In January, our Alumni (formerly Participants!) completed their final presentations at VUE Piccadilly in front of an array of UK and European Executives. The afternoon was followed by an evening at the Haymarket Hotel, where certificates were presented by Julia Short and Nik Powell. A number of our previous presentations have gone from project to production and we look forward to seeing what happens next. We extend our warmest congratulations to all the Alumni.
FESTIVAL & AWARDS NEWS
FLATLAND (Dir: Jenna Bass), produced by Alexandra Hoesdorff and others
Davide Nardini’s (class of 2017)‘s PIRANHAS was selected for the Competition section of the Berlinale. Davide served as producer and oversaw of all aspects of the film’s international operations and activities. This coming-of-age drama, directed by Claudio Giovannesi, is set in Naples and tells the story of Nicola and his friends who ride around the city to take power in the district of Sanità, showing no fear of prison or death. Read more.
Alexander Glehr’s (class of 2012) THE GROUND BENEATH MY FEET will be premiered in Berlinale Competition 2019. The film centers on high-powered business consultant Lola, who controls her personal life with the same ruthless efficiency she uses to optimize profits in her job. Alexander, who has recently took over Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion, produced this drama. Read more.
Lucy Wainright (class of 2003) of Raindog Films served as executive producer for OFFICIAL SECRETS, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, which premiered in Sundance. This drama tells the true story of British intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun, who prior to the 2003 Iraq Invasion leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. Read more.
SEA OF SHADOWS (Dir: Richard Ladkani), produced by Michael Frenschkowski
MCQUEEN (Dir: Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui), financed by Patrick Fischer
Leon Clarance (class of 2011) produced THE BIRD CATCHER which sees its world Premiere at the Santa Barbara IFF. The drama depicts a Norwegian Jewish teenager who dreams of Hollywood stardom suddenly is faced with playing the role of her life, masquerading as boy on a Nazi occupied farm plotting her escape to Sweden and survival. Read more.
Christopher Granier-Deferre (class of 2010) produced SCARBOROUGH, starring Jessica Barden and directed by Barnaby Southcombe, which premiered at the Warsaw Film Festival and won Best Screenplay at Macao Film Festival. Set in the once glamorous Scarborough hotel, away from prying eyes, two couples laugh, quarrel, and make love as they come to terms with the impossibility of their forbidden love. At barely 16 years old, two of them are still at school and the others are their teachers. Read more.
Ivy Vanhaecke (class of 2015) served as executive producer on the TV series UNDERCOVER, which has been nominated for the Cinequest Film Festival, taking place in San Jose, California. In 2018, the series premiered at Canneseries, where it was presented in the official competition. UNDERCOVER also received the Audience Award at the Seriencamp Festival in Munich. The series tells the fictional story of one of the largest ecstasy producers in the world. Read more.
JEAN-FRANCOIS AND THE MEANING OF LIFE (Dir: Sergi Portabella), produced by Xavier Granada
FILM PRODUCTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Paula Devonshire’s (class of 2018) drama INDIAN HORSE was the highest grossing Canadian film in 2018. Congratulations! Also, MERSEA, the project that Paula pitched at Inside Pictures, has been chosen by the Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum in Helsinki, which annually selects 12 projects in advanced financing & development to work with industry leaders from February 14-16 in Helsinki, Finland. The fantasy drama about love, age and beauty is produced by Paula’s Devonshire Productions and Paul Scherzer of Six Island Productions. Read more.
Helena Danielsson’s (class of 2014) Swedish production company Brain Academy, has brought two upcoming features to this year’s Goteborg FF: The thriller THE PERFECT PATIENT, directed by Oscar nominated Mikael Håfström and currently in post-production, was presented at the Works In Progress section; and THE GIRLFRIEND, directed by Jane Magnusson, which also participated in Rotterdam’s financing and co-production market, CineMart, this year. Read more.