Irish producer Macdara Kelleher is among 24 international filmmakers who have been chosen to participate in Producers Lab Toronto at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival.
The Fastnet Films producer will be joined by 11 other European producers and 12 Canadian producers at the lab, which aims to strengthen relationships between European and Canadian producers and increase co-productions.
The participating producers – who include Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) and Arnar Knutsson (Black Game) – will spend three days during the festival exchanging stories, ideas and information on funding and co-productions.
They have been chosen because of their prior co-production experience and development of projects for the international marketplace. Kelleher’s recent production credits include Lance Daly’s ‘Life’s A Breeze’ and Brendan Muldowney’s forthcoming drama ‘Love Eternal’.
The European participants were chosen by the European Film Promotion network from the alumni of their Cannes-based networking platform Producers on the Move. Kelleher’s Fastnet Films colleague Morgan Bushe took part in this year’s Producers on the Move programme at the French film festival.
Producers Lab Toronto is organised by European Film Promotion in collaboration with the Ontario Media Development Corporation and TIFF and is backed by the MEDIA Mundus Programme, with additional support from Eurimages and Telefilm Canada.
The full list of participants are:
Tine Grew Pfeiffer, Alphaville Pictures Copenhagen (Denmark)
Nicole Gerhards, NiKo Film (Germany)
Yorgos Tsourgiannis, Horse Fly Productions (Greece)
Arnar Knútsson, Filmus Productions (Iceland)
Macdara Kelleher, Fastnet Films (Ireland)
Donato Rotunno, Tarantula Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Els Vandevorst, N279 Entertainment (The Netherlands)
Fernando Vendrell, david & golias (Portugal)
Ada Solomon, HiFilm Productions (Romania)
Isona Passola, Massa D'Or Produccions (Spain)
Peter Hiltunen, Illusion Film & Television (Sweden)
Dan Wechsler, Bord Cadre films (Switzerland)
Patricia Fogliato, Enigmatico Films
Aisling Chin-Yee, Prospector Films
Svet Doytchinov, Yantra Films
Sarah Timmins, Corvid Pictures
Yanick Letourneau, Peripheria Productions
Rayne Zukerman, Zazie Films
Daniel Bekerman, Scythia Films
Stephen Traynor, The Film Farm
April Mullen, WANGO Films
Rajvinder Uppal, At The End Of The Day Productions
Anita K. Sharma, Studio Entertainment
Lauren Grant, Clique Pictures