Producers Lab Hamburg to launch with 20 hand-picked participants
- EFP's new co-production platform will welcome producers from across Europe and Hamburg
The new co-production platform Producers Lab Hamburg, created by European Film Promotion (EFP) and the Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH) in collaboration with the Creative Europe Desk Hamburg, will launch this autumn during Filmfest Hamburg on October 1st and 2nd. Ten producers selected from EFP’s Producers on the Move programme will meet ten aspiring producers from Hamburg to combine creative, technical and financial energy for international co-productions. Moreover, the event is supported by Hamburg Marketing, the Commerzbank Hamburg Medien, Filmfest Hamburg, Unverzagt von Have and C-Films.
The line-up of participants was announced today. The European participants will be Hélène Cases (Lionceau Films, France - read the interview), Maria Drandaki (Homemade Films, Greece - interview), Silje Hopland Eik (Cinenord, Norway - interview), Nathalie Lichtenthaeler (Wide Eye Films, Ireland), Petter Lindblad (Snowcloud Films, Sweden - interview), Giorgia Priolo (Film Kairós, Italy - interview), Donato Rotunno (Tarantula, Luxembourg), Antonio Saura (Zampa Audiovisual, Spain), Marleen Slot (Viking Film, The Netherlands - interview) and Isabelle Stead (Human Films, United Kingdom - interview). On the other hand, the Hamburg participants will be Michael Eckelt (Riva Filmproduktion - interview), Christian Friedrichs (Studio Hamburg), Fabian Gasmia (DETAiLFILM), Frank Geiger (brave new work), Stefan Gieren (Storybay), Verena Gräfe-Höft (Junafilm), Katrin Habermann (Sterntaucher), Jessica Landt (Beleza Film), Dirk Manthey (dirk manthey film ug) and Ute Schneider (Palms Fiction).
During two days of seminars, pitching sessions, one-to-one meetings and a Hamburg location tour, the 20 producers will have opportunities to exchange know-how and discuss ideas for concrete co- productions. All of the participants have a track record of successful project development and production.
“We are delighted by the great response from the former Producers on the Move participants”, says Renate Rose, Managing Director of EFP. “The same applies to our home town of Hamburg where many production companies have expressed an enormous interest in our networking platform and international co-production. We are very pleased to see this prestigious event being realised with our partners, the Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and the Creative Europe Desk Hamburg.”
The Filmfest Hamburg looks like providing the right framework: “We are very pleased that we can establish a high-profile producers gathering in Hamburg. With its newly created Hamburg Producer Award for German-European Co-Productions, the Filmfest Hamburg offers the ideal platform for an intensive exchange between European and Hamburg-based producers“, says Eva Hubert, CEO of the Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein.
Prior to Producers Lab Hamburg, 24 producers from Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are participating in the fifth edition of Producers Lab Toronto, which runs 3-6 Sept during the Toronto International Film Festival (4-14 Sept).