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.