Magazine article Screen International

Corcoran, Olesen to Attend Cross Video Days

Magazine article Screen International

Corcoran, Olesen to Attend Cross Video Days

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Cross-media project market and conference unfolds June 19-20.

Actress, writer and producer Emily Corcoran [pictured] and director Annette K Olesen's will be among the film professionals crossing over to the web to present transmedia projects at the upcoming edition of Cross Video Days (CVD) in Paris later this month.

The cross-media market and conference event, unfolding June 19-20 in a former warehouse on the outskirts of Paris, marks its fifth edition this year.

Founder Bruno Smajda is expecting it to be the biggest edition to date.

"It's taken off in terms of the quality of the projects and the attendance of commissioners, one feeds into another," he says.

"Today producers and broadcasters have to conceive projects in a transmedia way, taking into account convergence and what's happening digitally -- not least due to the realities of the market and the way in which people consume content," says Smadja.

"The wave of change is so great everyone has to learn how to surf it rather than attempt to hold back the waters."

A total of 59 transmedia projects have been selected for CVD's market, out of 350 submissions from 40 countries, 20 of which will be pitched to commissioners from a variety of organisations including Channel 4, Arte, Rai, Tribeca Film Institute, IDFA, YouTube/Google, IDFA DocLab and Power to the Pixel (PttP).

Corcoran, the New Zealand-born founder of London-based Cork Film Ltd, will unveil web-series The Fight Room about a group of female fighters who are kidnapped and forced to fight one another for an unknown group of voyeurs on the internet.

She co-wrote the series alongside actress Gillian Macgregor. They also co-star with martial arts actress Zara Phythian and Siu See Hung. Niall Johnson, best known for the 2005 comedy Keeping Mum and writing the screenplay to the Michael Keaton-starrer White Noise, directs.

Cork is producing the series with Stanley Road Productions.

Cork's previous productions include Tobias Tobbell's thriller Confine starring Daisy Lowe as a former model who is taken hostage by an armed robber, which is co-produced with Two Bells.

Danish filmmaker Annette K Olesen, whose film credits include Little Soldier, will present her transmedia adaptation of Norwegian writer Erlend Loe's Muleum, about a wealthy teenage orphan who spends her inheritance on air tickets in a bid to die like her family in a plane crash.

It is produced by Julie Friis Walenciak and Amalie Lyngbo Hjort of Zentropa Productions. …

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