International Coproduction with Canada
Challenges and Opportunities
Producers’ work is constantly evolving, and that requires being increasingly adaptable. Canada has the largest number of bilateral treaties in the world, which gives producers and filmmakers more opportunities to co-create and co-fund their projects.
Join VIFF’s recent and previous producers and directors as they explore their most recent international collaborations and share their experiences and advice.
Jessica Adams, Sara Blake, Bryan Demore, Magali Gillon-Krizaj, Rebecca Steele. Moderated by Christine Haebler
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
VIFF Centre – Vancity Theatre
Producer, Something You Said Last Night
Luxembourg-born and Toronto-based Jessica Adams is the founder of JA Productions and co-founder of Adani Pictures. Her films have been represented and distributed by Memento, UTA, and Elevation; sold to Showtime and Hulu; financed by Telefilm, ON Creates, CBC, Crave, and Eurimages; and starred Oscar-winning and nominated talent such as Richard Dreyfuss and Felicity Huffman. Producing credits include feature films The Space Between (2017), Astronaut (2019), Amy Jo Johnson’s Tammy’s Always Dying (2019), Something You Said Last Night (2022), and Argentinian-Canadian film Ariel (2022).
Producer, Until Branches Bend
Ceroma Films, founded by Sara Blake, is a boutique production company focusing on debut director-driven arthouse content that is fresh and unexpected. Their hands-on approach to production is a collaborative and transparent one – always true to our values-based roots. Sara’s producing credits include feature film Until Branches Bend (VIFF 2022), Raf (TIFF 2019), Be Still (VIFF 2021) and a collection of shorts: Award Winning Deady Freddy, Vimeo Staff Pick Cosmic (Palm Springs 2020), Loretta’s Flowers and Medical Drama. Sara was a nominee for the 2019 CMPA Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award and is part of the Banff Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media. Sara is in post-production on feature film’s Seagrass and is in development on co-pro feature The Good Life and videogame Old People Island.
Producer, Riceboy Sleeps
Bryan has worked in Vancouver, Toronto, South Korea and New York as a filmmaker and producer. His credits include: Riceboy Sleeps (Crave/CBC Films), Ali and Ratu Ratu Queens (Netflix) and Daughter (CBC Gem/Amazon Prime).
During the 2010’s he was artistic director of two theatre companies where he wrote, ran development and produced while developing projects for Film/TV under his company A Lasting Dose Productions. Focusing on filmmaking he wrote, produced and co-directed a short film adaptation of award winning poet Patrick Lane’s Just Living which played at numerous festivals around the world including: Cannes, VIFF and Bronx International Film Festival.
Approaching all challenging projects with a DIY ethos he has bootstrapped, raised funding and been involved on multiple projects that have premiered at: TIFF, Busan International Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival and FIN.
He was a finalist at the Whistler Film Festival Power Pitch for the feature project The Gate. Recently he produced, under his company A Lasting Dose Productions, Anthony Shim’s sophomore feature film Riceboy Sleeps (TIFF Platform Prize) alongside Lonesome Heroes Production and Kind Stranger Production.
Producer, Until Branches Bend
Reign Films, an award-winning production company founded in 2013 by Magali, captivates audiences locally and internationally in both French and English by creating engaging and entertaining projects that tell unique stories via TV series, features and documentaries. Reign Films recently produced the co-production feature Until Branches Bend (VIFF 2022) and the much coveted social and environmental impact doc series Citoyen 2.0. Some of their other projects include 6h-doc series Terres d’exploration/Uncharted Canada, The Cannon and the web-series called The Drive. Currently in development with co-pro feature The Good Life (JETS 2021) and Hard Done By supported by Telefilm’s development portfolio and the tv series Dirty Pickers.
Producer, Riceboy Sleeps
Rebecca Steele is a Vancouver-based producer and founder of film production company, Kind Stranger Productions. With a reverence for international cinema and enthusiasm for collaborating with auteur filmmakers, under her company banner she aspires to amplify a broad spectrum of voices and partner on international co-productions. Rebecca’s producing credits include Ali Liebert’s The Quieting (Inside Out 2020) and Anthony Shim’s Daughter (VIFF 2019). Most recently, Rebecca produced Anthony Shim’s sophomore feature, Riceboy Sleeps. Shot in Vancouver and in South Korea on 16mm film, the journey from development to delivery holds as the most formative and rewarding experience of her career thus far. Riceboy Sleeps had its World Premiere at TIFF 2022 to which it played to sold out screenings throughout the festival and was awarded the prestigious Platform Prize.
In the film business since 1983, Christine Haebler started off in production on various big budget US studio films. She then moved into producing in 1995 and earned a Best Motion Picture Genie nomination for Hard Core Logo. The film was picked up by Quentin Tarantino for distribution through Miramax. She teamed up with Trish Dolman and Screen Siren Pictures to produce Daydream Nation (2010) starring Kat Dennings, Josh Lucas and Andie MacDowell, followed by Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014) with Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Jean Reno and Stellan Skarsgård. She developed and produced the multi-award-winning feature film Indian Horse (2018), an adaptation of Richard Wagamese!s own award-winning novel. The film was executive produced by Clint Eastwood. Christine also produced the 10-part TV mini-series Terminal City for Channel 4 and the 5-part kids miniseries Clue for Hasbro. She recently produced French Exit, the feature adaptation of Canadian author Patrick DeWitt!s acclaimed novel with Elevation Pictures and Sony Pictures Classics, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges. She produced Dev Patel!s directorial debut that he also stars in for Netflix entitled Monkey Man, which will be released in Dec 2022. She is currently producing and exec producing Bones of Crows, a feature film and dramatic miniseries for the CBC, SRC, APTN, Elevation Pictures and BRON, from award-winning Indigenous filmmaker Marie Clements.