Posted by Amanda Toney

Stage 32, US/France-based Little W Productions, Scandinavian Locations, and the European Film Commission Networks (EUFCN) are pleased to announce the eight winning filmmakers of their Global Matchmaking Program.

In addition to having the opportunity to present their projects presented at SXSW in Austin Texas during an Official US/European Co-Production panel, these filmmakers will also continue to receive coaching from Truls Kontny & Mikael Svensson, the President and the General Secretary of the EUFCN respectively, and Ingrid Rudefors, International Relations at the Sweden Film Commission. This coaching will help provide specialized knowledge of US/Euro co-productions, access to funding, and other opportunities to make their project a successful US/European co-production.

“Stage 32’s mission is to provide a platform for filmmakers, screenwriters, and other entertainment professionals to connect and help their projects come to light. It is a pleasure and a privilege to partner with these progressive and innovative organizations to provide a unique opportunity for a wide audience of filmmakers who are hoping to streamline their US/European co-production,” said founder and CEO of Stage 32, Richard Botto.

The eight selected films are:

  • CRIME & PUNISHMENT by Vitaly Sumin, Los Angeles, CA
  • A WHISKER PAST MIDNIGHT by Andrew Garrett, Las Vegas, NV
  • THE DREAM CHILD, by David Rabinovitch, Mercer Island, Washington
  • LA PERSUASION by Chandra Michaels, Chicago, IL
  • DYING TO DREAM by Laurie Ashbourne, Jensen Beach, FL
  • AFRICAN HARVEST by Marisé Samitier, Los Angeles, CA
  • THE FLIGHT by Bradley Bowen, West Hollywood, CA
  • SHARED VISION by Manuel Brandozzi, Los Angeles, CA

“It was hard to decide on a final eight—we received so many exciting projects. In the end, we selected these projects because of their compelling stories, the diversity of European co-production relevance in the script, and the skill and professional approach of each screenwriter,” says Holger Carlsson, Founder of Little W Productions

After the panel at SXSW, filmmakers will work through development along with their coaches and explore locations for filming in Europe.

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