first row: Yorgos Tsourgiannis, Ada Solomon, Rayne Zukerman, April Mullen, Patricia Fogliato; second row: Dan Wechsler, Els Vandevorst, Tine Grew Pfeiffer, Daniel Bekerman, Stephen Traynor; third row: Sarah Timmins, Lauren Grant, Rajvinder Uppal, Nicole Gerhards; fourth row: Aisling Chin-Yee, Peter Hiltunen, Anita K Sharma, Addi Knútsson; fifth row: Isona Passola, Yanick Létourneau, Donato Rotunno, Macdara Kelleher; not pictured: Fernando Vendrell & Svet Doytchinov >> download photo
The third edition of Producers Lab Toronto 2012 has just kicked off at the Toronto International Film Festival®. 24 hand-picked European and Canadian producers are gathering between September 5 and 8 for the highly-anticipated networking platform to discuss the financial, creative and technical potential of Canadian-European co-productions. The event is organized by European Film Promotion (EFP), in collaboration with Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and the Toronto International Film Festival®, and backed by the MEDIA Mundus programme of the European Union. Additional support comes from Eurimages and Telefilm Canada.
A part of the three-day conference will feature a case study about Stay which was produced by former PRODUCERS LAB TORONTO participants and directed by Wiebke von Carolsfeld. The film has just finished shooting and reflects the success of the networking platform: In 2010, Martina Niland (Samson Films) from Ireland and the Canadian producers Martin Paul-Hus (Amérique Film) and Andrew Boutilier (Submission Films) took part in PRODUCERS LAB TORONTO and subsequently developed the co-production together.
Apart from analysing the case study, the 12 producers from Europe and 12 from Canada will take part in pitching sessions, roundtables, VIP meetings and other networking events within the framework of TIFF to exchange ideas and information on funding and co-production on both sides of the Atlantic.
The aim is to generate business relationships leading to concrete European-Canadian coproductions, and to increase the visibility of the producers and their projects during the international festival.
Associated EFP member organizations:
The Danish Film Institute, German Films, Greek Film Center, Icelandic Film Center, Irish Film Board, Film Fund Luxembourg, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, ICA I.P./ Portugal, Romanian Film Promotion, ICAA/Spain, Swedish Film Institute, Swiss Films.
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