Screen South primes producers

SAN SEBASTIAN — U.K regional film agency Screen South has brought a troupe of eight upcoming producers to the San Sebastian Film Festival for industry presentations and pitching sessions.

The visit forms part of the Cine-Euro co-production training scheme, which was launched in June.

On Monday, the eight-pack received presentations from the Galician and Catalonia film orgs, explaining the mechanics of setting up a Spanish co-production deal.

On Tuesday, there will be a networking session at the San Sebastian Sales Office, where Screen South hopes to pin down co-production partners for the scheme’s projects, which include romantic comedies, horror, coming-of-age pics and thrillers.

“Production and especially finance are long and lonely endeavors,” said producer Pippa Cross, Cine-Euro’s project mentor. “But going on the road together has created a mutually enriching energy and a balanced step-by-step focus on structural and creative aspects.”

Cine-Euro is a joint initiative between Screen South, Skillset and the U.K. Film Council, in partnership with film fund network Cine Regio and sales company Film Export U.K.

Producer Miranda Robinson, who is co-ordinating Cine-Euro, plans to wrap the pilot year of the scheme at Berlin in February, to coincide with Cine Regio’s annual meeting.

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