Networking program The Producers Lab Toronto, which brings together 24 producers from Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, returns to Toronto Film Festival next month for its seventh edition. The event, which runs Sept. 6-9, allows producers to discuss project ideas, share information about funding, and seal co-production deals.
The Producers Lab has facilitated the development of several trans-Atlantic co-productions, such as the Canadian-Irish pic “Unless” by Irish director Alan Gilsenan, which was presented at the Producers Lab in 2011 and will have its world premiere at this year’s festival. The Irish producer Tristan Orpen Lynch will present the project’s genesis in a case study together with his Canadian partner Jennifer Kawaja from Sienna Films to this year’s participants.
Participating producers will take part in various networking events, from 1:1 meetings, funding sessions on the different possibilities in Canada, Down Under and Europe through different financing models to the case study on “Unless.” They also will present new projects with international market potential. These include France’s Helene Cases, who will pitch “The Mercy Seat” by director Alix Delaport (“The Last Hammer Blow”), and Germany’s Amir Hamz, who attracted international attention with the mystery-drama “Der Nachtmahr” (2015), and is now preparing the production of “Immortality.”
The Producers Lab, which is organized by European Film Promotion in collaboration with the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the festival, is financially supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Program in association with Screen Australia, the New Zealand Film Commission, the participating EFP member organizations, Eurimages and Telefilm Canada.