Forty Canadian and international producers will head to the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s annual International Financing Forum in Toronto.

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The ninth-annual International Financing Forum (IFF), a feature co-financing market for English-language projects, will run Sept 7-8 during Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).

The two-day event includes one-on-one meetings, an industry panel discussion, roundtable meetings, a networking luncheon, and a producers’ opening night networking reception.

IFF partners include Telefilm Canada, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), and Toronto Film Commission & Entertainment Industries.

Among this year’s international projects are:

  • The Lunchbox producer Guneet Monga with sci-fi drama Punha, starring Kanal Nayyar of The Big Bang Theory;

  • Land Ho! producers Mynette Louie and Sara Murphy reteaming with director Aaron Katz on Settlers;

  • former Screen International Future Leader Sol Bondy of Germany’s One Two Films with US-based Jennifer Fox with her thriller The Tale to star Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn and Sebastian Koch;

  • London-based Uzma Hasan representing Guillem Morales’ Baghdad-set thriller Murderland;

  • ‘71 producer Angus Lamont with Other People’s Money to star Brian Cox;

  • France’s Jerome Dopffer reuniting with Carnages director Delphine Gleize on comedy Lily of the Valley, starring Chiara Mastroianni.

UK producer Rebecca Knapp of The Content Providers/Dark Engine will prsent sci-fi thriller Prisoners’ Dilemma, starring Lynn Collins (Wolverine) with production designer Frank Walsh (Inception), stunt coordinator Jim Churchman (Iron Man 3,), and visual effects producer Frank Schlegel (V for Vendetta).

From Canada, the projects include:

  • Eric Jordan and Paul Stephens of The Film Works (In Darkness) with action thriller The King of Car Thieves directed by Deepa Sahi and written by Silent Hill’s Leslie Kreuger;

  • Tony Wosk and Larry Raskin with thriller Resistance to be directed by Bon Cop, Bad Cop’s Erik Canuel;

  • Michael Dobbin and Andrew Rendall with Moving Pictures to star Timothy Spall;

  • Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja with Kate Melville’s comedy Cat People;

  • Mark Smith with animated Clive Barker adaptation Zoombies;

  • Aisling Chin-Yee and John Cristou with Johnny Ma’s Beijing-set comedy 10,000 Happiness.

Past films at the IFF include Incendies, Coriolanus, Wadjda, Animal Kingdom and Hector and the Search for Happiness.


Title of ProjectGenreProvinceProducerDirector/WriterCompany Name
10 000 HappinessDramaQuebecAisling Chin-Yee & John Christou

Director / Writer:

Johnny Ma

Prospector Films
A Good GirlIndie Romantic ComedyNova ScotiaMarc Almon

Director: Sean Garrity

Writer: Iain MacLeod

Story Engine Pictures
Cat PeopleComedyOntarioJulia Sereny & Jennifer Kawaja

Director: Kate Melville

Writer: Ameni Rozsa

Sienna Films
KeepersPsychological ThrillerManitobaMerit Jensen Carr & John Paizs

Director: John Paizs

Writer: Stephanie Kostiuk

Merit Motion Pictures
Level 16Futuristic ThrillerOntarioJudy Holm & Sarah JacksonDirector / Writer: Danishka EsterhayMarkham Street Films
M@RSSci-Fi HorrorOntarioGeorge AyoubWriter: Paul DonovanRamaco Media
Moving PicturesComedyOntarioMichael Dobbin & Andrew RendallDirector / Writer: Crispin WoodQuiet Revolution Pictures
Prisoner’s DaughterDramaOntarioDavid Cormican & Jennifer Mesich

Director: Michael Greenspan

Writer: Mark Bacci

Dan Carmody Productions
ResistanceMedical DramaOntarioTony Wosk & Larry Raskin

Director: Eric Canuel

Writer: Larry Raskin

Middle Child Films
RockboundDramaNova ScotiaBev Bliss

Director: Oliver Schmitz

Writer: Dennis Foon

Moving Films Inc.
Sleeping Dog LieDramatic ThrillerOntarioThomas Michael & Nicholas TabarrokWriter: Thomas Michael & Paolo ManciniFella Films
Stegman Is DeadCrime ComedyManitobaJuliette Hagopian & David Hyde

Director: David Hyde

Writer: Stephen Kunc

Julijette Films
The King of Car ThievesAction / ThrillerOntarioEric Jordan & Paul Stephens

Director: Deepa Sahi

Writer: Lesley Krueger

The Film Works
The Taking of Abigail GrimesHorrorOntarioDaniel Bekerman & Jonathan BronfmanDirector / Writer: Randall ColeScythia Films
Yana – April, MayErotic TravelogueOntarioJulia RosenbergWriter: Tamara Faith BergerJanuary Films
ZoombiesAnimated FamilyOntarioMark SmithWriters: Aaron Abrams & Brendan GallCopperhead Entertainment

Canadian Participants - Also In Attendance

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OntarioTricia Lee

Director: Tricia Lee

Writer: Corey Brown

A Film Monkey Production
Far To GoDramaOntarioBill House

Director: Larry Weinstein

Writers: Hannah Moscovitch & Rosa Laborde

House of Films
Hanna from HamburgComedyOntarioJeanne Strømberg & Alan Hausegger

Director: Katrin Bowen

Writer: Adrian Cunningham

StrømHaus Productions
The BequestPsychological ThrillerOntarioJeff Kopas & Robert Budreau

Director / Writer:

Jeff Kopas

Vitality Media Productions
Two Guys Who Sold The WorldComedyOntarioGeordie Sabbagh

Director: Patrick Boivin

Writer: Randall Lobb

Geordie Sabbagh Productions


International Participants – Main Programme


Title of ProjectGenreCountryProducerDirector/Writer 
Children of the RevolutionComedy DramaUKLucie WenigerovaWriter: Nick HoareSpring Pictures Ltd.
ContestAction AdventureAustraliaRichard Stewart

Director / Writer:

Greg McLean

Stewart & Wall Entertaiment
Lily of the ValleyComedyFranceJérôme Dopffer

Director / Writer:

Delphine Gleize

Les Productions Balthazar
MurderlandThrillerUKUzma Hasan

Director: Guillem Morales

Writer: James Dormer

Little House Productions
My Romantic HistoryComedyUKJessica Levick

Director / Writer:

Keri Collins

Magnified Pictures
Other People’s MoneyTrue Life Comedy ThrillerUKAngus Lamont

Director: Brian Kelly

Writer: Neil Forsyth

Crab Apple Films
Prisoner’s DilemmaSci-Fi ThrillerUKRebecca Knapp

Director: Mark Anthony Galluzo

Writer: Steve Chatterton

The Content Providers / Dark Engine
PunhaSci-Fi / DramaIndiaGuneet Monga

Director: Arati Kadav

Writer: Zain Matcheswalla

Sikhya Entertainment Pvt Ltd.
SettlersSci-FiUSAMynette Louie & Sara MurphyDirector: Aaron KatzSyncopated Films / Max Cap Productions
The Italian ChapelRomanceUKAndrew Bendel

Director: Emily Young

Writer: John Wrathall

Blue Horizon Productions
The Noble PathCrime ThrillerAustraliaJanelle Landers

Director / Writer:

Ben C. Lucas

The TalePsychological ThrillerGermanyJennifer Fox & Sol Bondy

Director / Writer:

Jennifer Fox

A Luminous Mind / One Two Films
Bird EclipsePeriod, Fantasy, HorrorIndiaRuchi Bhimani & Anand Gandhi

Director: Anand Gandhi

Writer: Rahi Anil Barve

Recyclewala Labs
White PointSci-Fi / ActionFinlandMark Lwoff

Director: Akseli Tuomivaara

Writer: Vesa Virtanen

Bufo Ltd.


International Participants Also In Attendance


CleoHeart-Warming DramaNew ZealandJohn BarnettWriter: Fiona SamuelSouth Pacific Pictures
Distant MelodiesPsychological ThrillerGermanyMichael Eckelt & Anette Unger

Director / Writer:

Justin Koch

Riva Filmproduktion GmbH
Mikveh (or “Immersion”)DramaIsraelChilik Michaeli

Director: Anita Doron

Writer: Hadar Galron

United Channels Movies / Evanstone Films
RangzenDramaIndiaAlan McAlex

Director / Writer:

Gaurav Saxena

Jar Pictures
The King’s RingAction / Adventure / DramaLatviaAndrejs Ekis & Kristians Alhimionoks

Director / Writer:

Aigars Grauba

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