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Film London Presents Two Finance Markets

Film London Presents Two Finance Markets

Film London
has launched a call for applications for the Production Finance Market (PFM) and Micro Market – two unique
events which, together, form the UK’s only film financing Markets and are an invaluable offer for financiers and producers. They will run simultaneously on
13 and 14 October 2015 in association with the BFI London Film Festival.

The ninth PFM is open to experienced producers from across the globe who are seeking to pitch projects budgeted at €1million and above to international financiers. Last year’s PFM attracted
projects with a collective production value of over€235m, and since the event
launched in 2007 over 60 projects have secured finance and gone into production as a direct result of the Market. The two-day PFM will
facilitate more than 800 pitching and networking meetings and aims to connect 50+ producers with the equivalent number of financiers. As part of Film
London’s mission to continue to broaden the reach of the Market, a new tri-partite partnership between Trieste Film Festival, Rome International Film Festival and the PFM has been forged. Named ‘TRL Espresso
’, this will assist in sourcing new international projects, particularly those from Eastern Europe, to the Market.

Micro Market capitalizes on Film London’s experience in the micro and low budget arena and connects financiers seeking projects at that budget level with emerging
talent. With financiers such as Ingenious Media, Metrodome Distribution and Creative England having
invested in projects at previous Markets, the number of features being pitched this year will increase. 20 UK projects and a further 10 from Europe
(including two funded by Film Italia) will be selected to participate, alongside a broader range of European financiers. The Market not
only offers filmmakers with projects budgeted up to €1m the opportunity to build relationships with financiers,
distributors and sales agents, it also provides them with training, one to one mentoring on script, budget and the marketplace, plus support from industry
professionals on how to package their projects and make the perfect pitch.

This year both Markets are also linked to Film London’s new partnership with Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). This is
Film London’s first formal US collaboration to support UK producers, and will select up to two eligible UK projects from its talent pool – including
applicants to PFM and Micro Market – to attend the prestigious No Borders International Co-Production Market in New York. The initiative
is sponsored by entertainment accountancy firm Nyman Libson Paul.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission
, said: “PFM and Micro Market exemplify our commitment to bringing together ideas, talent and finance while solidifying London’s position as a key global
sales hub. PFM’s status as a must-attend event for key international players is unquestionable, and this year will doubtless see Micro Market continue its
exciting upward trajectory, bringing more European producers on board and cementing its reputation as a key player in the fertile low budget sector while
equipping emerging filmmakers with the skills they need to succeed.”


Simon Crowe, CEO of SC Films International
, said: “PFM is a unique event and a fertile environment to do business. It’s so rare to be given access to such a diverse array of exciting projects
pitching in that speed-dating format. Everyone is in work mode and looking to create business opportunities for now, the following year and beyond.”

Andrea Scarso, Investment Manager, Ingenious
said “Micro Market offers an unmissable opportunity for financiers to meet young producers. The quality of the talent and the projects they bring to the
Micro Market seems to get stronger each year.”

Application deadlines

  • Micro Market applications wishing to be considered for IFP No Borders: 16 June 2015 (applications automatically considered for Micro Market)
  • Micro Market: 29 June 2015
  • PFM: 3 July 2015 (UK applications automatically considered for IFP No Borders)

The PFM is supported by the Mayor of London, Creative Europe, BFI, UK Trade & Investment and peacefulfish. The Micro Market is funded by Creative
Skillset.

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