Compétition internationale
46th edition
NOVEMBER 15>23, 2024, Nantes - France

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Nantes 2015 | 15th Edition

2015 Nantes Produire au Sud
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Always eager to further the discovery of films across the 3 Continents and identify young international talents, the Produire au Sud Workshop is pursuing its mission as vanguard and supporter of a young international cinema. As a fruitful 2015 comes to a close, the workshop is offering an even broader spectrum of viewpoints on the film industry worldwide.

The latest development for the Nantes workshop has been to pinpoint Taiwan as a new terrain of exploration. It was only natural for Produire au Sud to return to a country that the 3 Continents Festival had helped to bring to light through the masterpieces of Edward Yang, Hou Hsia-hsien and Tsaï Ming-liang. The nascent but already promising partnership with the Taipei Film Festival has brought a selection for the first Taipei workshop that reflects a broad panel of local dynamics. The fact that some projects have called on a collaboration with neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, the Philippines or South Korea concurs with what the Workshop has observed regarding the dynamics of regional coproduction to be encouraged. An exciting workshop, a partnership to be followed.

Although the three past years have seen a strong take-off of Produire au Sud workshops abroad, this should not overshadow the ever-growing appeal of the Nantes edition. This 2015 episode marks the 15th anniversary of Produire au Sud. Since 2000, the workshop has hosted 109 feature-length projects, 55 of which have been completed and diffused by the international industry; this success in numbers, heightened by the ever larger number of candidates (210 in 2015 alone), undoubtedly stems from the combined effects of the continuing loyalty of the European trainers who are industry professionals, a constantly honed expertise on the disparities and stakes of international coproduction, and the workshop’s evolving content, which is underpinned by on-the-ground experience. Over its fifteen years, the workshop has tried out several formats that have now crystallised into a single offering worldwide: six projects are selected for each workshop, where exchange and personalised responses are encouraged, with individual follow-up for the producers and a seven-day programme with a strong focus on public pitching.

Thepitching session, or the art of convincing potential financiers, will be held in public at the Cinématographe, Friday 27 November from 11am to 1pm.

In this anniversary edition, curious festival-goers will have the chance to discover twelve new talents of tomorrow, from South Africa, Chile, Costa Rica, Georgia, India and Iran.

Guillaume Mainguet
Head of Produire au Sud


– Workshop: November 23-29, 2015

selected Projects

SOUTH AFRICA | Inkabi – The Hit Man

directed by Norman Maake
produced by Peter Pohorsky

CHILE | 1976

directed by Manuela Martelli
produced by Dominga Sotomayor

COSTA RICA | El Hombre de la Mancha 

directed by Neto Villalobos
produced by Karina Avellan

GEORGIA | Venice

directed by Rusudan Chkonia
produced by Vladimer Katcharava

INDIA | Nuclear Hearts

directed by Bornila Chatterjee
produced by Tanaji Dasgupta

IRAN | Forgiveness

directed by Sadaf Foroughi
produced by Ali Mosaffa


– Claire Lajoumard, Acrobates Films, producer – France
– Raimond Goebel, Pandora Films, producer – Allemagne
– Delphyne Besse, UDI, international sales agent – France
– Clément Duboin, Good Fortune Films,  producer – France
– Thomas Pibarot, Le Pacte, sales agent/distributor – France
– Stefano Tealdi, Stefilm, pitch expert – Italy
– Gualberto Ferrari, script consultant – Argentina
– Sari Turgeman, ScriptLight, script consultant – France & Israel
– Michi Noro, EP2C, postproduction supervisor – Belgium
– Christophe Pascal, lawyer – France
– Nathalie Streiff, coordinator of the World Cinema Support – France
Di Phan Dang, director of Mekong Stories – Vietnam


Since 2013, the Produire au Sud workshop takes place in the IAS. The Institute for Advanced Study provides an inspirational setting for intellectual innovation. The Institute’s mission to bring together internationally renowned scholars, writers and innovators from many different countries, working in many different disciplines. The scholars, temporarily freed from their normal professional obligations, have the opportunity to pursue their studies in a spectacular building overlooking the Loire River. They have the opportunity to work on their projects either individually or collectively.

The main objective of the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study is to create a new type of relationship between Western scholars and those from the rest of the world. By encouraging the latter to put forward their viewpoints we hope to achieve a true diversity of approaches to current problems posed by globalization.


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