TRANS ATLANTIC PARTNERS 2017 unveils producers

TRANS ATLANTIC PARTNERS 2017 unveils producers

15. June 2017 –
 Press release: 28 stablished feature film and TV producers form Europe, Canada and the USA

Now in its ninth year, the Erich Pommer Institut (EPI), together with he Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) present TRANS ATLANTIC PARTNERS (TAP), the international co-production and networking program for feature film and TV drama productions. For this year’s edition, 28 experienced independent producers and projects from Europe, Canada, and the US as well as India and Russia, join the program, beginning June 21 in Berlin, followed by Halifax, Canada (September 2017). Presented as two modules, TAP is a unique combination of intensive training, with effective networking among potential partners, and targeted project feedback from acclaimed industry experts. It provides extensive knowledge on international co-production and co-venturing from a European, Canadian and US perspective. TAP is supported by Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union and Telefilm Canada.

TAP’s unique features are its inclusion of US independent producers as participants, as well as its focus on
film and TV drama. The program explores co-production opportunities and conditions for both formats
featuring acclaimed international experts:

Nathalie Clermont, Director of Program Management, Canada Media Fund, Canada

Ken Dhaliwal, Attorney, Partner, Dentons, Canada

Ilann Girard, Producer I ANNA, LEBANON, GOODBYE BAFANA, Arsam International, France

Malte Grunert, Producer, A MOST WANTED MAN, LAND OF MINE, Amusement Park Film, Germany

Lars Hermann, Deputy Head of Drama, DR Drama, Denmark

Phyllis Laing, Producer ALOFT, KEYHOLE, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, Buffalo Gal Pictures, Canada

Kai May, Attorney, Partner, Unverzagt von Have, Germany


Julia Sereny, Producer RANSOM (TV Series), EP RIFTWORLD CHRONICLES (TV Series), Sienna Films, Canada

TAP consists of two intensive training modules in Berlin (June 21 – 24) and Halifax, Canada (September
12– 17). 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. Furthermore, TAP is
organizing an industry event with 1-2-1 meetings among more than 20 potential co-production partners
from the local industry in Berlin on June 23.

Nadja Radojevic, CEO and Director Training EPI: “We are thrilled to welcome another 28 producers to our
international TAP network. The selected film and TV projects promise a very productive year.”

“It’s a banner year given the level of TV drama and feature film producers selected from across Europe, the
US, and Canada for the TAP 2017 line-up. With more countries participating than ever before, it really
illustrates the importance of the program and international co-production on a global scale”, comments
TAP Director, Jan Miller.

Full list of selected PRODUCERS:

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Markku Flink, Producer, Luminoir Oy, Finland | Producer, MISS BLUE JEANS 2012 (Jecheon Music & Film Festival 2013, Main Prize & Special Jury Award; FEST 2013, Silver Castle)

Esther Friedrich, Producer, MovieBrats Pictures GmbH, Germany | Producer, LOST PLACE 3D 2013, Co- Producer ZOOLOGY 2016 (Karlovy Vary IFF, 2016, Special Jury Prize; Toronto IFF, 2016; Fantastic Fest, 2016, Best Picture) Anita Juka, Producer, 4 Film Ltd., Croatia | Producer, YOU CARRY ME 2015 (Karlovy Vary IFF, 2015; Santa Barbara IFF, 2016, European Film Academy nomination, official entry, 88th Academy Awards)

Michal Kráčmer, Producer, Prague Movie Company, Czech Republic | Producer, UNCLE VICTOR 2015 (Pune International Film Festival 2015; Mumbai International Film Festival 2015)

Daniel Kresmery, Producer, Head of Production and Development, Korda Studios, Inc., Hungary | Producer, BLACK SOUP 2014 (Raindance FF London, 2014; Titanic IFF Budapest, 2013, Opening Night Special Screening)

John McKay, Producer, Compact Pictures, UK | Writer, Director, Producer, WE'LL TAKE MANHATTAN 2011 (Prix Europa, 2011, Best Drama)

Rachael O'Kane, Producer, Tilted Pictures Ltd., Ireland | Producer, BUTCHERS 2010, Producer THE THIRD WAVE 2017

Danijel Pek, Producer, Antitalent, Croatia | Producer, VIS-A-VIS 2013 (Pula FF, 2013, Best Movie by Young Jury; Raindance FF, 2014), Producer GORAN 2016 (Fantasia IFF, 2016, Best Male Role; SXSW FF, 2017)

Fredrik Støbakk, Producer, Head of TV, Ape&Bjørn AS, Norway | Producer, CAPTAIN SABERTOOTH AND THE TREASURE OF LAMA RAMA 2014, Producer MATCH 2017 (Serié Series)

Milan Stojanovic, Producer, SENSE Production Ltd., Serbia | Producer, BARBARIANS 2014 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Special Mention; European Film Festival Palic, Seyfi Teoman Award)

Marteinn Thorsson, Producer, VP, Development, Tenderlee Motion Pictures Co., Icelandic Academy of Storytelling, Iceland | Producer, Writer, Director, XL 2013 (Karlovy Vary IFF, 2013, Best Actor)

Anja Wedell, Producer, Czar Film GmbH, Germany | Producer, BIKINI MOON 2017, Co-Producer NEW MONEY 2017


Leslie Bland, Producer, Less Bland Productions Inc., Canada | Producer, Director SHE KILLS ME 2014, Director, Producer OLLIE AND EMMA 2016

Tanya Brunel, Producer, High Definition Pictures Inc., Canada | Producer PATH OF SOULS 2012 (Cowichan International Aboriginal FF 2012, Best Picture; American Indian FF 2012, Best Director)

Mackenzie Donaldson, Producer, Development Executive, Shaftesbury, Canada | Co-Producer, ORPHAN BLACK 2013-2017 (Emmy Awards 2016, Best Actress; CSA Awards 2013/2014/2015/2017, Best Drama), Director, Producer, Writer THE DEFINITES 2017

Cameron MacLaren, Producer, MacLaren Productions Inc., Canada | Producer SPACE & TIME 2017, Associate Producer LETTERKENNY 2016 (CSA Award 2017, Best Comedy)

Kryssta Mills, Producer, Mills Films Inc., Canada | Co-Producer YEAR OF THE CARNIVORE 2010, Associate Producer THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS 2008 (Berlin IFF 2007, Manfred Salzgeber Award, Atlantic FF 2007)

Glen Wood, Producer, Director, Viddywell Films Inc., Canada | Producer, THE DARK STRANGER 2016, Executive Producer TWO 4 ONE 2015 (San Francisco International LGBTQ FF; Los Angeles Outfest)

William Woods, Producer, Woods Entertainment Canada Inc., Canada | Producer, MEAN DREAMS 2017 (Cannes Directors' Fortnight; Toronto IFF), Producer IN RETURN 2012 (Indianapolis IFF)

Rayne Zukerman, Producer, VP, Development, Indian Grove Productions Ltd., Canada | Producer, LE DIVAN DU MONDE 2010 (FICFA, 2010; Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois, TV5 Award for Best Feature 2010), Co- Producer REMEDY (Seasons 1 & 2) 2013-2015


Allison Carter, Producer, Savage Rose, USA | Producer, DONALD CRIED 2017 (SXSW 2016; New Directors New Films 2016), Line Producer AMERICAN HONEY 2016 (Cannes IFF 2016, Jury Prize; BIFA 2016, Best British Independent Film)

Reena Dutt, Producer, Painted Tree Productions & Off-Chance Productions, USA | Producer, AS GOOD AS YOU 2017 (Hollywood Reel IFF, 2015, Best LGBT Film; Flickers' Rhode island IFF), Line Producer CHEE & T 2017 (Los Angeles FF, 2016, Special Jury Prize for Comedy; San Diego Asian American FF 2016, Best Narrative Feature)

Kiara C Jones, Producer, Cultivated Films LLC, USA | Producer, SHE'S LOST CONTROL 2014 (Berlinale IFF 2014, CICAE Award, Nomination Best First Feature; SXSW 2014, Gamechanger Award Nomination), Producer CHRISTMAS WEDDING BABY 2014 (DGA, Grand Jury Award; Urbanworld)

Carolyn Mao, Producer, USA | Producer, GOOD ENOUGH 2016 (Boston IFF, 2016, Indie Best Actress Winner; Bentonville FF, 2016), Producer SAENG-IL 2011 (Gen Art FF, 2011, Audience Award; Toronto Reel Asian IFF, 2011) Trevite Willis, Producer, Southern Fried Filmworks LLC, USA | Producer, CARGO 2017 (Miami International Film Festival), Producer CHILDREN OF GOD 2010 (BFI Flare; OutFest)


Gitika Aggarwal, Producer, Partner, Neo Juris LLP, India | Associate Producer, THE LUNCHBOX 2014 (Cannes FF, 2014, Audience Choice Award), Executive Producer MONSOON SHOOTOUT 2014 (Cannes IFF, 2014)

Mauro Mueller, Producer, Fidelio Films, Mexico & Switzerland | Producer, COPENHAGEN 2014 (Slamdance Film Festival, 2014, Audience Award; Florida Film Festival, 2014, Grand Jury Award)

Elena Yatsura, Producer, Virtual Kick Studio Ltd., Russia | Producer, "4" 2005 (Rotterdam IFF, Golden Tiger, Golden Cactus), Producer 9TH COMPANY 2005

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