Every year ACE selects between 16 and 20 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.
Four events make up the core of the training programme:
Plenary sessions and individual meetings analysing the concepts, dramaturgy and target audiences of producers’ projects; providing industry updates on literary rights acquisition, legal issues and international co-development funding; and examining new forms and formats for audiovisual storytelling. Includes an intensive course in the use of story development tools. 9th – 14th October 2017, Helsinki, Finland
Interactive sessions exploring international financing opportunities and strategies through detailed analysis of producers’ finance plans, with input provided by high-grade professionals from across the industry. A uniquely open exchange of experience and ideas which sheds light on the evolution of co-production practices, of public and private funding schemes, and of the global marketplace in the digital age. 21st – 26th November 2017, Prague, Czech Republic.
Panel discussions and interviews designed to provide film producers with models of sustainable company management and ways to build businesses that have real value: keener application of marketing techniques, direct online distribution, diversified commercial activities – all options are assessed. 9th – 12th April 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Held in a different country every year over a long springtime weekend, and open to all members of the ACE Network, this event is an occasion for experienced producers to share news, knowledge, opinion and practical advice in an informal but confidential environment. Warts-and-all case-studies, production company showcases, insider-information sessions, and more. 12th – 15th April 2018.