Advanced Development Workshop for ACE Producers in Helsinki

This year, we did things differently for the ACE Producers Content Development Workshop in Helsinki.

I delivered my 3-day Advanced Development Workshop to a lively group of 18 experienced feature film producers from 14 different Creative Europe supported countries, as well as one Canadian colleague, and for the first time we experimented with some group work on their projects, which went very well.

ACE 29 Selection

Daniel Baur – K5 Film – Germany
ACE Project: “Bad Company” by Robert Schwentke

Artemio Benki – Sirena Film – Czech Republic
ACE Project: “Cyclopath” by Karim Ouelhaj

Miha Černec – Staragara – Slovenia
ACE Project: “The Bullet and the Bell” by Jan Cvitkovič

Per Damgaard Hansen – Masterplan Pictures – Denmark
ACE Project: “Tove” by Trine Piil

Clément Duboin – Good Fortune Films – France
ACE Project: “Grand Ciel” by Akihiro Hata

Laura Fernandez – Filmax – Spain
ACE Project: “A Present for Annie” Director TBD

Felize Frappier – Max Films Media – Canada
ACE Project: “The Dictator’s Son” by Mathieu Denis

Viola Fügen – Match Factory Productions – Germany
ACE Project: “Brothers” by Türker Süer

Danielle Guirguis – Smarthouse Films – The Netherlands
ACE Project: “The Green-Eyed Monster” by Marleen Jonkman

Alexandra Hoesdorff – Deal Productions – Luxembourg
ACE Project: “The Golden Hour” by Heidi Greensmith

Kurban Kassam – Raucous Pictures – United Kingdom
ACE Project: “The Parcel” by Umesh Kulkarni

Lasha Khalvashi – Studio Artizm – Georgia
ACE Project: “Fishing” by Tinatin Kajrishvili

Jesper Kurlandsky – Fasad – Sweden
ACE Project: “Barry” by Agnieszka Lukasiak

Sarah Marks – Savage Film – Belgium
ACE Project: “Elephants” by Nathalie Teirlinck

Elina Pohjola – Citizen Jane Productions – Finland
ACE Project: “The Squirrel” by Markus Lehmusruusu

Lukas Trimonis – iN_SCRiPT – Lithuania
ACE Project: “Funny and Sad Life of George” by Egle Vertelyte

Ingmar Trost – Sutor Kolonko – Germany
ACE Project: “Beautiful Souls” by Tom Schreiber

Vincent Wang – House on Fire – France
ACE Project: “Entrelacs” by Nicolas Sarkissian

As usual, we were then joined by other ACE consultants to discuss the producers’ projects, from both a creative and financial point of view.

Testimonials for the ACE Producers Workshop:

Very inspiring and thoughtful.

One of the best workshops regarding script structure I’ve attended. It really makes you review and research what you know about books like Mckee, Field etc. The books that I’ve been related to at my studies. Really enjoyed it and will try to convey it to my work with films I produce and students I tutor. Very inspiring and thoughtful. Thank you Emmanuel! [Advanced Development Workshop (ACE 26)]

Jelena Mitrovic

Impressive knowledge!

I had the pleasure to attend two of Emmanuel’s workshops. His knowledge about the different screenwriting approaches is impressive and enables him to recombine and rethink them to a new approach. I highly appreciate his work no matter if you already know a lot about screenplays or not. [Advanced Development Workshop (ACE 27)]

Arash T. Riahi

The most inspiring developing session I have ever taken part in.

Without doubt the most inspiring developing session I have ever taken part in. Emmanuel is not only a very good speaker – but manages to use practical examples and group discussion to give the participants a very clear understanding of his thoughts on drama. Less dogmatic than McKee and Field he aims at giving the creative a tool box of dramatic elements rather than a formula for success. I strongly recommend this workshop to both writers, producers and funding bodies. Well done! [Advanced Development Workshop (ACE 26)]

Frederick Peter Howard

A really useful and inspiring seminar!

Thanks for a really useful and inspiring seminar – I have attended a number of development training courses in the past, so wasn’t sure whether I would learn very much that was new. As it happens, I learned a huge amount and feel much more confident about going back into the development process with a brand new toolbox. [Advanced Development Workshop (ACE 24)]

Alison Sterling
Producer, Ignition Films

Many thanks to Jacobine van der Vloed (ACE Director & Head of Studies) and Antoine Simkine (ACE President) for their kind invitation and to everyone involved in making this experience another memorable one!

For more information on the ACE 29 producers, please click on either of the group pictures above. For more information on the ACE Producers network, based in Amsterdam, please click on the logo below:

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