Background and professional benefits

Background of the programme

The IPPP concept is based on a national Producers Pooling Programme run in Switzerland by FOCAL since 2009. It was initiated by producers themselves, supported by national cultural film funding through the Federal Office of Culture, and is now, after various evaluations, in its fifth edition. Switzerland is a country with three different language regions and three respective cultures. Many of the producers who took part in the PPP took the risk of building Pools across those borders and established long-term working relations and networks, based on trust, with each other and their consultants.

IPPP takes the successful Swiss model and gives the principle of pooling an international, and distinctly European, dimension.

The essence of IPPP is that the content of its training is derived from new areas and paths of development that producers perceive as being vital for them to pursue in order to improve their projects, build their careers, deepen their expertise, expand their networks – and that they are then in a position to create a tailor-made year of training for themselves to put this into practice.

Professional benefits for participants

IPPP places producers at the centre of a collaborative learning process that promotes management, communication and marketing skills, and positioning their projects within a fast-evolving landscape of digital technologies and platforms.

Participants will benefit from the unique experience of delving deeply into areas of development (project development and associated skills, creative and business development) that they have identified as of particular importance to the growth of their companies and thus to enhancing the European audio-visual landscape.

IPPP will enable them to work collaboratively, on a self-motivating basis and to avail themselves of consultants’ expertise tailored to their own precise needs.

The opportunity to spend a year reflecting on their own needs and problems, developing a training programme for themselves and carrying it out in a group builds the individual producers’ self-awareness of in their work and professional roles, and creates relationships of trust among professionals across borders.

At a second level, the Producers’ Pools are interconnected on the IPPP digital platform which allows them to share and to disseminate the results of their experiences. It will strengthen the community of producers targeted within IPPP and create a common ground for co-productions of international and more widely marketable projects.

Ultimately IPPP could lead to the creation of sustainable, cross-border groups of production companies and a strengthening of the fabric of the European film industry as a whole.