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Planning and executing

The second, development-focused module of our CMPA STAR Producer Program was centred on planning and executing co-production projects.



Co-production 101: An introduction on the basics of co-production and co-development


On April 28, 2021, the CMPA hosted a webinar to kickoff module two of the STAR Producer Program. The discussion was targeted at producers who were interested in learning more about the “how’s and whys” of co-production and co-development projects.

The discussion featured Susan King from Telefilm Canada and Nathalie Clermont from the CMF and was moderated by the CMPA’s Sarolta Csete.


Cross border success: How to execute international co-production projects


On June 8, 2021, drawing on their professional experiences, four Canadian producers with wide and varied production backgrounds provided practical advice to help attendees map out successful international co-production projects. Panelists:

  • Christina Piovesan – First Generation Films
  • Ina Fichman – Intuitive Pictures
  • Aonan Yang – GreenGround Productions
  • Amos Adetuyi – Circle Blue Entertainment


Screen Ireland speed networking event

The CMPA and Screen Ireland brought together Canadian and Irish producers for a digital networking reception on June 2, 2021. With the intent of facilitating new transatlantic connections, this event was targeted at experienced producers who were actively looking for co-production partners for live action feature and series projects currently in development.

CMPA members had up to 4, 10-minute meetings with Irish producers.



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Ontario Creates guide to online professional development resources
A summary table from Ontario Creates that provides links to a wide selection of online professional development and special interest courses that are offered by a number of industry organizations and government agencies. This list is updated on a regular basis.
Erich Pommer Institute
The Erich Pommer Institute (EPI) is one of the leading providers of advanced training in the German and European media landscape and a recognised industry-specific think tank. With its expertise in media law and management and with a variety of formats and publications, the EPI supports the on-going process of digital transformation in the media industry. The Erich Pommer Institute was founded in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 1998 as an independent non-profit limited company and is an institute affiliated with the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF and the University of Potsdam.
CRTC certification guidelines
The CRTC certification guidelines outlines the eligibility requirements and application process for Canadian program certification.
Front Row’s list of top 20 industry podcasts
A top 20 list of filmmaking podcasts from Front Row.
Hot Docs Guide to Co-Production
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Producers without borders
An article from an edition of the CMPA’s Indiescreen magazine, featuring conversations from producers who dive into their experiences working with international partners on co-productions.
Telefilm’s coproduction directory
A directory from Telefilm that lists all Canadian coproductions for the past seven years and is updated annually.