Alan Maher has been selected for the EFP Producer on the Move programme, representing Ireland at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Each year, the prestigious festival selects 20 promising, up-and-coming producers from throughout Europe to participate in the initiative which connects European producers with potential co-production partners.
Speaking on the selection, Alan Maher said:
“I am delighted to be selected as Ireland’s Producer on the Move for the EFP (European Film Promotion) in Cannes this year, following in the footsteps of some of the producers I most admire in the industry. Following on from the success of Pat Collins’ Song of Granite at SXSW in March, it’s terrific to be able to highlight our company, Marcie Films, at the world’s most famous film market. The Producer on the Move scheme will also provide me with a perfect opportunity to showcase Trade our latest feature film, written by Mark O’Halloran and to be directed by Hong Khaou, which we are planning to shoot in the autumn with the support of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board in collaboration with The Bureau, to be sold by Protagonist.”
Alan Maher set up Marcie Films (formerly Roads Entertainment) in 2013, produced the documentary Being Ap and served as the Irish partner for Maya Zinshtein’s Forever Pure, both of which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Alan produced Pat Collins’ biopic Song of Granite which premiered at SXSW this March, and is now raising the finance for Hong Khaou’s drama Trade.
About Producer on the Move
EFP (European Film Promotion) and its member organisations have again selected 20 of the most promising up-and-coming European producers to take part in EFP‘s high-profile networking platform PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE at the Cannes Film Festival (May 17 – 28, 2017).
During the five-day event between May 19 and 23, the exclusive group will participate a tailor-made programme of roundtable pitching sessions, 1:1 speed dating, case studies, including one in co-operation with the pan-European co-production fund Eurimages, as well as other industry meetings. All of these events are being organized to support the exchange of experiences and help create new professional networks. The longstanding programme is financially backed by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the participating EFP member organisations.