Aussie, Kiwi Filmmakers Join Producers Lab Toronto 2013

The Toronto International Film Festival co-pro forum by the EFP and the OMDC is looking to generate more global collaboration with traditional Canadian and European partners.

TORONTO - Organizers of Producers Lab Toronto 2013 on Thursday said they will have Australian and New Zealand producers join their trans-Atlantic co-production forum set for the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

The move by European Film Promotion (EFP), the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Toronto festival to include Aussie and Kiwi producers comes as their European and Canadian counterparts continue to chase the benefits of international co-productions globally.

“The film industry is so international now that it’s fundamental that one shares knowledge about financial and technical resources as well as compatible ideas with colleagues from around the globe,” said Renate Rose, managing director of EFP, in a statement.

The September 4 - 7 co-production forum will host 10 handpicked European producers, 10 Canadian producers and four more from Australia and New Zealand.

Screen Australia and New Zealand Film Commission are backing the fourth edition of Producers Lab Toronto as they eye larger budgets, bigger international releases and increased box office for films structured as international co-productions.

The TIFF gathering is also receiving financial backing from the EU’s Media Mundus program, the OMDC, the Toronto film festival, Eurimages, Telefilm Canada and varied EFP groups.