Producer’s Lab in Zagreb
We look back on 2nd edition of the Producer’s Lab that took place within the framework of the 8th Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival (June 28 to July 8, 2017). Halfway of the European Genre Forum 2018 training cycle for upcoming genre filmmakers, Zagreb Lab (July 4-8) focused on production skills, financing, legal issues, new digital mediums, group sessions exchange between participants and 1:1 mentoring sessions.
The 16 participants coming from Germany, UK, Finland, The Netherlands, Latvia and Israel took part in a rich programme, had a chance to interact with and learn from experts coming from France, Finland, USA, Switzerland and UK who shared their knowledge and experience and listen to a series of talks and masterclasses related to business side of filmmaking: Teal Greyhavens (re-imagining genre in the brave new VR world); Charlotte Paoli (co-production and co-development contracts); Aaron Moorhead (ups and downs of independent cinema); Alexis Perrin (developing and investing in a smaller scale projects); Julian Richards (the role of a sales agent in a life of a film) and Timo Vuorensola (building a successful franchise from scratch). An extra presentation was added to the programme about filming in Croatia by Tanja Ladović from Croatian Audiovisual Centre.
At Producer’s Lab participants further developed and improved their projects and in their free time together with experts attended public and private events at Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival. The feedback from all Zagreb participants, both young filmmakers and experts, has been excellent and teams from the 8 projects are getting ready for the final stage of EGF 2018 – Marketing & Packaging Lab in Tallinn taking place Nov 26-30!