International Co-Productions: Picking the Right Partners, Funds & Strategy

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Birgit Kemner

Webinar hosted by: Birgit Kemner

Producer (Cannes, Venice, Tribeca) at Manny Films

Birgit Kemner, is a French-German producer who manages international coproductions since 2011. All her productions have been selected and awarded in renowned festivals such as the Cannes, Tribeca or Venice Film Festival. In 2018, she participated as Jury Member of the Santiago Lab Fiction at the SANFIC International Film Festival in Chile. She is a full member of the official CNC French-Italian Committee. After a Master’s degree at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/Ina in Marketing and Distribution in the Movie and TV Industry in 2004, she became Head of Marketing and Festivals at the MK2 group. She has worked on international releases of over 50 films directed by film makers such as Gus van Sant (ELEPHANT, LAST DAYS, PARANOID PARK), Olivier Assayas (SUMMER HOURS) and Gela Babluani (13 TZAMETI - Lion of the Future at Venice 2005, Jury Prize at Sundance 2006 and European Discovery at the European Film Awards 2006) as well as numerous international film retrospectives of directors such as Charlie Chaplin, François Truffaut and Claude Chabrol. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Learn directly from Birgit Kemner, the former Head of International Sales Marketing at MK2 in France, and now a 10+ year film producer with films that have been official selections at Cannes, Tribeca, Venice and more! 

In this Stage 32 Webinar, you will get an in depth look into how to successfully navigate in the world of international coproductions for indie films. You will learn how to start and build a solid network that will help you to find and evaluate the best projects and partners. Plus, Birgit will give you solid examples from 2 of her films that were selections at Cannes and Tribeca.

How do you finance with different countries? It’s important to know the different rules in each country you would like to coproduce with in order to choose the perfect country for your special needs. In this webinar we'll go over the main European funds to help your co-production.

An international coproduction is like a marriage a lot of people say! That said...to make it work, you have to work for it.

What You'll Learn

  • How to choose the good projects?
  • How to choose the right partners?
  • Networking and coproduction markets?
    • A great opportunity, but how can you convince and seduce in 10 minutes?
    • Berlin
    • Cannes
    • Rotterdam
    • San Sebastian
  • Learn more about funds.
    • Believe it or not, it’s fun!
    • France
    • Example : CNC Aides aux Cinémas du Monde
    • Europe
    • Example : Media and Eurimages
  • How to survive in an international coproduction?
    • Communication is key, but you also need tools to make it work.
    • Coproduction contracts
    • Cash flow schedules
  • How do you produce successfully together?
    • Who does what when?
  • How do you bring it on the international market?
    • Festival strategy
    • Marketing and sales
  • Example study case : Human Capital by Paolo Virzi, Official Competition, Tribeca Film Festival
  • Example study case : El Ardor by Pablo Fendrik, Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival
  • Q& A with Birgit

About Your Instructor

Birgit Kemner, is a French-German producer who manages international coproductions since 2011. All her productions have been selected and awarded in renowned festivals such as the Cannes, Tribeca or Venice Film Festival. In 2018, she participated as Jury Member of the Santiago Lab Fiction at the SANFIC International Film Festival in Chile. She is a full member of the official CNC French-Italian Committee.

After a Master’s degree at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/Ina in Marketing and Distribution in the Movie and TV Industry in 2004, she became Head of Marketing and Festivals at the MK2 group. She has worked on international releases of over 50 films directed by film makers such as Gus van Sant (ELEPHANT, LAST DAYS, PARANOID PARK), Olivier Assayas (SUMMER HOURS) and Gela Babluani (13 TZAMETI - Lion of the Future at Venice 2005, Jury Prize at Sundance 2006 and European Discovery at the European Film Awards 2006) as well as numerous international film retrospectives of directors such as Charlie Chaplin, François Truffaut and Claude Chabrol.

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