Producers Lab Toronto: participants for 2016 unveiled
by Naman Ramachandran
- European producers include Germany’s Amir Hamz, UK’s Camilla Deakin and Ireland’s Kathryn Kennedy
The seventh edition of Producers Lab Toronto (6-9 September) will take place amidst the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Organised by European Film Promotion (EFP) in collaboration with the Ontario Media Development Corporation and TIFF, the Lab will see 24 producers from Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand convening to discuss project ideas, funding information, and co-production deals. The platform has nurtured several transatlantic co-productions including Irish filmmaker Alan Gilsenan’s Canada-Ireland co-production Unless that was originally presented at the 2011 Lab and will have its world premiere at TIFF this year. The film’s Irish producer Tristan Orpen Lynch will present the project’s genesis in a case study together with his Canadian partner Jennifer Kawaja to this year’s participants.
Lynch said, “Producers Lab Toronto 2011 was extremely helpful for us in setting up our Irish-Canadian co-production feature film Unless. From meeting great Canadian Producers at Sienna Films and all the funding agencies to also being able to advance the project creatively, the experience provided a great framework for the start of the collaboration. It is fitting that the completed film will now have its world premiere at TIFF 2016.”
European participants this year include Hélène Cases (Lionceau Films, France, The Last Hammer Blow [+see also:
film profile]), Camilla Deakin (Lupus Films, UK, Ethel & Earnest), Mira Fornay (Mirafox, Slovak Republic, My Dog Killer [+see also:
film profile]), Amir Hamz (Bon Voyage Films, Germany, Der Nachtmahr [+see also:
film profile]), Anna Jancsó (Librecine, Hungary, Forgotten Man), Anita Juka (4 Film, Croatia, You Carry Me [+see also:
interview: Ivona Juka
film profile]), Kathryn Kennedy (Kennedy Films, Ireland, My Name Is Emily), Katrin Kissa (Homeless Bob Production, Estonia, Out of Fashion), Peter Lindblad (Snowcloud Films, Sweden, Siv Sleeps Astray [+see also:
film profile]) and Christof Neracher (Hugofilm Productions, Switzerland, Aloys [+see also:
interview: Tobias Nölle
Canadian participants include Coral Aiken (Aiken Heart Films, The People Garden), Katie Bird Nolan (Babe Nation Creations, Ways to Water), Tara Boire (boomerang films, Together Alone), Tim Doiron (WANGO Films, 88), Borga Dorter (Gearshift Films, The Waiting Room), Nicole Hilliard-Forde (Motel Pictures, The Other Half), Kim McCraw (micro_scope, Endorphine), Thomas Michael (Fella Films, Backcountry), Paul Scherzer (Six Island Productions, Coconut Hero) and Glen Wood (ViDDYWELL FiLMS, Two 4 One).
Tania Chambers (Feisty Dame Productions, Kill Me Three Times) and Alex White (Whitefalk Films, Florence Has Left the Building) are from Australia while Fraser Brown (FB Pictures, Orphans & Kingdoms) and Nadia Maxwell (Overactive Imagination, Here Be Monsters) represent New Zealand.
The Producers Lab is financially supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme in association with Screen Australia, the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), Eurimages and Telefilm Canada. The participating EFP member organisations are British Council, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Estonian Film Institute, German Films, Irish Film Board, Magyar Filmunió, Slovak Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Swiss Films and UniFrance Films.