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Trans Atlantic Partners Kicks Off North American Module with Strong Presence at TIFF

Trans Atlantic Partners Kicks Off North American Module with Strong Presence at TIFF

Accompanied by a strong presence of TAP producers at this year’s TIFF line-up, Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP), renowned international co-production training and networking program launches Module 2 of the 2014 edition in Halifax September 8th. TAP Producers will tackle a vast range of training topics and networking opportunities leading into the international coproduction market Strategic Partners, as part of the program.

Potsdam, Germany – After completing Module 1 in Berlin in June, The Erich Pommer Institut – EPI (Germany), new Presenting Partner Canadian Media Production Association – CMPA (Canada), and the Independent Filmmaker Project – IFP (USA) proudly present Module 2 of their annual intensive training and networking program for established producers from Europe, Canada, and the United States, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 8th- 14th. 22 experienced producers were selected from the target countries including, the UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Greece, Denmark, Canada and USA to participate in the 6th edition.

Looking forward to the upcoming training unit, TAP Head of Studies, Jan Miller, comments, “With the strong presence of TAP producers at TIFF this year, we’re seeing tangible evidence that the training program in Berlin and Halifax is supporting the best in international producer talent.”

The TAP producers’ highlight list of films that premiere at TIFF include:

Bang Bang Baby” produced by Daniel Bekerman (TAP 2013)

Big Muddy“produced by Bob Crowe (TAP 2009)

Cub” produced by Peter De Maegd (TAP 2009) and co-produced by Femke Wolting (TAP 2011)

Dukhtar” co-produced by Shrihari Sathe (TAP 2013)

Guidance” produced by Mike MacMillan (TAP 2014)

Hole” produced by Laura Perlmutter and Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith (both TAP 2014)

Shelter” produced by Katie Mustard  (TAP 2014)

Tigers” produced by Guneet Monga (TAP 2011)

Voice Over” co-produced by Nicolas Comeau (TAP 2014)

Wet Bum” produced by Paula Devonshire  and Lauren Grant (both TAP 2013)

In Module 2, producers take part in a multi-facetted training programme including up-to-date topics on marketing and distribution and case studies. The
list of experts and trainers is broad: Susan Shopmaker (Susan Shopmaker Casting, USA), Mark Horowitz (H20 Motion Pictures, USA), Mia Bays (Missing In
Action Films, UK), Evan Schwartz (FilmBuff, USA), Jay van Hoy (Parts and Labor Films, USA), Marc Almon (Story Engine Pictures), Andrew Noble (Filmoption
International) and Belgium producer Jean-Yves Roubin (Frakas Productions) as well as Phyllis Laing (Buffalo Gal Pictures). The TAP training leads directly
into Strategic Partners where producers will participate in 3 days of b2b meetings, panels and keynote speakers at one of the world’s pre-eminent
international co-production markets.

About Trans Atlantic Partners

TAP offers a unique combination of intensive, hands-on training with effective networking among potential partners, and targeted project feedback from
resource trainers.

TAP alumni include internationally acclaimed producers such as Sol Bondy, Germany (Youth – bfi Award-nomination 2013), Peter Bouckaert, Belgium (Bullhead –
Oscar®-nomination 2012), Marc- Daniel Dichant, Germany (In Darkness – Oscar®-nomination 2012), Anne-Marie Gelinas, Canada (Mars and Avril – Canadian Screen
Awards 4 nominations 2013), Alexandra Johnes, USA (The House I Live in – Sundance Grand Jury Prize 2012), Bob Moore, Canada (China Heavyweight – Sundance
Grand Jury Prize nomination 2012), Guneet Monga, India (Gangs of Wasseypur– Toronto & Cannes 2012, The Lunchbox – 2013 Cannes Critics’ Week Grand
Rail d’ Or), and Ryan Zacharias, USA (I Used to Be Darker – Sundance & Berlin 2013). Presenting


The Erich Pommer Institut (EPI) is one of the leading centers in Europe for media law, media management, and media research. As a non-profit independent
institute, our curriculum follows the process of media convergence through research, consultation and advanced training. Each year, EPI organizes and hosts
close to 40 seminars, workshops, conferences and panels – for the German as well as the European media industry.

The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is Canada’s leading trade association for independent producers. The CMPA represents more than
350 companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films and digital media. Together, the production
sector generates almost $6 billion of activity annually and sustains 127,700 high-quality, full-time jobs. The CMPA works on behalf of members to promote
and stimulate the Canadian production industry to ensure the continued success of Canada’s independent production sector and a future for Canadian

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is the U.S.’s oldest and largest not-for-profit advocacy organization for independent filmmakers. IFP
represents a network of 10,000 filmmakers in New York City and around the world, with a mission of ensuring that independent films enrich the universal
language of cinema, seeding the global culture with new ideas, kindling awareness and fostering activism.

TAP is supported by Telefilm Canada, VFF (Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten mbH) Germany, and Creative BC, Canada. Associate
partner: Strategic Partners

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