What others say

SCREEN WRITERS

« Working with Initiative Film was a mind-opening experience for me, Isabelle’s unique talent for concise analysis along with her drive, wisdom and passion took our project to a much higher level. She is invaluable for any project’s development stage. » Emine Yildirim, Screenwriter, Turkey

“Through Iniative Film, Isabelle Fauvel always come to writers, producers and projects with a vision. A singular, different vision. We know how much the current film industry is made of families, clans, each looking at the others with a distant and indifferent glance. People are happy with what they are. Thanks to Isabelle, I met, as a writer, directors I wouldn’t have normally meet, and some films were born out of that. Thanks to her, I met some producers I « wonderfully » ignored, and I teamed with them on my second feature. This is what Isabelle Fauvel helps creating when we work together. Unplanned encounters, a mix of styles, of borders which she enjoys tearing down to push us beyond our boundaries. Because she knows that it’s how films are made. I believe that she is deeply convinced that cinema is the other, the encounter of the other. Because without the other, what could we do ? Just like in real life in some way !”Olivier Torres, Writer-Director, France

WRITER – DIRECTORS

« Isabelle knows how to see, understand and convince. She supported me with all the trust and goodwill a writer and his project require. She defended my vision because she passionately believed in it, even at times where I couldn’t do it myself. I felt confortable to such an extent that I could show her my fear. You don’t get to meet many honest and clear-sighted people like her, people who don’t change their mind overnight. Isabelle knew how to be the breeze and the tornado I needed. » Morgan Simon, Director, Cannes, Atelier 2015, France

« Iniative Film renewed my trust in my own writing and film making abilities. I had come to a state of despondency which was almost definitive. Thanks to my collaboration with Isabelle Fauvel, I was able to get my different projects back on tracks. The strength of her company is the care and time dedicated to development, a time much often neglected, but which takes its full value here. » Christian Volckman, Director, France

« During the development of the adaptation for the screen of Fegato e Cuore by Alessandro Marchi (Book Salad, 2012), the advice and expertise of Isabelle Fauvel have been a precious help. Without ever favoring a unique direction, Isabelle knows how to ask the essential questions which have guided me on a structural level as much as on a personal one to make the right choices, strengthening the narrative while keeping my connection to the story. » Luc Walpoth, Writer-Director, Switzerland

« I met Isabelle when she launched Initiative Film, as I was graduating from La Femis. At first, she worked as a production advisor on my first feature Marie baie des Anges, and soon assisted me in my writing process. That’s how a great story of both friendship and professional collaboration started. Isabelle didn’t work on all my films (because some producers mistakenly feared her knowledge, her erudition and her charisma ) but she has always been by my side, witty, intuitive, of better advice, hard-working, demanding and benevolent. She has always paid much attention to my personal path as she was pushing me forward to take detours, to renew my work, to explore new things. Her writing factory Initiative Film soon became for me a house of books, soothing when films are like tempests, inspiring when ideas run out, always available and welcoming, in every circumstances, on every topics. Isabelle Fauvel counts as one of the two or three most beautiful professional and human encounters I made in twenty years in this industry. » Manuel Pradal, Writer-director, France

« The first time I met Isabelle was in Tenerife, during a pitch session a bit unlikely. I called her five years latter to ask her to read the first draft of my screenplay RUN, and then we started to work together. We went to the Jerusalem Film Lab and we developed strategies, avoided traps, spent hours on the phone… Then, we went to Cannes together, in the section «Un certain regard », in 2014.Isabelle and Initiative Film always helped me to ask myself the right questions. » Philippe Lacôte, director-producer, Ivory Coast, Winner of the First Prize at the Jerusalem International Film Lab 2012

PRODUCERS

« Initiative Film is Ali Baba’s cave in which the forty thieves are willing to share their invaluable treasure with you. » Claude Waringo, Producer, Samsa Films, Luxemburg

« During the early stages of developing the new script by Yahya Alabdallah « Me Myself and Murdoch » we got a chance to cooperate with Initiative Film, we wanted to make sure that we were on the right track , we had a lovely idea that had to be developed right, it has its own purity and originality that is so sensitive to be placed internationally for its political and cultural perspective .
With Initiative Film, we were not alone, we had a shadow that cares about us all the time, we had the logical brain that analyzed our words and action, the most important, there was an outsider voice that asked all the WHYS and kept reminding us to stay on track. » Rula Nasser, Producer, Jordan

« The great quality of Initiative Film is it’s reactivity. Whether it’s at the stage of the first idea of a movie or at the screening during the ongoing editing, I always appreciate my conversations with Isabelle Fauvel. The advice and ressources proposed have always been useful to me to move forward witha project. » Xavier Grin, ¨Producer, Switzerland

« I met Isabelle Fauvel when she was in charge of Flash Film, during the first showing of Mahabaharata that I have produced. She congratulated me and then disapared from the cinéma world, until that day : I saw her sortir from the kitchen of the restaurant where I was lunching every day. Isabelle Fauvel resigned from Flash Film and decided to learn how to cook, 20 years before Top Chef ! When she created Initiative Film, we were « great food mates » and naturally, I became one of her first client. We are still working together. Her way of working is flexible. It depends on projects or producers ; it can go from a simple conversation to deep research of directors or books. Isabelle is like a a psychologist, a midwife who knows how to give birth to ideas. » Michel Propper, Producer, France

« I have met Isabelle Fauvel in Nisyros, where I attended one of her lectures in development. Since then we have worked together on various projects and occasions, and I always consult her and seek her advice. She has an extensive network of international contacts and vast experience in the film industry and particularly the development process, which she approaches with deep insight and intuition, and fruitful analytical skills. In my mind she understands thoroughly the subtle intricacies of the development process, in its multi aspects and that is not only script editing and project development but also the creative team interpersonal dynamics and how they evolve over time, and how they influence the project itself, during this long and painful process. This is a rare talent, and what makes her approach and her company so unique. » Yorgos Tsougiannis, Producer, Greece

OTHER PROFESSIONALS

« Les Éditions Aux Forges de Vulcain » is an independent publishing house. Because of our size and our tools, the cinema’s world was unreachable to us. However, the Région Ile de France commission invited us to work wih Initiative Films. They who took over one of our books (Les femmes n’aiment pas les hommes qui boivent / Women don’t like men who drink, by François Szabowski) and spouted out the genius of this text – and is potential adaptation. The text was presented during Le festival de Cannes, for the event « Shoot the Book » ;now we have real exchanges with films makers, screen writters, production company who follow our work. Thanks to you ! » David Meulemans, Editions Aux forges de Vulcain, France

« As a script supervisor, the sharing of experiences transmitted by Isabelle Fauvel and her team helped me improve my script reading skills, my understanding of screenplays in order to appreciate the personal world of an author and to adapt my participation on a shooting.

Accurate analyses, clever advices to highlight the potential of a story and to expose the unexpected qualities of a screenplay, a vibrant and delightful whirlwind way to think the adaptation context and economic restrictions, it is what I had the chance to learn thanks to the several discussion I had with Initiative Film. » Estelle Bault, continuity supervisor, France

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