Produire au Sud for 3 Continents
by Fabien Lemercier
- The Nantes film festival that awarded Wang Bing’s Three Sisters also stood out for its Produire au Sud workshop
The 3 Continents Film Festival closed yesterday with the triumph of Wang Bing’s Three Sisters, a film that was awarded the Montgolfière d’Or (lit. “Golden hot-air balloon”) for Best Film as well as the Audience Award, a great double win for a documentary produced by Chinese Shadows (directed in Hong Kong by Isabelle Glachant) and by French production company Albums Productions.
But beyond the films, the Nantes event also stood out with a new edition of Produire au Sud, an international co-production training workshop for young producers from Africa, Latin America, and Asia. During it, the producers and directors of six film projects (Lebanon, India, Argentina/Venezuela, Morocco/Egypt, Tajikistan, and Turkey) selected this year from 130 applications benefitted from a week's worth of personalised advice on production, screenwriting, international sales, post-production (thanks to a partnership with EP2C), and pitching.
The numerous speakers included German producer Raimond Goebel (Pandora), Sébastien Chesneau (director of international sales at Rezo Films), Philippe Avril (Unlimited), Clément Duboin (Urban Factory), Pierre Menahem (MPM Film), Thomas Pibarot (director of acquisitions for Le Pacte), and Norwegian filmmaker Heidi Palm Sandberg (Sorfond - Films from the South Foundation).
(Translated from French)
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