News No. 4
MANNHEIM MEETING PLACE 2011 News Update - October
KEYNOTE SPEAKER Ágúst Gudmundsson: "SMALL COUNTRIES"
Iceland´s top domestic box-office producer/director, Ágúst Gudmundsson, will kick off the Co-producer Session with his take on "Advantages and Difficulties in Co-Production between Small and Big Countries."
This session, where every production participant is encouraged to pitch in their ha´pennyworth of news from their home fronts, thus sharing information of benefit to all, will line the "small countries" (Iceland, Lithuania, Uruguay, Jordan, possibly Cyprus et al) up against the "larger brethren" (UK, Germany, France, Norway, Brazil, Netherlands, Bulgaria etc.), to see who offers what in 2012.
The update on co-production from Canada will come from the experienced Elizabeth Yake(www.truewestfilms.com) while busy Rula Nasser, producer of "Transit Cities” in the 2011 Mannheim Festival Line-up, will talk of working in Jordan.
Kaisu Isto, a Film Commissioner from the Finnish Film Foundation will give her take on present co-production with Finland from a funder’s point of view. As one of the production consultants at the FFF, Kaisu also greenlights co-productions.
Pavlina Jeleva (www.geopoly-film.com) will expound on domestic advantages for co-production in Bulgaria, amply drawing on her experience of the 7 feature films and feature-length documentaries she has co-produced so far, while Rasa Miskinyté (www.erafilm.lt), relaxing from her exertions in co-production with Japan, will update on Lithuania.
Ana Tipa will talk of Uruguay, while Jeremy Nathan will follow with his upbeat relation of present-day feature production possibilities in commercials paradise South Africa.
“SO I HAVE A SALE AND NOW I HAVE TO APPROVE THE SALES AGREEMENT “–
a detailed look at what producers need to know when signing a sales contract
- Friday 18th November, 10.00 to 13.00 (optional continuation: 14.30 to 16.00)
Together with MMP 2011 Resident for Legal and Film Finance William Furnivall and other guests, a territorial license agreement written by a leading world entertainment company for producer signature will be analyzed. All pitfalls included.
“ADAPTING LITERATURE FOR FILM – DAYDREAM OR NIGHTMARE?”
-Friday 18th November 16.30 – 18.00 with Julian Friedmann.
“What are the main problems in producing a film from a literary adaptation and what are the benefits?"
Is a best-selling literary source, be it fiction or graphic novel, any different from an unpublished novel on its way to becoming a film, tv series, computer game or mobile phone episode? Why do so many scripts turn into disappointing and economic failures?”
Julian Friedmann , the highly experienced London-based Literary Agent, who is MMP 2011 Resident for Literary Adaptation speaks and looks at whether (co)production causes more problems than it solves for literary adaptations. What are the traps and dangers?
MMP 2011 RESIDENT PROFILES:
We remind you that MMP Residents are experts in their fields who are available and agree to offer advice and experience to all MMP 2011 participants leading up to and during MANNHEIM MEETING PLACE.
Resident for Legal and Financial
William Furnivall and his company, Cosmosis Ltd mark a (modest but) definite legend in UK entertainment law – since starting asa solicitor in 1977 William always and steadfastly refused to join a legal practice and thus has remained a true independent to this day.
His experience in entertainment law and many years spent in actual film production and production supervision around the world (the latter on literally over 100 feature films) make up an offer that is almost unique, while his years of film finance work include association with another legend in that area - John Heyman.
Recent years have brought consultant roles in the financing and development of World Wide Web products and attendant Software Manufacturing as well as Internet & Computer Security Services in the USA, UK and Canada , and international media statistics.
Taking full advantage of modern communications, William today works from the island of Koh Samui in Thailand.
Resident for Literary Adaptation
Julian Friedmann is co-owner of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency (www.blakefriedmann.co.uk )and was the publisher of "ScriptWriter" Magazine, which became the online resource for writers at www.TwelvePoint.com.
Julian represents both book and scriptwriters and also acts as Executive Producer for and with clients.
He has taught at universities and film schools all over the world, is the author of "How to Make Money Scriptwriting" and editor of two volumes on "Writing Long-Running Television Series".
He designed the MA in Television Scriptwriting at De Montfort University and PILOTS, for developing long-running television series for the EU MEDIA Programme.
He is Senior Advisor to the London Screenwriting Festival.
MMP 2011: - Participants by Region (as known on 12th October 2011):
Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, U.K., Austria
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Serbia, Turkey, Slovakia
Finland, Iceland, Norway
Brazil, Canada, USA, Uruguay, Argentina
Julek Kedzierski, Coordinator
MANNHEIM MEETING PLACE 2011
phone: +49(0)621-15 69 90 33
Constanze Winter, Assistant
MANNHEIM MEETING PLACE 2011
phone: +49(0)621- 15 69 90 33
fax: +49(0)621- 29 15 64