Now open for applications!
Designed specifically for filmmakers with small budgets but big ambitions, the Micro Market stream of Production Finance Market (PFM) gives filmmakers on a budget the chance to meet with financiers looking for projects with a smaller price tag.
The stream is designed to support projects budgeted at levels not currently served by other finance markets, and help filmmakers source finance for specific feature films.
Is Micro Market for you?
Micro Market looks for filmmaker teams based within Europe, with a fully-scripted first or second feature ready to be financed and a production budget of under €1m.
Projects that are looking for completion money to deliver their film will also be considered. These projects must be budgeted at €1m or under, and be seeking no more than 20% of their production budget for completion.
This year, 15 places will be reserved for projects from the UK and 15 places will be open for projects from Europe.
It is intended that any selected European filmmakers will be able to access state and/or regional financial assistance to attend the market.
Apply for Micro Market or the standard PFM strand using the link below. The deadline for applications is 4 July 2016.
The market will run 11-13 October 2016 as part of BFI London Film Festival.
How it works
Micro Market filmmakers are given specialised training, followed by the opportunity to pitch and discuss their projects with financiers, investment funds, sales companies, distributors, post houses, online and VOD platforms and public agencies at PFM.
On the day, the filmmaking teams present their project to the financiers in a day-long series of intense 20-minute meetings.
All teams also have the opportunity to network with financiers and participants from the other strand of PFM in our general events during the market.
The Micro Market stream provides a thorough programme of training to the filmmakers before the market.
A training day several weeks before the market covers:
- The art of the pitch
- Cost/budget drivers
- One-to-one sessions interrogating finance plans and the directors artistic ambition
- Alternative finance sources for low budget films, negotiation and deal making
The day before their meetings, the filmmakers present their projects to the rest of the group to gather feedback and finesse their pitch. After this session, they attend a special edition of Market Place Live, our interactive low-budget filmmaking panel event.
After the market, each filmmaking team has access to a mentor to support them in developing a package for any further applications.
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"The incredible pool of talent working in the micro to small budget space is all too easily overlooked, but it is in this space that you often find the next big thing."
Andrea Scarso, Investment Manager, Ingenious
"I found the experience hugely rewarding: we had more meetings in one day than I thought possible, and all of them were valuable. I would encourage any producer working at this budget level to apply."
Cassandra Sigsgaard, The Girl in the Corn
“Micro Market was brilliantly run, with high quality projects and talent.”
David Shear, CEO, Shear Entertainment
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