Press release

Nov 26, 2021

CMPA congratulates ICAP feature film producers and welcomes incoming scripted series cohort

OTTAWA, November 26, 2021 – Today, the CMPA congratulated the Feature Film Stream producers who completed the  International Co-production Accelerator Program (ICAP) this week, and welcomed the upcoming Drama Series Stream producers who will begin the program in early 2022.

The global accelerator program, presented virtually due to COVID-19, features masterclass presentations with industry leaders from across the international production arena. Program participants have the opportunity to engage in training sessions and one-on-one project consultations focused on international financing, content development, legal affairs, distribution, and marketing strategies for feature film and drama series projects.

“ICAP is a great opportunity for producers to create long-lasting global partnerships, and the program’s success illustrates the value of international collaborations,” said Liz Shorten, the CMPA’s Chief Operating Officer. “I wish all the participants the best with their projects in development, and a big thank you to Global Affairs Canada for their support of the program.”

Programming for each stream is tailored to connect producers from around the globe and offer training to advance participants’ projects currently in development. This year’s program included CMPA members from across Canada as well as producers from Ireland, Greece, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, Netherlands, the UK, and the United States.

2021 ICAP Participants – Feature Film Stream

Jay D. Beechinor Waterton Development Incorporated Canada Marooned On Planet Earth
Nicole Brooks CaribbeanTales Media Group Canada In The Black
Tanya Brunel White Bear Films Inc. Canada Operation Deathstalker
Jay Dahl Black Dog Films / Northeast Films Canada Grizzly Bear on a Cruise Ship
Maria Dahlin Art & Bob Film & Drama Sweden Sport of Kings
Tim Doiron WANGO Films Inc. Canada Hello Stranger
Antigoni Gavriatopoulou A&GFilms Media Entertainment LTD Greece Kanela
Kate Green Kate Green Productions Inc. Canada Maybe This Christmas
Shant Joshi Fae Pictures Inc. Canada Ape Town
Tonio Kellner Neopol Film Germany Laserpope
Gerry Kim PPW Films US The Mesopotamian
Martin Mahon Hill 16 Films Ireland Outnumbered
Katie Nolan Babe Nation Films Canada Bonjour Tristesse
Theodore Schaefer Dweck Productions US As Under a Green Sea
Natasha Vassell Diva Film Productions Canada Through the Sad Wood our Corpses Will Hang
Sebastian Weyland Heimathafen Film & Media GmbH Germany April in Paris
Maria Nefeli Zygopoulou I Made it Films Ltd. UK In With the Old


2021 ICAP Participants – Drama Series Stream

Jason Arsenault 63 Lights Canada Dunwich
David Armati Lechner Trimafilm GmbH Germany Diplomats
Patricia Chica Flirt Films Canada Soleil & Luna
Aaron Champion Alibi Entertainment Canada Watchdogs
Raj Panikkar Fifth Ground Entertainment Canada Dark Hall
Katie Weekley Goonworks Films Canada Deconfinement
Jason Gurvitz Greed Dog Films US The Interpreter
Sol Papadopoulos Hurricane Films UK 12 Canning Sq
Casey Herbert Moonriver TV UK The Killing Lessons
Meg Messmer New South Independent US The Night Witches
Heidi Heidi Lasi Pelee Entertainment Canada Nancy Cunard
Lael McCall Principia Productions Canada Amchitka
Luke Rous Rous House Productions International South Africa Pharming
Emjay Rechsteiner Staccato Films Netherlands Black Brother Boni



The International Co-production Accelerator Program (ICAP) is a CMPA initiative that aims to facilitate international cooperation between Canadian and international production companies for the creation of feature film and scripted series. The goal is to create project partnerships and long-lasting business relationships between Canadian and international production companies. ICAP is made possible through funding contribution from the Global Affairs Canada, CanExport for Associations Program.


The Canadian Media Producers Association is the national advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production, and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema, and digital media channels. We work to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and to ensure a bright future for the diverse content made by our members for both domestic and international audiences.

For more information:

Kyle O’Byrne
Manager, Media Relations & Communications, CMPA