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Strategic Partners Deadline Approaches as Keynotes and Panels Announced

Strategic Partners Deadline Approaches as Keynotes and Panels Announced

Producers, financiers, broadcasters, distributors and sales agents now have less than a week to apply to Strategic Partners, the dynamic international co-production market of the Atlantic Film Festival – the ideal place to co-produce/co-venture with Canadians.
Deadline for producer applications and industry registrations is Monday, July 11. Apply online at

Delegates of this unique event – taking place Sept. 15-18 – will benefit from unparalleled access to international co-production/co-venturing opportunities with industry leaders and financiers via Strategic Partners’ effective 1-2-1 meetings. Nearly 1,000 pre-arranged business meetings will take place during the event, one of the world’s pre-eminent co-production markets focusing on feature film, television fiction, and multi-platform projects. Delegates also enjoy access to the screenings and galas at the Atlantic Film Festival and the popular Film Nova Scotia Lobster Dinner By The Sea.
“With our spotlight on Australia, South Africa and the US, our applications have already exceeded the numbers from last year. It’s going to be a stellar line-up for 2011, including our panels and keynotes.” said Jan Miller, Director of Strategic Partners.

Strategic Partners 2011 keynote presentations include:

A Conversation with Anne Carey: Christina Piovesan (Whistleblower/Amreeka) hosts a conversation with one of the leading indie producers in the US. Anne Carey began her career with the William Morris Agency, went on to work with Good Machine for nearly a decade, and in 2002 co-founded This is That Productions, with producers Ted Hope and Anthony Bregman. Credits include: The American, Adventureland, The Savages, Towelhead, The Ex, and Friends With Money. In 2007, Carey and her business partners were included in Hollywood Reporter’s Indie Power 50. Recently moving beyond This is That, Anne joined forces with Mindy Goldberg and Epoch Films (Junebug, Gigantic) to help expand the company’s film and television slate.

Michel Reilhac, Executive Director of Arte France Cinema and Director of Film Acquisitions for ARTE France, is a true visionary in the global screen industry. His keynote, Firm Steps Into Uncertainty, will address the risks that must be taken in a very fast and constantly changing media landscape. How do you make choices and decisions when the “medium is no longer the message” but the “medium is the mess …?”

Panel topics at Strategic Partners include Psst .. Private Equity is Back, with a remarkable line-up including Worldview Entertainment’s Chris Woodrow, CAA’s Ben Kramer, GK Films’ Lisa Wilson and Neil Tabtaznik from Blue Ice Entertainment; Financing from a BRAND New Perspective, moderated by Freshbaked’s Brett Heard; and Transmedia, hosted by Emmy Award-winning Stitch Media’s Victoria Ha, and including Australia’s Christy Dena.

Strategic Partners has a proven track record. Feature Films such as Ecstasy, Norteado, Shade of Violence, Love & Savagery, Surveillance, Helen, Shake Hands with the Devil, Dolan’s Cadillac, River King and Snow Angel and TV projects including Combat Hospital, The Yard, Burn Up, Diamonds, Sex Traffic, Words of My Perfect Teacher, Generation XXL and Mythquest all credit their participation in Strategic Partners as integral to their success.

Strategic Partners is a production of the Atlantic Film Festival.

A top Canadian festival, the Atlantic Film Festival is held each September in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Strong East Coast roots support a unique format for the festival, with its distinctive focus on film and music. It is large enough to attract the world’s most notable actors, directors and producers, but intimate enough to be innovative and flexible in its approach to the changing needs of our audiences and the industry. The AFF provides an unpretentious atmosphere to experience the best Atlantic, Canadian and international films, while showcasing some of the best musical talent from around Atlantic Canada. The Atlantic Film Festival produces: Strategic Partners, ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth, alFresco filmFesto, and Music & Image.
Organizers acknowledge the ongoing support provided to Strategic Partners by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), International Business Development Agreement (IBDA), Telefilm Canada, Shaw Media and Film Nova Scotia.

Strategic Partners is the exclusive Canadian institutional partner of Australia/New Zealand’s MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) 37ºSouth Market.

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