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TIFF 2014: Anticipating the International Financing Forum

By TO411 Staff Writer
Daisy MacLean

As TIFF 2014 swings into full gear this week, the Ontario Media Development Corporation is back again to host a number of industry focused events. Among them is the International Financing Forum (IFF) a feature film co-financing event. Where selected international and Canadian producers are brought together with international sales agents, distributors, funders, agents and executive producers to do business in brokered meetings and benefit from exclusive networking opportunities.

“In addition to three OMDC Film Fund-supported films screening this year (Maps to the Stars, October Gale and Wet Bum), we are running two back-to-back financing events during the festival.” Explains OMDC’s Manager of Industry Initiatives, James Weyman. “OMDC’s IFF, the International Financing Forum, has successfully launched over 60 productions into the marketplace by bringing producers and executives together to take meetings and get deals done. And now in its fifth year, Producers Lab Toronto is an international co-production forum for Canadian and European producers. In terms of star power, we’re eager to see Julianne Moore, who will walk the red carpet for her Cannes Palme d’Or winning role in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, along with co-star John Cusack. “

Michael Dobbin is one of the Canadian producers selected to attend IFF this year. An alumnus of Ryerson University, his recent titles include Boris Rodriguez’s Eddie – The Sleepwalking Cannibal, winner the “Black Tulip” (professional critics) award in Amsterdam and the Méliès d’Argent at Leeds; and Endre Hules’ The Maiden Danced to Death, winner of the Golden Eagle Award (CINE) and a Best-Actor nod for lead Zsolt Laszlo from the Hungarian Film Week. The film was also considered as Hungary’s nomination for the Best Foreign Language Oscar® at the 85th Academy Awards. In 2010, Michael founded the ‘Just Watch Me!’ Berlin Screeningroom with the Canadian Embassy.

Tell me a little bit about the project you are bringing to IFF this year?

Moving Pictures is a classic comedy in the vein of The Grand Seduction or Waking Ned Divine. It’s set in a tiny village in wartime Wales, near a filthy slate mine where the bulk of the National Gallery’s priceless collection or art was sent. Written and directed by Crispin Wood and it’s set to star top British talent including Timothy Spall, Juliette Stevenson and Miriam Margolyes.

Do you have any other goals for TIFF this year?

Our distribution company, Capital Motion Picture Group is on the prowl for Canadian interest films for the Canadian territory, so we hope to find some titles both in and out of the TIFF program to release in Canada. We’re excited about the upcoming release of Citizen Marc, a tongue-and-cheek documentary about famed pot activist, Marc Emery. It hits Canadian screens on the 17th of October.

What do you hope to accomplish through IFF and other producer programs at TIFF this year?

TIFF isn’t the most important market in our calendar, although it’s a good one. It gives us the opportunity to meet with talent and execs from all over the globe, who descend on one square mile of the planet for a few days. We discuss our upcoming projects and releases and it helps to plan our development, production and releasing cycle for the coming year.

How did it go for your project last year IFF?

Last year we took a great project to IFF called Wounded, by Canadian writer-director Max McGuire. IFF was an extremely important opportunity to sound out our prospective partners and sales companies who responded very favourably to the material. With a little luck, you’re going to see this movie on the big screen some time in 2015-16. 

Do you have advice to future producers about the industry programs offered at TIFF?

Always plan ahead. Organisation is key. Plan to apply for these initiatives (don’t miss the deadline). Come prepared and ALWAYS follow up with your meetings. Even if you don’t plan on proceeding with a contact on this particular project, it’s important to reinforce that contact for the future. Not only is it important to stay in touch with good companies, but also executives move around, so a company where you haven’t previously had a hot contact could end up employing your contact in future.

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Front Page, Industry News

TIFF 2014: Anticipating the International Financing Forum

By TO411 Staff Writer
Daisy MacLean

As TIFF 2014 swings into full gear this week, the Ontario Media Development Corporation is back again to host a number of industry focused events. Among them is the International Financing Forum (IFF) a feature film co-financing event. Where selected international and Canadian producers are brought together with international sales agents, distributors, funders, agents and executive producers to do business in brokered meetings and benefit from exclusive networking opportunities.

“In addition to three OMDC Film Fund-supported films screening this year (Maps to the Stars, October Gale and Wet Bum), we are running two back-to-back financing events during the festival.” Explains OMDC’s Manager of Industry Initiatives, James Weyman. “OMDC’s IFF, the International Financing Forum, has successfully launched over 60 productions into the marketplace by bringing producers and executives together to take meetings and get deals done. And now in its fifth year, Producers Lab Toronto is an international co-production forum for Canadian and European producers. In terms of star power, we’re eager to see Julianne Moore, who will walk the red carpet for her Cannes Palme d’Or winning role in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, along with co-star John Cusack. “

Michael Dobbin is one of the Canadian producers selected to attend IFF this year. An alumnus of Ryerson University, his recent titles include Boris Rodriguez’s Eddie – The Sleepwalking Cannibal, winner the “Black Tulip” (professional critics) award in Amsterdam and the Méliès d’Argent at Leeds; and Endre Hules’ The Maiden Danced to Death, winner of the Golden Eagle Award (CINE) and a Best-Actor nod for lead Zsolt Laszlo from the Hungarian Film Week. The film was also considered as Hungary’s nomination for the Best Foreign Language Oscar® at the 85th Academy Awards. In 2010, Michael founded the ‘Just Watch Me!’ Berlin Screeningroom with the Canadian Embassy.

Tell me a little bit about the project you are bringing to IFF this year?

Moving Pictures is a classic comedy in the vein of The Grand Seduction or Waking Ned Divine. It’s set in a tiny village in wartime Wales, near a filthy slate mine where the bulk of the National Gallery’s priceless collection or art was sent. Written and directed by Crispin Wood and it’s set to star top British talent including Timothy Spall, Juliette Stevenson and Miriam Margolyes.

Do you have any other goals for TIFF this year?

Our distribution company, Capital Motion Picture Group is on the prowl for Canadian interest films for the Canadian territory, so we hope to find some titles both in and out of the TIFF program to release in Canada. We’re excited about the upcoming release of Citizen Marc, a tongue-and-cheek documentary about famed pot activist, Marc Emery. It hits Canadian screens on the 17th of October.

What do you hope to accomplish through IFF and other producer programs at TIFF this year?

TIFF isn’t the most important market in our calendar, although it’s a good one. It gives us the opportunity to meet with talent and execs from all over the globe, who descend on one square mile of the planet for a few days. We discuss our upcoming projects and releases and it helps to plan our development, production and releasing cycle for the coming year.

How did it go for your project last year IFF?

Last year we took a great project to IFF called Wounded, by Canadian writer-director Max McGuire. IFF was an extremely important opportunity to sound out our prospective partners and sales companies who responded very favourably to the material. With a little luck, you’re going to see this movie on the big screen some time in 2015-16. 

Do you have advice to future producers about the industry programs offered at TIFF?

Always plan ahead. Organisation is key. Plan to apply for these initiatives (don’t miss the deadline). Come prepared and ALWAYS follow up with your meetings. Even if you don’t plan on proceeding with a contact on this particular project, it’s important to reinforce that contact for the future. Not only is it important to stay in touch with good companies, but also executives move around, so a company where you haven’t previously had a hot contact could end up employing your contact in future.

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Front Page, Industry News

TIFF 2014: Anticipating the International Financing Forum

By TO411 Staff Writer
Daisy MacLean

As TIFF 2014 swings into full gear this week, the Ontario Media Development Corporation is back again to host a number of industry focused events. Among them is the International Financing Forum (IFF) a feature film co-financing event. Where selected international and Canadian producers are brought together with international sales agents, distributors, funders, agents and executive producers to do business in brokered meetings and benefit from exclusive networking opportunities.

“In addition to three OMDC Film Fund-supported films screening this year (Maps to the Stars, October Gale and Wet Bum), we are running two back-to-back financing events during the festival.” Explains OMDC’s Manager of Industry Initiatives, James Weyman. “OMDC’s IFF, the International Financing Forum, has successfully launched over 60 productions into the marketplace by bringing producers and executives together to take meetings and get deals done. And now in its fifth year, Producers Lab Toronto is an international co-production forum for Canadian and European producers. In terms of star power, we’re eager to see Julianne Moore, who will walk the red carpet for her Cannes Palme d’Or winning role in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, along with co-star John Cusack. “

Michael Dobbin is one of the Canadian producers selected to attend IFF this year. An alumnus of Ryerson University, his recent titles include Boris Rodriguez’s Eddie – The Sleepwalking Cannibal, winner the “Black Tulip” (professional critics) award in Amsterdam and the Méliès d’Argent at Leeds; and Endre Hules’ The Maiden Danced to Death, winner of the Golden Eagle Award (CINE) and a Best-Actor nod for lead Zsolt Laszlo from the Hungarian Film Week. The film was also considered as Hungary’s nomination for the Best Foreign Language Oscar® at the 85th Academy Awards. In 2010, Michael founded the ‘Just Watch Me!’ Berlin Screeningroom with the Canadian Embassy.

Tell me a little bit about the project you are bringing to IFF this year?

Moving Pictures is a classic comedy in the vein of The Grand Seduction or Waking Ned Divine. It’s set in a tiny village in wartime Wales, near a filthy slate mine where the bulk of the National Gallery’s priceless collection or art was sent. Written and directed by Crispin Wood and it’s set to star top British talent including Timothy Spall, Juliette Stevenson and Miriam Margolyes.

Do you have any other goals for TIFF this year?

Our distribution company, Capital Motion Picture Group is on the prowl for Canadian interest films for the Canadian territory, so we hope to find some titles both in and out of the TIFF program to release in Canada. We’re excited about the upcoming release of Citizen Marc, a tongue-and-cheek documentary about famed pot activist, Marc Emery. It hits Canadian screens on the 17th of October.

What do you hope to accomplish through IFF and other producer programs at TIFF this year?

TIFF isn’t the most important market in our calendar, although it’s a good one. It gives us the opportunity to meet with talent and execs from all over the globe, who descend on one square mile of the planet for a few days. We discuss our upcoming projects and releases and it helps to plan our development, production and releasing cycle for the coming year.

How did it go for your project last year IFF?

Last year we took a great project to IFF called Wounded, by Canadian writer-director Max McGuire. IFF was an extremely important opportunity to sound out our prospective partners and sales companies who responded very favourably to the material. With a little luck, you’re going to see this movie on the big screen some time in 2015-16. 

Do you have advice to future producers about the industry programs offered at TIFF?

Always plan ahead. Organisation is key. Plan to apply for these initiatives (don’t miss the deadline). Come prepared and ALWAYS follow up with your meetings. Even if you don’t plan on proceeding with a contact on this particular project, it’s important to reinforce that contact for the future. Not only is it important to stay in touch with good companies, but also executives move around, so a company where you haven’t previously had a hot contact could end up employing your contact in future.

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