30 years of INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
WHAT WE DO
Barn 12 is actively developing and producing its own original properties as well as collaborating with partners on scripted and unscripted feature and television content. We selectively work with Canadian and international creators and partners to create world class content for multiple platforms, taking advantage of domestic and international co-production financing strategies.
Barn 12 attends a number of international film and television festivals and markets annually, including Berlin, Cannes, Hot Docs, Sunnyside of the Doc, TIFF, AFM and IDFA.
With our wide range of experience and contacts, Barn 12 can get involved at any stage of production on projects that demonstrate creative and commercial merit. Areas of expertise to help you get your production made include financing, business and legal, co-production, packaging, script development and polishing, marketing strategies, and international sales. We love working with young, passionate creators and established professionals as well as international partners. We offer services ranging from consultation to hands-on partnering tailored to the needs of the project.
Barn 12 can draw on James Weyman’s project management expertise to develop and deliver a range of business development programs, projects and live events.
Past examples of work include:
OMDC Film Fund – created and delivered results-based feature film financing fund for the Ontario government that invested in over $500 million of production including Oscar-winning “Room” by Lenny Abrahamson; and other award-winning titles including "The Breadwinner" by Nora Twomey, “Born to Be Blue” by Robert Budreau, “Into the Forest” by Patricia Rozema, “Mean Dreams” by Nathan Morlando, and “ League of Exotique Dancers “ by Rama Rau.
International Financing Forum (IFF) – created and managed annual co-financing event at the Toronto International Film Festival that has launched over 75 successfully financed feature films into the marketplace.
Trillium Book Award - revitalized this award for literary excellence in Ontario, showcasing the best books of the year in an annual public reading and invitation-only rewards gala event. Increased public awareness, book sales and generated millions of media impressions. Now in its 30th year! Winners include Alice Munro, Barbara Gowdy, Ian Brown, Thomas King, Wayson Choy, Hannah Moscovitch.
Producers Lab Toronto - created and delivered an annual co-production and networking forum during the Toronto International Film Festival, in partnership with European Film Promotion, Telefilm and UK Trade and Investment, with over 150 international alumni.
Music Makes It – created this annual event bringing the Ontario music, film, TV and digital communities together to find common creative and business interests. Now in its tenth year!
Innovation and Collaboration Fund - developed and delivered a pilot initiative that brought creative entrepreneurs together to incubate new business development projects tapping into digital platforms and marketing strategies. Peer and professional mentoring, idea hot housing, targeted development funding, and a "Dragon's Den" style financing competition led to investment in 12 projects to support new lines of business for companies in the Ontario creative industries.
Barn 12 can provide professional and business development solutions for problems facing entrepreneurs and organizations in the entertainment and creative industries. Areas of expertise include:
Core Business Development and Strategic Planning
Financing Strategies and Funding Application Support
Decision Maker for funding and programming selection
International Market Development
Sales, Promotion and Marketing Strategies.
Pitching and Coaching for Success
We can create bespoke programming to suit your needs, tapping into in-house and international expertise as required. Types of programmes cover a range of support including one-on-one consultations; group consultations and workshops; knowledge, talent and business incubators; and international business development missions.
Clients and partners include Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation; Banger Films; Artscape; ProImagenes Colombia. Past partners include European Film Promotion; UKTI; Telefilm Canada; TIFF; City of Toronto, Ontario Economic Development and Trade, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Screen Australia, New Zealand Film Commission, National Film Development Corporation (India).
Barn 12 President, James Weyman, is available for speaking opportunities as a creative industries expert to share his wealth of knowledge and experience. He has attended numerous international entertainment conferences and workshops where he has presented as a keynote speaker, served as an expert on dozens of industry panels, and moderated a number of industry and public discussions on a variety of topics, with particular focus on film and television. Please contact us to discuss your needs.