Producers on the Move 2014 participants

EFP selects 20 Producers on the Move 2015

European Film Promotion (EFP) spotlights the most dynamic European producers at the Cannes Film Festival (13 to 24 May 2015) through their Producers on the Move initiative, which is financially supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA programme

Now in its 16th year, the four-day event runs from 15 to 18 May 2015. Each year, the networking platform results in several international co-productions and raises the profile of the participating producers in Cannes.

Twenty emerging producers from across Europe have been selected to take part for 2015. Top of the criteria to qualify were international experience in co-producing and theatrical releases outside of the home country. This year, no UK producers have been selected and the number of participants has been limited to 20 for the first time. 

"In particular for the smaller European countries, cross-border co-productions are a financial necessity. But it's a way for all countries to benefit from new perspectives and make films more accessible to diverse audiences", says Renate Rose, EFP Managing Director. "In order to ensure more intensified discussion and the possibility of launching new ideas, we had to limit the number of participants and sharpen the selection criteria. The growing EFP network and correspondingly increasing groups of producers meant that we could no longer guarantee the required concentrated atmosphere." EFP member organisations had nominated 29 producers from 29 countries to participate.

The schedule of Producers on the Move 2015 includes working sessions such as one-to-one speed-dating meetings and various opportunities to exchange knowledge and follow up ideas about future projects. EFP also teams up with the pan-European co-production fund Eurimages to present a case study.

Producers on the Move participants from the past five years have completed 19 co-productions with their peers. 2013 producers Gilles Chanial (Luxembourg) and Conor Barry (Ireland) joined forces with two participants from 2008, Macdara Kelleher (Ireland) and Reinier Selen (The Netherlands), for Mammal by director Rebecca Daly. The film was shot in October 2014 and sees Golden Globe®-winning actress Rachel Griffiths in the lead.

To see the full list of nominated producers for 2015, visit the EFP website.

Image: Producers on the Move 2014 © Kurt Krieger