Canada – Germany Audiovisual Business Development Days
The Embassy of Canada in Germany (Trade Commissioner Service), in partnership with the CMPA, invites producers for a series of events aimed at facilitating market intelligence gathering and business partnership opportunities through virtual events. The programming will consist of a panel discussion presenting Canada-Germany co-production case studies focusing on animation, feature film, and documentary as well as a series of business to business meetings.
The business to business meetings are reserved for CMPA member companies with an interest to collaborate with German producers and/or with a project or projects in development that would be suitable for a Canada – Germany co-production. Meetings are ongoing between March 4 – 10. If you are interested in registering, please contact Matthieu Jimenez.
Case studies of recent Canada – Germany co-productions
Animated project: Butterfly Tales
Emely Christians, Ulysses Films
Emely Christians is the Managing Director and Executive Producer for Ulysses Films. Emely Christians, born 1970 in Wuppertal, graduated with a degree in Business Econimics with the focus on media law at the University of Hamburg. Beforehand she completed a training as a Media Business Manager and an editorial traineeship as picture documentator. Before she became Ulysses’ Managing director she was head of the artbuying department for a notable advertisement agency in Hamburg and also headed the Hamburg subsidiary of a nationwide picture agency. Emely Christians completed her editorial traineeship in the internationally well-known and trend-setting photo agency Bilderberg, where she later headed the advertisement department. In 2008 she participated in the renowned “Screenleaders EU” program, that aims at the managment positions of media businesses.
Marie-Claude Beauchamp, Carpe Diem Films
Marie-Claude Beauchamp is well known by Canadian and European broadcasters having financed a combined total of 300 hours in feature films and series production. She started her career as an international distributor and 20 years ago she moved to the production side of the business as a Producer. In 2004 she founded Carpediem Film & TV where she is the Executive Producer and President of the company.
Feature length documentary: Bee’s Diary
Dennis Wells, Taglicht Media
Dennis Wells is an award-winning director and producer who has achieved an international reputation for combining rigorous research with visual excellence and original storytelling. The son of a Dutch seaman and Polish singer has spent his childhood in Germany and Nigeria and studied sociology in Germany, Australia and Canada. He began his career as a freelance radio journalist and filmmaker and joined the German production company taglichtmedia in 2008, developing, producing and directing science and history documentaries for WDR, ZDF and arte in Germany and the Smithsonian Channel and PBS in the US.
Niobe Thompson, Handful of Films
Anthropologist Dr. Niobe Thompson is a Canadian filmmaker and science host, well known around the world for his engaging and adventurous on-screen presence. An experienced Producer and Director, Canada’s Globe & Mail calls his unique approach to science storytelling “indescribable, but brilliant.” Three-time winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Science & Nature Documentary and two-time winner of the “Best Human and Social Sciences” at the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, Niobe’s 2019 miniseries Equus – Story of the Horse received more national screen awards than any other Canadian documentary of its year. In 2019, after winning a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival for the short film Fast Horse, Niobe received his second Emmy nomination for his documentary on transplant medicine, Transplanting Hope. This was the first film in history to capture on screen the death of a patient and the decision of his family to donate his organs, and it helped transform Canada’s organ donation rate. Niobe is the founder of the boutique production company Handful of Films, which is the Canadian coproduction partner for the upcoming feature and television one-hour, Carbon – An Unauthorized Biography.
Kristine Knudsen also joined the panel to talk about her previous Canada- Germany co-production experience.
Kristine Knudsen, CEO, Knudsen Pictures GmbH
Kristine M.I. Knudsen studied Film Production at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany, followed by MEGA, EAVE and Inside Pictures. 2006 she co- founded Knudsen Pictures GmbH in Berlin and 2010 she founded Den siste skilling AS in Bergen. Her track record includes CG animated feature RICHARD THE STORK (Dir: T. Genkel & R. Memari, Berlinale Generation 2017). She also produced live action feature films such as NÅDE/ MERCY (Dir: M. Glasner, Berlinale Competition 2012) and HEVN/ REVENGE (Dir: K. Steinsbø, 2015). And coproduced SIHJA – THE REBEL FAIRY. Knudsen was nominated for “European Animation Producer of the year 2017” together with her co producers at Cartoon Movie 2017 and was awarded the Bavarian Film Award for “Best German Children’s Film” 2018. She is Co- Chairwoman of Animation Norway, Member of German Producers Association Produzentenallianz, as well as Member of the European Film Academy and German Film Academy.
Cornelia Hammelmann, Agent at Berlin’s Trinity Movie Agency and Co-Production Expert