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Morgan Bushe is Ireland’s “Producer on the Move” at the Cannes Film Festival 2012

15th May 2012

The Other Side of Sleep producer Morgan Bushe from Fastnet Films has been announced as Ireland's European Film Promotion's (EFP) "Producer on the Move" at this month's Cannes International Film Festival. 

Morgan, who alongside Macdara Kelleher and Lance Daly owns Dublin based Fastnet Films, holds a Higher National Diploma in Media Production from Liberties College and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from UWCN. He is an EAVE graduate and a member of the European Film Academy and Screen Producers Ireland.

His notable productions include The Other Side of Sleep which was selected for Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the documentaries Colony which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and received the First Appearance Award at the esteemed IDFA and Anton Corbijn Inside Out which had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year and the short If I Should Fall Behind which screened in official selection at the BFI London Film Festival and received the Bronze Torc at the Celtic Film and Television Awards. 

In the past he has co-produced films with Holland, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden, the UK, Luxembourg, Belgium/Flanders, Hungary and Japan as well as overseeing productions shot in the United States, Central America and France.  Two very successful productions include Nothing Personal which received six awards at the Locarno Film Festival and was nominated for two European Film Awards and Silent Sonata (Circus Fantasticus) which won nine Slovenian Vesna Awards and was shortlisted for the European Film Awards and the Best Foreign Film Academy Award.

With national television broadcasters TG4 and Setanta Sports Ireland he has produced over ten hours of award winning documentaries including In Sunshine or in Shadow, An Treaty 1921, Bloody Canvas and Gualainn le Gualann.   He is currently working on the documentaries Icarus3D with the director Joel Conroy(Waveriders), TheDisappearance with Ciaran Cassidy (Collaboration Horizontale) and Born John Burke (Died Muhammad Omar) with Ross McDonnell (Colony). 

The aim of the EFP is to select enterprising producers from various European countries, to focus the spotlight on them, supporting their networking on a European level and attract the attention of the international film industry and press.  The programme, which is funded by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the EFP member organisations and sponsors, offers participants the benefit from networking and branding at the film festival to make new contacts.  



Over four days during the festival, Morgan and the other 24 selected producers will be put into the spotlight and brought together with the international film industry and press. They will be able to discuss ideas as well as the planning and financing of international projects, and explore the potential for possible co-productions.  As a result of these diverse meetings and the focus from the international festival publications in Cannes, the selected producers will develop many new ideas and gain many new contacts.

Other recent Irish "Producers on the Move" include Rebecca O'Flanagan, Treasure Entertainment (My Brothers), Katie Holly, Blinder Films (Sensation, One Hundred Mornings, Citadel) and Andrew Freedman, Venom (His & Hers, The Herd, Return to Roscoff).



MORE ABOUT "PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE"

This will be the 13th year for the "Producers on the Move" initiative.  25 dynamic and handpicked film producers from 25 European countries will be taking part in the European Film Promotion's networking platform at the Cannes International Film Festival between 19th - 22nd May. Georgia is represented with a producer for the first time.



Financially supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the initiative offers the participants an ideal opportunity via its numerous networking events to forge contacts with colleagues from other European countries as well as to meet representatives of film funds and learn more about the production conditions within Europe.

In addition, the participants profit from the PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE label which is now linked to the names of such internationally successful (co-)producers as Lauranne Bourrachot (France - A Prophet), Louise Vesth (Denmark - Melancholia) or Bettina Brokemper (Germany - Honey). From the past three editions more than 50% of the producers are working together on 31 concrete co-productions as a result of the initiative. 

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