CFP-E is a European Federation for Commercial Film Producers. The members are the national associations representing commercial film producers. Production companies who are members of a national organisation are automatically 'associated members' of the CFP-E.

LATEST NEWS
11TH MAY

World Producers Summit 2015 in Cannes

World Producers Summit is an exclusive gathering of 100 production company owners from around the world, to share the latest thinking on the commercials production business. The key issue this year is the growth of agency in-house production companies. What is happening in each market?

What are the resulting threats and opportunities for commercials production companies? How should we be responding? There will also be the opportunity to raise other issues critical to the health of the commercials production industry.

Space is very limited. RSVP details on the invite. 

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11TH MAY

2015 cfp-e/shots YDA: Call for Entries

The annual cfp-e/shots Young Director Award is a renowned (if we do say so ourselves) and established part of the Cannes Lions week. An event which has seen talented directors such as Ringan Ledwidge, Aleksander Bach and Hanna Maria Heidrich come to the fore as winners of the competition. But as with all things, it’s a case of evolve or die, and the YDA is evolving.

2015 will be its year of transition – more on which later – but fear not, there will still be a YDA event at the Cannes Lions Festival this year, and the competition is now open for entries. The list of categories and how to enter can be found here and the YDA is, as ever, looking to reward the cream of young international directing talent across a variety of platforms. The deadline for entry to this year’s competition is May 24.

This year there will be no ceremony at the Marriott hotel but a combined, if slightly curtailed, prize- giving followed by a lavish party that will take place at Long Beach, on the Croisette, on Thursday June 25 at 6.00pm. 

As for the 2016 event, Francois Chilot, chairman of the YDA since its inception 17 years ago, has exclusively told shots that the time is right for the YDA to develop further.

“Over the course of this year we have been, and will continue to develop a new formula, ready for 2016,” says Chilot. “We are re-shaping the YDA using the basis of the last 17 years, not to change it, but to add to it. We will be encompassing all filmic means and platforms, apart from features, to better reflect the way that advertising itself has evolved. We want to allow the directors who enter the YDA to be able to express themselves and confront the challenges the three pillars (marketers, agencies and producers) of the communication industry faces.”

Meanwhile, the shortlist for the 2015 competition will be revealed on the YDA website, and on shot.net, week beginning June 15, with the winners being revealed week beginning June 22. Selected winner will also appear in shots magazine issue 158 and on the accompanying DVD.

13TH APRIL

News from the Young Directors Awards

Get ready, get set… We’re about to launch our Young Directors Award show with an official Call for Entries next Wednesday 15 April.  Ok, this will be a different version from our usual big splash in the hotel theatre – which will be returning even bigger and better with a new formula next year – but we will be celebrating the winners of our online competition with a lavish party at the Long Beach in Cannes in June. Stand by for more announcements next week. 

30TH MARCH

World Producers Summit at Adfest

The World Producers Summit, which the CFPE organises with the APA and AICP, will be back at Cannes this year of course. The WPS is now well established at Cannes as the best opportunity for intelligence gathering about the production business.

Adfest is the popular Asian advertising festival, that takes place in Thailand every year and which this year, for the third time,  hosted to a World Producers Summit.

The photo shows some of the participants. It was an interesting session, getting the views on key production issues from producers from Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and other South East Asian countries.

For details of WPS at Cannes, please check our website.

 

23RD SEPTEMBER

CFPE Meeting in Istanbul

Our CFPE General Assembly in Istanbul was attended by nearly all (eighteen) CFPE members, where we discussed issues for our national association members, feedback on the CFPE events in Cannes- the Young Directors Award and World Producers Summit and planned forthcoming events. Both Cannes events were very successful, with the YDA drawing a capacity audience of 1,000 people to see excellent quality films from new directors. The WPS, which we host with the CFPE and APA, drew 110 production company owners from around the world to share intelligence on key production issues and new developments.

We looked at production issues across Europe and compared different markets and the CFPE adopted the standard NDA and pre PIBS (pre contract) documents created by the APA as standard European documents.

The meeting took place within the Crystal Apple, the leading Turkish advertising festival, and gave CFPE delegates the opportunity to participate in that festival too.

Many thanks for our hosts, the Turkish producers association, for their excellent organisation and generous hospitality.

17TH JULY

Norman Bates gives birth to YDA film

Every year we choose a new director to shoot the YDA opening film to a scripted brief from an agency. This year the honour went to Belgian directing duo Norman Bates. We catch up with the young directors and talk about how they created this crazy cgi journey. 

For full interview please click on the picture below.

11TH JULY

Porsche International Student Advertising Film Award - last call for Entries!

Only 1 week left! Until Friday, July 18th 2014, students and young filmmakers from around the world are encouraged to submit their creative and innovative productions. 

Fore more info please see Lyndy Stout's Review here

PDF below sums up the essential info about the festival, its jury and the application process. 

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10TH JULY

London screening of the winners of Young Directors Award 2014

APA is organising London screening of the winners of CFPE & Shots Young Directors Award 2014 which was held in June in Cannes. The event will be hosted by the APA with Rushes on the 24th July from 1830 at Rushes Roof Deck, 66 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4UH.

23RD JUNE

World Producers Summit in Cannes- summary, action points and photos

Over 100 representatives of production companies, from 26 countries attended- and at 9am in the morning- shows how important the WPS has become to production companies worldwide.

The fact we get together and share information demonstrates our pride in our business and determination that it will prosper- and in doing so benefit agencies and advertisers who rely upon the expertise of production companies.

This year the focus was on the Universal Production Principles document (attached), which we launched at last year's WPS.

The document is a tool for every producers association and production company, to show in negotiations with agencies and advertisers that there are universally recognised good practices- and why- to the benefit of the process and the end product- the commercial.

Several producers/producers associations present reported that they had used the Universal Principles to help agencies and advertisers in their market understand why they should, for example have a maximum of three bids, upfront payments of 50-75%, fixed bid or cost plus (but not an amalgam of the two).

However,there is still much work to do- producers associations and production companies who have not done so yet are encouraged to spread the word, to use the document in their own country,explain it to their clients and  to translate it if necessary (and share the translated document with us). If we all shout about the Universal Principles, we have the best prospect of their becoming just that- universal principles. 

We discussed  key issues such as payment terms and in house production. For the first time some agency producers were invited so we could learn their perspective. Their view was that production companies would always be able to negotiate sensible payment terms and prosper despite in house production provided the talent that agencies and advertisers needed was available only through the production company.

We want to continue discussions in between summits and we have created a discussion forum; the CFPE Discussion Platform. It is a private forum so if you would like to participate- even just to read what others have said but hopefully to participate to a lively discussion, please click ‘join group’, your request will be approved ASAP.  

You can see photos from the WPS HERE

 

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16TH JUNE

Why Procurement has the wrong approach to production

APA Chief Executive Steve Davies explains why clients get the best value by analysing the ultra competitive production market to compete for their work on quality and price, ensuring their advertising realises its full potential and that the shortcuts to saving money from procurement are counterproductive. This article was first published in Campaign's "Cannes Perspectives", June 2014. 

For the full artickle, please click HERE

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LATEST EVENTS
11TH MAY

2015 cfp-e/shots YDA: Call for Entries

The annual cfp-e/shots Young Director Award is a renowned (if we do say so ourselves) and established part of the Cannes Lions week. An event which has seen talented directors such as Ringan Ledwidge, Aleksander Bach and Hanna Maria Heidrich come to the fore as winners of the competition. But as with all things, it’s a case of evolve or die, and the YDA is evolving.

2015 will be its year of transition – more on which later – but fear not, there will still be a YDA event at the Cannes Lions Festival this year, and the competition is now open for entries. The list of categories and how to enter can be found here and the YDA is, as ever, looking to reward the cream of young international directing talent across a variety of platforms. The deadline for entry to this year’s competition is May 24.

This year there will be no ceremony at the Marriott hotel but a combined, if slightly curtailed, prize- giving followed by a lavish party that will take place at Long Beach, on the Croisette, on Thursday June 25 at 6.00pm.
As for the 2016 event, Francois Chilot, chairman of the YDA since its inception 17 years ago, has exclusively told shots that the time is right for the YDA to develop further.

“Over the course of this year we have been, and will continue to develop a new formula, ready for 2016,” says Chilot. “We are re-shaping the YDA using the basis of the last 17 years, not to change it, but to add to it. We will be encompassing all filmic means and platforms, apart from features, to better reflect the way that advertising itself has evolved. We want to allow the directors who enter the YDA to be able to express themselves and confront the challenges the three pillars (marketers, agencies and producers) of the communication industry faces.”

Meanwhile, the shortlist for the 2015 competition will be revealed on the YDA website, and on shot.net, week beginning June 15, with the winners being revealed week beginning June 22. Selected winner will also appear in shots magazine issue 158 and on the accompanying DVD.