Producers Lab Toronto reveals 2016 participants

The 24 participants of the 2016 Producers Lab Toronto have been unveiled. The selected producers include Camilla Deakin from the UK, who is currently in post-production on the Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn-voiced animation feature Ethel And Ernest[pictured].

Kathryn Kennedy from Ireland also makes the cut, having produced 2015 drama My Name Is Emily starring Evanna Lynch and Michael Smiley.

Also participating is Germany’s Amir Hamz - who produced surreal drama Der Nachtmahr, which played at Toronto last year - and France’s Hélène Cases, who was a Producer On The Move in 2012 and has feature credits including 2014 Venice-winning The Last Hammer Blow and 2010 César-nominated Angel & Tony.

Now in its seventh year, the initiative for emerging producers is run by European Film Promotion in collaboration with Ontario Media Development Corporation and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Taking place September 6-9 at this year’s TIFF, the participants will take part in various sessions on funding and co-production possibilities, networking events and one-to-one meetings.

The Producers Lab is supported by Creative Europe’s MEDIA programme in association with Screen Australia, the New Zealand Film Commission, the participating EFP member organisations, Eurimages, and Telefilm Canada.

Previous projects developed through the initiative include Ireland-Canada co-pro Unless, which was produced by 2011 participant Tristan Orpen Lynch and premieres as a Special Presentation at Toronto this year.

Producers Lab Toronto 2016

European participants:

  • Hélène Cases, Lionceau Films (France)
  • Camilla Deakin, Lupus Films (UK)
  • Mira Fornay, Mirafox s.r.o. (Slovakia)
  • Amir Hamz, Bon Voyage Films (Germany)
  • Anna Jancsó, Librecine (Hungary)
  • Anita Juka, 4 Film (Croatia)
  • Kathryn Kennedy, Kennedy Films (Ireland)
  • Katrin Kissa, Homeless Bob Production (Estonia)
  • Petter Lindblad, Snowcloud Films (Sweden)
  • Christof Neracher, Hugofilm Productions (Switzerland)

Canadian participants:

  • Coral Aiken, Aiken Heart Films
  • Katie Bird Nolan, Babe Nation Creations
  • Tara Boire, boomerang films
  • Tim Doiron, Wango Films
  • Borga Dorter, Gearshift Films
  • Nicole Hilliard-Forde, Motel Pictures Inc.
  • Kim McCraw, micro_scope
  • Thomas Michael, Fella Films
  • Paul Scherzer, Six Island Productions
  • Glen Wood, Viddywell Films
  • Tania Chambers, Feisty Dame Productions
  • Alex White, Whitefalk Films
  • Fraser Brown, FB Pictures
  • Nadia Maxwell, Overactive Imagination

Watch Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen Fall for Each Other in SXSW Premiere ‘The Other Half’

by Laura Prudom February 16, 2016 11:53AM

Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany and Downton Abbey thesp Tom Cullen will premiere their new film, The Other Half at South By Southwest on March 12, 2016, and Variety has an exclusive sneak peek at the drama, in which a grief-stricken man and a bipolar woman fall in love and try to forge a simple life together. 

Speaking to Variety after her Emmy nomination last year, Maslany explained how much of a “passion project” the film is for herself and Cullen — who are also a couple off-screen and serve as executive producers on the feature.

“It’s about two people who are very broken and very much in love with each other and trying to make it work. It’s a very simple story but told really beautifully,” she said. “The director is Joey Klein, and I’m working opposite Tom Cullen and it’s like a family affair. It’s a real passion project for all of us — we’ve been attached to it for years, so it’s finally seeing the light of day, which is the most gratifying thing.”

In the film, Nickie (Cullen) is a self-destructive loner ever mourning the disappearance of his younger brother. Having abandoned a life of promise in his native UK, he has subsisted by drowning grief in alcohol and violence. On the fifth anniversary of his brother’s disappearance – and on the verge of reaching his nadir – he meets Emily (Tatiana Maslany). The two form an immediate, inseparable bond: it is a love at first sight deepened by a shared sense of sorrow. The film also stars Suzanne Clément, Henry Czerny, Deragh Campbell and Mark Rendall.

The Other Half” will make its world premiere in the Narrative Feature Competition at SXSW. It was written, directed and produced by Klein. Other producers on the project include Nicole Hilliard-Forde and Jonathan Bronfman, along with executive producers Cullen, Maslany, Jay Firestone, Vanessa Piazza, David Miller, Mark Gingras, John Laing, Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja. Bobby Shore serves as cinematographer and James Vandewater edits, with Klein and Cullen providing the music for the film.

Eight Films Directed by Canadians at this Year's SXSW Festival

Eight Films Directed by Canadians at this Year's SXSW Festival

Telefilm Canada is delighted with the strong Canadian presence at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2016.

The 2016 SXSW Film Festival Lineup Has Been Announced

The 2016 SXSW Film Festival Lineup Has Been Announced

The 2016 SXSW Film Festival Lineup has been announced.

Tatiana Maslany, Tom Cullen to Star in Indie 'The Other Half'

The Hollywood Reporter

by Etan Vlessing April 21, 2015 10:06AM

The 'Orphan Black' star will play a bipolar woman, and the 'Downton Abbey' star will play a grief-stricken man. The two characters fall in love and struggle to forge a simple life.

Writer-director Joey Klein has found leads for The Other Half, his debut feature: Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany and her real-life boyfriend, Tom Cullen.

Maslany will play Emily, a bipolar woman who falls in love with Nickie (Cullen), a grief-stricken man with whom she struggles to forge a simple life. The ensemble cast includes Suzanne Clement(Mommy), who will play Emily's stepmother; Deragh Campbell (I Used to Be Darker) as her friend; and Mark Rendall (30 Days of Night) as Nickie's friend.

The Canadian film from indie producer Motel Pictures will shoot in Toronto in July, 2015. Nicole Hilliard-Forde is producing, with David MillerJulia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja sharing the executive producer credits.

Klein directed Maslany in an earlier short film, Waiting for You. The Orphan Black star is back on BBC America and Space, with the third season of the Canadian-made clone drama now underway.

Maslany also is co-starring alongside The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Dane DeHaan in the indie romancer Two Lovers and a Bear, set to shoot in Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic. Cullen is best known for his roles on Downton Abbey (as Lord Gillingham) and in Andrew Haigh’s Weekend.

Mongrel Media will release The Other Half in Canada.


The Harold Greenberg Fund Supports The Other Half Film

Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund today announced the funding of 26 film projects as part of its Script Development Program, one new project as part of its Equity Investment Program, and the appointment of a new Board Member, celebrated Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta. The slate of supported films includes new and already-announced films in all phases of development, from story optioning and first and second drafts, to polish and packaging, final-drafts, and equity investment. Included among the projects are: The Breadwinner, a Canada/Ireland animated adaption of the award-winning novel by Deborah Ellis; Joey Klein’s The Other Half starring Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black); Hey 45 from renowned playwright and Saving Hope creator and executive producer Morwyn Brebner; and When I Loved You, the latest from Canadian Screen Award winner Elan Mastai (What If).

“A new year brings innovative voices, original projects, and fresh faces to The Harold Greenberg Fund,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund. “We’re thrilled to welcome Richie Mehta as a board member, and would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to former Chair and outgoing board member Bryn Matthews.”

The Harold Greenberg Fund supports Heidegger Stairwell

Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund announced today its support for 22 film projects through its Script Development Program. The slate includes new and already-announced projects in all phases of script development, from story optioning and first and second drafts, to polish and packaging, and final-drafts.