Production Finance Market
Production Finance Market (PFM) is a two-day film financing event which takes place every October in association with the BFI London Film Festival.
Now in its tenth year, it helps to build new film financing relationships between producers and financiers, and is the only event of its kind in the UK.
PFM is open to producers with feature film projects aimed at the international theatrical market and a production budget of over €1m, and international financiers seeking new projects. Attendance is by application only.
About the market
PFM is an essential industry event for people trying to get their films made - from encouraging new business relationships to attaching international sales companies and securing various forms of investments in companies and film projects.
More than 60 films and companies have benefited directly from PFM to date, in addition to the countless long-term connections that have been fostered through the event.
What to expect
Each market launches with an inspirational keynote speech delivered by an industry leader. Past speakers have included Ben Roberts, director of BFI Film Fund, Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, Alison Thompson, managing director of Sunray Films, and Bertrand Faivre, producer and founder of The Bureau.
The two days of the market are filled with intense networking and pitching meetings between financiers and producers. Taking the form of speed dating, producers have 30 minutes to impress each financier before moving on to their next meeting.
This streamlined schedule enables producers to meet many more financiers than usually possible. Delegates may also attend expert panel sessions discussing new developments in film.
The 2015 market attracted more than €264m of production value from leading equity, hedge fund, tax, banking, and public and broadcaster financiers, with 85 producers and 72 high-profile financiers in attendance.
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The Film London Production Finance Market is held in association with the BFI London Film Festival and supported by the Mayor of London, the BFI, MEDIA, UK Trade & Investment and peacefulfish. In 2015 the PFM received sponsoring support from Air New Zealand, Compact Media and Schedule 2. The PFM also has partnerships with the Rome International Film Festival's New Cinema Network, the Melbourne International Film Festival's 37º South Market, the Ile de France Film Commission, the Toronto International Film Festival's International Financing Forum, the Nordic Co-Production Market at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund and the Trieste Film Festival's co-production market When East Meets West.
“I have participated in many major markets over the years and the Film London Production Finance Market is the most impressive of its kind I have ever attended.”
Michael Barker, Co-President Sony Pictures Classics
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