has studied film production at the University of Television and Film Munich. Bernard created 2006 his production company Lucil Film that merged in 2015 with Samsa Film, the most important Luxembourgish film producer by number and by quality of its feature films, documentaries and short films. Coproductions on a European and international level are facilitated by Samsa Film’s involvement in French, German and Belgian subsidiaries.  Bernard Michaux is a EAVE Graduate and a member of the European Film Academy. In 2012 he partnered up with a friend to open up a successful bar in Luxembourg city.

Govinda Von Maele Les Films Fauves is a Luxembourgian independent production company founded by Gilles Chanial, and two directors, Govinda Van Maele and Jean-Louis Schuller in 2014, focusing on script development , coproduction and bringing young luxembourguish talented directors to feature films. The goal of Les Films Fauves is supporting from director driven art house to genre - films of high artistic value and getting these films distributed to a larger internationnal audience. Currently in production are MAMMAL by Rebecca Daly (coproduced with Ireland and the Netherlands), the documentary FOREIGN AFFAIRS by Pasha Rafiy and the short film THEY’RE DOING FINE by Max Jacoby.

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POLAND

POLAND

ROMANIA

Martin Bonnici

Weronika Drzewinska

Zofia Horszczaruk

Radu Stancu

Starting out as a broadcast designer, Martin Bonniċi has 9 years of experience in the audio-visual industries. Working in various departments has allowed him to gain an understanding of various processes from animation to live-action production and in the past 5 years helped him produce and direct over 6 short films ranging from digital animation to liveaction, with more to enter production in the coming months. Martin has also produced dozens of audio-visual projects from adverts to corporate projects and has worked with various teams in Malta for clients in Malta, Switzerland and Italy, whilst maintaining his independent production company Shadeena. In the past years he has trained under experts such as Laurence Moody, Bobette Buster and David Howard amongst others.

Weronika Drzewińska (1989)  industry projects manager, programmer of Short Waves Festival and an emerging producer from Poland. The coordinator of European Short Pitch 2015 scriptwriting session in Poznan. Although coming from Łodz, the headquarters of Polish film industry, she has been living in Poznan for 7 years, where she graduated with a M.Sc. degree in International Business of the famous Poznan University of Economics. Since 2012 a member of Ad Arte Foundation, manager of various film projects (short films screenings cycle World Shorts, international filmmaking workshop Film Rave, Short Waves Festival). Since 2014 the president of cultural association “Zaraz”. With a group of friends she organized the first Kino Kabaret in Wrocław, Poland, which took place in September 2014. Currently, she is producing her first short drama, which is a romantic anticomedy.

Zofia Horszczaruk works as Acquisitions Assistant in New Europe Film Sales. The company specializes in short film sales to tv channels and vod platforms around the world and work with a lot of strong producers and filmmakers (i.e. Ruben Ostlund, Jonas Odell, Tomasz Baginski).  New Europe Film Sales had also 4 Oscar shortlisters in last 4 years – both animation and live-action films. Before joining the company Zofia worked in the National Film Archive in Poland in Digital Repository where she organized film events and exhibitions. Finished Media Management faculty at Jagiellonian University of Krakow. 

After graduating the famous film school in Bucharest, UNATC ‘I.L. Caragiale’, Sound and Editing Department and Film Production (MA), Radu Stancu developed his own production company in 2009 - DeFilm Production. He produced short films like ‘Horizon’ (d.Paul Negoescu), ‘Stuck on Christmas’ (d.Iulia Rugina), ‘Blu’ and ‘12 minutes’ (d.Nicolae Tanase), ‘Bomberman’ (d.Barna Nemethi’), ‘Alaska’ (d.Mihai Mincan), films that screened in festivals such as TIFF, Cannes, Brest, Sarajevo, Namur, Cottbus and many more. DeFilm Production is currently finishing the distribution strategy for two feature length documentaries and the post-production of the feature fiction ‘The World is Mine’ by Nicolae Tanase. Also, music videos such as Inna ‘In your eyes’ and ‘Good Time’ featuring Pitbull, Loredana ‘Sexting’ and Smiley ‘Dead man walking’, increased deFilms’ visibility in the commercial industry and gave new opportunities for developing future projects and new partnerships.

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SLOVENIA

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SPAIN

THE NETHERLANDS

UK

Marina Gumzi

Gonzalo Caride

Jan-Dirk Bouw

David Allain

Born in 1984 in Maribor, Slovenia. After studying dramaturgy in Ljubljana and Berlin, Marina worked as dramaturg in theatre and on short films. In 2012, she was the first Slovenian to attend Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris for young European film producers. In 2012, she returned to Slovenia to take over management of the film program at Maribor’s European Capital of Culture. In the same year, she became the general manager of Ljubljana-based independent film production company Nosorogi. Devoted to discovering and promoting the new generation of filmmakers as well as to establishing strong connections with international partners, Nosorogi currently joins a group of emerging Slovenian authors in an attempt to create original and resonant filmic handwritings. In 2014, Marina was one of eighteen “Emerging Producers” selected at Jihlava IDFF. In 2015, she will attend EAVE Producers Workshop with her first feature project, Stories From the Chestnut Woods. 

In 2008 I moved from Spain to New York to study film Direction and Cinematography. I stayed in the US for one more year, working in almost all posible positions in the film crew in order to learn the craft. In 2010 I moved to the UK where I lived and worked on film for another 2 years and a half. Mostly as Cinemtagropher and Editor but also developing some Audio-Visual Projects and as a Video Artist in Bristol. In 2012 I moved to Lodz (Poland) to shoot “OCTOBER”, my first narrative short film as Screenwriter, Director & Producer. The short film was finished in early 2013 and it got selected in some important Film Festivals. It was also selected by the “Cervantes’ Institute” to screen at Brussels, Rabat, Berlin and Moscow as part of their Spanish New Talent Showcase. Since then I’ve been collaborating in other projects as an editor, writer and producer, I’m part of the Galician Association of Filmmakers, also work as a script supervisor and as a freelance programmer for FILMETS Badalona Film Festival and BCN Sports Film.

Jan-Dirk (Amsterdam, Netherlands) studied Art & Graphic Design at the HKU (Utrecht, Netherlands) and Communication & Design at the School of Communication and Arts, London. In 2005 he studied scenario writing for documentaries at the Dutch Media Academy -Santberg Institute. In 2010 he was selected for the Binger Filmlab Docucoach program led by Heddy Honigmann. Jan-Dirk directed various short films (independent and commercials) in the UK and the Netherlands. He wrote several articles on social engaged topics for current affair magazines, like Newsweek, Vrij Nederland and AD Magazine. In 2001 he wrote his first documentary scenario which got produced. From 2007 he focuses mainly on scenario writing, directing and producing documentaries. In 2013 Jan-Dirk debuted as director with his film I LOVE HOOLIGANS. Currently he’s working on various new film and documentary projects.

David Allain is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and is Creative Director at RANKIN FILM PRODUCTIONS (RFP). David began directing music videos for record labels including SONY, EMI, and UNIVERSAL in 2007. In 2011, he began working with acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Rankin and helped set-up RFP. That year, he also worked with Rankin to launch the UK short filmmaking scheme Collabor8te in partnership with The Bureau and Dazed & Confused. Since 2011 David has been a Producer or Executive Producer on over 25 short films, many of which have screened at international film festivals (including Palm Springs, Clemont Ferrand, Tribeca, and the BFI London Film Festival) and have been TV broadcast on CHANNEL4 or SKY ARTS in the UK. David’s work on other projects spans from feature documentaries such as ‘McCullin’ (nominated for 2 BAFTAs, 2013) to making films for brands including PANASONIC, BEATS BY DRE, NOKIA, and O2.

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UK

UK

Ohna Falby Life To Live Films – UK ohnafalby@gmail.com Ohna Falby is a UK producer who set up London based production company Life To Live Films in 2011 to produce independent short, art and feature films. Ohna has collaborated with directors including Daniel Mulloy, Douglas Hart, Sonja Philips, Jane & Louise Wilson and more recently Gaëlle Denis to produce outstanding short and art films since 2003. Ohna produced a series of 5 concept shorts commissioned by Bombay Sapphire one of which (ROOM 8) won a BAFTA. More recently she is in dev lopment on a feature project with Gaëlle Denis after producing her BFI funded short CROCODILE which premiered in Cannes’ Critic’s Week in 2014 where it won the Prix Canal+ for best short. The feature project has been selected at Cinemart IFFR 2015 where we are seeking to connect with co-producers. Educated in Paris, Ohna later studied filmmaking and creative writing in New York and then settled in London to work in commercials and later in film. With this background and with various projects in development, she is always looking for ways to collaborate internationally and co-produce with European colleagues.

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UK

Gavin Humphries Quark Films Ltd A BAFTA nominated producer, Gavin’s developing features with the BFI and Film4. His shorts – fiction, documentary and animation – have been selected for and won awards at major festivals including Cannes and Sundance and in the final Oscar shortlist 4 times. Gavin’s company Quark Films produced feature documentaries: BOY CHEERLEADERS seen by two million viewers on the BBC; THE PEOPLE VS GEORGE LUCAS (SXSW 2010); and crowd funded THE REAL SOCIAL NETWORK screening to over 30,000 people. These were selected for IDFA, HotDocs, Sheffield and Tribeca. He’s also produced digital projects with Tate Modern, Google, Framestore and the Young Vic Theatre.

UK

Emily Kyriakides

Emily Morgan

SENIOR PRODUCER, Lighthouse Before joining Lighthouse, Emily worked in production on 30+ feature films (mainly international co-productions) starring some of cinema’s best-known stars, including Al Pacino, Naomi Watts, Christopher Walken, Robert de Niro and Michael Caine. 

EMILY MORGAN set up Quiddity Films in 2011 and produced a range of award-winning short films, including Claire Oakley’s PHYSICS and THE MASS OF MEN by Gabriel Gauchet that won the Pardino de Oro at the Locarno Film Festival and went on to win 73 further awards at 150 international festivals. Emily is a Producing MA graduate from the National Film and Television School and has a feature film background with credits including Andrew Haigh’s WEEKEND, Simon Pummell’s upcoming BRAND NEW-U. She is currently a Production Executive on Film London’s Shorts Fund and Development and Production Manager at Soda Pictures.

At Lighthouse she is responsible for a number of commissioning and talent development initiatives, including the  BFI Shorts  scheme, on which she oversaw the  production of 17 high-level fiction shorts. The films have gone on to win many industry awards including a Welsh BAFTA and the Canal+ Award at Cannes. They have also received three BAFTA and BIFA nominations, and a European Film Academy and IFTA nomination. Emily previously executive produced four shorts with the BBC, resulting in an Oscar and BAFTA nomination.  Emily also oversees the Guiding Lights mentoring scheme, matching filmmakers with mentors such Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Sam Mendes, James Marsh, Clio Barnard,  Kenneth Branagh and many others. I LOVE HOOLIGANS. Currently he’s working on various new film and documentary projects.

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UKRAINE

UKRAINE

Denis Ivanov

Marina Shukh

Denis Ivanov is a founder of Odessa International Film Festival, director of Arthouse Traffic LLC, member of the European Film Academy, producer.

Co-founder (in 2003) and managing director of Arthouse Traffic LLC – Ukrainian film distribution and production company.

In 2003 has founded ARTHOUSE TRAFFIC  company focusing on distribution of arthouse films and organization of thematic film festivals in Ukraine. As the producer he has made 2 feature films and over 40 shorts. His feature film GREEN JACKET directed by Volodymyr Tyhyy was premiered in San Sebastian IFF 2013. As a co-producer he is involved in promotion and sales of the TRIBE, the film of Myroslav Slaboshpitskiy, Grand-Prix Of Cannes’ Critics week 2014.

For the moment the company released more than 400 films. Together with embassies and culture centers of other countries, Arthouse Traffic annually organizes a number of national film festivals Since 2006 Arthouse Traffic  became a co-producer and distributor of The Pit: How Can You Escape? (Shtolnya), that was watched by more than 30 000 Ukrainian viewers and sold to 16 territories. In 2010-2012 the company became a coproducer of short films Its certain films took part in more than 100 international festivals, while film Deafness by Miroslav Slaboshpitsky became a participant of short films competition at the Berlinale and the film Nuclear waste by the same author won the Silver Leopard at Locarno IFF. In 2010-2013,  Arthouse Traffic  team was the founder and the co-organizer of the Odessa International Film Festival.

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Funders

NISI MASA - European Office 99, rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis 75010 Paris - France Phone: +33 (0)1 48 01 65 31 europe@nisimasa.com / www.nisimasa.com

WITH THE SUPPORT OF

Head of script department Wim Vanacker wim@nisimasa.com MANAGER OF CO-PRODUCTION FORUM Jerome Nunes jerome@nisimasa.com PROJECT COORDINATOR Aleksandra Zakharchenko aleksandra@nisimasa.com LAYOUT & design Francesca Merlo francesca-merlo@libero.it

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ESP 2015 Book of Producers  

ESP 2015 Book of Producers present during the Co-Production Forum organised in Luxembourg.

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