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. Here’s a short overview:


Keynote by Kate LeysMonday, March 13th at 9:30
Panel: „The Core of Stories: the Premise“, with Andrea Willson, Bongiwe Selane, Kate Leys, and others. Monday, March 13th at 19:30
Panel: „Coproduction Networking Hotspots“. Wednesday, March 15th at 17:00  (tbc)
Panel: „The Challenges and Chances of Sales and Distribution Today“. Thursday, March 16th, 17:30  (tbc)
Panel: „Auf den Schirm! Wie kann der Frauenanteil im Fernsehen verbessert werden?“, Monday, March 20th at 18:30 – Ort wird noch bekannt gegeben!
Mit Kathrin Zechner (Programmdirektorin ORF), Michael Lehmann (Geschäftsführer Studio Hamburg), Alfred Grinschgl (Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs-GmbH/RTR), Esther Gronenborn (Regisseurin, DE) u.a.  (in deutscher Sprache)

All events, except for the panel on Monday 20th, take place in: Gewerbehaus der Wirtschaftskammer Wien Rudolf-Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna (U4 Stadtpark)

You can find the complete public program also here.


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 particicpants 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), Lise Lense-Møller (Burma VJ), Gabriela Bacher (What a Man), Andrea Willson (Anatomie, SMS für Dich), Kate Leys (script editor, UK).

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.

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