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Producer Marija Razgutė selected for ACE Producers leadership programme


Match Factory Productions’ Michael Weber is one of 12 producers and film professionals on the inaugural ACE Leadership Special, a workshop to improve business prospects for industry leaders.

Supported by Creative Europe Media and the Netherlands Film Fund, the programme will take place in the Netherlands in June and in France in September this year.

In a workshop format, the selected producers will learn how to sustain sound business foundations, improve performance and prospects for their teams, and develop personal leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

Eve Gabereau, founder of UK production and distribution company Modern Films; and Ada Solomon, producer of Radu Jude’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn through microFILM, are both on the scheme too.

Consultants include David Welling of Orchard Consulting, Jeroen Achterberg, Jo Bishop of iOpener Institute and Mark van der Grift of True Brands.

“The ACE Leadership Special will help [the producers] capitalize on their capabilities and innate skills and gain the tools needed to adapt and become ‘leaders through change’,” said Jacobine van der Vloed, director of ACE Producers.

Weber founded sales company The Match Factory in 2006 and production arm Match Factory Productions in 2013. The entire company was bought by Mubi in January this year; it is continuing to operate from its Berlin and Cologne offices in Germany, while expanding through Mubi’s UK and US headquarters.

ACE Leadership Special 2022 producers

Martichka Bozhilova, Agitprop, Bulgaria

Eve Gabereau, Modern Films, UK

Alicja Grawon-Jaksik, Rabbit Hole Productions, Poland

Koji Nelissen, Keplerfilm, The Netherlands

Roman Paul, Razor Film Produktion, Germany

Martin Persson, Anagram Sverige, Sweden

Dries Phlypo, A Private View, Belgium

Marija Razgute, M-Films, Lithuania

Arash T. Riahi, Golden Girls Film, Austria

Laurette Schillings, Topkapi Films, The Netherlands

Ada Solomon, microFILM, Romania

Michael Weber, Match Factory Productions, Germany


BEN DALTON, Screen Daily