ProPro 2019 – Public Events

The 3rd Edition of ProPro – The Producers’ Programme for Women starts soon with numerous public events – open to everybody! Mark your calendars and share with your friends!

Here you can find the public events in detail.

Attention: New location! WKW Wien (Straße der Wiener Wirtschaft 1, 1020 Wien)
Please register for the events via propro.filminstitut@gmail.com 

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SAVE THE DATE: ProPro 2019 GOES INTERNATIONAL

3rd June – 7th June 2019

WKW Vienna (Strasse der Wiener Wirtschaft 1, 1020 Vienna)

Mark your calendars for numerous public events within the ProPro Producers’ Programme for Women with high scale international female industry professionals.
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Previous guest were: Ewa Puszczyńska (Producer PL), Linda Beath (Filmfinancing Expert, IT/CAN), Lise Lense-Møller (Producer, DK), Bongiwe Selane (Producer, South Africa), Bettina Brokemper (Producer, GER), Kate Leys (Script Consultant, UK), Gabriela Bacher (Producer GER/US), Paula Vaccaro (Producer, UK/IT).

The detailed programme will be updated constantly and soon published here.

ProPro – The Producers‘ Programme for Women, an initiative by the Austrian Film Institute to Empower Women Film Producers will have it’s 3rd and goes international.
We are very happy to welcome 20 international participants from Austria, Norway, Switzerland, Slovenia, Luxembourg, South Tirol, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Mexico.
Together with international experts, the workshop will support women to further develop their film projects and/or company strategies, leadership skills and career planning.

ProPro is supported by the Vienna Economic Chamber, dep. film and music industry, FISA – Film Location Austria, RTR – Austrian Television Fund.
ProPro 2019 will be realised together with our international cooperation partners: FOCAL Switzerland, Norwegian Film Institute NFI:LAB, Slovenian Film Centre, Film Fund Luxembourg, SATEL Foundation, IDM Südtirol-Alto Adige, Film Center Serbia, IMCINE – Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía. 

ProPro was designed by Ursula Wolschlager (Witcraft Filmproduktion, FC Gloria, Diverse Stories) and Esther Krausz MA (Austrian Film Institute Creative Europe Desk – MEDIA, former EAVE workshop manager) with the support of FC Gloria Women’s Film Network (Mag.a Wilbirg Brainin-Donnenberg) and Austrian Film Institute, Gender Issues (Mag.a Iris Zappe- Heller). 

ProPro Producers‘ Programme for Women 2017 Résumé

From March 13th until March 21st the second edition of ProPro – The Producers’ Programme for Women – took place in Vienna, for the first time in cooperation with FOCAL and IDM.

Sixteen female producers from Austria, Switzerland and South Tyrol were focusing on topics such as career planning, success strategies, leadership skills and the development of their film projects or company strategies. Among the top-class ProPro mentors were: Kate Leys (script editor, UK), Gabriela Bacher (What a Man, DE/USA), Katrin Schlösser (Schlafkrankheit, DE), Ewa Puszczyńska (Ida, PL), Sylvia Stevens (Faction Films, UK) and film financing expert Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT/CAN). In the area leadership coaching Sonja Zant and Cornelia Jaksche supported us with their skills and knowledge.

In addition to the tailor-made programme for the participants, a framework programme with a wide range of public networking opportunities was offered.

Kate Leys held a penetrative and entertaining keynote with the title „Shining from the Screen: Storytelling in Film, Who it’s for and Why it Matters“ and also participated in a panel discussion analyzing the quintessence of stories together with South-African producer Bongiwe Selane (Happiness is a Four-Letter Word) and author/producer Andrea Willson (Anatomie, SMS für Dich).

A case study of the Polish producer Ewa Puszczyńska on her film Ida had to take place via skype and nevertheless was very well received because of the fascinating story how a Polish language, black-and-white film on a gloomy topic became a hit which won an Oscar for best foreign language film as well as a BAFTA and three European Film Prizes.

Another panel with IDM-boss Christiana Wertz, Valerie Fischer (Cobrafilm/FOCAL, CH), Rebekka Garrido (Connecting Cottbus), Iris Zappe-Heller (ÖFI – Austrian Film Institute, Eurimages) and film exploitation expert Salma Abdalla (Autlook Filmsales) focused on current topics in the fields of coproduction, networking and market opportunities in a European context.

The whole week through, film financing expert Linda Beath conveyed know-how on business management such as cash flow planning, human resources management and examples of successful companies in the European production landscape.

With her lecture on power-competence Christine Bauer-Jelinek made another fascinating and controversial contribution on successful communication.

But also in the area of TV ProPro offered excellent networking opportunities: Katharina Schenk, Klaus Lintschinger and Sharon Nuni, all of them head-of-department of ORF, were available for inputs and one-on-one meetings during an entire morning. At the end of the week a panel discussion on the possibilities to increase the proportion of women in TV took place, gathering ORF-TV-director Kathrin Zechner, Michael Lehmann, manager of Studio Hamburg, Alfred Grinschgl (managing director RTR and “Fernsehfonds Austria”) as well as director and producer Connie Walther (ProQuote Regie, DE) and Nina Kusturica (FC Gloria, AT) who presented their views and visions.

As a result of the great success we are happy to announce that another edition of ProPro will take place – probably in 2019.

We kindly invite interested parties to sign up for our newsletter at propro@filminstitut.at.

 

We thank our generous partners for support: Austrian Film Institute – Mag. Roland Teichmann, Gender Issues – Mag.a Iris Zappe-Heller |  Vienna Ecomomic Chamber – chairman Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, CEO Mag. Martin Kofler | FC Gloria Frauen Vernetzung Film – Mag.a Wilbirg Brainin-Donnenberg  | FISA – Film Location Austria – Mag. Wolfgang Schneider, Mag.a Juliane Buchroither, Mag.a Christiane Lienhart | FOCAL, CH – Pierre Agthe | IDM, Alto Adige – Christiana Wertz, Eva-Maria Raffeiner | drehbuchFORUM – Mag.a Wilbirg Brainin-Donnenberg | RTR Television Fund – Dr. Alfred Grinschgl | FrauenFilmTage – Gabriele Fimberger | CED MEDIA Austria – Esther Krausz MA, Martina Lattacher | FAMA Film and Music Austria – Dr. Werner Müller and Prof. Danny Krausz | Federal Chancellery/Division Arts and Culture II/3 – Dr.in Barbara Fränzen | Austrian Broadcasting Corporation – Mag.a Kathrin Zechner

 


Von 13.-21. März 2017 fand die zweite Runde von ProPro – Das Produzentinnen-Programm in Wien statt, erstmals in Kooperation mit FOCAL und IDM.

Sechzehn ausgewählte Produzentinnen aus Österreich, der Schweiz und Südtirol konnten sich – zusammen mit internationalen Expertinnen – mit Karriereplanung, Erfolgsstrategien, Leadership-Skills und der Weiterentwicklung ihrer Filmprojekte bzw. Firmenstrategien beschäftigen. Im Team der hochkarätigen ProPro Mentorinnen waren: Kate Leys (script editor, UK), Gabriela Bacher (What a Man, DE/USA), Katrin Schlösser (Schlafkrankheit, DE), Ewa Puszczyńska (Ida, PL), Sylvia Stevens (Faction Films, UK) und Filmfinanzierungsexpertin Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT/CAN). Im Bereich Leadership Coaching unterstützten uns heuer Sonja Zant und Cornelia Jaksche.

Neben dem maßgeschneiderten Programm für die Teilnehmerinnen wurde ein öffentliches Rahmenprogramm mit vielfältigen Vernetzungsangeboten geboten.

So hielt Kate Leys eine tiefgehende und amüsante Keynote unter dem Titel „Shining from the Screen: Storytelling in Film, Who it’s for and Why it Matters“ und nahm gemeinsam mit der Südafrikanischen Produzentin Bongiwe Selane (Happiness is a Four-Letter Word) und Autorin/Produzentin Andrea Willson (Anatomie, SMS für Dich) an einer Podiumsdiskussion teil, bei der die Diskutantinnen den Kern von Geschichten analysierten.

Eine Case Study der polnischen Produzentin Ewa Puszczyńska über ihren Film Ida musste per Skype stattfinden und fand dennoch äußerst regen Anklang, so spannend war die Geschichte, wie aus einem polnischsprachigen Schwarz-Weiß-Film zu einem düsteren Thema ein Hit werden konnte, der neben dem Auslands-Oscar auch noch einen BAFTA und drei Europäische Filmpreise einheimste.

Eine weitere Diskussion befasste sich mit aktuellen Fragen zu Koproduktion, Vernetzung und Marktchancen im europäischen Kontext und hatte IDM-Chefin Christiana Wertz, Valerie Fischer (Cobrafilm/FOCAL, CH), Rebekka Garrido (Connecting Cottbus), Mag.a Iris Zappe-Heller (ÖFI Filminstitut, Eurimages) und Verwertungsexpertin Mag.a Salma Abdalla (Autlook Filmsales) zu Gast.

Filmfinanzierungexpertin Linda Beath vermittelte während der gesamten Woche Know-How zur Firmenführung wie Cash Flow Planning, Personalmanagement und Beispiele erfolgreicher Firmenstrukturen in der europäischen Produktionslandschaft.

Mag.a Christine Bauer-Jelinek steuerte mit ihrem Vortrag zu Macht-Kompetenz noch weiteren spannenden und kontroversiellen Input zu erfolgreicher Kommunikation bei.

Exzellente Vernetzungsmöglichkeiten bot ProPro den Teilnehmerinnen auch in Bezug auf das Fernsehen: So standen die ORF-Ressortchefs: Mag.a Katharina Schenk, Dr. Klaus Lintschinger und Sharon Nuni den Teilnehmerinnen einen ganzen Vormittag für Inputs und Einzelmeetings zur Verfügung. Zum Abschluss der Woche gab es eine Podiumsdiskussion zu den Möglichkeiten, wie der Frauenanteil im Fernsehen zu verbessert werden könne, zu der ORF-Fernsehdirektorin Mag.a Kathrin Zechner, Studio-Hamburg-Leiter Michael Lehmann, Dr. Alfred Grinschgl (Geschäftsführer RTR und Fernsehfonds Austria), und sowie die Regisseurinnen und Produzentinnen Connie Walther (ProQuote Regie, DE) und Nina Kusturica (AT, FC Gloria, AT) ihre Sichtweisen und Visionen preisgaben.

Aufgrund des großen Erfolgs von ProPro freuen wir uns ankündigen zu können, dass es – voraussichtlich 2019 – eine weitere Ausgabe von ProPro geben wird.

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ProPro 2017 Programme

ProPro – The Producers‘ Programme for Women is going into its second round.
Complementing the tailored workshop programme, ProPro will once again include keynote presentations, discussions and testimonies from additional international industry insiders. Registration for the public programme is required: propro@filminstitut.at

 

Here’s a short overview:

→ Public Programme

• Keynote „Shining from the Screen: Storytelling in Film, Who it’s for and Why it Matters“ by Kate Leys. Monday, March 13th at 9:30
(in English)

Attention! Change:
Instead of Els Vandevorst, Bongiwe Selane will give a case study on her box office hit „Happiness is a Four Letter Word“ – Same Time, Same Place
Impulse by Els Vandevorst (Brimstone): „Producing on Instinct“, Monday, March 13th at 17:30
(in English)

Panel: „The Core of Stories: the Premise“, Monday, March 13th at 19:30
with Andrea Willson, Bongiwe Selane, Kate Leys and Els Vandevorst.
(in English)

Panel: „Koproduktion, Vernetzung und Marktchancen – mein Projekt im europäischen Kontext“, Wednesday, March 15th at 19:00 (Einlass 18:00)
Mit Christiana Wertz (IDM, IT), Valerie Fischer (Cobrafilm/FOCAL, CH), Rebekka Garrido (Connecting Cottbus), Iris Zappe-Heller (ÖFI, Eurimages), Salma Abdalla (Autlook Filmsales), Ewa Puscszyńska (Opusfilm, PL). Moderation: Esther Krausz MA
(in deutscher Sprache)

Lecture by Linda Beath: „Company Management Tools: Cash Flow Planning“, Thursday, March 16th, 17:30  (tbc)
(in English)

• Case Study by Ewa Puszczyńska: „Ida“, Thursday, March 16th, 20:00 (tbc)
Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski (Academy award for best foreign language picture)
(in English)

Panel: „Auf den Schirm! Wie kann der Frauenanteil im Fernsehen verbessert werden?“, Monday, March 20th at 18:30
Mit Mag.a Kathrin Zechner (Programmdirektorin ORF), Michael Lehmann (Geschäftsführer Studio Hamburg), Dr. Alfred Grinschgl (Geschäftsführer RTR und Fernsehfonds Austria), Connie Walther (Regisseurin, DE), Nina Kusturica (Regisseurin/ Produzentin, FC Gloria). Moderation: Ursula Wolschlager
(in deutscher Sprache)
ORT: Wirtschaftskammer Wien / Großer Saal. Stubenring 8-10, 1010 Wien.

All events, except for the panel on Monday 20th, take place at:
Gewerbehaus der Wirtschaftskammer Wien Rudolf-Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna (U4 Stadtpark). Große Dachterasse / roof terrace

The programme is still under construction and is being amended permanently.
You can find the detailed public program here.

 

WORKSHOP PROGRAMME

From March 13th until 21st 2017, 15 selected producers will be able to enjoy the support of high-level women mentors as they develop their film projects, careers and business strategies. Female producers were invited to submit their application under the heading of feature film or documentary project or strategic planning.

The programme for selected participants consist of two parts:

1. A Residential Workshop

Five days (March 13-17, 2017) for all participants, including lectures, group work, coaching sessions, individual meetings as well as networking events.

Two additional days (March 20 and 21, 2017) are designed for those producers without film projects who applied for Strategic Planning and further development of their company profile.


2. Individual Coaching

by a high-level international producer during the workshop and afterwards. The mentoring for film projects or strategic planning, started during the workshop, consists of two more sessions within six months.


The programme, which ran for the first time in November 2015, was now opened to participants from Switzerland and will be held in cooperation with FOCAL. We are planning further partnerships with European countries to enable more powerful synergies and encourage cross-border co-operations.
In 2017, the mentors are Ewa Puszczyńska (Ida), Sylvia Stevens (Faction Films), Gabriela Bacher (What a Man), Kate Leys (script editor, UK) and Katrin Schlösser (Producer, Lecturer).

Further strategic input is provided by financing expert Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, EAVE), and business coaches Sonja Zant, Cornelia Jaksche, as well as renowned bestselling author and power expert Christine Bauer-Jelinek.


The programme was designed by producer and adult educator Ursula Wolschlager (Die Vaterlosen, Programm Diverse Geschichten) and Esther Krausz (Austrian Film Institute/Creative Europe-Desk, former EAVE workshop manager) in cooperation with FC Gloria | Frauen | Vernetzung | Film (Wilbirg Brainin-Donnenberg) and ÖFI Genderanliegen (Iris Zappe-Heller); it is being held at the  Gewerbehaus of Vienna Economic Chamber thanks to the support of its Division for Film and Music Industry (Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Martin Kofler).

Our 2017 cooperation partners are FOCAL und IDM.

Research and coordination: Mag.a Ula Okrojek, Klara Pollak BA, Mag.a Julia Kalchhauser, Laura Wichmann und Mag.a Alexandra Valent (Witcraft).


Applications for the next workshop are closed, but you are very welcome to attend the open programme.