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PGA Announces Winners of International Film Co-Production Showcase (CoProShow)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010  
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Winning Film Projects Include "66 Degrees North,” "The Adventure of Kokochin,” "The Fourth Knot,” "Somebody Else,” and "Under the Black Flag”. Producers, Hailing Globally from Australia, Canada, China, Iceland and Ireland to Attend Second Annual Produced By Conference...

Los Angeles, CA (May 11 2010) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the five winning film projects of the inaugural International Co-Production Showcase (CoProShow) competition, which is taking place in connection with the second annual Produced By Conference (PBC) on June 4-6, 2010 at Twentieth Century Fox Studios. Reaching across film, television and new media industries, PBC is a rare educational forum involving acclaimed producers, including countless Academy Award®-winning filmmakers and Emmy® winners, as well as the next generation of creative entrepreneurs.

The goal of the CoProShow, which was developed by the PGA’s International Committee, is to provide international film producers with a unique opportunity to engage in an open dialogue with their U.S. counterparts. Open to international film producers (non-US residents) with a screenplay synopsis for a feature-length project currently under development, the CoProShow represents the first co-production showcase competition to be held in Hollywood. Of the numerous submissions, five winning film projects were hand selected by a panel of acclaimed U.S. producers. Producers of selected projects were invited to travel to Los Angeles to attend the 2010 PBC weekend event.

"We reached out to film commissions all over the world and received entries from Cape Town to Nova Scotia, Mexico to the Czech Republic and Japan,” said Stu Levy, Chair of the PGA’s International Committee. "The winning producers will now have an opportunity to network with American producers in order to co-develop their projects and find the funding necessary.”

The distinguished winners of the inaugural CoProShow are:
  • "66 Degrees North” (Iceland) – Producers: Edwina Forkin and Richard Scobie
    The story of an afflicted sea captain with a grim secret who is offered a second chance at life.
  • "The Adventure of Kokochin” (China) – Producers: Tim Baker and Jing Jin
    The true story of Princess Kokochin, daughter of Chinese emperor Kublai Khan, who travels to Persia with Marco Polo, is sold into a slave house, and then escapes back to China along the Silk Road.
  • "The Fourth Knot” (Victoria, Australia) – Producer: Matt Hearn
    A supernatural thriller about the most forbidden love.
  • "Somebody Else” (Canada) - Producers: Andrew Boutilier and Eric Finkel
    A smart crime thriller in the vein of films such as "Blood Simple” and "Shallow Grave.”
  • "Under the Black Flag” (New South Wales, Australia) – Producer: Nicholas Cole
    The true story of two 18th century women pirates whose cleavage was just as deadly as their swords.
Film Nova Scotia is a co-sponsor of the event.

Film, television and new media producers, as well as entertainment industry members should register online today at www.producedbyconference.com to take advantage of extraordinary panel sessions, unique mentoring roundtables, special workshops and exhibits, new tech demos, and most of all, incomparable networking opportunities. Early registrants have priority access to individual sessions.

PBC is an annual event sponsored, produced and managed by the PGA. This year’s event chairs are Gale Anne Hurd and Rachel Klein. All profits from PBC are reinvested into industry member services, including education, industry promotion, production standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

About the Producers Guild of America
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The PGA represents over 4,000 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members health benefits, enforcing workplace labor laws, maintaining fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts. The PGA hosts important industry events including the annual Producers Guild Awards and the Produced By Conference. For more information, visit www.producersguild.org.