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Crossing Borders: International Co-Productions

  • NIFCO 40 Kings Road St. John's (map)

International co-productions open doors to filmmakers wanting to access the new markets, connect with successful storytellers and tap into new funding bodies eager to work with Canadian creators. Learn how to work across borders and build attractive projects to bring international business partnerships. This panel features Richie O’Donnell (Atlantic), Mary Sexton (Maudie) and Barbara Doran (Boundaries).


Barbara Doran, founder of Morag Loves Company, has been directing and producing internationally acclaimed documentary and drama for the past 30 years and has more than 30 films to her credit. The diverse subjects of her films are a reflection of the breadth of her interests: the sweatshops in Guatemala, women prisoners in Pakistan, AIDS workers in South Africa, serial killers on death row, the music and poetry of Newfoundland and Ireland, and the French presence in Newfoundland. This year Barbara produced three feature films, including Newfoundland at Armageddon a docu/drama on the slaughter at Beaumont Hamel, the feature film Away from Everywhere and Boundaries, both of which screen at this years SJIWFF. Currently in production: a documentary with The Nature of Things (Ghosts of the Arctic), a feature documentary (Moonshine) as well as the documentary Lighting the World.

Mary Sexton is an award winning producer/director with over twenty years of experience in the Canadian film industry. Since co-founding Rink Rat Productions in 1994, Sexton has become one of the leading producers of television and film in Newfoundland & Labrador. In 2002 Mary earned her first Gemini Award for her directorial debut “Tommy: A Family Portrait”. In 2015 Mary produced “How to be Deadly”, which won feature film at the Canadian Comedy Awards. In 2015 Mary co-produced the feature film “Maudie”, starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins.

Risteard Ó Domhnaill is a filmmaker based in the West of Ireland. In 2006, Richard moved to Inver in North West Mayo and set up a small production company. After filming events on the Corrib Gas controversy, he went on to film and direct ‘The Pipe’, a multi-award winning feature length documentary. His current project, ‘Atlantic’, follows the fortunes of three fishing communities (in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland) as they fight to maintain their way of life in the face of mounting pressure from powerful interests for the natural resources off their shores.

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