European Co-Production Weekender cohort announced

18 UK-based producers have been selected for our first ever European Co-Production Weekender; our two-day lab designed to take participants through the basics of putting a co-production together, from treaties and conventions to legal agreements and sources of finance. 

The lab is being organised in partnership with Screen Yorkshire and EAVE. More information can be found in our press release

The 18 producers selected for the lab are:

Anna Griffin - Griffin Pictures

Anna is a BIFA-nominated producer working with Wellington Films and her own newly formed, Griffin Pictures. With Wellington, Anna produced the Netflix global break-out hit, CALIBRE, alongside Alastair Clark, written & directed by Matt Palmer, and is leading on a development slate with projects from Kefi Chadwick, Karan Kandhari and Tom Haines. Previously, Anna produced Benjamin Wigley’s debut feature documentary, PAA JOE & THE LION (SXSW). Under Griffin Pictures, launched in 2018, Anna is developing THE TUNNEL by BAFTA nominated Arash Ashtiani, with support from the BFI. Anna is also a 2018 Screen Star of Tomorrow.

Diarmid Scrimshaw – Inflammable Films

Diarmid is a triple BAFTA-winning feature film producer from Sheffield. Diarmid has worked in Film, Television, Commercials and Games for directors including Paddy Considine, Richard Ayoade, Paul King and Lynne Ramsay.

Hannah Stevenson - Wingarm

Hannah is best known for producing the comedy feature EATEN BY LIONS, released in the UK in March this year to critical acclaim, and IN ANOTHER LIFE which won Best film at Raindance 2017 and the BIFA Discovery Award in the same year. She has recently been commissioned by The Uncertain Kingdom for her latest short film project PAVEMENT which is in post-production and due for release in 2020. As well as producing award-winning films, Hannah has also worked on a number of arts and lifestyle and documentary programmes for all major TV broadcasters including Sky, BBC, ITV, Channel 4. She also line produced the short film GOING TO MECCA and was the producer of LOLLIPOP which debuted at Cannes. She has produced films all over the world for a range of budgets working with various companies and local producers so she is keen to make some new connections.

Irune Gurtubai – Caravan Cinema

Irune’s debut feature, PIKADERO, screened at over 40 international festivals following its premiere at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. It won various awards, including a FIPRESCI and the Michael Powell Award at EIFF. PIKADERO has been theatrically released in a number of European countries. Irune is now in post-production on her second feature film, LIMBO, which has the support of Film4, BFI and Screen Scotland. LIMBO was written and directed by Ben Sharrock and shot in the Outer Hebrides. Prior to that, Irune produced short films such as PATATA TORTILLA, which won two BAFTA New Talent Awards.

Jack Tarling – Shudder Films

Jack produced GOD'S OWN COUNTRY which won awards at Berlin, Sundance, Edinburgh, Galway, Stockholm, Chicago and many more, followed by 4 BIFAs and a BAFTA nomination. He produced sci-fi horror AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS which was a New York Times Critic's Pick and won several awards on the genre circuit. Both films have been acquired by Netflix for multiple territories. Jack has also line produced several other feature films for the BFI, BBC Films and others, and his short film ASSESSMENT won the Film London Best of Boroughs Jury Prize and was short-listed for a BAFTA in 2010. 

Jacqui Davies – Primitive Film

London-based producer Jacqui works with internationally acclaimed artists and filmmakers. She recently set up a new production company PRIMITIVE FILM to support and expand her work into cinema. The first project solely produced by Davies/PRIMITIVE FILM is the multi-award winning RAY & LIZ, first feature by Richard Billingham. Davies’ accolades include: BIFA Breakthrough Producer 2018, RAY & LIZ, BAFTA nominated 2019, debut feature as a Producer, RAY & LIZ and a BFI Vision Award 2016. As an independent producer for Animate (the Channel4 and ACE experimental animation production scheme) and the co-director of Animate Projects Jacqui commissioned and produced several short films with Apichatpong Weerasethakul as well as with artists such as Marina Abramović, Johan Grimonprez, Martha Rosler, Stuart Hall and Dara Birnbaum.

Jessie Mangum – Thought Experiment

Jessie recently produced Rene van Pannevis’ feature LOOTED funded through the Film London/BBC Films/BFI Microwave scheme. In 2018 she produced Anna Maguire’s short CONSTELLATIONS (Palm Springs, Underwire script award winner). Other producing credits include co-producer of Julien Temple’s THE ETERNITY MAN (Locarno 2008), and Deborah Mailman’s RALPH which won the Australian IF Award for best short (Australia’s BIFA awards). As the production executive at sales company Goalpost Film she worked on Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP franchise, Wayne Blair’s THE SAPPHIRES and Ben Wheatley’s HAPPY NEW YEAR, COLIN BURSTEAD.

Kate Byers – Early Day Films

Kate’s a co-founder of Bristol’s Early Day Films. She co-produced BAFTA-winning short SEPTEMBER (Esther May Campbell). Her debut feature film BAIT, (Mark Jenkin) currently on release was shot on black and white 16mm Kodak stock and hand processed. Receiving critical acclaim following a World Premiere at Berlin it has won two audience awards and a Grand Jury prize at Indie Lisboa and New Horizons Poland respectively. Her current short, a ghost story directed by Mark Jenkin secured a world premiere at Encounters 2019. She is currently developing a slate of pictures with Early Day Films.

Kamilla Hodøl – Elation Pictures

Kamilla has produced the BAFTA-nominated short film MANOMAN w./dir. Simon Cartwright, IDA-winning ARCHIPELAGO dir. Benjamin Huguet and Aspen-winning THANKS FOR DANCING wr./dir. Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken. Together with her producing partner, Emilie Jouffroy, Kamilla produced TIDES, the debut feature of Tupaq Felber, which premiered at BFI London Film Festival 2017. Their production outfit, Elation Pictures is supported by the BFI’s Vision Awards. Their films have been selected for festivals including Sundance, Cannes, BFI London Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, SXSW and Telluride, and their development slate includes exciting work from an international group of filmmakers covering a varied range of genre and perspectives.

Margaret Milner – Split Second Films

Margaret originates from Cork City, Ireland and produces in the East Midlands under the banner of Split Second Films under which she has successfully forged relationships across regional crew and talent.  These efforts brought about a body of short film work that won awards across film festivals the world over. Her debut feature film INBRED released in 2012 was critically well received by its audience winning a raft of awards across audience and technical categories with world sales handled by Arclight Films. Margaret also enjoys a successful career as a digital project manager in creative advertisement.

Rebecca Mark-Lawson – Tyke Films

Rebecca run’s award-winning Tyke Films, producing work with original voices working between the intersection of documentary and fiction. Their feature documentary IRENE’S GHOST, listed as one of the ‘Best Films of 2019’ in the Guardian, premiered at BFI London Film Festival, was nominated for a British Independent Film Award and won Best Feature Documentary at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival. Tyke was selected for Creative England’s CE50, celebrating the achievements of the best up-and-coming, innovative and disruptive companies across film, games and digital tech. Rebecca was also longlisted for Breakthrough Producer at the 2018 BIFA’s.

Rupert Lloyd – Noor Pictures

Rupert is a BAFTA-winning film producer and the founder of Noor Pictures, a London-based film production company with an international outlook. Rupert’s debut feature THEEB premiered at the 71st Venice Film Festival in 2014. The film went on to be awarded nominations for an Academy Award and a BAFTA in the Foreign Language category and won a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut. Recognising him as part of a new wave of ambitious and diverse UK production companies Rupert, under the banner of Noor Pictures, was the recipient of a BFI Vision Award in 2016. He currently has films in development at Film4 and BBC Films.

Oliver Kassman Escape Plan

Oliver founded the genre-oriented Escape Plan in December 2015. The company’s first feature, Rose Glass’s SAINT MAUD (Film4/BFI) was selected to premier in Midnight Madness at Toronto International Film Festival 2019. Previously Oliver was Head of Production and Development at Qwerty Films. There he scouted and developed many of the company’s projects, including multi-award winning and Oscar nominated FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, on which he served as Associate Producer.

Patrick Michael Campbell – Nakba FilmWorks

Patrick is a London-based producer working in the UK and Ireland. In 2010, he co-founded Nakba FilmWorks with director Mahdi Fleifel, releasing feature documentary A WORLD NOT OURS in 2012 followed by a slew of short documentary and fiction projects including 2018 BAFTA nominee A DROWNING MAN. 2019 will see the first release from his Irish company, Invisible Hand; a short documentary called ABOVE THE LAW directed by Bryony Dunne, made in collaboration with National Geographic and Screen Ireland. Projects in development include Fleifel’s fiction feature, MEN IN THE SUN, and Ian Waugh’s drama feature AS HE LAY FALLING.

Paula Vaccaro – Pinball London

Paula is an award-winning British-Italian Producer based in London since 2000 with over two decades of experience working in film, TV, radio, online and printed media. She has founded Pinball London, a company specialising in films with an author stamp such as ON THE MILKY ROAD and MARADONA (Cannes 2008), directed by Emir Kusturica and GINGER AND ROSA (Sally Potter). Speaker and workshop facilitator, she advises filmmakers on pitching, gender issues, production, audience engagement and festival strategy. She is the Vice President of the European Producers Club; member of the European Film Academy, WIFTV UK, BECTU, PACT and member and mentor of European Women Audiovisual Network.

Pietro Greppi - Lunapark Pictures

Pietro is a London-based British-Italian producer. His credits include Andrew Steggall's BFI-funded Anglo-French drama feature, DEPARTURE, and Giacomo Cimini’s award-winning short THE NOSTALGIST. He is developing features with partners including BFI, BBC Films, Creative England, Ingenious and The Wellcome Trust. He began his career in New York in development at Christine Vachon’s Killer Films and distribution at Magnolia Pictures. He later worked across sales and financing at Goldcrest in London, on films such as Andrea Arnold's WUTHERING HEIGHTS and The IRON LADY. He holds a BFA in Film & Television from NYU’s Tisch.

Wendy Griffin - Selkie Productions

Selkie, set up in 2014, is currently developing various film  projects with directors such as Morag McKinnon and Sven Werner (winner of BAFTA Scotland short film award). Wendy is presently in post on a short film for The Uncertain Kingdom written and directed by Hope Dickson Leach. Her credits as producer include low budget feature WASTED and music documentaries BIG GOLD DREAM and TEENAGE SUPERSTARS, she  also co-produced NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING and CALIBRE, Matt Palmer's award winning first feature with Wellington Films which was distributed globally on Netflix. Wendy has many years’ experience as a line producer, working on films such as RED ROAD, YOU INSTEAD, and JOURNEYMAN. She is currently on Bectu Vision's Producer Development programme.

Zadoc Nava - Gholam Films

Zadoc produced GHOLAM, the debut feature by British-Iranian artist, Mitra Tabrizian, an existential thriller, starring Shahab Hosseni (winner of the Grand Jury Best Actor Award at Cannes 2016 for his role in Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning A SEPARATION). Zadoc was included on Film London’s LODESTAR (2019) inaugural list of 25 of London’s most promising filmmakers and creative talents and long-listed for British Independent Film Awards' Discovery Award (2018). In 2017 he was selected for inclusion on the Berlin Talent development programme and Co-Production market, Berlin International Film Festival. Zadoc is also an award-winning short filmmaker, commercials director and photographer.