Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) kicks off its second module today in Halifax, and I'm not there to take part as I'm en route to New Mexico to launch production of my new film (details coming soon!)
I was lucky enough to take part in TAP module 1, which occurred for a week in June in Berlin as one of the IFP fellows selected. And I do mean lucky. TAP provided me with a unique opportunity to really learn about and explore the possibilities of international co-productions. Rather than adopt the simple one-on-one meeting method, the presenters (The Erich Pommer Institut (Germany), the Independent Feature Project (IFP, New York), and Strategic Partners (the co-production market of the Atlantic Film Festival) crafted an immersive experience that combined said meetings with workshops, case studies, panel discussions, keynote presentations (complete with power point!) and activities that allowed participants to talk work in less formal settings. The result was one of the most educational and useful programs I've experienced in over ten years of being in the film industry.
Needless to say I'm disappointed that I won't be able to participate in Modules 2 and 3.
So what am I missing?
First up is Model 2 at Strategic Partners, a major co-production market, in Halifax that for the past 14 years has been hosting professionals from around the world in order to foster new partnerships with Canadian industry players from producers to execs. Anne Carey will be giving a keynote speech on how such partnerships work. I would also gotten a chance to learn more about Brand partnerships, which is something I've explored in the past and I continue to believe will be integral to independent film distribution and financing in the future. Also, more on the wild west of transmedia, one of the most misused terms in current industry dialects.
Immediately following Strategic Partners is TAP Module 3 in my hometown of NYC during IFP's Independent Film Week. Now I've been going to Indie Film Week as long as I've been in this industry, but this is the first year the whole event moves to Lincoln Center as part of a new partnership with the Film Society. Beyond a new locale, this partnership will help bring us the new Emerging Visions program, where emerging filmmakers will be introduced to major industry directors and producers. This plus the yearly No Borders and filmmaker conference? Wish I could be there.
Oh well. At least I'm making a movie.