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PGA Announces winners of the CoProShow

HollywoodNews.com: The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the five winning film projects of the inaugural International Co-Production Showcase (CoProShow) competition, which is taking place in connection with the second annual Produced By Conference (PBC) on June 4-6, 2010 at Twentieth Century Fox Studios. Reaching across film, television and new media industries, PBC is a rare educational forum involving acclaimed producers, including countless Academy Award®-winning filmmakers and Emmy® winners, as well as the next generation of creative entrepreneurs.

The goal of the CoProShow, which was developed by the PGA’s International Committee, is to provide international film producers with a unique opportunity to engage in an open dialogue with their U.S. counterparts. Open to international film producers (non-US residents) with a screenplay synopsis for a feature-length project currently under development, the CoProShow represents the first co-production showcase competition to be held in Hollywood. Of the numerous submissions, five winning film projects were hand selected by a panel of acclaimed U.S. producers. Producers of selected projects were invited to travel to Los Angeles to attend the 2010 PBC weekend event.

“We reached out to film commissions all over the world and received entries from Cape Town to Nova Scotia, Mexico to the Czech Republic and Japan,” said Stu Levy, Chair of the PGA’s International Committee. “The winning producers will now have an opportunity to network with American producers in order to co-develop their projects and find the funding necessary.”

The distinguished winners of the inaugural CoProShow are:

–“66 Degrees North” (Iceland) – Producers: Edwina Forkin and Richard Scobie

The story of an afflicted sea captain with a grim secret who is offered a second chance at life.

–“The Adventure of Kokochin” (China) – Producers: Tim Baker and Jing Jin

The true story of Princess Kokochin, daughter of Chinese emperor Kublai Khan, who travels to Persia with Marco Polo, is sold into a slave house, and then escapes back to China along the Silk Road.

–“The Fourth Knot” (Victoria, Australia) – Producer: Matt Hearn

A supernatural thriller about the most forbidden love.

–“Somebody Else” (Canada) – Producers: Andrew Boutilier and Eric Finkel

A smart crime thriller in the vein of films such as “Blood Simple” and “Shallow Grave.”

–“Under the Black Flag” (New South Wales, Australia) – Producer: Nicholas Cole

The true story of two 18th century women pirates whose cleavage was just as deadly as their swords.

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