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Veteran producer Rebecca O’Brien to share financing & co-producing insights at IFTA event
19 Mar 2021 : Nathan Griffin
IFTA event with Rebecca O'Brien.
The Irish Film & Television Academy welcomes Rebecca O’Brien for a much anticipated Conversation and insight into European Film Financing and Co-Production next Wednesday the 24th March at 2pm.

The Palme d'Or and BAFTA winning producer will give the audience key insight into her work securing finance for independent filmmaking from co-producers across Europe and her work behind highly successful films and the financing models used and her path to becoming one of Europe’s leading Independent Film Producers.

O’Brien  established Sixteen Films with Director Ken Loach and Writer Paul Laverty and together they have produced some of the most important and successful social realist films in Europe, including, Land and Freedom, Sweet Sixteen, My Name is Joe, Looking for Eric, The Wind that Shakes the Barley,  I, Daniel Blake, and Sorry We Missed You

Rebecca has also produced the Bean movie, and Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, along with a number of other feature films and documentaries  for Sixteen Films. She has just completed filming My Son directed by Christian Carion, starring James McAvoy and Claire Foy.

An expert in producing and financing independent films for over 30 years, O’Brien will share her wealth of knowledge and insight across a number of topics including:

  • Her route into producing
  • Her unrivalled experience in co-producing and accessing financing with multiple partners across Europe
  • Achieving success internationally with low-budget, independent film
  • Working with state funders
  • Her renowned work in Ireland (Including Hidden AgendaJimmy’s Hall, and The Wind that Shakes the Barley, which took in €2.7 million at the Irish Box Office and was distributed in over 40 territories)
  • Practical advice for emerging and established Irish Producers.

You can register for the Event Here.

O’Brien’s work has been immensely successful in the European box-office and has been recognised internationally including winning the Jury Prize at Cannes for her first film with Loach, Hidden Agenda. They would go on to win two Palme d’Or’s at Cannes for The Wind that Shakes the Barley  and I, Daniel Blake, a Goya award for Land and Freedom as well as the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film for I, Daniel Blake. Alongside Loach and Laverty they received The Outstanding Contribution Award from BAFTA Scotland.

More information can be found on the IFTA Website.

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