TRANS ATLANTIC PARTNERS announces 2015 line-up

TRANS ATLANTIC PARTNERS announces 2015 line-up

12. June 2015 –
 TAP announces its line-up of 24 producers for the internationally renowned training program

The Erich Pommer Institut – EPI (Germany) and the Canadian Media Production Association – CMPA (Canada) proudly present the 2015 producers selected for Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP), their international two module program. TAP offers a unique combination of intensive, hands-on training with effective networking among potential partners, and targeted project feedback from resource trainers. Although designed for experienced independent producers from Europe, Canada, and the US, TAP also offers three positions for producers from all over the world. This year, these producers come from India, Australia and Mexico.

Embracing the increasing popularity and demand for TV drama, for the first time this year, TAP invited producers to also submit TV drama projects, offering an intensive program that explores the co-production opportunities and conditions for both formats. Experts for Module One include award winning producers René Bastian, COLD IN JULY, TRANSAMERICA President, Belladona Productions Inc, USA; Phyllis Laing, ALOFT, KEYHOLE, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, Buffalo Gal Pictures, Canada; Oliver Simon, Partner, Production and Acquisitions, K5 International, Germany; Klaus Zimmermann, Managing Partner, Dynamic Television, 100 CODE, BORGIA, DEATH IN PARADISE, THE TRANSPORTER, France and Lorri Faughan, Production Financing Executive 19-2, PILLARS OF THE EARTH, Canada.

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The program consists of two training modules: Berlin (June 16 – 21) and Halifax, Nova Scotia  (September 14– 20) where TAP producers will also participate as full delegates at the Atlantic Film Festival's Strategic Partners – one of the world's pre-eminent international co-production markets. Supported by its Industry Partners Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund, TAP was originally created by the Erich Pommer Institut.  

“We are especially pleased to provide this year’s producers with a focus on TV drama projects in addition to narrative feature films, addressing the actual shifts within the industry,” says Nadja Radojevic, EPI’s CEO and Director of Training.  

”CMPA is proud to continue as a Presenting Partner of TAP which offers Canadian producers a one of a kind opportunity to work intensively with producers from around the world to develop strong projects for international coproduction. The additional focus on TV productions is an excellent addition to this year’s program,” comments Michael Hennessy, President and CEO CMPA.  

As TAP Head of Studies, Jan Miller adds “Exploring the synergies between film and television projects combined with this year’s line-up of producers receiving Expert feedback and direction in content, financing, packaging distribution and marketing creates an exciting dynamic for TAP 2015.”

Full list of participants:  


Simon Amberger, Deutschland (Producer, EASTALGIA, 2012, Molodist Int. FF 2012, Tallinn Int. FF 2013 | Producer, BLOCKBUSTAZ, 2014, Winner ZDFneo TV Lab 2014 | Producer, ADA, 2014)

Sebastien Aubert, Frankreich (PATARDZLEBI (BRIDES), 2014, Berlinale 2014, 3rd Audience Award)

Rudolf Biermann, Tschechische Republik (Producer, KAWASAKI'S ROSE, 2009, Berlinale 2010, Ecumenical Award Panorama Section, Czech Lion 2010 | Executive Producer, I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND, 2006, Berlinale 2006, FIPRESCI Critics Award | Producer, GARDEN, 1995, Karlovy Vary IFF 1995, Jury Award)

Jacqueline de Goeij, Belgien (Producer, ALLEZ, EDDY!, 2012, Chemnitz FF, Main Prize & Diamant Award For Most Convincing Acting Performance Of A Child, Palm Springs Best of the Fest Selection | Producer, ZUS & ZO, 2002, Academy Awards, Nominee Best Foreign Language Film, Dutch FF, Golden Calf Best Actor)

Sylvia Günthner, Deutschland (Producer, BELA KISS: PROLOGUE, 2013, Twisted Celluloid FF Ireland 2013, Audi Festival of German Films Australia 2014)

Martin Heisler, Deutschland (Producer, HOUSTON, 2013, Sundance FF 2013, Independent FF Boston 2013, Special Prize of the Jury | Producer FORGET ME NOT, 2012, FF Locarno, Settima Della Critica 2012, Best film | Producer DAVID WANTS TO FLY, 2010, Berlinale 2010)

Rachel Lysaght, Irland (Producer, PATRICK'S DAY, 2015, IFTA 2014, Best Script, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Sound | Producer, ONE MILLION DUBLINERS, 2014, TV Award Sandford Saint Martin Trust, UK, Irish FF Boston 2015, Director's Choice, Galway Film Fleadh Ireland 2014, Best Feature Documentary)

Christof Neracher, Schweiz (Producer, WAR (CHRIEG), 2014, San Sebastian FF 2014, Max Ophüls 2014, Max Ophüls Prize | Producer VITUS, 2006, Shortlist Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2006, Berlinale 2006, AFI Fest 2006, Audience Award)

Diarmid Scrimshaw, UK (Producer / Production Co., TYRANNOSAUR, 2012, Sundance 2011, Best Director, Satellite Awards 2011, Best First Feature)    


Coral Aiken, Kanada (Producer, Big Muddy, 2014, Toronto IFF 2014, Arizona IFF 2015 | Producer, THE PEOPLE GARDEN)

Patrick Banister, Kanada (Executive Producer, BITTEN, 2014 | Executive Producer, WHISTLER, 2006)

John Barbisan, Kanada (Executive Producer, BITTEN, 2014 | Executive Producer, WHISTLER, 2006)

Amy Belling, Kanada (Producer / DoP / Cam Op / Post Supervisor, SONGS SHE WROTE ABOUT PEOPLE SHE KNOWS, 2014, Toronto IFF 2014, Santa Barbara IFF 2015 | Producer / DoP / Cam Op / Post Super, STRESS POSITION, 2013, Sci Fi London 2013, Las Vegas FF 2013, Best Cinematography / Best Supporting Actor)

Isaac Clements, Kanada (Senior Production Executive, THE PINKERTONS, 2014-15 | Production Executive, SUNNYSIDE, 2014-15 | Associate Producer, SILENT NIGHT, 2012)

Jeff Kopas, Kanada (Producer / Director / Writer, AN INSIGNIFICANT HARVEY, 2011, Busan IFF 2012, Audience Award)

Linda Ludwick, Kanada (Exec. Producer/Producer: MOHAWK GIRLS SEASON 2, 2014, Yorkton FF 2015, Banff Media Festival 2015 | Exec. Producer/Producer, SMOKE TRADERS, 2012, Yorkton FF 2013 | Exec. Producer/Producer, REEL INJUN, 2009, 3 Gemini awards 2010 | Exec. Producer/Producer, MOOSE TV, 2006, CFPTA 2008)

Robyn Wiener, Kanada (Producer, NUMB, 2015 | Producer, BLACK FLY, 2014, VIFF 2014 , Marché du Film Telefilm Perspective Canada Cannes 2015 | Co-Producer / Line Producer, LAWRENCE & HOLOMAN, 2013, VIFF 2013, Best Director | Co-Producer / Line Producer, AMERICAN MARY, 2012, London Fright FF 2012)  


Mollye Asher, USA (Producer, FORT TILDEN, 2015, SXSW 2014 Grand Jury Prize | Producer, SHE'S LOST CONTROL, Independent Spirit Award Nominee 2015, Berlinale 2014 | Producer, SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME, 2015, Sundance 2015, Cannes 2015)

Diane Houslin, USA (Producer, YELLING TO THE SKY, 2011)

Tommy Oliver, USA (Producer, 1982, 2015, Toronto FF 2013, Austin FF 2013, Marquee Audience Award | Producer, THE PERFECT GUY, 2015 | Producer, KINYARWANDA, 2011, Sundance FF 2011, World Audience Award, AFI Fest 2011, Audience Award)

Riel Roch Decter, USA (Producer, THE WAIT, 2014, South by Southwest 2013, Deauville 2013 | Producer, BOTTLED UP, 2014, Tribeca Film Festival 2013 | Producer, LIFE AFTER DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979, 2014)  


Vivek Kajaria, Indien (Producer, FANDRY, 2014, Indian FF of LA 2014, Grand Jury Prize Best Film, Fipresci India 2014, Film Critic Award Best Indian Film 2013 | Presenter, ANUMATI, 2013, National Film Award for Best Actor 2013, New York Indian FF 2013, Best Film Award | Producer, SIDDHANT, 2015, Mumbai 2014)

Ozcar Ramirez Gonzalez, Mexiko (Producer, CICLO, 2013, DocsDF 2012, Vancouver Latino IFF 2013, Audience Award | Producer, THE COMPASS IS CARRIED BY THE DEAD MAN, 2013, Tokyo IFF 2011, LA IFF 2012 | Producer, DAYS OF GRACE, 2012, Cannes IFF 2011, Guadalajara IFF 2012, Best Director, Best Score, Press Award)

Lisa Shaunessy, Australien (Executive Producer, KILLING GROUND, 2016 | Co-Producer, BLACK & WHITE & SEX, 2012, IFF Rotterdam 2012, Sydney FF 2011, Best Experimental Film | Producer, HIPSTERS, SBS Australia, 2015)    

TAP Alumni include:

Daniel Bekerman, Kanada (Bang Bang Baby – Gewinner Best First Feature TIFF 2014)

Peter Bouckaert, Belgien (Bullhead – Oscar-Nominierung 2012)

Marc-Daniel Dichant, Deutschland (In Darkness – Oscar-Nominierung 2012)

Damon D’Oliveira, Kanada (The Book of Negroes – Mini-Serie 2014)

Michael Frislev, Kanada (Fargo – TV-Serie – Primetime Emmy 2014)

Anne-Marie Gelinas, Kanada (Mars and Avril – 4 Canadian Screen Award-Nominierungen 2013)

Dariusz Jablonsky, Polen (Spies of Warsaw – TV-Mini-Serie 2013)

Guneet Monga, Indien (Lunchbox – Cannes 2013)

Karla Stojakova, Tschechische Republik (Corn Island – Gewinner Karlovy Vary 2014)

Ryan Zacharias, USA (I Used to Be Darker – Sundance & Berlin 2013)    

For further information and press material please contact: European contact: Marijana Harder | PR | T: +49 (0)331 - 721 28 84 | North American contact: Jan Miller | T: +1 902 - 823 - 1409 |

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