MMP 2013 Review
3 months later
MMP 2013 Review
The main prize
at IFF Mannheim Heidelberg (Oct 31st-Nov10th ) went to the Film “Melaza” – while “Santa y Delfin” (the next project of director-producer duo Lachuga/Calvino) was already on the co-production table at MMP 2013. (Nov 4th-7th). Claudia Calvino had been correctly pre-warned that Mannheim might not bring an immediate match for her - that distinction went to Russian Vladimir Kozlov’s “Rodina” pairing with Igor Pedicek of Ljubljana’s Casablanca Film. Nevertheless “Santa y Delfin” obtained development funding from Ibermedia shortly after MMP.
Calvino, Kozlov and two of the other three producers with the most popular out of over 40 projects (Lukas Trimonis from Lithuania with “Miracle”, Italy’s Enrica Capra with “Beyond the Implant” (working title), could all express satisfaction. Jean-Marie Teno was slightly the odd-man-out: hardly a start-up producer, he was in Mannheim to give a talk on political filming and to start looking for a lead producer for his latest feature project “In the Dark”.
One recurring comment made by many start-up producers at MMP 2013 was that the whole event process (starting in July and ending in Mannheim) is particularly valuable because it builds confidence within a professional structure. This matches exactly with MMP’s ambitions to fill a benevolent niche between academical experience for start-up producers and the deep blue sea of full professional life.
A further three start-up producers were invited: David Arratia Flores from Bolivia with drama “Story of Leaving”, Ognen Antov from Macedonia with local drama “Nameless”, and Estonia’s Marianne Ostrat with literary adaptation “30 days with Isebel”.
Antov and MMP’s Pavlina Yeleva signal signs of deeper negotiation effort on “Nameless” at time of writing. Other participants were still waiting for their domestic funding.
And for MMP 2012’s Ukrainian-Georgian-German-Bulgarian production “Ursus”, after Yeleva’s funding contribution arrived and the Bulgarian shooting took place just after MMP 2013, Germany’s co-producer Stelios Ziannis came in with the final round of financing from East Germany’s MDM this January. Meanwhile final shooting in Kiev has been halted (1st Feb) due to the local unrest.
Greece’s Konstantina Staurianu left MMP empty-handed – none of the final three projects that were chosen for possible selection for a picture post match with her company Graal in Athens could be greenlighted in Mannheim. (See MMP 2013 News No.2)
Which does not mean that once necessary development and adjustments are made that eventual matching of at least one project will not take place…
A busy year for Croatian TV – with their new feature channel they also have an appetite for Mannheim-type films: 5 titles from Katayoon Shahabi’s Noori Pictures, and 20 titles for 2013 from Javier de la Fuente from Latido, with acquisition interest for Manuela Buono’s “Zoran, my Nephew the Idiot” also defined by HRT duo Dean Sosa and Kresimir Zubcic.
Further sales effort included a list for Danmark Radio’s Kaare Schmidt, who also oversees some international co-productions for DR, and “some theatrical sales” to be announced on completion of negotiations.
Incidentally, sales agents visiting both Mannheim and Thessaloniki voted Mannheim a definite winner in 2013….
Mannheim’s sales capacities are not large, and are not supposed to be. MMP looks for those agents, distributors and TV buyers capable of interest in and acquisition of “Mannheim-type” works – and that starts with start-ups with promise. And we recommend to all co-producers that they fit in rough-cut activity with sales agents during post production, not afterwards. Nevertheless Heinz Thym of Luxembourg’s Tfilms picked up sales rights for German production “Millionen” from the IFF MH 2013 lineup after screening during MMP.
Two events and a presentation at a busy MMP 2013 included the popular Freddy Olsson on aspects of Festival life joined by several voices from the floor (not least of which was Thom Palmen’s).
A second event, on political film making in 2014, brought interesting reflections – the least of which was that it it is probably fatuous to expect more than one good political film a year world-wide. Also many countries have hosts of reasons not to support political filmmaking. Strong comments came from Peter Armstrong from London and Kaare Schmidt from Denmark.
The final presentation was from Baden Württemberg’s MFG Film Fund’s Dorothee Martin with a quick exposure for foreign producers of how German Funding works.
Other guests included Proimagenes' Juliana Ortiz from Colombia and Marzen Cieslik from the Polish Film Institute.
So far two projects presented at MMP 2011 made it to the world festival circuit in 2014: Brazilian producer Diana Almeida’s “All the Simple Things” in Berlin’s Panorama and Argentinean producer Paola Suarez’ “Atlantida” in Generation…(In both cases MMP did not deliver a co-producer, but the message: go back, redo the budgets, go local and do it… which indeed finally seems to have been the case…)