International Co-production Accelerator Program
Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs
1-800-686-7440 ext. 337
Director, Development & Corporate Affairs
1-800-686-7440 ext. 338
The CMPA is working with renowned international consultant Jan Miller to offer the International Co-production Accelerator Program (ICAP). This flagship initiative will facilitate international cooperation between Canadian and international companies for the creation of feature films and drama series. The driving force of this initiative is to create project partnerships and long-lasting business relationships between Canadian and international production companies.
The ICAP program is composed of two streams. The Feature Film Stream will run from early-October to the end of November 2021. The Drama Series Stream will run from mid-January to mid-March 2022. ICAP will be presented virtually, offering masterclasses with industry players in the international production arena, content development, case studies, and pitching. As well it will include networking opportunities with international producers and 1-2-1 project consultations, with experts providing targeted feedback. The time commitment will be a maximum of two group sessions per week as well as five one-to-one sessions with industry experts over the course of the eight-week program.
In addition to group sessions, the program will put great emphasis on personalized support services to each participant. In advance of the program launch, each producer will meet with the program leadership team to establish goals and objectives for their company and project. All the masterclasses, panels and presentations will be designed to move forward projects in development with resources and information that will be applicable to each participating producer. As well, the one on one coaching and consultations sessions will be tailored to meet the needs of each participant.
In the two separate streams, global landscape for feature film and television series financing in Canada, the US and beyond
Overview of legal considerations for doing business internationally with a special focus on collaboration between participating countries
Distribution/marketing/festival strategies, structures and players
One-on-one consultations with experts, providing targeted feedback on project pitching, financing, legal considerations, securing private equity, marketing, and OTT distribution strategies
One-on-one meetings between participating producers
Full schedule to follow!
Participating expert bios
More experts to be announced
Molly Asher is an Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Spirit Award, and Gotham Award-winning producer. She produced Chloé Zhao’s NOMADLAND, (Searchlight Pictures), which won Best Picture at the Oscars, Spirit Awards, BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Critics Choice, and Gotham Awards. Other credits include Josef Kubota Wladyka’s CATCH THE FAIR ONE, which won the Audience Award at Tribeca 2021, Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ Gotham-nominated SWALLOW (IFC Films), Zhao’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight top prize winner THE RIDER, Sarah Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers’ SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner FORT TILDEN, Anja Marquardt’s Spirit Award- nominated and Berlinale award-winning SHE’S LOST CONTROL as well as Zhao’s debut feature SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME (Sundance, Cannes, Kino Lorber). Asher won the 2020 Independent Spirit Producers Award and was included in Variety’s 2021 NY Women’s Impact Report. She is an alumna of NYU’s graduate film program.
Daniel Bekerman, founder and president of Scythia Films, is one of Canada’s most prolific feature film producers, with experience in creative producing, financing, international co-productions and service productions having completed over 25 films in the last 5 years. Credits include Percy (2020), starring Christopher Walken, Zach Braff and Christina Ricci. Additionally, Falling, Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut, as well as, Come to Daddy (2019), starring Elijah Wood. Most notable credits include The Witch, winner of U.S. Dramatic Directing Award for Robert Eggers at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as two Independent Spirit Awards, and the feature Rememory, directed by Mark Palansky. Daniel executive produced The Craft: Legacy, (Sony/Blumhouse), directed by Zoe Lister Jones, Ready or Not (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Vinson Films) directed by ‘Radio Silence’ as well as How It Ends and ANON for Netflix. Daniel has also service-produced films with financing partners that have MGM, Sierra Affinity, and Voltage Pictures.
Former General counsel of Pandora Cinema a sales and financing company based in Paris and LA, Ilann Girard set up ARSAM a one-stop consultancy and production operation based in Paris and then founded of Olffi.com, the largest database and toolbox about public funding around the world. He has produced more than 20 feature films and his credits include “March of the Penguins” “Goodbye Bafana”, “Lebanon”, “I Anna” by Barnaby Southcombe, Stanley Tucci’s “Final Portrait” and Alla Kovgan’s 3D feature dance documentary “Cunningham”. His last production, the Bangladeshi film “The Salt in our Waters” premiered in Pusan and London in 2020.
Under the banner of her company, See-Through Films, Kathleen McInnis offers strategic planning for emerging world-cinema filmmakers. Focusing on Short, First and Second Features (documentary, narrative and animation), Kathleen uses her three decades of festival programming, film publicity and producing experience to help bring films and filmmakers to their broadest possible audience, merging the filmmakers’ creative and business development as they launch their careers from the global film festival circuit. A thought-leader in audience design, Kathleen created the SIFF New-Works-In-Progress Forum to bring together the three vital parts of the cinema experience at a critical junction before the film has locked picture: filmmaker (as artist), industry (as conduit), and the ticket-buying audience. As strategic publicist, Kathleen represents world cinema films premiering at festivals such as Toronto, Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, Karlovy Vary and Hot Docs. Kathleen is also a Senior Advisor (Film) for the European Bank Reconstruction & Development.
Jan Miller is an international consultant and trainer specializing in film and television co-production and co-venturing. She also continues to present one of the world’s top Pitching & Content Development Workshops around the world. A talent that makes things happen, Jan collaborated eleven years ago with the Erich Pommer Institut to design the hugely successful Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP), She is now the lead on CMPA’s international Coproduction Accelerator Program. She also launched and served as Director of Halifax’s Strategic Partners, (Now FIN Partners) for 15 years. Jan was one of the driving forces behind setting up Canada’s first film school, the National Screen Institute. Committed to supporting women working in the industry, Jan established Women in Film and Television-Atlantic and co-designed and presented four iterations of the Five Women in Focus training opportunities for Women in View including one specifically for animators, and one for Indigenous writer/directors.
Tania Sarra has worked as an executive in the film industry for over a decade. As a Director at MGM Studios, Tania spearheaded and oversaw all the buying and distribution for MGM’s acquisitions across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to, she held leading roles on sales teams for UK based indies where she ran the operations of global sales divisions and oversaw the development of original projects for production. In 2015 the Business of Film named her a top Upcoming Executive, and in 2014 she was named a Future Leader by Screen International. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the London Film Academy and has been the Guest of Honour at the Marche du Film Producer’s Breakfast at the Cannes Film Festival which celebrates producing talent across the world. She is the Founder of Hot Sauce – a boutique consulting firm specializing in Producing, Executive Production and Creative Direction for major film and television projects.
The deadline to submit your application is August 6, 2021, 8:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm PT. We are accepting applications for both the feature film and drama series streams until the deadline stated above.
- Canadian applicants must be CMPA members in good standing
- International producers must be from countries that have a co-production treaty with Canada. For a list of Canada’s audiovisual coproduction treaties and memorandums of understanding please visit Telefilm Canada’s website
- Must have at least five years of experience in the screen content industry
- Must have at least one producer credit on a feature film and/or at least one producer credit on a series created for a traditional broadcaster or on an OTT platform
- Must have a project in development that is suitable for international co-production
- Feature film project minimum requirement: first draft stage
- Drama series project minimum requirement: first draft bible stage
A Selection Committee will choose a maximum of 16 producers in the feature film stream and 16 producers in the drama series stream. Of the 32 participants, a maximum of 16 CMPA members and 16 international producers will be selected.
The cost to participate in the program is CAD $1,500 for Canadian producers. This fee is subsidized by Global Affairs through its CanExport for Associations Program. The participation cost for international producers is CAD $2,500. Fees are payable upon the first consultation session.