Producer Mission - EFM 2022

Application deadline: December 8th

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Screen Nova Scotia is now accepting applications from mid-to-senior level Nova Scotia producers to join a Pan-Atlantic producer mission to Berlin, Germany, tentatively scheduled from February 10th to 17th, 2022, taking place during the European Film Market (EFM) and Berlinale.

Seven producers from across the Atlantic provinces will be selected to further enhance the promotion of coproduction, joint-financing, distribution and development opportunities between screen industry producers in the Atlantic Provinces and those internationally. The mission will enhance the group’s knowledge of working with producers on an international scale.

The European Film Market is one of the top three meeting places of the international film and media industries. Its close links with the Berlinale as a public film festival, and its position at the heart of Berlin’s vivid creative economy, are defining characteristics of the Berlinale’s film market. For more information on EFM, click HERE.

If the event is unable to occur in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one-on-one meetings are to be held virtually during the same dates as the EFM. The decision to move from an in-person to a virtual event will be based on the Government of Canada travel advisories HERE.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PRODUCERS

Note about travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic: It is the responsibility of the selected companies to understand and follow the travel rules and restrictions for travelling internationally from Canada to Germany with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information will follow to those who are selected for the mission. Selected participants must follow the Berlinale COVID-19 Regulations to attend. These can be found HERE.

If travel to Berlin is not possible due to travel restrictions or change in risk determined by the Government of Canada the mission will continue virtually with one-on-one meetings taking place via a virtual platform.

Any plans for travel as outlined in this project shall be monitored closely by the applicant. Any risk associated with travel shall be borne by the applicant. The applicant will not be reimbursed for travel expenses if the mission moves to a virtual platform or any additional costs such as those associated with self-isolation if the mission is to take place in-person as planned.

Industry Consultant: To help ensure producers are prepared for the trip, the NFLDC will engage the services of a consultant for on-the-ground consulting services while in Berlin. Selected applicants will be notified of the consultant once they are selected in early December.

Targeted Meetings: Selected producers will be contacted by the consultant shortly thereafter to begin initial virtual discovery sessions in advance of the mission. The consultant will arrange a minimum of five targeted meetings for companies based on their individual needs. Where appropriate, group sessions may also be arranged. Selected attendees will be expected to share their travel itinerary with the Consultant and the NLFDC in order to best accommodate their schedule. Selected attendees will be required to purchase a Market Badge for the EFM.

Travel Assistance: Nova Scotia producers can apply for travel assistance (flights, accommodation and ground transport) via NSBI’s Export Development Program. If this will be your first time applying, we recommend contacting Scottina Jackson, Export Program Administrator, for more information on the application process: (t) 902-424-5739 / (e) sjackson@nsbi.ca

Flights & Accommodations: Companies will be responsible for booking their own travel and accommodations for this trip. The delegation must be on the ground, for meetings in Berlin by the morning of February 10th, 2022 (subject to change).

Producer Fee: The cost for participating producers is $1,250 CAD. Screen Nova Scotia will cover a $625 fee for chosen participants.


APPLICATION INFO & ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Application Process: To be considered for the EFM mission, producers must submit the online application form and all support materials by end of the day (midnight) on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Participants will be selected based on specific criteria, and through a competitive application process. Members of an independent selection committee (comprised of experienced and respected members of the national screen industry) will review applications and select the participants. SNS will notify all applicants of the status of their application by email following the jury meeting.

Please forward your complete application package to Melanie Solomon, Industry Services & Locations Manager (melanie@screennovascotia.com) with the email title “EFM 2022 Application”. There is no fee to apply.

Mandatory Support Documents: The following documents must be submitted electronically as individual .PDF files in order for your application to be considered by the jury.

  • Personal resume including relevant film, television & new media production credits;
  • Company and personal biography;
  • A synopsis of your film, television or new media project, including a summary of the project’s status to date;
  • Project treatment and/or series bible;
  • Statement of all relevant attachments including co-producers, writers, directors, broadcasters (one-page maximum).

Non-Mandatory Additional Package Elements (if available): Applicants are invited to include any of the following additional package elements.

  • Bios of any currently attached key creative positions;
  • Marketing and distribution plan and any existing marketing materials;
  • Budget top sheets or proposed budget and finance scenario;
  • Statement of all additional attachments including pre-sales, development funding, confirmed cast (one-page maximum).

Producer Criteria: Mid-to-Senior Level Producers

  • Must have a minimum of two full producer credits on completed productions within the last five (5) years of the following nature:
    • Television one-off production with a minimum broadcast length of 30 minutes
    • Television series production
    • Feature film that a) received financing from Telefilm Canada or NSBI or b) had a budget of $1 million or greater.
    • Digital media production that a) received funding from the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada Media Fund, Bell Fund, Independent Production Fund, or  NSBI or b) had significant marketplace exposure and/or reputable market partners
  • Must have at least one project in development;
  • Must have participated in at least one international market or festival event (can include provincially led business development trips/trade missions);
  • Must be a Screen Nova Scotia Producer Member in good standing (for information on membership, click HERE).

*If you feel you do not meet the criteria and are still interested in attending the mission, please contact Industry Services Manager, Melanie Solomon: melanie@screennovascotia.com / (902) 229-1499.