Norsk filminstitutt

The important European network-building program for film producers, Producers On The Move, is being digitally implemented for the first time. Norwegian participant is producer Alan R. Milligan.

Alan Milligan - beskåret
Alan R. Milligan

-We have exciting times ahead of us so I push myself to become bolder as a producer with both content and distribution, says Alan R. Milligan.

-The film industry now has the opportunity to develop business models to our advantage. I am honoured to have been selected as a Producer on the Move, says Milligan, who brings with him a mini-series and two feature films that he is delighted to share with his European producer colleagues.

Film producer and entrepreneur

Milligan has a background in American politics and as a software entrepreneur before writing and producing the political satire Peace in Our Time. Together with photographer Marius Gulbrandsen, Milligan founded Film Farms and produced the first feature film Letter to the King (Hisham Zaman), which won the Dragon Award in Gothenburg 2014. The same year, the co-production Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere won the critics award in Venice. At Cannes in 2015, Milligan was executive and co-producer with Rams and Lamb, the former of whom won the Un Certain Regard. The feature films Skyggenes Dal and The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open got their world premieres in Toronto and Berlin respectively, where Milligan was now a producer with the company Tannhauser Gate. Milligan has launched software company White Rabbit that develops new business models for digital distribution with the aim of enhancing the producer and film industry's revenue and ownership of IP rights.

Presentation of corona-affected production

The 20 selected Producers on the Move (PoM) 2020 from across Europe are going through a tight, five-day tailor-made program that runs from May 11 to May 15, where the overall goal is to contribute to international co-productions, exchange of experience and new networks. Usually this networking takes place during the Cannes Film Festival, but this year, for the first time, it is going digital. It will still contain many of the same ingredients as previous PoMs, such as presentations of the producers' upcoming film projects, speed dating and roundtable talks. New this year will be a review of a European film project that was initially halted due to the corona pandemic, but is now being launched with new health measures.

Who takes part

In order to take part in Producers on the Move 2020, the participant needed to have made at least one international co-production that was screened at a major festival. The selection process was based on the producer’s experience, his or her films’ international sales and distribution, as well as the applicant’s film festival participation.

Since the programme’s start, more than 400 young producers have taken part.

Previous Norwegian partakers are: Turid Øversveen (2000), Edward Dreyer (2001), Bjørn Eivind Aarskog (2002), Bent Hamer (2003), Gudny Hummelvoll (2004), Jørgen Storm Rosenberg (2005), Christian Fredrik Martin (2006), Eric Vogel (2007), Silje Hopland Eik (2008), Yngve Sæther (2009), Asle Vatn (2010), Maria Ekerhovd (2011), Brede Hovland (2012), Hans-Jørgen Osnes (2013), Teréz Hollo-Klausen (2014), Kjetil Omberg (2015), Bendik Heggen Strønstad (2016), Åshild Ramborg (2018),  Dyveke Bjørkly Graver (2019) and this year Alan R. Milligan.