Meet the five UK producers taking part
The BFI is supporting five talented UK producers to take part in the 2021 hybrid Producers Network. The UK spotlight day will be Friday 9 July, with events taking place both in Cannes and online. The UK contingent will sit alongside producers from the other featured nations – Chile, Baltic Focus, Poland and Russia.
The Producers Network is the go-to place for producers seeking to make the most out of their time in Cannes. Launched 15 years ago, the Producers Network welcomes more than 500 producers from all around the world for a series of meetings and unique events specifically designed to create opportunities to build your peer network and get international co-production projects off the ground.
The five UK producers selected for 2021 are:
Griffin Pictures was established by BIFA nominated producer, Anna Griffin, with the ambition to become an incubator of diverse talent, producing progressive work with cultural relevance that reaches international audiences. Anna is working with some of the UK’s most exciting and inspiring talent, from her home region and beyond, and has projects in development with Film4 and the BFI.
Jeva Films has a passion for original stories by visionary filmmakers who push boundaries and challenge preconceptions. Past productions include the Blaine brothers’ award-winning feature, Nina Forever, hailed as “strikingly original”. Up next are Emmy-winner Richie Mehta’s The Price of Tea, and original comedy Enter The Dragons, directed by the Cannes-winning and Oscar nominated Marjane Satrapi.
SILVER SALT FILMS
Silver Salt Films is a London based feature film and television production company creating bold, distinctive content for a global audience. The company is committed to producing authored stories from alternative perspectives, with a particular focus on female filmmakers with visionary projects.
Bêtes Sauvages was founded in 2012 by Mikko Makela and James Watson. Their feature debut A Moment in the Reeds was a UK/Finnish co-production which premiered at the London Film Festival in 2017 and was nominated for a BIFA as well as for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the Finnish Film Awards. In 2020, Bêtes Sauvages was the recipient of a BFI Vision Award to support the development of a slate of queer features.
London-based Gholam Films was set up by British-Iranian artist Mitra Tabrizian and producer Zadoc Nava to create distinctive art house cinema for an international audience. Projects include Tabrizian’s award-winning debut, Gholam (2018), starring Shahab Hosseini (winner of Grand Jury prize for Best Actor, 2016 for Asghar Farhadi's Oscar winner The Salesman). In development: The Far Mountains with BFI.
- UK producers’ spotlight day: Friday 9 July 2021. A short video will be available from this date to introduce their work.
- In Cannes: from Thursday 8 July to Tuesday 13 July between 9:00 and 10:30 (Cannes time, UTC+2). With Marché accreditation.
- Online: from Thursday 8 July to Tuesday 13 July (except the weekends) between 18:00 to 19:00 (Cannes time, UTC+2). With Marché accreditation.
In 2021, the Marché du Film will welcome the following partners for Producers Network:
– Thursday 8 July | Cinema Chile (Chile)
– Friday 9 July | British Film Institute (United Kingdom)
– Saturday 10 July | Estonian Film Institute, National Film Centre of Latvia and Lithuanian Film Centre (Baltic Focus)
– Sunday 11 July | Polish Film Institute (Poland)
– Monday 12 July | Roskino (Russia)
Find out more about Producers Network 2021 here.