Toronto 2012: Producers Lab Teams Canadians and Europeans for Co-Productions

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Twenty-four hand-picked filmmakers looking for production coin and partners were named for the TIFF gathering, led by Yorgos Lanthimos, Arnar Knutsson and Aisling Chin-Yee.

TORONTO – European producers Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth), Nicole Gerhards and Arnar Knutsson will participate in Producers Lab Toronto at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, to meet 12 Canadian producers and hothouse possible co-productions.

Gerhards of Germany’s NiKo Film produced Paula Markovitch’s Berlin award winner The Prize, while Knutsson of Filmus Productions saw his first film, Oskar Thor Axelsson’s Black Game, compete in Rotterdam and become the second-highest grossing film ever in Iceland.

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The lab, which brings 24 hand-picked Canadian and European producers together, is organized by the Ontario Media Development Corp. and European Film Promotion, in association with TIFF.

The exchange of story ideas, contacts and market intelligence will also include Canadian producers like Patricia Fogliato of Engimatico Films, Rayne Zukerman of Zazie Films and Stephen Traynor of The Film Farm.

“We’ve been very fortunate to be really supported by the Canadian funders, but as our projects grow in scope and appeal to an audience outside of Canada, we have to start looking in other places for project funding,” Aisling Chin-Yee of Prospector Films, who will also participate in the lab, said of mining Europe for co-production dollars while at TIFF.

Other European participants in Toronto include Macdara Kelleher of Ireland’s Fastnet Films, who is looking to structure Lance Daly’s thriller The Day I Tried to Live as an Irish-Canadian co-production,Donato Rotunno of Tarantula Luxembourg, and Tine Grew Pfeiffer of Denmark’s Alphaville Pictures.

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The Canadian contingent also includes Yantra Films’ Svet Doytchinov, Yannick Letourneau of Peripheria Productions, and Sarah Timmins of Corvid Pictures.

Producers Lab Toronto, set to run from September 5 through 8, is followed up by alumnae meetings during the Berlin and Cannes film festivals.