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Bankruptcy and Resurrection: How Producers Fail Better

Tue 12 | 14:00 - 15:30 | HAU3 - Top Floor

Supported by Creative Europe - MEDIA and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, Cédomir Kolar, Chelsea Winstanley
moderated by Daniel Saltzwedel

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. This session invites some of the best in the field of film production to be bluntly honest about the tricky side of their business: mistakes and catastrophes. Guests will talk about their company profiles and provide insiders’ views on the experience of seeing a business or a project fail. But that’s only half of the story. Indeed, committed producers put teams back on their feet and lay vital safety nets to ensure worst case scenarios remain just that. We are delighted to welcome back Talents alumna Chelsea from New Zealand, as well as seasoned and daring producer veterans Roshi from Germany and Cédomir from France. If honesty and perseverance are virtues in the film industry, expect the guests to abide by those principles as your questions drive the second half of the session.

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Roshanak Behesht Nedjad

Roshanak Behesht Nedjad has worked as a producer since 1999. Her focus is on smart entertainment – be it films or games. Her latest production, FLATLAND by Jenna Bass, is screening in the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2019. She is a member of the German Film Academy and the European Film Academy and is part of the pedagogical team of European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE).
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Cédomir Kolar

Cedomir Kolar is a Croatian producer based in Paris. He has worked for Noé Productions since 1991. His credits include Milcho Manchevski’s BEFORE THE RAIN (1994), which was nominated for an Academy Award, and Danis Tanovic’s Oscar-winning NO MAN’S LAND (2001). In 2003, he founded the production company A.S.A.P. Films with Danis Tanovic and fellow producer Marc Baschet. Recent company credits include Ritesh Batra’s THE LUNCHBOX (2013) and Samual Maoz’ FOXTROT (2017).
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Chelsea Winstanley

An award-winning film producer and director, Chelsea Winstanley has just completed her first project in the US as a director on the film LITTLE KING. In 2018, she produced the documentary MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN, which premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival and is showing at Berlinale NATIVe in 2019. She produced the hit vampire mockumentary WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, among other successful narrative and documentary films.
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Daniel Saltzwedel

Daniel Saltzwedel is a funding advisor for Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg where he covers series, drama and documentary. He has been a consultant on international documentary productions for Dox Consulting, developed content for Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion, and worked as a producer and manager at Zero Film. He teaches financing and dramaturgy at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and enjoys moderating public events. He studied Business, Cultural Studies and Philosophy in Germany and Wales.