During Berlin international film festival, Film i Skåne launch a new talent development initiative: Producing People. Four emerging producers from Southern Sweden will be mentored and supported for one year to springboard to the next level. Four female producers have been selected to participate: Ann Lundberg, Caroline Drab, Catherine Champagne and Sofie Palage. They all bring different experiences into the group as they are themselves planning and booking experts they need for the program. Film i Skåne adds financial support and mentoring, adapting this new co-creative model of training to be totally responsive to the needs of the participating producers.
”We wish to enable a new generation of producers from Southern Sweden to elevate their skills and be ready to work in an international and highly competitive market, bringing new and relevant film projects into production. The initiative will also help speeding up the career process as industry reports show it differs between the genders. ” Lisa Nyed, Commissioning Editor Documentary Film, Film i Skåne
Three of the producers are participating at a Co-production meeting – Autobahn to co-production - gathering producers from Southern Sweden, Copenhagen and Berlin regions during the Berlinale. The meeting is a project within Southern Sweden Creatives, co-financed by the European Union Regional Development Fund and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.
Ann Lundberg joined the Anagram Sweden team in fall 2016 as a junior producer, teaming up with Malin Söderlund to produce the short musical Svararå, by director Isabelle Kågström. Ann has been working with fiction and documentary film since 2008 when she started as a script supervisor. Since then she has worked on a number of films as a script supervisor, assistant director, and production coordinator. In 2012 she started as a junior producer at Auto Images and began working with documentaries such as Every Face has a Name and Becoming Zlatan. For Auto Images she is producing the animation Big Galaxies Eat Stars, by director Anna Hellsten.
Caroline Drab is a producer from Malmö Sweden, who works with both fiction and documentary projects. Most notably, Caroline’s latest short films competed at Toronto International Film Festival and Mr. Sugar Daddy in 2016 and Beneath the Spaceship in 2015. Drab started her career as an assistant at the talent agency WME in Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelors degree in TV-production from University of Florida, USA, and a Masters degree in Film Producing from Lund University, Sweden.
Born and raised in Canada, Catherine Champagne is the owner of Malmö-based production company POP! Media. She holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from HEC Montreal and moved to Sweden to study Film and Media Producing at Lunds University. Catherine has worked on TV and film projects as producer, production accountant, and budget consultant as well as coordinator with different festivals and events in Skåne. Her last short film, Mr Sugar Daddy, competed at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Sofie Palage has been a freelancer in production management for film and television drama since 2008 and she has over 30 productions on her resume. Since 2011, she owns and runs the production company Primodrom which is based in Malmö Sweden. Sofie is producer of the feature films Garden Lane (Olof Spaak, 2017) and Motive (Petra Revenue, 2014). Prior to her career with films Sofie produced theater. Sofie has taken Film Studies at the University in Lund and is a graduate film producer from the Producer Education at Forum Ystad. Sofie is since 2013 a board member of The producers’ association in southern Sweden.