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”.
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…
Incidentally, sales agents visiting both Mannheim and Thessaloniki voted Mannheim a definite winner in 2013….
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…)