Producer’s Lab in Zagreb

The Producer’s Lab 2018 will take place between July 5 – 7 and details about it will be published after the lab.

Last year, from July 5th to 9th, the 2017 Zagreb Lab – placed between Director’s Lab in Amsterdam in April and the Marketing & Packaging Lab in Tallinn in November – focused on production skills, business side of filmmaking, financing, legal issues, the new mediums such as virtual reality, cross media and group sessions exchange between participants. In three packed and busy days our participants had a chance to interact with and learn from experts coming from USA, Europe and New Zealand who shared their knowledge and experience.

Apart from one-on-one mentoring sessions participants had a chance to listen to a series of talks and masterclasses from producer Ant Timpson (how to make films by your own rulebook); Charlotte Paoli (the importance of contracts and agreements in film and entertainment business); Aaron Hillis (the creativity of crowdfunding); Joshua Sobel (VR as a new innovative way of storytelling); Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky creator on his worldwide popular franchise and how to do things right in the tricky and risky film business) and director of one of the top documentaries this year “78/52” Alexander Philippe who gave an inspiring masterclass on the master of film thrills Alfred Hitchcock.

At Producer’s Lab in Zagreb participants had a chance to further develop and improve their projects, production skills and work on their budgets through one-on-one sessions with their mentors – all top-notch producers and experts in their respective fields from around the world. After their EGF program participants and experts attended different public and private events at Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival such as outdoor festival screenings, cocktails and dinners. The feedback from all participants has been excellent and the teams are preparing for the next and final stage of EGF 2017– Marketing & Packaging Lab in Tallinn end of November!

Meet the Producer’s Lab experts and mentors, who joined us in Zagreb from July 5th to 9th, 2017:

Aaron Hillis

Aaron was praised by Brooklyn Magazine as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture,” alongside Lena Dunham and Spike Lee. He is a filmmaker, programmer, video-store owner, industry consultant, and a veteran journalist whose writings have appeared in The Village VoiceVICEVarietyVanity Fair, and several other outlets that don’t start with V. Most recently, he led the NYC film & creative office for the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

Alexandre O. Philippe

Alexandre O. Philippe holds a Masters Degree in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is Creative Director of Denver-based Exhibit A Pictures. He has written, directed and produced numerous award-winning films and documentaries, including THE PEOPLE vs. GEORGE LUCAS, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PAUL THE PSYCHIC OCTOPUS, DOC OF THE DEAD and 78/52 . Alexandre is also co-owner and co-creator of Fried Comics ( He created the screenwriting program at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, and was the host and curator of the popular Language of Film series at the Starz FilmCenter–stop/start deconstructions of important classic and contemporary films, including many of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces. 

Anthony Timpson

Ant Timpson is a film entrepreneur based in New Zealand. After leaving a law degree in the mid-80s to become a production runner before going on to be one of the most prolific individuals in the New Zealand film landscape. From managing one of NZ’s most beloved arthouse cinemas, to creating a boutique distribution company (releasing everything from Slacker to The Room), to operating the longest running independent film festival in NZ, to being on the Board of the NZ Moving Image, to programming for the New Zealand  International film festival, to programming for MGM Channel , to creating NZ ‘s  largest film competition with Peter Jackson as mentor, to starting the film fund initiatives ‘Headstrong’ and “Make My Horror Movie” to finally producing the successful features ‘THE DEVIL DARED ME TO, THE ABCs OF DEATH 1 & 2 for Magnolia Pictures, DEATHGASM – a splatter-metal comedy for  NZFC & MPI/ Media Group. The multi-award winning co-production TURBO KID with EMA Films,  the acclaimed thriller HOUSEBOUND &  Empire Magazine’s Film of the Year  THE GREASY STRANGLER.  His latest feature is a global folklore anthology called THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL which was selected as the first crowd-sourced equity investment project for Indiegogo and MicroVentures.  

Charlotte Paoli

Charlotte Paoli studied law in France and UK and then worked at lawfirms in media, entertainment, internet and intellectual property for nearly ten years in Paris. She also taught intellectual property classes in Paris and London.
She now works as an in house lawyer in intellectual property.

Joshua Sobel

An accomplished producer, Joshua Sobel has produced six feature films in various capacities.  From Co-Executive Producing Ron Morales’ groundbreaking Filipino thriller Graceland,  to Executive Producing Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s 2014 Tribeca favorite, Scherzo Diabolico Sobel has made a name for himself in International thrillers.  More recently he has produced Xander Robins’ Are We Not Cats, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and is in post production on Edgar Nito’s upcoming debut, Guachicolero.  For the past two years he has been tapped as Cannes Next Filmmaker Ambassador for US based VR and is a consultant for the VR production company, Furious M.  

Timo Vuorensola

Timo Vuorensola is a science fiction filmmaker and a crowdfunding expert, having worked with crowdfunding before there was even a word for it. Vuorensola has directed two films – Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning (2005) and Iron Sky (2012), and is preparing to release sequel to Iron Sky, titled Iron Sky The Coming Race in 2018. 

To view our Zagreb Booklet click here: Producer’s Lab Zagreb_Booklet