Trans Atlantic Partners cultivates international producers for the next Oscar contenders
(Halifax, NS) This year’s line-up of film producers from Canada, Europe and the United States are set to participate in Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP), co-presented by Canada’s Strategic Partners, Germany’s Erich Pommer Institut and New York’s Independent Filmmaker Project.
TAP is an innovative, intensive, three-module training program for producers with co-production and co-venture projects in development. The annual initiative kicks off with its first module in Berlin, June 23 to 28, before moving to Halifax and Strategic Partners from September 11-16, followed by New York and No Borders from September 17 to 20.
The impressive line-up for TAP 2012 produc er participants includes:
- Canadians: Serge Noel (co-producer, Games of the Heart; producer, Nuages Sur La Ville); Karen Shaw (co-producer, Nigeria’s Climate In Crisis; co-producer, Jack and Jill vs. The World); David Cormican (executive producer,The Tall Man; executive producer, Faces in the Crowd); Cher Hawrysh(producer, Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action; co-producer, Scared Sacred);Judy Holm (producer, Victoria Day, Radio Revolution: The Rise & Fall of the Big 8; producer, 100 Films and a Funeral); Mark Montefiore (producer, Eating Buccaneers; co-producer, Picnicface, TV Series); Chantal Lafleur, (producer, A Cargo To Africa, Sogokuru)
- Europeans: Nicole Carmen-Davis, British (executive producer, Malice in Wonderland, Fifty Dead Men Walking); Marco Gilles, German (co-producer,Bibliothèque Pascal; associate producer, Cheri-Dangerous Liaisons); Fabian Maubach, German (producer, Cracks in the Shell [Die Unsichtbare], The Day I Was Not Born [Das Lied in mir]); Pauli Pentti, Finnish (producer, Survival in Venice); Neil Thompson, British (producer, Clubbed); Ewa Pytka, Polish (producer, Milczenie jest zlotem [Silence is Golden]); Kestutis Drazdauskas, Lithuanian (co-producer, Wide Open Spaces, The Race); Ole Wendorff-Østergaard, Danish (co-producer, Antichrist, The Blessing)
- Americans: Ryan Zacarias (producer, Septien, The Colonel’s Bride); Jenny Schweitzer-Bell (producer, 12 & Holding), Former Head of Production at Vox 3 Films; Jodi Redmond (producer, Fray, Crazy Beats Strong Every Time);Monique Peterson (producer, Mommy Mafia - web series); Katie Mustard(producer, Night Catches Us, Restless City); Susan Lewis (executive producer,Pariah), former development executive, MTV Films; Kisha Cameron Dingle – former executive with New Line Films and runs Focus Features’ Africa First Program; Alex Johnes – (producer, The House I Live In)
“We know this format has proved to be tremendously effective in providing essential training,” commented TAP co-presenter and Strategic Partners Director, Jan Miller. “The Canada-France feature film co-pro, Home Sweet Home went to camera June 4. This international collaboration came about as a direct result of Gearshift Films producer, Borga Dorter (Canada), and Countess Films producer, Douchka Papierski (France), building a relationship through TAP.”
The June module will feature case studies of several successful trans-Atlantic co-productions/co-ventures. Among this year’s films are:
- Foxfire (Canada/France co-production) presented by Haut et Court and The Film Farm, directed by Laurent Cantet, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates
- A Dangerous Method (Germany/Canada/UK co-production) presented by German co-producer Marco Mehlitz, produced by Lago Film, Talking Cure Productions and Recorded Picture Company, directed by David Cronenberg and starring Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen
ABOUT TRANS ATLANTIC PARTNERS:
TAP offers one-of-a-kind, in-depth professional development to established film producers. Trainers and resource people are active, leading industry co-production players. Participants receive training on all aspects of co-production, including legal, finance, distribution and exploitation. The program allows producers to gain knowledge and practical advice to move their productions forward.
TAP is supported by the MEDIA Mundus Programme of the European Union, byTelefilm Canada and by VFF – Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten (collection society for film and TV producers). TAP is presented by the Erich Pommer Institut (Germany), the Independent Filmmaker Project(USA), and Strategic Partners.
Erich Pommer Institut (Germany) - www.epi-medieninstitut.de
The Erich Pommer Institut (EPI) is one of Europe's leading centres for media law, media economy and media research based in Potsdam, Germany. Each year, EPI organizes and hosts close to 40 seminars, workshops, conferences and panels – both for the German as well as the European media industry.
IFP Independent Filmmaker Project (USA) - www.ifp.org
IFP is the U.S.’s oldest and largest non-for-profit advocacy organization for independent filmmakers. IFP represents a network of 10,000 filmmakers in New York City and around the world, with a mission of ensuring that independent films enrich the universal language of cinema, seeding the global culture with new ideas, kindling awareness and fostering activism.
Strategic Partners (Canada) - www.atlanticfilm.com/sp
One of the world’s pre-eminent co-production markets, Strategic Partners (SP) is an initiative of the Atlantic Film Festival. With Telefilm Canada as its Presenting Partner, it is the one-stop shop for feature film, TV and multiplatform fiction producers, broadcasters, sales agents, financiers, distributors and film agencies. SP is the place to discover and develop compelling projects and make investment happen.
For more information:
For EUROPEANS: Nadja Radojevic, EPI | email@example.com | T: +49 331 721 28 85
For CANADIANS: Jan Miller, Strategic Partners | firstname.lastname@example.org | T: +1 902 823 1409
For AMERICANS: Amy Dotson, IFP | email@example.com | T: +1 212 465 8200 x203
For interviews, or more information, please contact:
Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons, publicist
Strategic Partners/Trans Atlantic Partners
Atlantic Film Festival