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Colin Brown a Guest Speaker at TIFF

Colin Brown a Guest Speaker at TIFF

As part of TIFF, New York-based Film Consultant Colin Brown, Managing Partner and Director of International Operations at MADSolutions, has been one of the guest speakers at the 10th anniversary edition of the International Financing Forum (IFF), the annual co-financing event that took place on September 13th.
Moderated by Matt Mueller, editor of Screen International, Colin
discussed the art and science of film financing and project packaging in a staged discussion with Lianne Halfon, the celebrated producer
who teamed up with actor-director John Malkovich and producer Russell Smith to create Mr. Mudd, the production company behind such films as “Ghost World,” “Juno,” “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower,” “Labor Day” and “Young Adult.” The event also has been attended by Film
Analyst Alaa Karkouti, CEO of MAD Solutions.
“If cinema is in the business of manufacturing delight, then to what degree can that process be quantified? That is one of the key questions that we be
examining at a time when data analytics is finally coming to film financing and project packaging in an attempt to assist – and accelerate – the process by
which producers bring their ideas in front of receptive investors and industry gatekeepers,” explained Colin. “We want to explore the
degree to which technology really can solve some of the Catch 22 situations that producers find with regard to securing cast and financing.”
IFF
is a two-day event that includes one-on-one meetings, an industry
panel discussion, roundtable meetings and producers’ networking
receptions. Selected
international and Canadian producers are brought together with
international sales agents, distributors, funders, agents and executive
producers to do
business in brokered meetings and benefit from exclusive networking
opportunities. Now celebrating its 10th year, IFF has
introduced hundreds of projects to the international marketplace with
over 60 successfully financed to date, including Deepa Mehta’s
“Midnight’s Children,” Denis Villineuve’s “Incendies,” David Michôd’s
“Animal Kingdom,” Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut “Coriolanus” and
Haiffa Al-Mansour’s “Wadjda,” among many others.

In addition to his association with MAD, Colin is currently the
Editorial Director of Slated, the
pioneering film financing and networking website headquartered in
Los Angeles. He also teaches at New York University, at both its
renowned film school,
the Tisch School of the Arts, and at the SternSchool of Business. He is a
faculty board member of NYU’s Cinema Research Institute, an
initiative designed to support and mentor innovative new business
models for filmmaking.

During his career as a film and business journalist – most notably as the longstanding Editor-in-Chief of Screen International -Colin won numerous awards. As a film critic, he has served on the juries of numerous prestigious film festival juries including the Sundance Film Festival.

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