ACE Producers at Mifa Annecy

Thanks to its new partnership with Mifa Annecy, ACE Producers will co-host the Networking Tables Session & Cocktail Reception during 2022 Annecy Film Festival.

Tom Dercourt (ACE France) will open the session with a short case study of his film “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman”, a retelling of several of Murakami’s short stories premiering at the festival, followed by Networking tables which will encourage discussions between the producers and key industry players. Network members and guests are invited to join the Cocktail Reception afterwards.

ACE x Mifa Networking Tables & Cocktail Reception

Date: Tuesday 14th of June
Location: Salon Imperial, 3rd floor of Imperial Palace
17:00 – 18:30 Networking Tables
18:30 – 20:00 Cocktail Reception

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ARTEF

Key European Film Organisations Join Forces
in New Anti-Racism Task Force

 

In the Summer of 2020, a group of European film industry professionals gathered to form ARTEF, the Anti-Racism Taskforce for European Film. Engaging over thirty organisations, our first step was an awareness training programme lead by Dr Emilia Roig, trainer, author, and founder of the Centre for Intersectional Justice in Berlin. The workshop encounters lasted between November 2020 and May 2021 online with an average of forty participants from all over Europe in each session.

With a broad and intersectional approach, ARTEF’s main aim is to dismantle racist structures and combat all forms of racism in the European film industry. Our goal is to become a task force for change: by raising awareness, by offering education and insights, by suggesting revisions to regulations and practices, as well as to weather opposition from the industry — especially from those who habitually benefit from institutionalised racism.

After its initial year, ARTEF will continue organising training programmes for European film professionals
who are keen on tackling institutionalised racism and willing to do the personal work needed to help dismantling existing structures, and help building new, inclusive ones in the decades to come. Anyone who has been or is affected by racism in the European film industry is invited to come forward and engage with ARTEF to help us build a meaningful task force together.|

Thus far, we have been laying the ground for future actions and we will be reaching out to all European
film institutions, including film festivals, film commissioning, organisations and filmmaking collectives,
asking them to join ARTEF, and commit to training, ring fencing of resources, and to turn their awareness into actions.

We invite filmmakers in every European country to write to their institutions, collectives, unions, and organisations to request they join and support ARTEF’s work, and to engage with us with ideas, suggestions and/or requests.

We are opening a line of communication via artef@artef.org.

LIST OF MEMBERS
Initiated by Matthijs Wouter Knol, the newly appointed Director of the European Film Academy,
ARTEF was also co-founded by its current Board of Directors: Helene Granqvist (producer Nordic
Film Factory and president WIFTI), Paula Alvarez Vaccaro (producer Pinball London and European
Producers Club vice president), and Marion Schmidt (co-director Documentary Association of
Europe).

Steering committee
Paula Alvarez Vaccaro
Véronique N. Doumbé
Helene Granqvist
Laurence Lascary
Regina Mosch
Marion Schmidt
Matthijs Wouter Knol

Funding partners
Bertha Foundation, British Film Institute, FOCAL, HessenFilm, MOIN Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-
Holstein, International Sámi Film Institute, Film Fund Luxemburg, Netherlands Film Fund, Norwegian
Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute and contributions from the participating organisations
ACE, EAVE, EWA, and WIFTI as well as production companies Magic Hour Films and Pinball London
and further donors.

The awareness trainings were attended by top-level representatives of the following organisations
ACE Producers
British Film Institute
Cinéastes non alignées
Collectif 50/50
Creative Diversity Network
DAE — Documentary Association of Europe
Doc Society
EAVE
European Film Academy
EFM — European Film Market
EFP — European Film Promotion
EWA — European Women’s Audiovisual Network
EPC — European Producers Club
FOCAL
International Sámi Film Institute
Magic Hour Films
MOIN Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
Netherlands Film Fund
Norwegian Film Institute
Pinball London
Power to Transform
Programmers of Colour Collective (POC2)
ProQuote Film
Swedish Film Institute
Queer Media Society
WIFTI — Women in Film and Television International

as well as by key representatives of the supporting funds and companies

Press contact: Pascal Edelmann, European Film Academy
p.edelmann@europeanfilmacademy.org
ARTEF contact: artef@artef.org

EPC CODE OF CONDUCT

ACE is pleased to support the European Producers Club‘s initiative to establish a Code of Fair Practices when working with the streamers for European independent producers.

The EPC has been working on this code for many months to provide this text as an answer from the European independent producers for minimum standards terms when working with the streamers. Their predominance in the European market, increased with the sanitary crisis, and their business model is seen by many as endangering the independent sector as a whole and more widely its cultural diversity.

The value of the role of an independent production company should be recognised in the producers’ relationships with VOD Services, in particular through the contractual terms regarding the funding and exploitation of each project. The Code of Fair Practices aims to establish basic parameters to be applied to VOD Services’ contracts when commissioning feature films, TV series and other audiovisual works (“originals”) from independent production companies. The code focuses on four points:

  1. Fair and proportionate remuneration and economic participation for producers
  2. Producers’ contribution and right to participate in future derivative works
  3. Transparency and Accountability
  4. Public Benefits and Fiscal Incentives

Click here to find more information.

UNREAL ENGINE SPONSORS ACE ANIMATION SPECIAL

ACE is pleased to announce the support of Unreal Engine from Epic Games. Unreal Engine will support the ACE Animation Special 1 which will take place on from the 17th till the 22nd of March in Dingle, Ireland.

Focusing primarily on the creative and financial aspects of animation production, the ACE Animation Special will offer sessions on story development and the creative dynamics of animation production, the financing scheme in an international context, discovering the marketing potential and finding an (international) audience as well as budget, financing and production planning. The workshop will give the producers a chance to network with their peers and dive deeper into the different aspects of animation production.

The workshop is held in close collaboration with Screen Skills Ireland and Animation Dingle with support from other key Irish partners alongside Unreal – Screen Ireland, BAI, Animation Skillnet, IDA and Animation Ireland, Creative Europe Desk Ireland.

Unreal Engine is a complete suite of development tools for anyone working with real-time technology. From design visualisations and cinematic experiences to high-quality games across PC, console, mobile, VR, and AR, Unreal Engine gives you everything you need to start, ship, grow, and stand out from the crowd.

Find out more information about Unreal Engine here.

FILM CENTER SERBIA – Financing Strategies Workshop

Thanks to a new partnership with Film Center Serbia, the ACE 30 Financing Strategies Workshop will be held in Belgrade in June 2021.
Every September, 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 Financing Strategies Workshop is the second of the four key training events which make up the ACE programme.

The core of the Financing Strategies Workshop, to be held in Belgrade, will be made up of interactive sessions exploring international financing opportunities and strategies through detailed analysis of producers’ finance plans, with input provided by over 40 high-grade professionals from across the industry. Consultants that have previously attended include Bobby Allen (MUBI), Sébastien Beffa (Playtime), Philippe Bober (Coproduction Office), Jonas Dornbach (Komplitzen Film), Charlotte Mickie (Celluloid Dreams), Jelena Mitrovic (Bas Celik) and Agathe Théodore (Pathé).

Speaking of the partnership, the director of Film Center Serbia, Gordan Matic says “We are very proud that FCS will host some of the most influential producers in European film, thanks to this new partnership. I believe that many ACE members will start dreaming up their new films right here, in Belgrade, Serbia, in 2021.”

One afternoon during the Financing Strategies Workshop will be open to the local industry. The event will give regional professionals the opportunity to benefit from information usually only available to ACE members, and for ACE producers and consultants to network and get a better understanding of the local audiovisual landscape.

“The Financing Strategies Workshop is at the heart of the ACE programme”, says ACE director Jacobine van der Vloed, “and it’s become part of the calendar year for many of our consultants. They are all very excited to be going to Serbia, a country whose presence in European co-productions has become more and more frequent. We are very grateful to Film Center Serbia for this opportunity.”

The ACE 30 Financing Strategies Workshop will be held from the 7th to the 12th of June 2021.

EFM Producers Hub – Partnership

Partnering with the European Film Market and the Berlinale Co-Production Market, ACE Producers will once again co-host the EFM Producers Hub which is aimed at all international producers attending the EFM with a professional business goal. Based on one of the core competences of the European Film Market as a sales and distribution platform, the EFM Producers Hub provides a working environment for professionals during the Berlinale. It will be a key location for producers to meet and network with potential partners.

Located on the 2nd floor of the Gropius Bau from Friday the 21st of February to Tuesday the 26th of February 2020, the EFM Producers Hub in collaboration with ACE Producers, will offer daily round-table discussions with experts and afternoon talks.

The programme of the Hub will be announced at the beginning of the year and it will be possible to sign up to the round-tables from the 4th of February 2020.

Round Tables

The Round Table Sessions will take place daily from 21st until 26th of February. At four tables located at different spots of the EFM Producers Hub, around six producers per table will have discussions and consultancy with an expert of ACE Producers.

The experts are the consultants and moderators of each session. They lead the discussion in order to optimise the outcome for the participants.

Screen Scotland – ACE Annual Reunion Partnership

The ACE Annual Reunion 2020 will be held in Scotland thanks to a new partnership with Screen Scotland. It will be the first time that an ACE Workshop or Annual Reunion has been held in the UK since the association’s inception in 1993.

Held in a different European country each year at the beginning of April, the ACE Annual Reunion is the climax of the year-long training programme for the 18 producers that will attend the ACE 29 session. The event is the chance for them to meet the established members of the ACE Network. All of ACE’s alumni from the association’s 26 years will be invited to reunite for the long weekend in Scotland to participate in special sessions, exchange news and set-up new collaborations. The Annual Reunion gathers, each year, between 70 and 90 ACE producers and consultants from all over the world.

The ACE Annual Reunion in Scotland in 2020, will be a unique chance for the ACE Network to get to know Scottish professionals, visit Scottish facilities and locations, and learn about the shooting and financing opportunities available to them. The event will also enable local accredited professionals to network with ACE members and to benefit from confidential content.

Speaking of the partnership, ACE Director and Head of Studies, Jacobine van der Vloed, highlighted the importance of holding the event in the UK. Speaking of the association’s British ties she said: “ACE has always been intrinsically linked to the UK: Co-founded by British producers, initially run by a Scottish director and overseen for years by a long serving British president. It seems incredible that no major ACE events have been held there. We are delighted by the welcome offered to us by Screen Scotland and look forward to working together.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs said: “It is a testament to Scotland’s flourishing screen sector that ACE Producers has chosen to hold its annual reunion on our shores.

“I look forward to welcoming the opportunities this event will present to further put Scotland on the map for screen, in the same year we host the 2020 Creative Cities Convention.

“The Scottish Government has put in place the funding and support to seize emerging opportunities to enable further growth, and with an increasing number of high-profile films and network TV drama being made in Scotland, this is an exciting time for the industry.”

Isabel Davis, Executive Director at Screen Scotland said: “We’re very excited to be welcoming the ACE Annual Reunion to Scotland, and can’t wait to show off our amazing country, whilst bringing Scottish producers into the fold of this unique and prestigious network of European producers and film professionals. Scotland has a strong relationship with co-production partners across Europe and we look forward to strengthening our ties with European partners through this project.”

The ACE Annual Reunion in Scotland will be held from the 3rd to the 5th of April 2020.

SCREEN SCOTLAND is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland.  With £20 million from Scottish Government and the National Lottery, Screen Scotland is driving the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector in Scotland, through enhanced funding, services and support.  Screen Scotland sits within Creative Scotland and is a partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success.
www.screen.scot
@screenscots

EFM Producers Hub – Partnership

Partnering with the European Film Market and the Berlinale Co-Production Market, ACE Producers will co-host the EFM Producers Hub which is aimed at all international producers attending the EFM with a professional business goal. Based on one of the core competences of the European Film Market as a sales and distribution platform, the EFM Producers Hub provides a working environment for professionals during the Berlinale. It will be a key location for producers to meet and network with potential partners.

Located on the 2nd floor of the Gropius Bau from Friday the 8th of February to Tuesday the 12th of February 2019, the EFM Producers Hub in collaboration with ACE Producers, will offer daily round-table discussions with experts and afternoon talks.

The programme of the Hub will be announced at the beginning of the year and it will be possible to sign up to the round-tables from the 22nd of January 2019.

Round Tables

The Round Table Sessions will take place daily from 8th until 12th February from 11-11.45am and 11.45 am-12.30 pm. At four tables located at different spots of the EFM Producers Hub, around six producers per table will have discussions and consultancy with an expert of ACE Producers.

The experts are the consultants and moderators of each session. They lead the discussion in order to optimise the outcome for the participants.

Producers can apply to participate in up to two sessions at a certain table between table 1 to table 4, during the whole EFM upon availability, by addressing their request to ACE Producers.

EFM Producers Hub – ACE Producers Partnership

ACE Producers is delighted to announce its new partnership with the European Film Market and Berlinale Co-Production Market.

During the Berlinale 2018, ACE Producers will co-host the EFM Producers Hub which is aimed at all international producers attending the EFM with a professional business goal. Based on one of the core competences of the European Film Market as a sales and distribution platform, the EFM Producers Hub will provide a professional working environment, facilitating key business for producers: developing film projects, financing, producing and distributing. It will be a key location for producers to meet and network with potential partners.

ACE Producers at the Holland Film Meeting 2017

ACE Producers Think Tank Discussion


How can a “European brand” of cinema 
be cultivated to survive
and thrive in current markets: 
Practical and Ideological considerations

Monday 25 September 14:30 – 17:00h

Boothstraat — Bovenkamer

Earlier this year, the European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) released a whitepaper highlighting the need to better promote European films and increase exports outside the continent. The paper, which includes a 10-point action plan, addresses many of the concerns that the filmmaking community has with regards to the future of European cinema.

Arguably, recent industry reactions to the demands of a rapidly changing market have been to double down on entrenched positions. How far does the European filmmaking community have to go in order to proactively fashion its place in the global market? Does the auteur system create an inevitable gap between creative output and audience desires? This series of think tank sessions aims to address the idea of a functioning European cinema exploring both practical issues and the aesthetic considerations.

They will take place at the Netherlands Film Festival, Thessaloniki International Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam after which findings will be collated and presented to ACE and international industry professionals.

Part One: Practicalities

Issues discussed at the Holland Film Meeting:

Co-production

How can we better negotiate the challenge of co-producing with European partners — spending regulations, legals, copyright laws, recoupment. If two producers are raising different types of funding – public funds and commercial funds — how can we negotiate the inevitable conflict of interest?

 Financing

Are the required spending obligations from various European territories stifling creativity and commercial advantage on co-productions? Are there enough types of funding available to Europeans to cover the spectrum of filmmaking? Will more aggressive funds — gap, mezzanine — create a push towards more market savvy projects?

Legislation and Policy

Challenges often occur with multiple partners trying to implement legislation on regional, national and international levels. Is there a need for pan-European legislation and standards to avoid the complexities of a “Europudding”? What would this streamlined organisation look like and is there a will and desire to create one?