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Seven Balkan producers selected for Producers on the Move networking platform
24 April 2013
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29 producers from 29 different European countries will take part in the PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE program. The event will be held in Cannes from 18 to 21 May, 2013. This year the Balkan Cinema will be represented by seven producers. 

The Republic of Kosovo* and Montenegro will both be represented for the first time this year with a producer. Financial support for the project, which sees new trans-national co-productions being developed each year, comes from the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the participating EFP member organisations. 

European Film Promotion (EFP) offers a platform for networking to carefully selected producers. The programme PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE is now in its 14th year at the film festival in Cannes and for the fourth time, EFP will be cooperating for PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE with the pan-European co-production fund Eurimages

Some of the 2013 selected producers will be seen with their films in one of the sections of the Cannes Film Festival: Italian participant Viola Prestieri (Buena Ondahas executive produced The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino which will be screened in Competiton. Furthermore she has produced Honey by Valeria Golino to be seen in Un Certain Regard. UK participant Andrea Cornwell (Lobo Films Ltd) produced The Last Days On Mars by Ruairi Robinson which has been selected for the Directors Fortnight. 

Scheduled during the Cannes International Film Festival, the programme 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 emerging and independently working producers are selected by EFP member organisations from the respective countries. 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.

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).

List of Balkan Producers

Konstantin Bojanov, Argentum Lux Films
i.e. Avé by Konstantin Bojanov
selected by the Bulgarian National Film Centre 

Zdenka Gold , Spiritus Moven Production
i.e. A Stranger by Bobo Jelčić
selected by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Former Yugoslav Republic 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 

Giorgos Karnavas, Film production and distribution
i.e. Boy Eating The Bird’s Food by Ektoras Lygizos
selected by the Greek Film Centre 

Valon Jakupaj, Gegnia Film
i.e. Adventures of Santa Clause  by Valon Jakupaj
selected by the Kosova Cinematography Center

Sehad Čekić, Cut-Up Production
i.e. The Ascent by Neminja Becanovic
selected by the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro

Anca Puiu, Mandragora
i.e. Rocker by Marian Crisan
selected by the Romanian Film Promotion 

For more information please visit the official site of EFP

*This designation is without prejudice to position on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

  Sofia`s Last Ambulance
  The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears
  Boy Eating the Bird`s Food
  A Stranger
  Child`s Pose
  The Ascent
  Anca Puiu
  Ada Solomon
  Ektoras Lygizos
  Marian Crisan
  Konstantin Bojanov
  Sinisa Jovanovic
  Labina Mitevska
  George Karnavas
  Teona Strugar Mitevska
  Bobo Jelcic
  Zdenka Gold
  Valon Jakupaj
  Sehad Cekic
  Nemanja Becanovic
  Festival de Cannes
  Romanian Film Promotion
  Bulgarian National Film Center
  Mandragora Movies
  Sisters and Brother Mitevski Productions
  Greek Film Center
  Media Programme
  Croatian Audiovisual Center (HAVC)
  Macedonian Film Fund
  Spiritus Movens
  Kosovo Film Center
  Gegnia Film
  Cut-Up Production
  Producers on the Move 2012
  Producer on the Move Giorgos Karnavas interviewed by Cineuropa
  European Film Promotion - George Karnavas Interview
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