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Michael Goodridge

Michael Goodridge

United Kingdom



Main Jury 2020


Mike Goodridge is an international producer and executive producer whose new company Good Chaos was established in 2017. He is co-producer on Ruben Ostlund’s Palme d’Or-winning Triangle Of Sadness and an executive producer on Jasmila Zbanic’s Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated Quo Vadis, Aida?

Jalmari Helander’s Finnish action film Sisu starring Aksel Hennie had its world premiere at Toronto in September, and Mike is in post-production on films by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, Qiu Yang, Sudabeh Mortezai, Shih-Ching Tsou & Sean Baker and Jessica Hausner.

New films by Baltasar Kormakur and Edward Berger are in preparation, as well as a slate of series.

Goodridge was previously CEO of UK-based production, finance and sales company Protagonist Pictures and put together the finance and distribution of hit films such as Cold War, The Lobster, Love & Friendship, The Florida Project, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, ’71, Calvary, The Rider, Lady Macbeth, God’s Own Country and Maggie’s Plan.

Among the films he has executive produced are Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, The Discovery starring Rooney Mara and Robert Redford, My Old Lady with Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline and Oren Moverman’s The Dinner starring Richard Gere and Steve Coogan.

He oversaw over 70 films at the company and Protagonist films received multiple Oscar and BAFTA nominations, and Cannes, Venice and Berlin Film Festival prizes.

He has had a concurrent career as a festival director and programmer. He was artistic director at International Film Festival & Awards Macao in China from 2017 to 2021, and has worked at the Sarajevo, Locarno and Chicago film festivals.

He is a member of BAFTA and a member of the board of the European Film Academy. He was a trade journalist, editor and critic for many years and has written three books on film.

company profile

Good Chaos is a UK-based production and management company with a focus on international stories and film-makers. Goodridge, who was previously CEO of Protagonist Pictures, set up the company in 2017 to produce films and series, while managing select directors. An EP on Jasmila Zbanic’s Oscar-nominated Quo Vadis, Aida and co-producer on Ruben Ostlund’s Triangle Of Sadness which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2022, Goodridge has developed a truly global slate and is in post-production on new films from Jalmari Helander, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson and Qiu Yang. Shooting in 2022 will be Sudabeh Mortezai’s Europa, Shih-Ching Tsou’s Left-Handed Girl and Jessica Hausner’s Club Zero. New films by Baltasar Kormakur and Edward Berger are in preparation for 2023 and a slate of series. Goodridge and his associate James Bowsher have secured backing from the BFI’s Global Screen Fund and the company is a member of The Creatives, an alliance of ten European production companies which has a development deal for series with Fremantle.