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European Co-Production – Legal and Financial Aspects (Online)

Tutors: Leontine Petit, Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen, Tobias Pausinger, Irina Ignatiew, Bernie Stampfer, Wolfgang Brehm, Christophe Vidal, Maria Tanjala

Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Duration: 3 days

Venue: Online

Cost: €0

Course Profile:

We are delighted to partner with the Erich Pommer Institut to offer 10 places to Irish producers to attend this state-of-the-art online workshop.

The workshop aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the financial and legal framework of European co-production today. Co-productions juggle a variety of complex issues and currently co-producers face a new set of challenges with the pandemic. How will production stops and closed theatres affect funding regulations? How will distribution chains change considering the growing importance of streaming platforms? What new criteria should your decisions be based on to ensure the sustainable development of your business?

The Workshop will tackle these complex questions and offer exclusive insights into the making of several recent European co-productions. Hands-on tips will help participants successfully handle the changing complexities of European feature film and TV drama series co-productions. Participants will benefit from the experience of acclaimed European producers and leading experts in media financing, production, sales and distribution. Various virtual networking opportunities and collaboration in virtual working groups will allow participants to connect with European colleagues.


Areas will include:

  • Updated industry overview, including the latest developments
  • Case studies of recent European co-productions:
    • Feature Film TBA – Leontine Petit, Producer of Berlin Alexanderplatz, Monos, The Lobster/ CEO, Lemming Film, The Netherlands
    • TV Drama Series – RIDE UPON THE STORM by Meta Foldager Sørensen, Exec Producer of A Royal Affair & Melancholia/ SAM Productions, Denmark.
  • Financial landscape in Europe and beyond
  • Funding strategies: public & private financing sources, banks & bonds
  • Revenue sharing & waterfall scenarios
  • Legal framework: bilateral treaties and European convention on cinematographic co-production
  • Step-by-step analysis of a typical co-production agreement
  • Hands-on tools & group exercise in devising a financing strategy
  • The current world of sales & distribution
  • New industry players and business models
  • Managing and sustaining businesses in times of uncertainty


Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th October, 9 am CET – 6 pm CET

Participant Profile:

Aimed at experienced Producers and Business & Legal Affairs/Finance Execs who have industry track record, have completed a feature film or TV drama/series, and have a feature or TV drama/series in active development.

Screen Skills Ireland courses are open to all regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online at with a current CV by 5pm on Monday 12th October.

Please note: please include in your CV, a professional bio & company profile (1200 characters max each) for inclusion in the workshop booklet, if selected. For further information, please email

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