A series of case studies will dominate Events during MMP 2015 : first of all “Co-production and War” – an examination of the Georgian (Studio “O”) – Ukrainian (Fresh Film) – Bulgarian (Geopoly) – German (Aktis Film, Leipzig) co-production “URSUS”, starring French actress Joséphine de La Baume. With 10 days left to shoot, a war started, and the local currency spiraled downwards – the pitfalls for co-production in such a hazardous situation (without the bear, but with the Ukrainians due to fulfil the majority role) will be examined. MMP provided the relationship with Bulgaria. Georgia’s Otar Shamatava, Ukraine’s Oleg Shcherbyna, Bulgaria’s Pavlina Jeleva and Aktis Film’s Stelios Ziannis from Leipzig will be attending as co-producers.
The second “case study” will be an intimate look at German producer Christine Haupt’s three recent minority co-productions: ending with 2015’s “Un Certain Regard” entry Radu Muntean’s “The Floor Below”, co-produced with Romania, Sweden & France. We back-track through 2014’s Golden Rose Winner (Bulgarian majority co-production, also with Croatian minority co-producer) “Judgment” directed by Stefan Komandarev, to “Fair Play” (minority co-production with Czech Republic & Slovakia.)
Germany’s GOETHE INSTITUTE and MMP are developing a supportive relationship, especially -for now - aimed at Sub-Saharan Africa. The point is to make use of GI’s “boots on the ground” in recognising and supporting local talent and then exploiting potential. GI can also work as a remarkable resource for local information to help improve quality of decision-making in the MMP process.
South Africa’s DURBAN FILMMART is slowly gearing up to a mooted 2016 start in co-operation with Mannheim Meeting Place – Nathan Magoola’s “Sunflowers” (see above) is a perfect example of future co-operation that in fact “jumped the gun” – projects are supposed to be supported after the Filmmart, and not during.... However – surely, if its there, grab it ?!...
MMP 2014 in fact brought about a constructive relationship between another Ugandan project and Israel’s Transfax – Robert Nyanzi’s “Goat Rustlers”, which is now finishing script re-writes under the watchful eye of script doctor Sari Turgeman (also Israeli, no relation).
Bulgaria’s busy Pavlina Jeleva (Geopoly, Sofia) has recently received the only funding as the best out of 11 projects presented at the latest minority call in Bulgaria. Lithuanian majority producer Lukas Trimonis (In Script) has taken advantage for his project “Miracle”(MMP 2013) written/directed by Egle Vertelyte, to hire top Bulgarian DoP Emil Hristov.
Pavlina Jeleva is a well-established figure at MMP by now: apart from her joining “Miracle”, Mannheim also has helped provide the relationship for “Ursus” (see above) and further projects to be made public at some point.
And Cuba’s MMP 2013 project entry “Santa y Delfin” produced by Claudia Calvino, helped by MMP to funds from EZEF Germany, “definitely starts shooting” this summer. Calvino’s husband, director Carlos Lechuga, took away the 2013 Main Award of IFF Mannheim Heidelberg with “Melaza” (also produced by Calvino).