The forum for the exhibition and development of audiovisual projects, organised by the Menorca Film Commission, will be held from the 14th to the 16th of November in Maó.
Press release: A hundred professionals from the audiovisual sector will be taking part in…
The first edition of the Menorca Film Market kicks off next Monday 14th November with a programme that includes project presentations, round tables, masterclasses and contact sessions. Executives from television channels and platforms, executive producers, distributors and international sales managers will attend this event to get to know different audiovisual projects, some of them with direct links to Menorca. The aim is to bring together professionals from the audiovisual sector who have a fiction project for film or television, and who are looking for business alliances for co-production, sales or distribution.
Nearly a hundred people from different audiovisual sectors will participate in the Menorca Film Market, which will take place at the Aqua restaurant in Maó. The opening ceremony will be held on Monday the 14th of November at 8 pm, with the participation of the Mayor of Maó, Héctor Pons, the Councillor for European Funds, University and Culture of the GOIB, Miquel Company, and the President of the Consell Insular de Menorca, Susana Mora. This will be followed by a tasting of local produce so that attendees can begin to establish professional relationships.
The first working session, on Tuesday the 15th, will be devoted to the pitching of 15 audiovisual projects, including those developed during the Islas de Ficción programme, of which the Menorca Film Market is a part. Pitchings are small presentations of projects to potential investors interested in financing some of the works. To make them more agile and attractive, these presentations will be divided into six blocks of ten minutes: seven for the presentation of the project and the other three to ask questions to the authors.
In addition to the pitching sessions, a masterclass on auteur film production will be held on Tuesday by Oscar-winning French producer Marc Baschet. Baschet was first nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1995 for Milcho Manchevski’s Before the Rain. In 2002, he won the coveted statuette for Danis Tanovic’s No Man’s Land. Baschet’s talk will be followed by a round table discussion on the distribution of audiovisual products, moderated by Ana Vicente, from the British distribution company Dogwoof. Participants will include Adrià Miró, from the production company A Contracorriente Films, and Natacha Kaganski, head of purchasing for the French distributor Wild Bunch. The day will end with a round of contacts and meetings between project representatives and producers.
On the second and final day, Wednesday 16, the remaining nine projects will be pitched. In total, 24 projects will be presented during the event: the 10 developed by the screenwriters selected to participate in the Islas de Ficción programme, plus another 14 selected by the Menorca Film Commission, three of which are directly related to Menorca. These are the feature film Vallsec and the series 10-34, by the production company Empàtics Films; and El pare de tots nosaltres, by David Desola, with a proposal for filming and locations on the island. The Menorca Film Market will also feature four more projects from the Balearic Islands: the films Deu, by Ibizan filmmaker Helher Escribano; and Fantasmata, by Mallorcan production company Cinética; and the series Norats, by CEF Produccions (Mallorca) and La maleta, by director Ferran Bex (Mallorca).
In the afternoon, the Menorca Film Market will host a panel on financing audiovisual projects, moderated by Kiko Domínguez, president of APAIB (Association of Audiovisual Producers of the Balearic Islands), in which the lawyer specialising in audiovisual financing, Ignacio Segarra, and Manuel Tera, director of fiction at the production company and content creator Fremantle, will speak. A second round table will reflect on new formats for new audiences, with the participation of the director of IB3 TV, Joan Carles Martorell, and José Alberto Fernández, director of digital media at RTVE and PlayZ. A new contact session between creators and producers will close this first edition of the Menorca Film Market.