The new Producers Lab Toronto will welcome 24 producers from Europe and Canada.

The initiative has been launched by Hamburg-based European Film Promotion (EFP) with the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to foster more co-productions between Europe and Canada.

The European contingent includes the Netherlands’ Reinier Selen whose production of Nothing Personal won six awards in Locarno last year; German producer Janine Jackowski of Berlin-based Komplizen Film, who was in Locarno this week to speak to participants of the first Summer Academy with director Maren Ade (Everyone Else); and Spain’s Luis Angel Ramirez who co-produced Argentinian filmmaker Diego Lerman’s Directors’ Fortnight title The Invisible Eye.

In addition, Croatia’s Ankica Juric Tilic, producer of the award-winning The Blacks and Polish producer-writer-director Andrzej Jakimowski (Tricks) are among the European dozen travelling to Toronto to meet their Canadian counterparts.

The complete lineup of the European producers is as follows:

Iván Angelusz, Katapult Film, Hungary

Silje Eik, Cinenord Spillefilm, Norway

Matti Halonen, Fisher King Production Oy, Finland

Janine Jackowski, Komplizen Film, Germany

Andrzej Jakimowski, ZAiR, Poland,

Monika Kristl, Dawson Production, Czech Republic

Bernard Michaux, lucil, Luxembourg

Martina Niland, Samson Films & Accomplice TV, Ireland

Luis Ángel Ramirez, IMVAL Producciones, Spain

Marc-Antoine Robert, 2.4.7.Films, France

Reinier Selen, Rinkel Film, Netherlands

Ankica Juric Tilic, Kinorama, Croatia


who will be able to meet the following Canadian producers:

Paul Barkin, Alcina Pictures

Andrew Boutilier, Submission Films

Robert Budreau, Lumanity Productions

Damon D’Oliveira, Conquering Lion Pictures

Trish Dolman, Screen Sirens Pictures

Liz Jarvis, Buffalo Gal Pictures

Jennifer Jonas, New Real Films

Jennifer Kawaja, Sienna Films

Corey Marr, Corey Marr Productions

Brandi-Ann Milbradt, Philms Pictures

Martin Paul-Hus, Amérique Film

Paul Scherzer, Six Island Productions

Apart from having a track record in successful project development and production, the selected participants have also been involved in international co-production and will have concrete projects that could benefit both financially and creatively from partners from Europe or Canada.

OMDC already has experience of bringing its domestic Canadian producers together with potential international partners as it had already been staging the International Financing Forum during the Toronto film festival since 2006. That event had been aimed at selected Canadian and international producers developing English-language projects.