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British producer Mike Downey, co-founder of London-based outfit Film and Music Ent. (F&Me), will be honored as Producer of the Decade at the 29th Fort Lauderdale Intl. Film Festival.
A cross-border producer, aiming at nurturing new talent, often focusing on social-issues film, Mike Downey has produced north of 40 titles since launched F&Me in 2000 alongside partner Sam Taylor.
F&Me’s production or co-production credits include internationally prize-winning pics such as Andrzej Jakimowski’s teacher drama “Imagine,” winner of the 2012 Audience Award at the Warsaw Festival, Srdjan Dragojevic’s comedy “Parade,” a Panorama Audience Award Film at Berlin in 2012, and Goran Rusinovic’s 2008 emmigrant drama “Buick Riviera,” awarded by the Sarajevo Film Festival.
Currently, F&Me has just concluded in Cape Town the production of Berlin-Golden Bear winner Mark Dornford-May’s Africa-set opera “Breathe-Umphefumio,” and has neared completing post-production on documentary “Streetkids United II — The Girls From Rio,” the sequel to the 2011 Berlinale entry. »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Exclusive: London-based company have brought the first four features of their ten film $30m slate to Cannes.
Mike Downey and Sam Taylor’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&Me) are in Cannes with the first four completed features of their 2014 slate.
The ten film $30m slate is led by Julien Temple’s Rio 50 Degrees, broadcasts today [May 18] on the BBC, and is sold in Cannes by Metro International Entertainment. Produced by Downey and Taylor, the film will broadcase on Arte after its German theatrical release in June.
Downey commented: “The F&Me team have been working on the picture up until Friday afternoon to fine tune it for the Sunday broadcast, and the workd is a testament to the brilliant editing of Caroline Richards.
“The film has great chances of an international theatrical and festival life prior to settling down into ancillaries prior to the Olympic games.”
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European Film Promotion (Efp) has selected 24 emerging young European producers for the 15th edition of its Producers on the Move networking initiative, which will be held during the upcoming Cannes Film Festival from May 17-19.
The 2014 selection includes the The Bureau Film Company’s Tristan Goligher, who is currently in production on Andrew Haigh’s new feature 45 Years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay and sold internationally by The Match Factory.
Also on the list is Hamberg-based Henning Kamm, who had two co-productions at this year’s Berlinale – Karim Ainouz’s Praia do Futuro and Kutlug Ataman’s The Lamb - and is now working on new films by Mohammad Rasoulof, Stéphane Robelin and Lili Horvath.
Georgian producer-director Tinatin Kajrishvili has also been selected. Kajrishvili’s feature debut Brides had its premiere »
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London — Feature documentary “Streetkids United II — The Girls From Rio,” the sequel to the 2011 Berlinale entry, has kicked off lensing in Brazil.
The second film — in what is to become a series — is being produced by the U.K.’s F&Me and the Netherlands’ JaJa Film Prods. to coincide with the second Street Child soccer World Cup, which is being organized in Rio by the Amos Trust prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
“The teams have all arrived in Rio for the opening ceremony, and our crew has been out filming with the Brazilian girls’ team prior to the arrival of the international crews,” explained F&Me’s Mike Downey.
The film will focus on the girls’ soccer tournament, and will follow the Brazilian girls’ team from the Penha favela as they go through the highs and lows of the tournament.
Nine teams of street girls from around the world, »
- Leo Barraclough
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