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:


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?


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?

ACE Producers in Galway 2017

New Irish Cinema

“Penance: Aithrí” by Tom Collins
Produced by Edwina Forkin

“Pilgrimage” by Brendan Muldowney
Produced by Conor Barry
Project developed during the ACE 21 workshops

World Cinema

“Nocturne” by Konstantinos Frangopoulos
Produced by Margery Bone

“Life Thereafter” by Konstantin Bojanov
Produced by John Engel

Fleadh Forum – Thursday 13th July
14:00–14.45:  ‘Pilgrimage’ – A Film Finance Case Study

A case study of the film finance structure of Brendan Muldowney’s epic—Pilgrimage, developed by its producer Conor Barry during the ACE 21 workshops. Handled by XYZ Films, this Irish Belgian co-production, which shot on location in Ireland, featured a strong line-up of Irish creative talent and was financed by the IFB, BAI, Wallimage and XYZ Films.

Panelists: Conor Barry & John Keville (Savage Productions), Benoit Roland (Wrongmen Films), Todd Brown (XYZ Films) and will be chaired by Lesley McKimm (IFB). In association with EAVE and Screen Leaders.

16:40-17.25: Breaking Windows – What Digital is Doing to Producers’ Rights

The disruption of orderly sequences of film distribution is one of the most significant phenomena of the digital age. Day-and-date releasing theatrically and online, video-on-demand going head-to-head with pay-TV, pre-releasing online for free – what does all the experimentation add up to? The new majors are online platform giants, yet for the majority of films the value of digital rights is far from compensating for the decline in revenues from traditional home entertainment. What practical steps can producers take to understand and manage the new rights in their work, and derive value from them?

Eamonn Bowles (Magnolia Pictures, US), Andy Mayson (Altitude, UK), Karen O’Malley (Element Pictures, IE); chaired by Simon Perry (ACE Producers, NL)

The forum is supported by the Galway Film Fleadh, Screen Training Ireland and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB).


ACE Producers partner, the MIA Co-production Market & Pitching Forum 2017 takes place in Rome from October 19 to 23, 2017.

MIA is widely recognised as an effective market platform where the international industry finds real opportunities for partnering and financing projects in development.

The MIA Co-production Market & Pitching Forum 2017 consists of:

1) Dedicated Pitching sessions designed to find the right financial partners through co-production deals or presale agreements.

2) Pre-scheduled meetings with industry professionals set for the Co-Production Market participants, according to interest and upon request.

The projects for each specific session are chosen by selected Key Industry Professionals with the goal to find the next big content in Cinema, Drama Series and Doc&Factual. The Key Industry Members entitled to define the selection will be announced by July for each of the three segments. Projects’ selection is announced by September 2017.

During MIA, the selected projects are presented by their Producers to an audience of potential financial partners, including broadcasters, producers, distributors, private and public funds, in the specific Pitching sessions and one-to-one pre-scheduled meetings with industry professionals, according to each section’s specific needs and format.

MIA CINEMA : Devoted to about 15 international long feature film (fiction or documentary) co-production projects in development stage. Eligible projects will be competing for the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of 20.000 euros.

You can download the rules and regulations here. 

For further information you can contact coproduction@miamarket.it or visit the website www.miamarket.it

Cinekid Junior Co-Production Market Open for Submissions

The Junior Co-production Market is a single, integrated co-production market during the Cinekid festival that enables financiers, broadcasters and professionals to assess new and innovative children’s film and television projects.

The Call for Entry for this year’s Junior Co-production Market is now open. To find out more please click here to go the to their website.

The submission deadline is 15 June 2017.

Every year over 200 industry professionals visit the Junior Co-production Market. 50% of the professionals in attendance are producers, the other 50% are financiers looking to find new productions they’re keen to participate in. Aside from the one-to-one meetings there are many industry drinks, lunch and dinner opportunities to network and meet the financiers that you are looking for. The market is part of Cinekid for Professionals, a four day industry event for children’s media professionals and a partner of ACE Producers.

The Junior Co-production Market will take place on 26 & 27 October 2017.


The Crossroads Co-production Forum (November 7–11) of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival is announcing its Call for Entries.

Registration deadline is July 31st 2017.

Crossroads specialises in discovering emerging talents from the Balkan and Mediterranean regions as well as the Visegrad countries. The application is open to experienced producers and directors as well as first timers.

For more information click here