The ACE Leadership Special is aimed at experienced producers looking to establish sound business foundations for their companies and develop their personal leadership and entrepreneurial skills. The workshop is made possible thanks to support from Creative Europe MEDIA, the Netherlands Film Fund and the Mallorca Film Commission.

“Insightful, confronting, constructive, intense, educational and a lot of fun.”
Iris Otten – Leadership Special 2

The world of audiovisual production is changing rapidly. In order to survive and thrive in this dynamic environment, solid leadership is more important than ever. This asks for a strong vision, and the ability to operate with ever greater flexibility and agility. The ACE Leadership Special helps company-owning producers gain the tools needed to adapt and flourish when faced with change by discovering their own personal vision and values.

The ACE Leadership Special helps producers recognise and harness their capabilities and innate skills, raising their confidence to allow them to provide effective leadership for their production companies and teams, creating work environments which are effective, productive and harmonious.

“A game changer for organising the workplace and proper strategisation. The best thing I have done in a very long time.”
Roman Paul – Leadership Special 1

Open to members of the ACE Network and other experienced, established producers of a similar level, the ACE Leadership Special takes place over two 3-day residential workshops with additional online sessions complementing them. 12 producers will be selected, each with their own experience of running a company and their own unique entrepreneurial capabilities, allowing the small group to benefit not only from the knowledge of the workshop consultants, but from each other’s lived experiences.

In a safe environment, which encourages trust and vulnerability, the ACE Leadership Special helps participants  upgrade their capabilities in an all-encompassing approach through three interlinking themes: the human being, the entrepreneur, and the manager. Focusing on this triad of roles, the programme covers the following topics:
  • How to be a more effective leader: Improving personal leadership and management performance by looking at the human being behind the leader
  • How to plan and form strategy as an entrepreneur in a changing world: Improving the performance and prospects of the business
  • How to get the most from the team you rely upon: Improving the performance of the people involved in the business.

“A personal growth journey within a supportive group.”
Nadia Trevisan – Leadership Special 2

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5 March 2024

18 – 21 June 2024
17 – 20 September 2024
With other online elements

June: Bergen, The Netherlands
September: Mallorca, Spain


  • ­Should be an owner or partner in an audiovisual production company
  • ­Should have been the delegate producer (i.e. the principal responsible producer) of at least one theatrically-released feature film,    documentary or a high-end drama series which has been broadcast or aired online
  • ­Should be available and able to commit to attend the entire workshop

Producers from any country are welcome to apply, however, please note that the majority of spaces will be reserved for producers from MEDIA countries.

€3.500 (€3.250 for ACE Network Members).
The fee covers full board, accommodation and training during the workshops. Travel costs are not included.

Based on our support from Creative Europe MEDIA, scholarships are available for producers from low capacity production countries.

These scholarships are granted in priority to participants from low production capacity countries, group B or third countries considered as Group B**; participants from a country not providing scholarships for training or participants in any other proven situation of need for financial support.

Decisions to award scholarships are made by the selection committee. The scholarship is never more than half of the overall fee. We encourage participants to apply for financial support with their national/regional funding bodies first.

** Low Capacity Countries:
Group A: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania
Group B: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.

Applicants will be asked to complete an application form comprising of a biography, company profile and motivation letter (explaining their leadership challenges, the current situation of their company, their long-term thinking and plans for the future).

To request a form or for any further questions, please contact the ACE team at:

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