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Peccadillo Pictures Celebrates 15 Years of Championing LGBT Cinema With New Film Fund

Peccadillo Pictures Celebrates 15 Years of Championing LGBT Cinema With New Film Fund

In the past 15 years, UK based distributor Peccadillo Pictures has been a true champion of great LGBT cinema, bringing British audiences the likes of “Weekend,” “Stranger By The Lake,” “Eastern Boys,” “52 Tuesdays,” “I Am Divine,” “Interior. Leather Bar,” “In The Name Of,” “Gayby,” “Yossi,” “Circumstance,” “We Were Here,” “Otto; Or Up With Dead People” and the upcoming UK release of the fabulous “Appropriate Behaviour.” They’ve amassed an incredible library, and one we look forward to seeing grow in the coming years. 

“We are proud at Peccadillo Pictures to be working and choosing our titles based on quality rather than quantity, which consequently means that we are really able to really pay extra attention and care to our titles,” said Tom Abell, Peccadillo’s chairman. “As ever, we continue to grow our audiences in this ever-changing market, thanks to our strong team and find that whilst we are well known for our niche we find that more often than not, our titles play across a range of audiences. We are proud that we are diversifying our catalogue with a great range of acquisitions across a selection of genres. Finally whilst our DVD sales increased last year in an ever decreasing market, VOD continue to grow year on year and we look forward to all the advances being made across platforms.”

The company is also putting their money where their mouth is in celebration of their 15th anniversary. Alongside UK film finance consultancy Authentic Film Group, they’ve agreed a joint venture to create a new film fund focussed on LGBT films. The new fund will be structured primarily utilizing the generous opportunities presented by SEIS and EIS schemes, “aiming to provide essential financing toward the production and distribution of LGBT genre films.”

“LGBT rights have arguably never been higher up the mainstream political agenda with discrimination being stamped out through equal rights legislation across the globe,” Adam Betteridge of Authentic said. “As the diverse LGBT communities gather in strength and prosperity internationally, supported by their friends and allies, they increasingly embody an emerging and active consumer market for the film industry. Peccadillo have been working hard over the last 15 years to build an excellent brand and business model focussing almost entirely in this genre. We are excited to be collaborating together on this unique venture.”
Tom Abell and Kahloon Loke of Peccadillo added the interesting note that there have been cases recently where demand for suitable quality LGBT genre films has outstripped available supply.

“We’ve been working with and nurturing relationships with many fantastic filmmakers over the years who are keen to tell often very real LGBT stories to our audiences both in the UK and internationally,” they said. “Never has the time been better to create a concerted drive focussed on the financing for films of this genre. Authentic has a great track record of helping structure film financing arrangements over the years, so this seems the perfect partnership.”

LGBT filmmakers: Definitely keep this in mind; Peccadillo: Happy birthday, and thanks for all your hard work.

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