Cross-Border Collaborations: Creating Powerful Co-Productions & Partnerships
In an increasingly globalized world, international co-productions are invaluable for creating multinational stories that transcend borders while presenting unique opportunities for financing and creative development. Executives from U.S. and international companies come together to discuss current strategies, opportunities and challenges, and what the future of co-productions looks like.
Diana Lodderhose, International Features Editor, Deadline
Yohann Comte, Co-Founder, Charades
Michael Favelle, CEO, Odin’s Eye Entertainment
Arianne Fraser, CEO, Highland Film Group, Inc.
David Kehrl, Head of Acquisitions, Constantin Films
Fabien Westeroff, CEO Founder & Producer, Film Constellation
Diana LodderhoseInternational Features Editor, Deadline
Diana has been working in global film journalism since 2005. Before returning to Deadline in 2021 to focus on features for international film and television, she was previously International Reporter for the site. She is based in London and has frequently covered all the major film festivals and markets including Cannes, Berlin, AFM, Toronto and Sundance. Prior to joining Deadline, Diana was the UK correspondent for Variety and also covered film news and box office at Screen International.
Fabien WesteroffCEO/Founder & Producer, Film Constellation
Fabien Westerhoff is the founder of Film Constellation, an integrated production, sales and finance company headquartered in London and Paris.
The company specialises in growing award-winning filmmaker brands, and continues to expand its diverse talent slate including Saim Sadiq, Werner Herzog, Georgia Oakley, David Lynch, Natalie Erika James, James Marsh, Ekwa Msangi, Paco Plaza, Jamie Dack, Lotfy Nathan, Rashaad Ernesto Green and Fernando Trueba among others.
A French and German national by way of England and West Africa, Fabien speaks fluent English, Spanish, French and German. His career path took him from Paris to London and Los Angeles. He currently resides between London and Amsterdam with his young family.
Michael FavelleCEO, Odin's Eye Entertainment
With over 25 years of Film and Television experience, Michael Favelle is the founder and CEO of Sydney based Odin’s Eye Entertainment and sister company Odin’s Eye Animation which has been operating since 2006. With stints at Southern Star, Beyond International and Arclight films, Michael has amassed a depth and variety of skills in both live action and animation from development, through to financing, post/production, marketing, legal and international sales, and distribution giving him a unique insight into the industry.
Michael has Executive Produced over twenty five live-action and animated feature films, including Netflix’s Animal Crackers starring Emily Blunt and Ian McKellen; and the recent The Infernal Machine starring Guy Pearce and Alice Eve for Paramount Pictures.
Odin’s Eye Entertainment (OEE) is an integrated Production, Distribution and International Sales Agency that specializes in working with emerging and established filmmakers across a wide variety of genres. As a Sales Agency, OEE represents Feature Length Motion Pictures and Television content worldwide. Commencing in 2012, sister company Odin’s Eye Animation (OEA) creates and sources original and existing IP for developing and producing theatrical quality animation content for international sale. With strategic initiatives with a network of international content development and animation studios, OEA is uniquely placed to work with some of the best independent studios and talent worldwide including Academy Award Winning Producer Aron Warner; and Director Barry Cook: Mulan.
Odin’s Eye Entertainment and Animation are actively seeking original stories with unique, diverse, and compelling characters, and universal themes.
Arianne FraserCEO, Highland Film Group, Inc.
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David KehrlHead of Acquisitions, Constantin Films
David Kehrl boasts more than a decade of experience as an executive in the global film and television industry. Presently serving as the Head of Acquisitions and International Co-Productions at Munich-based Constantin Film, David has earned his stripes through a diverse career journey. He has held pivotal roles at Universal Pictures International Entertainment, Wild Bunch, Pro Sieben, and New Line Cinema. David has worked in various facets of the business, including overseeing the acquisition of global scripted content rights during his time at Universal Pictures International Entertainment.
Constantin Film, headquartered in Munich, is a prominent German production and distribution company. Their operations span film production and rights acquisition, TV production, film distribution, home entertainment, and license trading/TV exploitation. Notably, Constantin Film has been responsible for the release of 36 out of the 100 most successful German films in the last two decades. On the international stage, the company is renowned for its involvement in the highly successful Resident Evil film franchise, which has garnered an impressive $1.2 billion in worldwide earnings to date.
Yohann ComteCo-Founder, Charades
Yohann Comte is the cofounder of Charades, a sales and co-production company based in Paris. Before founding the company in 2017 with partners from Wild Bunch, Studiocanal and Asuna, Yohann was Deputy Head of International Sales at Gaumont.
At Charades Yohann coproduced REVENGE by Coralie Fargeat, French Hit Comedy THE SHINY SHRIMPS, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s starrer SUICIDE TOURIST. He also served as executive producer on arthouse shocker SWALLOW and Venice 2020 competition title THE WORLD TO COME. Additionally, he worked as an associate producer on Mamoru Hosoda’s Cannes Première 2021 success BELLE. Recently he co-produced the Cannes 2022 Competition Title TCHAIKOVSKY’S WIFE and served as an executive producer for SANCTUARY a twisty playful thriller starring Margaret Qualley and Christopher Abbot.
CHARADES’ slate includes two Academy Award Nominees for Best Animated Feature: Mamoru Hosoda’s MIRAI (Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2018) and Jérémy Clapin’s debut I LOST MY BODY (Cannes Critics’ Week Nespresso Grand Prize 2019 and two Cristal Awards for Best Feature in Annecy International Film Festival: LITTLE NICHOLAS, Happy as Can Be in 2022, by Benjamin Massoubre and Amandine Freudon, and CHICKEN FOR LINDA! in 2023, by Chiara Malta and Sébastien Laudenbach. Over the years, CHARADES handled international sales on a wide range of features: DIAMANTINO by Gabriel Abrantes (Nespresso Grand Prize 2018), N’Wave Studio 3D Animation THE QUEEN’S CORGI, BELLE by Mamoru Hosoda (Cannes Official Selection 2021), 2022 Critics’ Week French Touch Prize and box-office hit AFTERSUN, debut film by Charlotte Wells, picked up by A24, SANCTUARY, by Zachary Wigon starring Margaret Qualley, SCRAPPER, by Charlotte Regan (2023 Sundance Grand Jury Prize), DISCO BOY, debut film by Giacomo Abbruzzese (Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution in 2023), and HOUNDS, by Kamal Lazraq (2023 Un Certain Regard Jury Prize), among others.
Recently, Charades presented THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING by Timm Kröger in Competition at the Venice International Film Festival, alongside STOLEN by Karan Tejpal in Orizzonti Extra and VERMIN by Sébastien Vaniček in Critics’ Week. Additionally, MOTHER, COUCH by Niclas Larsson in Special Presentations and WHEN EVIL LURKS by Demián Rugna in Midnight Madness introduced in Toronto.
In 2022, CHARADES was recognized as Distributor of the Year at Cartoon Movie.