This week at the Cannes International Film Festival (May 13 – 24, 2015) 20 of the most energetic, emerging producers from across Europe participate in the networking platform, Producers on the Move. Amongst them is Ireland’s Juliette Bonass.
After working as a line producer on several film productions from 2007, Juliette Bonass moved into producing in 2010 with the short film Noreen. In 2013, she made her debut as a feature film producer on Brendan Grant’s Get Up and Go, which was released in cinemas on 1st May 2015. Since then, Juliette has worked with Ed Guiney at Element Pictures and co-produced Gerard Barrett’s Glassland, which was released to critical acclaim. Juliette is now in post-production on Darren Thornton’s comedy A Date for Mad Mary and developing David Kerr’s horse-racing comedy The Gee Gee’s.
Speaking to Film Ireland, Juliette says she feels “absolutely privileged and delighted to be named among the Producers on the Move. I am very grateful to the Irish Film Board and the European Film Promotion for selecting me. It’s an amazing opportunity to network and meet the other 19 producers, hopefully with a view to co-production in the future, availing of financing opportunities on projects they have in development now. It’s also just really good to brainstorm on future projects with like-minded producers and hopefully establish long-forming relationships and have working partnerships there in years to come. Also it’ll brilliant to be around an atmosphere in such an intense working environment for 4 days and hopefully will be a lot of fun as well!”
Juliette explains that the 4-day event, which runs from (15 – 18 May), “basically involves your project pitchings, discussions and one-on-one meetings with all the other producers. The European Film Promotion also give a lot of promotion to all the producer’s profiles in the international trade papers over there. Its main aim is to help the European producers find partners for upcoming projects and strengthen co-producing relationships.”
Previous Irish Producers on the Move include John Keville (You’re Ugly Too, Brand New U), Rebecca O’Flanagan (The Stag, My Brothers), Conor Barry (Savage, Love Eternal), Morgan Bushe (Colony, The Other Side of Sleep, The Last Days of Peter Bergmann), Katie Holly (Sensation, One Hundred Mornings, Citadel) and Andrew Freedman (His & Hers, The Herd, Return to Roscoff. Their experiences are testament to the effect Producers on the Move has on a producer’s career. Juliette explains, “I know a lot of them have gone forward and co-produced projects which came directly out of their experiences at Producers on the Move and I know it has raised their profile somewhat and also means something to financiers and the decision-makers. So definitely it raises a producer’s profile and helps them move forward in their careers. Obviously it comes down to how good you are and how hard you work but the exposure is a definite help. And I expect that you learn so much as well being exposed to so many talented producers in such an intense working environment.”
Asking Juliette if there’s any project in particular she’s bringing over she says that she is keeping an open mind. “There’s a few projects I’m developing with Element Pictures, which I would hope to discuss. But also I’ll be interested in talking to the producers about their projects.
The full list of Producers on the Move 2015