What is Euro Connection?
Each year 13 short film projects are selected across Europe to participate in Euro Connection. The producers of the selected projects are invited to present their projects to an audience of potential co-producers. The invitation includes a travel grant, hotel accommodation, meals and a free accreditation to the Short Film Market in Clermont-Ferrand.
The selected projects are described in the Book of Projects and Producers, with a profile of their authors and producers. Its online 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 4 February 2019).
– Pitching sessions (Tuesday 5 February).
– Facilitated networking for producers and participants.
– One-on-one business meetings (Wednesday 6 February).
150 industry delegates take part in Euro Connection each year.
So far, 80 films were completed, including 39 European co-productions as a direct result from the first nine 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, 2018.
(Entry form available on request: [email protected]).
In each country the national correspondent sets up an expert committee who will review the applications and nominate 1 finalist project1. 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 13 selected projects from all the finalist projects. The jury will include 3 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 2018 .
Who can apply, and what are the eligibility criteria?
Producers whose company is officially located in one of the countries associated to the 2019 edition may apply. These countries are: Austria, Belgium (French-speaking), Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands & Flanders, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, 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 2019.
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, 2018. 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.
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 3 Feb. – Departure Thursday 7 Feb. 2019)
– 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.
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 5 and Wednesday 6 February 2019 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 last years’ Maltese participants have to say about their experience.
Last year’s edition of Euro Connection saw writer/director Stephanie Sant and director/producer Charlie Cauchi travel to Clermont-Ferrand with the film ‘Perpetual Childhood’. They were the first Maltese to be selected and attend one of the most prestigious short film festivals in Europe and here’s what they had to say about their experience.
How did your Euro Connection experience start and with what background were you coming into it?
S: Firstly, as a general and practical word of advice I would like to highlight the fact that the writer/director has to have a producer attached to apply to attend Euro Connection, as it’s focused on seeking a coproduction overseas. I had already some experience in pitching projects; I had attended European short pitch in 2017 which is organised by Nisi Masa, which I also strongly suggest. It’s more of a nurturing environment because you don’t have to apply with a producer attached and they guide you towards developing your story to have a stronger pitch to then get a producer or a co-producer. So after this experience, Clermont Ferrand had a more professional air and was on a bigger scale. It is the largest short film festival in the world I believe so the network of producers that are invited is a strong one albeit mostly based in France.
What was your Festival experience and what did you take away from it?
S: The organisation, the arrangements and the facilities are more than one could have imagined. Each accredited member had pigeon holes and an assigned number, so Charlie and I had the chance to leave messages to other production companies, inviting them to attend the euro connection pitch. So Charlie and I had made our research beforehand to find the right company to contact and not just write to everyone. We had a small workshop the day before, with Win Wanacker from Nisi Masa, so I had met him previously at European short pitch. His workshop was very helpful and it gave us the chance to see the other participants and projects, to see what kind of projects were selected besides ours.
C: We were there for a few days in February but we actually didn’t get to see any films at the Festival. It was intense; we had 2 days of workshops, the pitch, then back to back meetings with potential producers, distributors and production houses. We were actually the first people to pitch from Malta and get interest from a French production house. One of the things we picked up on was that every producer we met told us to make the film in Maltese as it’s a niche. Until then, we weren’t told that here so it was really helpful. The festival experience also taught us was that short films are revered in this place. We were pitching for under 10k but there were people there pitching for 90,000 for a short! There are some shorts even going for 200,000 and no one batted an eye-lid! It was really refreshing to see how well-respected short films are, not treated as a hobby or something small a filmmaker makes to get onto a bigger project.
How would you recommend this experience to other local filmmakers?
S: I would recommend the experience not only because it is so positive but because it is absolutely necessary for any filmmaker in Malta to branch out into the European network if they want to take their filmmaking career seriously because you learn about distribution and how it works. Abroad short films have an afterlife. Here you get a grant and you make a film and then it’s over save showing it at a few festivals. There isn’t a strong distribution network. Through Euro Connection and hopefully through getting a co-production, you learn that your film can continue and that you can even have a little revenue.
C: I’d like to see more Maltese filmmakers experience these things on such a professional level, but also to talk about our experiences together because we really need to mobilise more and more as a community.
Interview by Sarah Chircop.