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PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE 2020

EFP announces the 2020 Producers on the Move selection

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- The first digital edition of the initiative will take place as originally planned from 11 to 15 May, now independently of the Cannes Film Festival, which hosts it every year

EFP announces the 2020 Producers on the Move selection

European Film Promotion (EFP)'s networking programme Producers on the Move will take place as originally planned from 11 to 15 May, 2020, and independently of the Cannes Film Festival which has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 20 selected up-and-coming European producers will meet online this year and present their projects in speed meetings and roundtable sessions. A case study as well as talks with experts will round out the digital programme running over five days.

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"It is very important for EFP to continue supporting, promoting and connecting promising creative people as well as raising the visibility of their work and fostering cooperation within Europe – especially at this moment and in spite of these challenging times. We are grateful to the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and our EFP member organisations, the national promotion institutes, who are supporting this year's online version of our initiative in a flexible and unbureaucratic way", says EFP managing director Sonja Heinen.

The selected participants have already produced award-winning documentaries such as Monica Hellström who produced The Distant Barking of Dogs [+see also:
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by Simon Lereng Wilmont, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Oscars, or Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer's production Another Reality [+see also:
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by Noël Dernesch and Olli Waldhauer, which won the audience award at the DOK.fest München. Some producers have founded companies together with up-and-coming directors such as Marie Kjelsson with director Katja Wik, Vesela Kazakova with director Mina Mileva and Elina Litvinova with writer-director Martti Helde or have produced genre films for international platforms such as Olmo Figueredo González-Quevedo with Laura Alvea and Jose F. Ortuño on Animas [+see also:
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. Some of the 20 producers were also creatively involved in their own productions, including Aleksi Hyvärinen who co-wrote the screenplays for Lake Bodom [+see also:
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and The Renovation, Mário Patrocínio the writer-director of the documentary I Love Kuduro, and Marina Gumzi the co-writer of Stories from the Chestnut Woods [+see also:
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. More than half of the participants have presented their productions at the leading international festivals such as Cannes (Andrea Queralt, Fire Will Come [+see also:
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, 2019), Venice (John Wallace, Rialto [+see also:
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, 2019; Giovanni Pompili, Sole [+see also:
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, 2019), Karlovy Vary (Mikuláš Novotný, Journey to Rome [+see also:
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, 2015), Berlinale (Yll Uka, Exile [+see also:
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, 2020), Locarno (Marija Razgutė, Trot [+see also:
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interview: Xacio Baño
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, 2018) and Sundance (Marta Habior, Dolce Fine Giornata [+see also:
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, 2019; Flavia Zanon, Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness [+see also:
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, 2020, awarded with the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize). And Alan R. Milligan deals with digital distribution models based on blockchain technology alongside his work as a producer.

The 2020 Producers on the Move are:

Vesela Kazakova (Bulgaria)
Production company: Activist38

Danijel Pek (Croatia)
Production company: Antitalent

Mikulás Novotny (Czech Republic)
Production company: Background Films

Monica Hellström (Denmark)
Production company: Final Cut for Real

Elina Litvinova (Estonia)
Production company: Three Brothers

Aleksi Hyvärinen (Finland)
Production company: Don Films Oy

Andrea Queralt (France)
Production company: 4 A 4 Productions

Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer (Germany)
Production company: Elemag Pictures

John Wallace (Ireland)
Production company: Cowtown Pictures

Giovanni Pompili (Italy)
Production company: Kino Produzioni

Yll Uka (Kosovo)
Production company: Ikonë Studio

Marija Razgute (Lithuania)
Production company: M-Films

Alan R. Milligan (Norway)
Production company: Tannhauser Gate

Marta Habior (Poland)
Production company: No Sugar Films

Mário Patrocínio (Portugal)
Production company: BRO Cinema

Marina Gumzi (Slovenia)
Production company: Nosorogi

Olmo Figueredo González-Quevedo (Spain)
Production company: La Claqueta

Marie Kjellson (Sweden)
Production company: Kjellson & Wik

Flavia Zanon (Switzerland)
Production company: Close Up Films

Rupert Lloyd (United Kingdom)
Production company: Noor Pictures

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