Next month the Toronto International Film Festival, North America’s most prestigious festival, takes place in the Canadian city. As part of the festival an number of industry specific panels will take place. One of these will be DIALOGUES Evolving Borders: Co-Productions & Europe, which will feature Irish Film Board Chief Executive James Hickey as a panelist.
The panel sees Eurimages, Europe’s National Screen Agencies, and producers join together for a robust discussion addressing how the continent’s evolving borders and changing financial landscape impacts co-productions and international access to working with Europe.
Hickey will be joined by Roberto Olla, the Executive Director of Eurimages, the Council of Europe’s film fund; Ilann Girard, President of Olffi.com and of Arsam International; Laufey Gudjónsdóttir, founding director of the Icelandic Film Centre; andClaudia Steffen, Producer and Managing Director of Germany’s Pandora Film Produktion. The panel will be moderated by James Weyman, President of media production and consulting company Barn 12 Inc.
Commenting on his inclusion on the panel James Hickey, Chief Executive – Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry. said:
Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most important film festivals in the world and offers us an ideal platform to pitch opportunities for co-production and inward investment into Ireland to the many North American and international participants at the festival. Canada has also been a very important co-production partner for Ireland in the past, with recent successes including Room and Brooklyn, and we look forward to continuing this fruitful relationship in Toronto.