ON THE BLOG: Producer Emily Morgan on participating in ACE 28

Emily Morgan is a graduate of the NFTS producing MA and a member of ACE Producers. She participated in the 28th edition of the ACE training programme, which is co-financed by Creative Europe. 

Morgan's credits include I Am Not A Witch for which she was awarded a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut Producer. Most recently, Morgan's company Quiddity Films was selected as one of the UK’s top emerging production companies in Screen Daily’s Brit 50 list.

Here she discusses her experience of ACE...

How did you hear about the programme?

I first heard about ACE years ago while I was working for Janine Marmot at Hot Property Films. She had done ACE and I could see how much it had contributed to her network of producing contacts across Europe and beyond. 

What encouraged you to apply?

Al, the ACE Producers liaison was extremely helpful with the application process and we had conversations about when it would be the right moment for me to apply. After my second feature film as producer we agreed that it was good timing, to reflect on everything I’d learnt and to expand my knowledge and contacts for future co-productions. 

What did the application process involve?

The application process involved an online form where I had to write about my experience and goals as a producer, describe my slate of projects and propose a co-production project that would be my focus during the scheme. 

What did the sessions involve?

The sessions covered a really broad range of topics, from film development, financing, sales and business strategy - always with a focus on co-producing and working as an independent producer. 

What were you hoping to gain from it?

I hoped to meet other like-minded producers, receive guidance on the creative and financial aspects of the projects on my slate and I was keen to use the time to think about how I’ll run my business over the coming years. ACE delivered on all of this! 

What did you learn from the experience?

I learnt a lot about financing and co-production opportunities in a range of countries. The final business prospects workshop taught me a lot about business management and was exactly what I needed to help focus on longer term plans for my company. 

How have you actioned these learnings in the context of your own career?

These learnings helped me develop the finance plans for the projects on my slate and I’ve also come away with a overall business plan for my company. 

Would you recommend the experience to other producers, and if so why?

I would highly recommend ACE to other producers, especially if they’re interested in working internationally. It’s brilliantly organised, varied, productive and a lot of fun too. 

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Every year ACE selects 18 experienced film producers, each with a project in development that is suitable for co-production and aimed at the international market, to take part in ACE's annual programme of advanced training and then join the ACE Network.

The call for applications for the ACE 29 Session is now open and the deadline to apply is 12 June 2019. 

Emily is also among the cohort for the EFP's 2019 Producers on the Move initiative at Cannes. Read more about her current slate of projects on Cineuropa