The IDM Film Commission was delighted to return to the Côte d’Azur for the 75th edition of the international Festival de Cannes. We enjoyed several jam-packed days of exciting events, catching up with colleagues and making new contacts. As the festival draws to a close, we look back at some of our highlights.
On Saturday 21 May, IDM and the Italian Film Commissions hosted the networking event Cappuccino with the Italians at the Italian Pavilion at Hotel Majestic. Producers with specific filming projects in the works or an interest in co-productions in Italy took the opportunity to meet with the IDM Film Commission and to share ideas over a cappuccino. The Netherlands and France were also represented by Ilse Ronteltap, Head of the International department at the Netherlands Film Fund, Bas van der Ree from the Netherlands Film Commission and Mathieu Ripka, Head of Film France CNC French Film Commission.
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, we finally had the chance to welcome guests to our traditional IDM Lunch at the Croisette again on Sunday 22 May. Around 100 film industry representatives accepted our invitation and joined us at the Ondine Plage beach restaurant. Also on the Sunday, IDM came together with other institutions and film funds at the Ukrainian Films Now fundraising and networking event to help support Ukrainian film projects in post-production. Nine projects were presented to an audience of filmmakers. In cooperation with South Tyrolean post-production company Cine Chromatix Italy, IDM has offered post-production services worth 20,000 euros to help with the completion of the Ukrainian film Do You Love Me? by Tonia Noyabrova.
IDM held two networking events on Monday 23 May. The first of these saw three alumni from the IDM Script Lab RACCONTI – Michael Kofler (screenwriter), whose film idea from the first edition of the programme is now in development under the title Zweitland (Second Hand Land), as well as Sophia Rubischung (producer, Dschoint Ventschr) and Oliver Neumann (producer, FreibeuterFilm), both of whom are alumni from the 10th edition – talk about their experiences of taking part in the tailor-made workshop on creative script development.
This was followed by a networking event with the Italian producer alliances CNA and AGICI as well as the industry event Meeting Point – Vilnius. Here, Italian and Baltic producers met at the Italian Pavilion to discuss potential future opportunities for collaboration and to share knowledge and expertise.