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Producers Lab Toronto 2016

From left to right (back row): Tara Boire (Canada), Anita Juka (Croatia), Nicole Hilliard-Forde (Canada), Anna Jancsó (Hungary), Katrin Kissa (Estonia), Kathryn Kennedy (Ireland), Alex White (Australia), Nadia Maxwell (New Zealand), Mira Fornay (Slovak Republic), Camilla Deakin (United Kingdom), Borga Dorter (Canada), Paul Scherzer (Canada), Fraser Brown (New Zealand), Hélène Cases (France), Thomas Michael (Canada), Kim McCraw (Canada).
From left to right (front row): Tania Chambers (Australia), Tim Doiron (Canada), Petter Lindblad (Sweden), Katie Bird Nolan (Canada), Amir Hamz (Germany), Christof Neracher (Switzerland), Coral Aiken (Canada), Glen Wood (Canada).


The seventh edition of PRODUCERS LAB TORONTO occurred during the Toronto International Film Festival® from September 6 to 9, 2016, organized by European Film Promotion (EFP) in collaboration with the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and the Toronto International Film Festival. Twenty-four producers from Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand were chosen to discuss project ideas, funding information, and co-production deals on both sides of the Atlantic and Down Under. The successful networking platform has facilitated the development of several trans-Atlantic co-productions, such as the Canadian-Irish co-production Unless by Irish director Alan Gilsenan, which was originally presented at the Producers Lab 2011 and will celebrate its world premiere at TIFF's 2016. The Irish producer Tristan Orpen Lynch presented the project's genesis in a case study together with his Canadian partner Jennifer Kawaja from Sienna Films to this year's participants. The Producers Lab is financially supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme in association with Screen Australia, the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), the participating EFP member organisations, Eurimages, and Telefilm Canada.

The participants of the PRODUCERS LAB TORONTO 2016 took part in various networking events, from 1:1 meetings, funding sessions on the different possibilities in Canada, Down Under and Europe through different financing models to the case study on Unless. Its Irish producer Tristan Orpen Lynch commented on the impact that the Producers Lab 2011 had on the film's development:

 "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." Tristan Orpen Lynch, co-producer, Unless

As in the past six years, the intensive exchange provides a perfect starting point for creating trans-Atlantic co-productions, shown by the fact that the 24 participants from last year are still in regular contact with one another and are having concrete talks on seven prospective co-productions, involving 12 different participants from Europe, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. With its pioneering initiative, EFP has prepared the ground for bilateral negotiations in order to provide easier access to the respective markets.

The participating producers, who were selected by the event's five partners according to their significant experience in co-production, presented new projects with international market potential. Hélène Cases from France, Producer on the Move 2012, who pitched the new project The Mercy Seat by director Alix Delaporte ("The Last Hammer Blow"), and Amir Hamz from Germany, who attracted international attention with the mystery-drama Der Nachtmahr (2015) and is now preparing the production of Immortality, are two of the ten European producers who took part in the event. Canadian participants included Paul Scherzer, among others, an alumnus of the TIFF STUDIO, who has produced award-winning festival faves like the French-Tunisian-Canadian co-production Challat Of Tunis (2014) or multi-talented Tim Doiron, who not only produces together with his Wango Film partner April Mullen films like the action thriller 88 (2015) and the horror comedy Dead Before Dawn (2012), but also stars in them and is responsible for the script.

European PRODUCERS LAB TORONTO 2016 participants:






Hélène Cases

Lionceau Films
e.g. Angele And Tony, 2011
by Alix Delaporte

UniFrance Films

United Kingdom

Camilla Deakin

Lupus Films
e.g. Ethel & Ernest, 2016
by Roger Mainwood

British Council

Slovak Republic

Mira Fornay

Mirafox s.r.o.
e.g. My Dog Killer, 2013
by Mira Fornay

Slovak Film Institute


Amir Hamz

Bon Voyage Films
e.g. Der Nachtmahr, 2016, by AKIZ

German Films


Anna Jancsó

e.g. Little Soldier, 2016
by Stella Corradi (short)

Magyar Filmunió/ Hungarian National Film Fund


Anita Juka

4 Film
e.g. You Carry Me, 2015
by Ivona Juka

Croatian Audiovisual Centre


Kathryn Kennedy

Kennedy Films
e.g. My Name Is Emily, 2015
by Simon Fitzmaurice

Irish Film Board


Katrin Kissa

Homeless Bob Production
e.g. The Temptation Of St. Tony, 2009
by Veiko Õunpuu

Estonian Film Institute


Petter Lindblad

Snowcloud Films
e.g. Siv Sleeps Astray, 2016, by Catti Edfeldt & Lena Hanno Clyne

Swedish Film Institute


Christof Neracher

Hugofilm Productions
e.g. Aloys, 2016, by Tobias Nölle

Swiss Films

 Participants from Canada, Australia and New Zealand at PRODUCERS LAB TORONTO 2016:


Coral Aiken

Aiken Heart Films
e.g. The People Garden, 2016
by Nadia Litz


Katie Bird Nolan

Babe Nation Creations
e.g. Ways To Water, 2016
by Kit Weyman


Tara Boire

boomerang films
e.g. Together Alone, 2014
by Mateo Guez


Tim Doiron

e.g. 88, 2015
by April Mullen


Borga Dorter

Gearshift Films
e.g. The Waiting Room, 2015
by Igor Drljaca


Nicole Hilliard-Forde

Motel Pictures
e.g. The Other Half, 2016
by Joey Klein


Kim McCraw

e.g. Endorphine, 2015
by Andre Turpin


Thomas Michael

Fella Films
e.g. Backcountry, 2014
by Adam Macdonald


Paul Scherzer

Six Island Productions
e.g. Coconut Hero, 2015
by Florian Cossen


Glen Wood

e.g. Two 4 One, 2015
by Maureen Bradley


Tania Chambers

Feisty Dame Productions
e.g. Kill Me Three Times, 2014
by Kriv Stenders


Alex White

Whitefalk Films
e.g. Florence Has Left The Building, 2014(short)
by Mirrah Foulkes

New Zealand

Fraser Brown

FB Pictures
e.g. Orphans & Kingdoms, 2014
by Paolo Rotondo

New Zealand

Nadia Maxwell

Overactive Imagination
e.g. Here Be Monsters, 2012 (short), by Nic Gorman

Detailed information about the 24 participants of Producers Lab Toronto 2016
can be found at

For more photos from this event visit OMDC’s PLT 2016 Facebook Gallery Day 1 and PLT 2016 Facebook Gallery Day 2.

Congratulations to all the PLT Alumni over the past seven years. Check out the EFP page of past producers from this initiative here.