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Call for application - Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris 2017

La Fémis and the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg have created in 2001 Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris, a continuous training programme dedicated to European production and distribution, with the support of the French and German states, the MEDIA sub-programme scheme of Creative Europe, and OFAJ (the French-German Youth Office). A session in London was launched in 2007 in partnership with the National Film and Television School, and with the support of the French Institute.

Overview of the program

This full time continuous training programme takes place over one year from the beginning of October to the end of August. Its objective is to offer a new generation of future producers and distributors a realistic and concrete view of current strategies in screenwriting, financing, producing, distributing, marketing and selling films in Europe, and more specifically in France, Germany and the UK.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to work with the different financing and production systems, communicate in another language and understand the culture and mentality of another country. The objective of the course is also to teach participants the development of a common project and a network of future European partners.

Christine Ghazarian runs the programme in France.

The training is based on three main activities:
- Professional meetings, seminars and workshops aim to encourage dialogue between the participants and the professionals from the European film industry on specific topics and build their contacts for their future projects.
Case studies of recent films allow to work on the concrete aspects of a given topic: the work of a producer, the screenplay and screenwriting, the financing partners of a producer, the European film contracts, co-productions in Europe, distribution and marketing, international sales, and TV networks and their subsidiaries.
- Practical exercises are designed to explore the situation in different European countries based on case studies related to the entire filmmaking process, from screenwriting to distribution, and include regular meetings with the directors, producers and distributors of the feature films studied over the year.
- The study entitled “A film and its national and international distribution” consolidates this direction. Each group of students pick a recent feature film and carry out an inquiry based on interviews conducted with the producer, distributor and sales agent of the chosen film. Working in conjunction with the school’s students of the distribution and exhibition departments, the aim is to investigate the relationship the producer establishes with the distributor of his or her film, at the national and international level. In June, the groups are required to submit a written presentation of their work and present the result of their respective studies to a jury composed of producers and distributors, with the heads of the Atelier and the two departments of the school.

Admission criteria

To be admitted into Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris, candidates must:
- Be a national of a member state of the wider European Union or a candidate country of the MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe,
- Hold a postgraduate degree (minimum three years of higher education),
- Have professional experience in film and media and be strongly motivated to work in this sector,
- Be no older than 30,
- Have excellent knowledge of French OR German AND English.

Application deadline : May 31, 2017

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