MMP 2011

News No. 5

MANNHEIM MEETING PLACE 2011 News Update - November

Events at this year’s Mannheim Meeting Place (16th to 19th November) are finalized as follows:

CO-PRODUCER SESSION

– 17th November 16.00-18.00

In line with MMP policy of support for first and second feature film (co)producers, MMP will start off with a Co-producer Session and Roundup on 17th November which will focus on international potential today.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Ágúst Gudmundsson: "SMALL COUNTRIES"

First off will be Iceland’s top domestic box-office producer/director, Ágúst Gudmundsson, with his Keynote Speech on “Advantages and difficulties in co-producing between small and large countries." From the small countries present, he will be backed up by Diomides Nikita from Cyprus, Ana Tipa from Uruguay, and a busy Rula Nasser from Jordan, producer of "Transit Cities" (to be found in the 2011 Mannheim Festival Line-up) - all of whom will relate on today’s co-production offer in their respective countries.

Jeremy Nathan will follow with his upbeat relation of the latest feature production possibilities in commercials paradise South Africa, while the experienced Elizabeth Yake (www.truewestfilms.com) will give practical examples of life with Canada.

Kaisu Isto, a Film Commissioner from the Finnish Film Foundation, will 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 with Bulgaria, amply drawing on her experience of the 7 feature films and feature-length documentaries she has co-produced so far, and Marek Urban is slated to give positive hints on working with Slovakia, and Ruxandra Cernat on present-day Romania.

For the “larger” countries, MMP participants ready to relate about life with their local film board include Anna Raettig of Flussauswaertsfilm in Berlin,while from the other side of the world our three Korean participants, and especially Nigel D’Sa will list the newest opportunities for foreigners in Koreans while local art film directors there bemoan a funding crisis for ambitious filmmaking. Leopold Wurm will bring his inimitable slant on the U.K.

Elizabeth

Yake

Anna

Raettig

Ruxandra

Cernat

Rula

Nasser

Kaisu

Isto

Pavlina

Jeleva

Ana

Tipa

Nigel

D'Sa

Diomides

Nikita

Leopold

Wurm

Jeremy

Nathan

 “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, 10.30 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?

RESIDENTS:

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

William Furnivall and his company, Cosmosis Ltd mark a (modest but) definite legend in UK entertainment law – since starting as a solicitor in 1977 William has 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.
email: cosmosis[at]istar.de

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.

email: Julian[at]blakefriedmann.co.uk
www.blakefriedmann.co.uk
www.julianfriedmann.squarespace.com


MMP 2011: - Participants by Region (as known on 4th november 2011):
WESTERN EUROPE:
Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, U.K.
EASTERN EUROPE:
Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey
NORDIC REGION:
Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden
MIDDLE EAST:
Israel, Jordan
AFRICA:
South Africa
AMERICA:
Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Uruguay, USA
ASIA:
Korea

Contact:
Julek Kedzierski, Coordinator
MANNHEIM MEETING PLACE 2011
mmp[at]iffmh.de
phone: +49(0)621-15 69 90 33

Constanze Winter, Assistant
MANNHEIM MEETING PLACE 2011
mmp[at]iffmh.de
phone: +49(0)621- 15 69 90 33
fax: +49(0)621- 29 15 64