Euro Connection is the European Short Film Co-production Forum taking place each year at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market. This business platform aims at fostering partnerships between European production companies for short film projects.
The next edition of Euro Connection will take place on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 February 2018 during the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market. Euro Connection is organised by Sauve Qui Peut le Court Métrage (Clermont-Ferrand) in association with the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, with the support of the Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme and the PROCIREP.
What is Euro Connection?
Each year 15 short film projects are selected across Europe to participate in Euro Connection, with the help of a network of national correspondents in each of the associated countries. The producers of the selected projects receive an invitation that includes a travel grant, hotel accommodation, meals and a free accreditation to the Short Film Market in Clermont-Ferrand.
The selected projects are highlighted in the Book of Projects and Producers, with details for each project and a profile of their authors and producers. Its publication (mid-January) is announced to European producers, broadcasters, fund representatives and financial backers registered to Clermont-Ferrand, who are invited to secure attendance to the pitching sessions during Euro Connection.
The event revolves around:
– Pitch training workshop (Monday 5 February 2018).
– Pitching sessions (Tuesday 6 February).
– Facilitated networking for producers and participants.
– One-on-one business meetings (Wednesday 7 February).
150 industry delegates take part in Euro Connection each year.
So far, 72 films were completed, including 34 European co-productions as a direct result from the first eight editions of Euro Connection.
How does it work?
Producers officially located in one of the associated countries must send their application by email to the national correspondent in their country no later than October 20, 2017 (entry form upon request firstname.lastname@example.org).
In each country the national correspondent sets up an expert committee who will review the applications and nominate finalist project . The expert committees will especially pay attention to the artistic value of the projects. Each national correspondent will inform the applicants of the results of the nomination of the finalist project. The producers of the finalist projects will be expected to send an English version of their application, including script, promptly after the nominations (for producers who apply to their correspondents with an application in another language than English).
A European jury will then meet and elect up to 15 selected projects from all the finalist projects. The jury will include 3 to 5 industry professionals from different nationalities. All finalist participants will be informed of the list of selected projects for Euro Connection by the end of November 2017.
For Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), the winning project of the Baltic Pitching Forum (Vilnius, October 6 & 7, 2017) will be selected for Euro Connection, as a result from the partnership between these two events. For Denmark, the Danish finalist project will be nominated with the results of Pitch Me baby (Odense, August 31, 2017), in partnership with the Odense Film Festival and the Creative Europe desk in Denmark.
Who can apply, and what are the eligibility criteria?
May apply producers whose company is officially located in one of the countries associated to the 2018 edition: Austria, Belgium (French-speaking), Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands & Flanders, Poland, Portugal, Romania (to be confirmed), Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Only projects respecting the following eligibility criteria will be considered:
– The project is a short film (animation, fiction, creative documentary).
– The duration does not exceed 40 minutes.
– The project must have partial funding granted by an external source (third party organisation).
– The producer is open to international co-production (project suitable or intended for co-production)
– Shooting or production shall start no earlier than May 2018.
Any producer applying with a project formally commits to attend Euro Connection in person in Clermont-Ferrand in case of selection.
Sending the application
Producers must send their application by email to the national correspondent in their respective country no later than October 20, 2017. Applications shall be sent as 1 single pdf file containing the entry form below carefully filled out, with all other additional documents required. Incomplete applications or ineligible projects will not be considered. The correspondents are at the disposal of applicants for any query regarding application with a project.
MALTA Correspondant: Angelique Muller (email@example.com)
Invitation for producers
The producer of each selected project will be invited to Euro Connection (limited to one person per production company) to pitch their project. Invitation covers:
– A 160 € travel grant
– 4 hotel nights and meals (Arrival Sunday 4 Feb. – Departure Thursday 8 Feb. 2018)
– Full accreditation to the Short Film Market in Clermont-Ferrand.
The authors/directors of the projects will be welcome (in shared hotel room with producer) and will also be granted a free Market accreditation.
The producers of the remaining finalist projects, outside the final selection, will also be invited to attend Euro Connection (4 hotel nights + meals + accreditation, for 1 person per project) for networking with attending industry delegates.