Call For: Applications for EFP Producers on the Move 2019

Call for Applications: EFP Producers on the Move 2019

Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland is now seeking applications from Irish producers who wish to be considered as the Irish representative for the 2019 EFP Producers on the Move programme held each year at the Cannes Film Festival.

Each year, 20 up and coming producers from 20 different countries from throughout Europe are selected to participate in Producers on the Move at the Cannes Film Festival. The four-day programme aims at connecting enterprising young producers with international potential co-production partners and strengthening their industry networks. The programme is underpinned by a digital promotion campaign and a press campaign in the international trades, creating visibility and opportunity for the producers.

The programme is open to 20 producers from 20 different European countries. The interested producers/production companies must have completed at least one international co-production.  The final selection of the 20 participants is based on a point system which considers the following criteria:

  • the producer’s experience in an international co-production (at least one international co-production) is a pre-requisite. The selection process favours producers who have been majority producers.
    If candidates were the majority producers in more than three international co-productions, they, unfortunately, are too experienced for PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE
  • the producer’s feature length film(s) have had a theatrical release and /or a VoD / SVoD / DVD / TV release outside of the production countries involved;
  • the producer has had a feature length film screened in the international section at a major festival;
  • the producer’s feature length film was awarded Best Film in the producer’s home country ie recipient of a national film award;
  • the producer has a strong project suitable for an international co-production.

Previous Irish Producers on the Move include Alan Maher (Song of Granite), Katie Holly (Vita & Virginia), John Keville and Conor Barry (The Hole in the Ground), Juliette Bonass (A Date for Mad Mary), Rebecca O’Flanagan (Papi Chulo) and Macdara Kelleher (Black 47) to name but a few.

If you are interested in participating in Producers on the Move 2019, please address your email to Louise Ryan, Marketing & Communications Manager, with the following information by close on business on Tuesday, 12 March:

  1. Letter of motivation, i.e. what you would hope to gain from the scheme and why you would like to take part
  2. Project description of the film in development / financing — including synopsis and director statement (if director attached)
  3. Finance plan for this project


Interview: Juliette Bonass, Producer on the Move at Cannes



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


    • Mariusz Wlodarski


    • Ellen Havenith
    • The Netherlands


    • Miha Cernec


    • Snežana Penev



  • Arturo Paglia



  • Heather Millard



  • Annika Rogell



  • Joana Ferreira



  • Jan Macola
    Czech Republic



  • Katja Adomeit


  • Juliette Bonass


  • Montse Triola


  • Marek Urban
    Slovak Republic


  • Mikko Tenhunen


  • Živile Gallego


  • Svetozar Ristovski
    FYR of Macedonia


  • Pierre Guyard


  • Aline Schmid


  • Ingmar Trost


  • Kjetil Omberg

Juliette Bonass is Ireland’s ‘Producer on the Move’ at Cannes 2015

Juliette Bonass

Juliette Bonass has been chosen as one of 20 film producers for the European Film Promotion’s (EFP) Producers on the Move programme at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

Juliette has recently produced Glassland, and Get Up & Go set for a May 1st release. Juliette is also producing with Ed Guiney of Element Pictures Darren Thornton’s upcoming feature A Date for Mad Mary.

Now in its 16th year, the four-day Producers on the Move event runs from May 15 – 18 and receives financial support from the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the participating EFP member organisations. Each year, Producers on the Move results in several international co-productions and raises the profile of the participating producers in Cannes.

Event activities

  •     round-table meeting / pitching session for all selected producers
  •     one-to-one speed-dating meetings between the participating producers
  •     case study
  •     Producers Cocktail for about 200 European producers
  •     production of a brochure and a poster
  •     press campaign including producer profiles in major daily trade papers in Cannes
  •     online presentation of participating producers



Interview: Conor Barry


The 14th edition of Producers on the Move will be held during the Cannes Film Festival ( 18-21 May). Since its launch 14 years ago, Producers on the Move has brought 270 producers together over four days during Cannes and aims to lay the foundation for future collaborations at round table meetings and co-production lunches. This year 29 producers from 29 different European countries will take part in the event. Among them is Irish producer Conor Barry.

Conor graduated from the IADT in Dun Laoghaire (the National Film School). He has worked very closely with the writer/director – Brendan Muldowney over the years, producing his IFTA award-winning feature film Savage, and eight short films including Innocence and The Ten Steps. He has also produced two IFTA-nominated documentaries In Sunshine or in Shadow and Gualainn le Gualann (w/d – Andrew Gallimore). He is currently producing the feature film Love Eternal (w/d – Brendan Muldowney) with Morgan Bushe and Macdara Kelleher in Fastnet Films and is serving as the Irish co-producer on Simon Pummell’s transmedia project Brand New-U and is now in advanced development on Muldowney’s next project Pilgrimage.

Conor co-founded SP Films, an award winning Dublin-based film production company, with Brendan Muldowney, with the aim of developing and producing feature films for an international audience.

Niamh Creely caught up with Conor just before he headed off to Cannes as this year’s Irish Producer on the Move.


You must be very pleased to be selected as one of the 25 Producers on the Move at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.


Yes. Producers on the Move is obviously a great brand and it gives me a tremendous opportunity to pitch some of the projects I’m involved with and also to get to hear about the projects all those other Producers on the Move have as well.


I was reading what it entails and it sounds great –lots of networking and also getting a chance to meet Producers on the Move from previous years.


Yes, and I know for a fact that an awful lot of Producers on the Move end up working together and that is again a great opportunity to put the projects in the shop window.


How does the selection process work?


I think in each country the film board or whatever selects a particular producer, and I was lucky enough to be selected by the Irish Film Board this year.


I read that it has to be someone who has done some work on an international film already.


Love Eternal was a co-production with Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Ireland and Japan and also we’ve just finished shooting another co-production with the UK and the Netherlands, Brand New-U, directed by Simon Pummell.


Love Eternal is based on a novel and directed by Brendan Muldowney – can you tell us a little about it? I see you’re working with Fastnet Films – how did that connection come about?


Love Eternal is a Fastnet Films project. Macdara Kelleher, the MD of Fastnet, was at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 and he came across a treatment of a novel by a Japanese author Kei Ôishi called Loving The Dead. The book is quite dark but has a heart to it and he contacted both of us in relation to that. We loved the material and have been developing it since 2008.


I noticed that the Dutch production company Rinkel Film, who worked with Fastnet Films on The Other Side of Sleep, are involved with Love Eternal – is that how that connection came about?


Funnily enough the Producer on the Move in 2008 was Macdara Kelleher and Reinier Selen of Rinkel Film was the Dutch Producer on the Move in the same year  – and out of that came a project Nothing Personal, which was led by Rinkel Film, and that was the start of a relationship on several projects between Fastnet Films and Rinkel Film – Nothing Personal,  The Other Side of Sleep and Love Eternal. Coincidentally Brand New-U, which is done through SP Films – myself and Brendan’s company – our Dutch co-producer on that is Rinkel Film. So there’s connections there alright!


You also attended the EAVE 2010 European Producers Workshop and the ACE Producers Network as well – so you’ve been using all these opportunities that have arisen.


Totally. In this day and age your natural networks are probably the most important thing. You just can’t finance a film through one country or through one partner;  you need multiple partners – and EAVE 2010 and ACE and, to a certain extent hopefully Producers on the Move allow producers to be able to engage with talent in each other’s countries in a very natural manner. The whole purpose of EAVE and ACE is to get to know people over a period of time and it becomes a very natural process rather than  just showing each other projects or becoming  attached to one or just looking for advice. It gets rid of all those borders… in your headspace anyway.


Making it more of a human connection…




You’ve had a long-term creative partnership with Brendan Muldowney. How did that begin?


We were in film school together, doing the degree in Dún Laoghaire College  IADT now. His graduate short film was called The Church of Acceptance and that was screened at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival a very prestigious festival and we just kicked on from there doing a number of short films together and moving on into features with Savage.


For people who want to get into film would you say your route was ‘textbook’ – going to college; making short films…


You know, I hate reducing it to a game but sometimes it’s like Snakes and Ladders – and I’ve definitely never taken the elevator; it’s always one step at a time. It’s what I would call a well-worn traditional path – doing a Filmbase course, or some film-related course, using that to get a portfolio together to allow you to get into film school, then making a graduate film, and then using that film to get into festivals and then kicking on in terms of various different short-film funding awards and then gradually developing into features – very much one step at a time. It’s good to know that there is some sort of a route out there – but it’s a long-term route and a lot of work.


So what’s the plan for Cannes?


I’ll be there from the 17th to the 22nd with John Keville, my producing partner at SP Films  and as usual we will be pushing the projects we have and also keeping our ears open for anyone who’s looking to speak to us about other projects.