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, placed between Director’s Lab in Amsterdam mid April and the Marketing & Packaging Lab in Tallinn end of November, 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!
Producer’s Lab mentors and experts:
Aaron Scott Moorhead is an American film director, screenwriter and cinematographer. Moorhead grew up in Tarpon Springs and attended Palm Harbor University High School, he studied at Florida State University. His partnership with writer and producer Justin Benston generated two critically acclaimed feature films, 2012 horror Resolution and 2014 romantic body horror film Spring which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival In both, Moorhead acts as co-director, producer and director of photography. His work with Benson can also be found in the segment Bonestorm of the American anthology horror film V.H.S.: Viral. Their most recent feature film is called The Endless which premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017, and was acquired for distribution in 2018 by Well Go USA Entertainment.
Alexis Perrin is a partner and producer for Logical Pictures which is a boutique financier and production company based in France, dedicated to budget-contained elevated genre films. Backed by a 20 Million Euro fund, Logical Pictures has unique financing capabilities focusing on gap-financing features films backed by partner producers, as well as developing an in-house line-up (Blood Machines, No Gods No Masters). Since their launch in 2016, their credits include Revenge by Coralie Fargeat, Incident in a Ghostland by Pascal Laugier and other films currently in post-production, such as Farming by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Zoo by Antonio Tublen and Swallow by Carlo Mirabella-Davis.
Charlotte Paoli studied law in France and UK and then worked in media, entertainement, internet and intellectual property. She also taught intellectual property classes in Paris and London, and regularly works on topics involving multiple countries.
Julian Richards is a BAFTA and MELIES award winning film- maker who has directed nine features films including DARKLANDS, THE LAST HORROR MOVIE, SUMMER SCARS, SHIVER, DADDY’S GIRL and REBORN. In 2005 he launched Jinga Films, a World sales company that specializes in genre films. Jinga has built up a catalogue of over 100 award winning titles including A SERBIAN FILM, THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME, THE CANAL, HELLIONS and STILL/BORN.
Teal Greyhavens is an award-winning writer and director of short films, documentaries, and virtual reality experiences. As Head of Content for Dark Corner, the world’s only VR platform and content studio dedicated exclusively to VR genre storytelling, he has written and developed some of the world’s most acclaimed VR experiences, including “Mule” and “Night Night,” which have screened at festivals all over the world including Venice, Tribeca, Fantastic Fest, AFI Fest, NYFF, Comic-Con, Sitges, Overlook, and many more. During his documentary days he lived and filmed in more than two dozen countries, and directed the doc “Cinema is Everywhere” featuring Academy-Award winner Tilda Swinton. And in 2016 he co-founded Ink Run, a creative collective dedicated to producing innovative genre short films.
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 four films – Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning (2005), Iron Sky (2012), Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2018) and Iron Sky: The Ark (2018).