21. June 2016 –
 Line-up of 25 selected film and TV producers from across Europe, Canada, and the USA as well as India and South Africa

The Erich Pommer Institut – EPI (Germany) proudly presents the producers selected for Trans Atlantic Partners 2016 (TAP) thanks to the support of its Industry Partners – Telefilm Canada, Canadian Media Producers Association – CMPA, and International Film Partners (Germany). The established 2-module co-production program once more offers a unique combination of intensive training with effective networking among potential partners and targeted project feedback from resource trainers. 25 experienced independent producers from Europe, Canada, and the USA will be joined by two colleagues from India and South Africa.

Given the success of last year’s introduction of TV drama projects, the 2016 edition continues to explore co-production opportunities and conditions for both formats – film and TV – featuring acclaimed international experts:

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René Bastian, Producer COLD IN JULY, TRANSAMERICA, President, Belladona Productions, USA; Ken Dhaliwal, Lawyer, Dentons, Canada; Ilann Girard, Producer ANNA, LEBANON, GOODBYE BAFANA, Arsam International, France; Phyllis Laing, Producer ALOFT, KEYHOLE, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, Buffalo Gal Pictures, Canada; Matthias Nitschke, Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, STUDIOCANAL, Germany; Sandra Ouaiss, Head of International Drama Co-productions, NEWEN Group, France; Becca Tesarfreund, WELCOME TO SWEDEN, Director of Development, Scripted Series Entertainment One, USA; amongst others.  

TAP provides extensive knowledge on international co-production and co-venturing from a European, Canadian and US perspective including in-depth and candid case studies of successful trans-Atlantic projects, market intelligence (figures, structure, players, operating conditions, the financial landscape, revenue sharing), legal framework as well as valuable information on sales and distribution. The program is directed at producers at career mid-level having produced at least one feature film or TV series.  

TAP consists of two training modules: Munich (June 24 – 29) and Halifax, Canada (September 12– 18) 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.  

“It’s a banner year for the line-up of Producers and Experts,” says TAP Director, Jan Miller. “And we are really encouraged by the feedback from the growing list of TAP alumni. Reviews are that the jam-packed program of seminars, 1-2-1 mtgs, and project advice from peers and industry experts serves as an excellent accelerator both for projects and participants.”  

Nadja Radojevic, EPI’s CEO and Director of Training  adds, “We are very proud to launch Trans Atlantic Partners’ 8th edition and welcome our TAP producers to another strong program of intensive co- production training and networking. I would like to thank all of our Industry Partners for their invaluable support.”    

Full list of participants:


Paolo Benzi, Founder, General Manager, OKTA FILM, Italy | Producer THE OTHER SIDE (LOUISIANA) 2015 (Official Selection – Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival; Busan International Film Festival)

Trond Berg-Nilssen, Head of Drama, FilmhusetTV, Norway | Producer LILYHAMMER 2011

Colin Day, Founding Partner, Rickshaw Entertainment, UK | Producer QUEEN OF CARTHAGE 2015 (Montreal World Film Festival)

Janni Helleskov, Sequoia Global Alliance, Denmark | Producer MIT FIFTY/FIFTY LIV 2016

Violetta Kaminska, Apple Film Production, Poland | Co-producer UNDER ELECTRIC CLOUDS 2015 (Silver Bear, Berlinale; Asia Pacific Screen Awards)

Anne Marie Naughton, Park Films, Ireland | Producer THE CANAL 2014 (Tribeca Film Festival)

Alexander Weimer, Managing Director, MovieBrats Pictures, Germany | Producer LOST PLACE 3D 2013


Kyle Bornais, Executive Producer, Co-Founder, Farpoint Films | Producer WILD CHERRY 2010

Jason Brennan, Nish Media | Producer LE DEP 2015 (Karlovy Vary, RainDance)

Donna Davies, President, Ruby Tree Films Inc. | Writer, Producer, Director FANARCHY 2015 (Best Documentary, Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival 2015; Best Documentary, Nova Scotia Screen Awards, 2016)

Nicole Hilliard-Forde, Motel Pictures | Producer THE OTHER HALF 2016 (Narrative Competition, SXSW Film Festival; Chicago Critic's Choice Film Festival)      

Jane Loughman, Monkeys & Parrots | Producer DEBUG 2015

Lori Lozinski, President, Violator Films | Producer ONCE THERE WAS A WINTER 2016

Jeremy Torrie, President, Bandwidth Digital Releasing | Co-writer, Director, Producer JULIANA & THE MEDICINE FISH 2016

Barbara Willis Sweete, President, Willis Sweete Productions | Producer, Director SONGS OF FREEDOM 2015


Peggy Cafferty, CEO, Dahooma Productions | Producer YOU BURY YOUR OWN 2015 (Best Feature, Art of Brooklyn Film Festival)

Victoria Cordova, Content Creator, Red Flag Productions | Producer MOO MOO & THE THREE WITCHES 2015

Daryl Freimark, President, Hardball Entertainment | Producer FIVE STAR 2015 (Best Editing, Tribeca Film Festival; Venice Days)

Kimberly Parker, Bright Citrus Productions | Producer THOSE PEOPLE 2016 (Audience Award, Best U.S. First Feature, OutFest 2015; Audience Award Winner, Best Narrative Feature NewFest 2015)

Krista Parris, Founder, Parris Pictures | Producer THE FLY ROOM 2015-2016 (Woodstock Film Festival 2014)

Matthew Smaglik, Smaglik LLC I Producer DIVERGE 2016 (Winner US in PROGRESS, Paris 2015; Frontiers Work in Progress)

Mayuran Tiruchelvam, Dodgeville | Co-Producer, Co-Writer THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE 2015 (BAM New Voices in Black Film 2014)

Laura Wagner, CEO, Bay Bridge Productions, Inc. | Producer IT FELT LIKE LOVE 2014 (Sundance Film Festival 2013, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013)


Jaspreet Kaur, KR Movies & Entertainment, India | Producer BAWAL 2015

Maynard Kraak, West Five Films, South Africa | Producer, Director SUNSHINE LIMITED 2016

TAP alumni include:

Daniel Bekerman, Canada (Bang Bang Baby – Winner Best First Feature TIFF 2014)

Peter Bouckaert, Belgium (Bullhead – Oscar-nomination 2012)

Marc-Daniel Dichant, Germany (In Darkness – Oscar-nomination 2012)

Damon D’Oliveira, Canada (The Book of Negroes – Mini-Series 2014)

Michael Frislev, Canada (Fargo – TV Series – Primetime Emmy 2014)

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

Dariusz Jablonsky, Poland (Spies of Warsaw – TV Mini-Series 2013)

Guneet Monga, India (Lunchbox – Cannes 2013)

Karla Stojakova, Czech Republic (Corn Island – Winner Karlovy Vary 2014)

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

For further information, press material and interview requests 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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