Maria Blicharska - Producer on the Move 2017

Polish producer Maria Blicharska is one of this year’s participants of the prestigious “Producers on the Move” programme, taking place from May 19 through May 23 at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival.

18th Edition of “Producers on the Move”

The 18th edition of the ‘Producers on the Move’ programme, organised in Cannes by European Film Promotion, will be attended by 20 young producers from across Europe. Participation in the programme is aimed at developing a network of industry professionals who will play an increasingly significant role in European cinema. Supporters of the programme include Eurimages and the Cineuropa website.

Maria Blicharska

The Polish representative at the 2017 edition of “Producers on the Move” is Maria Blicharska. She and Monika Sajko-Gradowska launched Donten & Lacroix Films in 2006. Operating in Poland and France, the company produces and co-produces films aimed at an international audience and provides production services in Poland and overseas.

Blicharska is a graduate of La Femis in France, Filmakademie in Ludwigsburg, Germany, the Radio and Television Department of the University of Silesia in Katowice, and IECS in Strasbourg. A recipient of the Nipkow programme in Berlin, she has lectured at La Femis in Paris, and is a member of the European producers EAVE Network.

Maria Blicharska has worked on over 30 film projects (feature films, documentaries, television projects and animated films) that have received awards at multiple prestigious film festivals. She produced Crache-Coeur (Raging Rose), a film by Julia Kowalski that premiered in the ACID section of the 68th Cannes IFF, programmed by filmmakers of the Association du Cinéma Indépendant pour sa Diffusion – an organisation that focuses on promoting independent cinema. Following its Cannes premiere, the film screened at a number of festivals, including the 20th Busan IFF, the 10th Rome Film Festival, and the 25th Festival of Eastern European Cinema in Cottbus. Crache-Coeur (Raging Rose) has also been released theatrically in Poland and France.

One of the films in the Directors’ Fortnight lineup at the upcoming 70th Cannes IFF is Frost, a film directed by Sharunas Bartas and co-produced by Donten & Lacroix Films.

Polish “Producers on the Move”

Polish ‘Producers on the Move’ participating in past editions of the programme include Klaudia Śmieja (2016), Mariusz Włodarski (2015), Mikołaj Pokromski (2014), Agnieszka Kurzydło (2013), Marta Plucińska (2012), Łukasz Dzięcioł (2011), and Kamila Polit (2010).

The “Producers on the Move” programme will take place on May 19-23, within the framework of the 70th Cannes International Film Festival. 

Further details are available on the European Film Promotion website.

Translated by Karolina Kołtun