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29 August 2011

Star Talent Vying for Production Deals at Strategic Partners 2011

Michael Auret (Black Butterflies, Master Harold and the Boys), Lance Samuels (The
Bang Bang Club, Lucky), Mevlut Akkaka (Five Minarets in New York, with Danny Glover
and Mohammad Ali), Australia's Sue Maslin (Japanese Story, Hunt Angels), and
Christina Piovesan (The Whistleblower, Amreeka) are among the producers attending
Strategic Partners 2011 - Canada's premier international co-production market
presented by the Atlantic Film Festival.

The ideal place to co-produce/co-venture with Canadians, Strategic Partners 2011
will draw delegates from around the world - with an emphasis on spotlight countries
United States, Australia and South Africa - to Halifax from Sept. 15 to 18.

"Strategic Partners has been instrumental in putting us into contact with producers
and projects that we would otherwise not have come across," says producer Gub Neal
(Cracker, Prime Suspect, Queer as Folk) of Artists Studio in London, UK.

Neal credits the event with sparking Combat Hospital, a UK-Canadian co-production
originally pitched to him at Strategic Partners 2009 - this summer's breakout TV
hit.
Participating projects looking for co-production partners at SP 2011 include:

Deadlocked, by Ecstasy Film of Toronto and producer Rob Heydon: a drama about a
mother-daughter relationship set amidst the turmoil of the Gaza strip, starring
Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren

Mythic, 13 x I hour from Australia's Odin's Eye Wendy Howell with William J.
MacDonald, Executive Producer (ROME, The Saint) as Executive Producer: Cinematic,
intelligent and exciting, Mythic brings the stories from shared literary history
kicking and screaming into the present. Little Red Riding Hood is both the girl and
the wolf, she is a werewolf ...

Natural Justice, by South Africa's Penguin Films and producer Roberta Durrant: the
story of a disenchanted Cape Town policewoman who joins forces with a shallow
playboy to unravel a horrific case of child trafficking

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, by Odd Sock Films of St. John's and producer Jill
Knox-Gosse (Grown Up Movie Star): an adaptation of Wayne Johnston's bestselling
novel based on the life of Joey Smallwood

Obsession, by Corona Pictures of London, UK and producer Richard Johns, and director
Thaddeus O'Sullivan: a tense psychological thriller about a Manhattan doctor who
makes a hostage of his wife's latest lover, starring Stellan Skarsgard and Ryan
Phillippe

Remembrance Man, by Cinegraphe Productions of Quebec City and producer Nicholas
Kinsey: a Western whodunit about a gravedigger watching for signs of the undead
during the cholera epidemic, starring Terence Stamp

There are no Soulmates, by unafilm of Berlin and producer Titus Kreyenberg: a
rom-com best described as Sleepless in Seattle meets Breakfast at Tiffany's, and
directed by prominent Polish director Agnieszka Holland

A Dream of Red Mansions, by Regina's Minds Eye Entertainment with director, BAFTA
award-winning Michael Radford: an epic tale of one courageous woman and two powerful
men caught in the turbulence surrounding the rise of Communism in China, starring
Ken Wantanabe and Joan Chen.

Delegates of this unique event - now in its 14th year - benefit from unparalleled
access to international co-production/co-venturing opportunities with industry
leaders and financiers through Strategic Partners' effective 1-2-1 meetings. One of
a kind in the world co-production markets as it focuses on feature film, television
fiction, and multi-platform projects, Strategic Partners business is all set against
the backdrop of the Atlantic Film Festival screenings and galas.

Strategic Partners is a production of the Atlantic Film Festival.

A top Canadian festival, the Atlantic Film Festival is held each September in
Halifax, Nova Scotia. Strong East Coast roots support a unique format for the
festival, with its distinctive focus on film and music. It is large enough to
attract the world's most notable actors, directors and producers, but intimate
enough to be innovative and flexible in its approach to the changing needs of our
audiences and the industry. The AFF provides an unpretentious atmosphere to
experience the best Atlantic, Canadian and international films, while showcasing
some of the best musical talent from around Atlantic Canada. The Atlantic Film
Festival produces: Strategic Partners, ViewFinders: International Film Festival for
Youth, alFresco filmFesto, and Music & Image.

Organizers acknowledge the ongoing support provided to Strategic Partners by the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), International Business Development
Agreement (IBDA), Telefilm Canada, Shaw Media, Canada Media Fund, and Film Nova
Scotia.
Strategic Partners is the exclusive Canadian institutional partner of Australia/New
Zealand's MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) 37┬║South Market.

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