Success stories

Recent testimonies of successful business networking - Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme

New entrepreneur:
Sébasien Aubert (France)

Company name: Ad Astra Films (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Music, theater, events and related cultural and entertainment services

Host entrepreneur:
Thierry Baujard (Germany)

Company name: Peacefulfish
Sector of activity: Music, theater, events and related cultural and entertainment services

Period of exchange: 06/2010 until 11/2010
Duration of exchange:

Through hardship to the stars
Sébastien Aubert’s career began in 2008 with the founding of Ad Astra Films a production and distribution company based in Cannes. His first production The Danaides Barrel shot in the Moroccan desert was shown at more than 50 international film festivals.
Sébastien learned a lot on his own but without experience in the sector and on-site training he made mistakes that he could have avoided if he had had the guidance and support of a successful producer. Sébastien also remembers his hard times trying to get connected with key people in the sector.

"I slowly built up my own network but I was still far from being part of the exclusive world of cinema. Working with a successful producer helped me open doors and create connections that would have taken me years to develop” said Sébastien.
The exchange in Berlin helped Sébastien increase his understanding of the financing mechanisms meet key film people and improve his communication skills which contributed significantly to the marketing of his business.

Since his participation in the programme, Sébastien developed various feature films including the feature film "Brides” that premiered at the Berlinale 2014, increased the yearly turnover of his business by 20% and hired new employees. Most importantly he established a strong partnership with his host entrepreneur, who is expanding his business in Cannes.
"Filmmaking is a competitive business. Without my participation in the programme and the support of my host entrepreneur I would have never had the chance to meet the key people in the film industry who helped me boost my business.”

For more information, please contact the local contact points involved in the exchange:

New entrepreneur's contact point:
CICOM Centre International de Communication et d'Operations Multimedia s.a.r.l. (Valbonne)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:
EIC Trier - IHK/Hwk-Europa- und Innovationscentre GmbH (Trier)

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