EXCLUSIVE: 22 producers from across Europe, Canada and the US to take part in this year’s training programme.

Internationally renowned training programme Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) has unveiled its participants for this year’s edition.

The 22 producers from across Europe, Canada and the US were selected by the Erich Pommer Institut (EPI) (Germany), new presenting partner Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) (Canada) and The Independent Filmmaker Project (USA).

TAP’s sixth edition will be incorporated into two training modules taking place in Berlin (June 17-22) and Halifax (Sept 8-14), and the producers will also participate as full delegates at the Atlantic Film Festival’s Strategic Partners.

Nadja Radojevic, EPI’s head of international training, commented: “Thanks to the excellent collaboration among the three Presenting Partners we can once more include a great line-up of experts, seminars and workshops. And of course, we are delighted to have acquired so many talented and experienced producers.

Experts for this year’s edition include Arsam International’s Iann Girard, Buffalo Gal Pictures’ Phyllis Laing, TAP head of studies Jan Miller and Greyshack Films’ Mike S. Ryan.

“We are thrilled to now be part of this valuable initiative that provides intensive co-production training and networking opportunities for producers,” added Michael Hennessy, president and CEO CMPA.

Supported by Telefilm Canada, VFF and Creative BC, TAP was originally created by the EPI.

The full list of TAP 2014 participants is as follows:


  • Martichka Bozhilova, Bulgaria
  • Justin Edgar, UK
  • Brendan Foley, UK
  • Nikos Moustakas, Greece
  • Riina Sporring Zachariassen, Denmark
  • Karla Stojakova, Czech Republic
  • Tom Streuber, Germany
  • Daniela Tully, Germany / USA


  • Kelly Balon
  • Nicolas Comeau
  • Lori Fischburg
  • Mike MacMillan
  • Laura Perlmutter
  • Darren Portelli
  • Amber Ripley
  • Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith


  • Melissa Beauford, USA / Australia
  • Kristin Fairweather
  • Courtney Lee-Mitchell 
  • Katie Mustard
  • Nancy Schafer
  • Eric Steel