Producing Lab Zagreb, July 16-19, 2020

We look back on the 4th edition of the Producing Lab Zagreb which, for the first time, took place in digital form from July 16th to July 19th, 2020 within the framework of the 10th Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival (July 9-19, 2020). First of the two Labs of the European Genre Forum 2020 training cycle focused on script development and individual consultancy with script advisors as well as business side of filmmaking: productions skills, financing, distribution, film festivals and global markets.

            Participants coming from Belgium, Japan, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and The Netherlands took part in a rich programme, had a chance to interact with and learn from experts coming from The Netherlands, Finland, UK and Italy who shared their knowledge and experience, as well as listen to a series of talks and lectures related to script writing, project developing and business side of filmmaking: film festivals, markets and funding opportunities for genre films by Chris Oosterom; application and selecting process as important steps to development and funds by Simona Nobile; how is the language in which the film is shot and country of origin effecting global sales and international festival presence by Timo Suomi; how to overcome fear when exposing your project as a writer, building trust with your mentor and paths towards the off beaten track by Petri Kemppinen and the case study of the Finnish horror Hatching by its producer Mika Ritalahti who spoke about the project’s journey from being selected for European Genre Forum 2018 and receiving local and international production funds to getting it made and signed by the major world sales company Wild Bunch.

            At the Producing Lab Zagreb participants further developed and improved their projects and the feedback from all participants, both young filmmakers and experts, has been excellent! Teams from the 8 projects are now getting ready for the European Genre Forum 2020 second round: Marketing & Packaging Lab in Tallinn taking place late November in the framework of the Black Nights Film Festival and Industry@Tallin & Baltic Event.