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The Film London Production Finance Market (PFM) is a two-day annual film financing event which takes place in October in association with the BFI London Film Festival. Now in its ninth year, the PFM connects international producers and financiers to encourage new film financing relationships, and is the only event of its kind in the UK.

Attendance is available by application only. The PFM is open to producers with feature film projects of €1 million and above aimed at the international theatrical market. Applications are also open for international financiers seeking new projects.

About the Market

The Production Finance Market is an industry staple for people looking to get films made - from starting new business relationships, to attaching international sales companies to securing various forms of investments in companies and film projects.

Hosting over 800 producer-to-financier pitch meetings and a further 300 financier-to-financier meetings over the two days, the PFM is popular with producers and financiers alike. Previous delegates have paid overwhelming testimony to the strategic role the market now plays in the annual film calendar.

Producers and financiers meet

Each Market starts off with a keynote speech delivered by a key player in the industry. Past keynote speakers include Director of BFI Film Fund, Ben Roberts, Co-President and Co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics, Michael Barker, and Managing Director of Sunray Films, Alison Thompson.

Fired up by the speaker's advice, participants get to business. The event sees over 800 networking and pitching meetings between financiers and producers. Taking the form of "high-end speed dating", producers have just 30 minutes to impress the financiers before moving on to the next meeting. Participants also get the chance to attend panels of industry experts on new developments in film.

The 2014 market attracted more than €235m of production value and leading equity, hedge fund, tax, banking, and public and broadcaster financiers. To date, some 50 or more films and companies have benefited directly from the PFM.

Find out more about previous events, as well as gain access to delegate lists and keynote speaker transcripts:

Further information about past events can also be found in the Press section.

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For further information about the Film London Production Finance Market, please email sara.bonakdar@filmlondon.org.uk.

The Micro Market

Alongside the 2014 PFM, Film London held its first Micro Market, a day of meetings between film-makers and financers interested in sourcing projects under €1million.

Back for 2015, this event includes a full day of training in negotiating and deal-making for the filmmakers involved, followed by a day focused on delivering an effective pitch. Each team also received a mentor for support as they develop their packages for the future.

With thanks to the event sponsors and partners

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. 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, Rio Filme-Rio Film CommissionPRIMEXCHANGE's Film Bazaar and the Trieste Film Festival’s co-production market When East Meets West.

 

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