Producing Lab in Zagreb

We look back on 3rd edition of the Producing Lab that took place in Zagreb (July 4-7, 2019) within the framework of the 9th Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival (June 27 to July 7, 2019). First of the two Labs of the European Genre Forum 2019 training cycle focused on script development and individual consultancy with script advisors but also on business side of filmmaking: productions skills, financing, distribution, festivals and global markets.

            Participants coming from France, Switzerland, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Ireland, Croatia, Poland and Serbia took part in a rich programme, had a chance to interact with and learn from experts coming from The Netherlands, Finland, Croatia and Italy who shared their knowledge and experience, as well as listen to a series of talks and masterclasses related to business side of filmmaking: low and micro budget projects by Atso Parnanen, 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, local content for global markets by Nebojša Taraba and case study Štriguni by Aldo Tardozzi who spoke about the project’s journey from being selected for European Genre Forum in 2017 to receiving local and international production funds.

            At Producing 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 2nd Lab of European Genre Forum 2019: Marketing & Packaging Lab in Tallinn taking place November 26-29, 2019 in the framework of the Black Nights Film Festival and Industry@Tallin & Baltic Event!

Mentors and experts

Chris Oosterom

Chris Oosterom

Atso Pärnänen

Atso Pärnänen

Nebojša Taraba

Nebojša Taraba

Simona Nobile

Simona Nobile

Aldo Tardozzi

Aldo Tardozzi

Chris Oosterom

Chris Oosterom was born in the beautiful Dutch city of Arnhem. In the 80’s and 90’s, he worked as a film programmer in different music venues in the Netherlands. After six years at the Dutch Filmmuseum (now EYE), he started his own distribution company, first in Amsterdam, later in London, where he still releases a handful of films every year. Since November 2012, Chris is the Artistic Director of the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam. He lives in Amsterdam and London.

Atso Pärnänen

Educated in the United Kingdom and an alumnus of the Italian Torino Film Lab. After having worked with the NISI MASA organisa- tion in Paris (European Short Pitch) and as a story editor, tutor and screenwriter both for shorts and features he wrote, produced and directed the microbudget feature films In Clear Sight and Reindeer in the Mist and is currently filming his next feature Combat Crafted (WT).

Nebojša Taraba

Drugi plan is a leading Croatian independent production company. Established in 2004 by Nebojša Taraba and Miodrag Sila, Drugi plan has worked with all three Croatian national TV stations (HRT, Nova TV, RTL) and created and produced more than 15 original formats in all genres. For the last 8 years, Drugi plan has spe- cialized in documentary and high-end drama productions. Their recent TV series The Paper (2 seasons) was picked up by Netflix, and now is available for streaming in 190 countries. Drugi plan have also produced the first HBO Europe series in the Adria region, premiered at the beginning of 2019.

Simona Nobile

Simona Nobile is an international script consultant, screenwriter and trainer. Her credits as story editor/creative consultant/production supervisor include the HBO documentary feature “Agnelli” (2017, directed by Nick Hooker); Romeo & Juliet” (2013), a feature directed by Carlo Carlei, written by Julian Fellowes and produced by Amber Ent./Echolake/Svarovski Ent.); and the TV productions “Il Generale della Rovere” (2011, Rai Uno) and “L’Aviatore” (2008 – Mediaset) – both directed by Carlo Carlei and produced by Rizzoli Audiovisivi. Simona is also a Script Consultant for: Eurimages’ Council of Europe’s Coproduction Fund; the EU-funded MEDIA Development Program; EAVE, the European Producers Network; as well as the Torino Film Lab. From 2014 through 2017 she was a Member of the Italian Ministry of Culture’s Selection Committee responsible for awarding national development, production and coproduc- tion funding for feature films. She is also a current Member of the Selection Committees for the Piemonte Film TV Fund and Apulia Film/TV Fund.

Aldo Tardozzi

Aldo Tardozzi is film and television director and screenwriter. Born on August 29, 1974 in Zagreb, Croatia. After completion of the secondary education (Classical Gymnasium in Zagreb), he studied philosophy at the The Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus (FFDI) in Zagreb. In 2001 graduated in film and TV directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb. He participated in the work of the Animation Workshop at the Center for Students (University of Zagreb). Since 2012 a member of the Croatian Freelance Artists’ Association. An active member of Film Artists Association of Croatia where he performed the duties in the Court of Honour, as the president of directors section and as a member of the supervisory board. He attended numerous film workshops such as Cinelink, MFI Script 2 Film, Pack & Pitch – Sarajevo Talent Campus, Lew Hunter’s workshop at UCLA, Imaginary Academy etc.
Filmography: Safe Flight, (2017, short, in post production), Charge! (2016, TV documentary), Sweetheart (2011, short), Spots (2011, feature).

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