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Nantes 2020 | 20th Edition

2020 Nantes Produire au Sud
2020 Nantes Produire au Sud
TEKBETEK (Azerbaijan)
TEKBETEK (Azerbaijan)
WEEDESTINE (Palestine)
WEEDESTINE (Palestine)

  • CNC (Centre National du Cinéma)
  • Institut d'Etudes Avancées (IEA)
  • Institut Français Afrique du Sud (IFAS)
  • Ambassade de France en Ethiopie
  • DIFF/Durban FilmMart
  • Cinéma le Cinématographe
  • Cinéma le Concorde (Nantes)


This year 2020 marks the 20 anniversary of the Produire au Sud workshop. For reasons inherent to the now worldwide health crisis and the disruptions it is causing, the organisers of the Festival des 3 Continents have decided to postpone the intended celebrations until next year. Nevertheless, we are launching an “anniversary year” this November 2020, which will be fully celebrated in 2021 at the 43rd Festival des 3 Continents.

However, this anniversary year still offers us an opportunity to recall the key mission that Produire au Sud set itself back in 2000: establish a common language between young producers from across the world and European producers to encourage international coproduction and the production of international auteur films. Over the years, Produire au Sud has successfully created a unique space for encounters, knowledge-sharing and rigorous professional training. The place that the Nantes workshop holds on the global chessboard of film industry platforms is exceptional: free from competitive pressures, Produire au Sud is a go-between, a permanent link, a companion and advisor for a broad-based community of young producers and directors. Passing through the Produire au Sud workshops often constitutes a landmark along the training pathway of young professionals.

In fact, Produire au Sud is a reminder of the need for adapted professional training in a bustling world that is fast-changing, competitive and sometimes increasingly complex to understand, not to mention the period we are currently living through. The workshop offers a key advantage for understanding how international coproduction has not only been evolving over time but also upturned the binary North-South vision, as reflected in some countries by the changes to the structures supporting local filmmaking. The challenges of such training mean acquiring the knowledge, tools and contacts that enable young directors and producers to think about their own development strategy and ways of producing and distributing their films. In short, the possibility of acquiring skills that open up choices (choice of partners, financing strategy, festivals) and ensure a personal and professional freedom.

The training given at Nantes is based on forward-looking expertise and a strong political thrust that is embedded in the DNA of the 3 Continents, a pioneer opening the way for new talents and constantly questioning cinema’s international representations and filmmaking processes. The workshop’s longevity is a sign of its relevance and momentum. Its international development stems from its dynamic adaptation to a fast-changing world, where the number of young professionals inspired by the experience of production is growing exponentially within a now global film industry.

The age 20 – an age that opens up possibilities and heralds a promising future – is an anniversary that Produire au Sud is eager to celebrate so as to reaffirm its fundamentals and look ahead to its missions over the next 20 years. The rendez-vous is set for November 2021.

This year, six film projects have been selected for the Nantes workshop from countries that are rarely represented:  Azerbaijan, Zimbabwe and Uganda, as well as Brazil, Thailand and the Palestinian Territories on account of some promising cinematographic gestures.

This year, the 20th edition of Produire au Sud in Nantes will take place online given the health restrictions due to the Covid-19 crisis. The professional exchanges between participants and speakers will be by video-conferencing. The traditional pitching session at the Produire au Sud workshop, open to the public, will be held on Thursday 26 November at 2pm, and will be watched by a vast international network of film professionals.

Guillaume Mainguet
Head of Produire au Sud


– Workshop: November 21-27, 2020

Applications are closed.

Selected Projects

Download the 6 projects sheets


directed by Ismail Safarali
produced by Naila Safarali

BRAZIL | Blood Of My Blood

directed by Rafaela Camelo
produced by Daniela Marinho


directed by Said Zagha
produced by Mais Salman

THAILAND | 9 Temples To Heaven 

directed by Sompot Chidgasornpongse
produced by Kissada Kamyoung

UGANDA & SOUTH AFRICA | Between Worlds

directed by Adong Judith
produced by Kethiwe Ngcobo

ZIMBABWE | We All Fall Down

directed by Tapiwa Chipfupa
produced by Ben Mahaka


Claire Lajoumard, Acrobates Films, producer – France
Denis Vaslin, Volya Films, producer – France & The Netherlands
– Arnaud Dommerc, Andolfi production, producer – France
– Virginie Devesa, Alpha Violet, sale agent – France
– Gualberto Ferrari, script consultant – France & Argentina
– Joëlle Touma, script consultant – France & Lebanon
– Stefano Tealdi, Stefilms, pitching expert – Italy
– Boris Chapelle, sound engineer – France
– Pierre Huot, postproduction manager – France
– Thomas Pibarot, Le Pacte, sales agent – France
– Magalie Armand, CNC, executive manager Cinémas du Monde department – France
– Nathalie Streiff, Institut Français, Head of Aides aux Cinémas du Monde – France
– Gabrielle Béroff-Gallard, Institut Français, Head of La Fabrique – France

Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)

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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