Producer: SHARON GAN, Everything Films
Sharon graduated with a Film & Animation degree from Multimedia University in 2001. Her film career started off in distribution where she was the Marketing Executive at Buena Vista Columbia Tristar Films (M) Sdn. Bhd. She was an integral member of the team responsible for gaining the largest film market share of the Malaysian market in 2003.
Having already been exposed to the commercial side of film, she pursued a master degree in European cultural policy & management in University of Warwick, UK and focused her research on film policies, funding and independent cinemas. She has held several internships and voluntary positions with film organisations and festivals including Screen WM, Independent Cinema Office, Sheffield Documentary Film Festival and Film Education and was the festival co-ordinator at the 23rd Singapore International Film Festival.
Since returning to Malaysia, she is actively involved in marketing independent films in Malaysia and was the publicist for Bunohan, the film which was Malaysia’s submission to the 2013 Oscar. In 2010 she joined Everything Films, an independent company based in Malaysia as a producer and has completed her first feature – Men Who Save The World (former working title: In What City Does It Live), a film that has received worldwide funding support including Ministry of Communication and Multimedia Malaysia, Torino Film Lab (Italy), Hubert Bals Fund, Netherlands Film Fund, Prince Claus (The Netherlands), World Cinema Fund (Germany), Visions Sud Est (Switzerland). Fondation Groupama Gan pour le Cinéma (France) and Sundance Institute (USA).
Everything Films (Malaysia)
Everything Films is an independent production company based in Malaysia that was founded in 2010 by award-winning director Liew Seng Tat. Liew was a founding member of Da Huang Pictures, a Malaysian film production company which has produced many award winning films that have toured international film festivals. He is actively involved in the Malaysian independent film industry, working as a director and producer.
Everything Films aspires to produce films that are not only inspiring but also create a unique voice for Malaysian cinema. Everything Films latest production is Liew Seng Tat’s second feature film, ‘Men Who Save The World’ which has thus far been screened at many international film festivals around the world; Locarno, Toronto, Nara, Busan and Vancouver.
Co-Producer: DENIS VASLIN, Volya Films
Denis Vaslin graduated from the department of Slavic Culture & Languages of the Institute of Oriental Languages in Paris in 1994. After five years of working as a distributor and then for a production company in France, he moved to The Netherlands. From 1999 until 2004, he worked as a production coördinator/manager and as a line producer.
Denis started Volya Films in 2004 to produce and co-produce author fiction films and creative documentaries. The company develops projects with young directors and more experienced filmmakers mainly in the frame of international co-productions. Denis is a graduate of the Binger Lab in 2004, EAVE 2006 and EURODOC 2007.
Volya Films (The Netherlands)
VOLYA FILMS – established in 2004 – is a Rotterdam based company producing author fiction films and creative documentaries, mainly as international co-productions.
Our recent films include Men Who Save The World by Liew Seng Tat (Cineasti del Presente – Locarno International Film Festival 2014), 40 Days Of Silence directed by Saodat Ismailova (Berlinale Forum 2014); Solo by Guillermo Rocamora (Best First Film Award at the Miami International Film Festival); The World Belongs To Us directed by Stephan Streker (Montréal World Film Festival) and The Hum Of Holland by Stella van Voorst van Beest (Competition Feature Length Documentaries Netherlands Film Festival 2012), Snackbar, first fiction film by documentary filmmaker Meral Uslu (Berlinale Generation Plus 2012).
Currently, we are developing projects with a.o. Jeroen S. Rozendaal, Tim Leijendekker, Marjoleine Boonstra, André van der Hout, Marco De Stefanis and Jan Willem van Dam. We are in post-production with Kurai, Kurai – Tales on the Wind, the first feature film by documentary director Marjoleine Boonstra, and ‘The Dream Of Shahrazad’ by director Francois Verster.
In production are Niks Mektoub!, a documentary by Gülsah Dogan, The Market by Marleine van der Werf, and ‘Greed’ by Ingeborg Jansen.
Recently added to the list of developing fictions is Aliyushka, by Kazhak director Adilkhan Yerzhanov, which has been selected for L’Atelier at Cannes Film Festival 2014.
Volya Films is a member of the EAVE, Eurodoc, Binger and EDN networks. Denis Vaslin is a member of the European Film Academy and the Documentary Producers Netherlands. In 2011, he created Mandra Films with Eric Mabillon in France. He is also member of the Produire au Sud pedagogical team from the 3 Continents Festival in Nantes/France.
Co-Producer: ROSHANAK BEHESHT NEDJAD, Flying Moon Filmproduktion
Roshanak began working in the film-industry as a festival coordinator and production manager. In 1999 she co-founded Flying Moon Filmproduktion GmbH with Helge Albers. Roshanak is a member of the German Film Academy as well as the European Film Academy. Since 2007, there is a strong collaboration with various European and International training programmes. Roshanak works also as an expert and consultant for various institutions and training organisations such as MEDIA Mundus, EAVE for their European and international Programmes, Torino Film Lab, Focal and the Academy for Children’s Media, Germany.
Flying Moon Filmproduktion
Flying Moon develops and produces audience-oriented films (both features as well as documentaries) with an edge and a strong focus on international co-productions.
Films by Flying Moon were screened successfully on festivals and sold around the world, among them are award-winning projects like Havanna Mi Amor (Golden Lola for Best Documentary 2001), Khamosh Pani – Silent Waters (Golden Leopard for Best Fiction Film and for Best Actress at Locarno 2003), Waiting For The Clouds (Sundance International Filmmaker’s Award for Best European Script in 2003), 32A (Best Irish Script 2007), Football Under Cover by Ayat Najafi and David Assmann (Prix Europe Iris 2009), Pazar – The Market by Ben Hopkins (Best Turkish Film and Best Script at Antalya 2008), The Loneliest Planet by Julia Loktev (Golden Tulip Award at Istanbul 2012) and Shell by Scott Graham (Best Film, Fipresci and Holden School Award at Torino Film Festival 2012).
Co-Producer: ERIC MABILLON, Mandra Films
Eric Mabillon was head of legal and business affairs of French major arthouse production (Paradis Films, Celluloid Dreams Production), distribution (Les Films du Paradoxe, Océan Films) and sales (Celluloid Dreams) companies during 10 years. Since 2006, he is a free-lance consultant – always as a business affairs – on account of various arthouse companies as Coproduction Office, Le Pacte, Love Streams agnès b. Productions, Memento Films International, Red Lion, Rouge International, Urban Media International, etc., VOD platforms and artistic agents. In 2010 he launched Mandra Films with Denis Vaslin. From time to time, he acts as a trainer for co-production labs as FrameWork (TorinoFilmLab) and Open Doors (Festival del film Locarno).
Mandra Films is a French production and consulting company launched in 2010 by Denis Vaslin and Eric Mabillon. With a wide and strong network and expertise in terms of international co-productions, Mandra Films is dedicated to produce compelling stories from challenging territories, from both emerging talents as well as more established directors.
Aliyushka by Adilkhan Yerzhanov- Kazakhstan – In Development [coproduction with Volya Films (NL), Kazakhfilms (KZ) and with the support of Atelier de la Cinéfondation (Cannes IFF)]
La Ultima Tierra by Pablo Lamar – Paraguay – In Production [coproduction with Sapukai Cine (PY), Fortuna Films (NL) and with the support of CNC (Aide aux Cinémas du Monde), Hubert Bals Film Fund, Script Station Talent Campus and Atelier de la Cinéfondation (Cannes IFF)], Kurai Kurai by Marjoleine Boonstra – Kirghizistan – In Post Production [coproduction with Volya Films (NL), Oy Art (KG) and with the support of the Netherlands Film Fund, Rotterdam Media Fund and Media].