Juliane and I have just wrapped up EFM at the Berlinale. And the feedback about the VITRO series and the feature “Fall of Men” from distributors and producers was more than encouraging. Several producers have requested the “Fall of Men” script and are also waiting for the pilot script of the series and an attached director. So our ToDo list until Cannes is clear.
We mainly had meetings concerning the series and it seems clear that we should be shooting in northern Europe. The film commissions of Britain, Iceland and Ireland helped us set up meetings with local producers. We were also told by a british representative that due to the TV series boom, many areas were running out of studio space. This forces some productions to improvise: one major production converted an old car tire factory into a studio
We have also dropped in on the two panel discussions about european high-end series. Both confirmed our conclusions from the meetings with german PSBs: as long as we can build an international team of directors and producers, high-end “german-made” fiction, far away from the usual german themes of WW2 and the cold war, is possible.
Btw, if any german official is reading this: please add tax incentives to the film financing mix in Germany. EVERY other country we looked at had them!
I would also like to thank Stacey Parks for her invaluable industry intel and support.
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The next chapter will be Cannes, stay tuned!