Jesse Fisk • Producer, Feline Films

Producers on the road 2022 Ireland

“You have to keep the flame of the project alive and fight for it in the most difficult circumstances.”

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The Irish Producer, named one of the Mobile Producers of the Year, shares some insights into its function and how the market has changed over the past two years.

We talked to Jesse Fisk, producer at Irish outfit Feline Films. This year, Fisk was selected as one of the participants in the “European Film Producers in Action” initiative. During our interview, she talked about her career, the advantages of producing in Ireland, her emerging film scene, as well as how her job has changed after two years of the pandemic.

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Cineuropa: What made you enter this industry?
Jesse Fisk: I think I always knew I was going to be in a creative industry, even from a young age. I went to film school in Galway when I was 17, I don’t quite know how anything works, but I am very curious and ambitious. I majored in screenwriting but production always found its way to me. I suppose I followed the need to allow storytelling. I don’t remember a time in my teenage years when I didn’t have a job, so between a strong work ethic and naive ambition, I finally became productive.

What is the most difficult aspect of product functionality? What is the most rewarding?
I think the biggest challenge is how much of ourselves we have to give – over many years – to achieve a project. You have to keep the flame of the project alive and fight for it in the most difficult circumstances. You do it all with belief and only hope that he will reach the audience and live a long life, but of course this is never guaranteed. For me, the most rewarding aspect is the network of people I have in my life. The community that movie making has brought me into has really helped me grow, so I am really grateful to my movie family who is spread all over the world and is still growing.

What are the main challenges and advantages of production in Ireland? How do you judge the current state of her film scene?
I am very fortunate to be an Irish producer. We have plenty of funding and support available and an exciting pool of talent is starting to emerge. It is always difficult to compete in a very crowded industry and I think we can completely rely on state agencies that may not share the same vision as we do on each individual project. There is a very exciting pace for Irish film at the moment quiet girl [+see also:
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Get the jury prize in Berlin and God’s creatures The premiere in Cannes this year. I am proud to see strong Irish films have such a strong presence in Europe.

How do you think being a mobile producer will benefit your career?
It’s already clear to me how passionate EFP is about individual promotion of participants with the press, which presents us with really great opportunities. It gives a small standalone producer a real opportunity to attract the attention of larger partners who you might struggle to limit to a meeting otherwise. Away from Cannes, probably the most valuable assets we find are each other – a strong European network that we hope will grow into business relationships that lead to truly great films.

How has production changed two years after the pandemic? Which lessons would you like to share?
The biggest change I have felt is the theatrical market. The audience has not yet returned to the cinema after the pandemic and I can only hope that they return. In the meantime, I think it’s important that we change the way we measure our success for the films we make. I will continue to focus my list on the theatrical market but with an open mind about how to reach audiences. I really hope that our partners and supporters will adjust the results they expect from the theatrical market and begin to focus on audience reach and, above all, the quality of the work.

What are your upcoming projects?
The project I am currently funding is This is the country by Mark Noonan. Mark I movie you are very ugly [+see also:
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starred Aidan Gillin It was shown for the first time at the Berlinale in 2015. This is the country It is a romantic thriller coming of age based on the book of the same title written by William Wall. I have too Natalie BiancheriThe next movie is in development and I’m working closely with it Jane Dolan In the next project she has from Stephen Burke And Enrico Bau.

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