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Alison Thompson to open Production Finance Market

Date posted: 03.10.2014

This year's Production Finance Market promises is going to open with a bang, thanks to the Keynote Speaker. Formerly top dog at Focus Features International and now Managing Director of Sunray Films, Alison Thompson has a wealth of experience to draw on when addressing the 200 plus delegates and industry guests.

Announcing the news, Film London and British Film Commission CEO Adrian Wootton said that Thompson was approached for her "extensive experience in developing independent film for an international audience". Adding that her talk "will offer invaluable insight into how she has successfully overcome the challenges of selling projects to a wide variety of territories" – a challenge facing many in the industry.  

The Market will see 55 producers and 55 financiers from the international marketplace have over 800 meetings across two days. Before they get started, Thompson will provide vital insight into successfully financing, packaging, selling and positioning feature films across low and high budget ranges.

The audience will also benefit from Thompson's experience of spotting and nurturing talent and her journey from indie sales outlets to w a studio-owned company.

Alison Thompson's glittering career

The Market's Keynote speaker has built up a formidable reputation as a sales agent, representing films such as The Crying Game, Motorcycle Diaries and Blue Jasmine.

Heading up the newly formed sales-production company Sunray Films, she helped launch its first feature film production, Alone In Berlin, at this year's Cannes Film Festival - an adaptation of the classic novel, starring Emma Thompson and Daniel Brühl. She is also representing Mike Leigh's highly anticipated Mr Turner.

About the Production Finance Market

A key fixture in the BFI Film Festival industry programme since 2007, the Market is dedicated to connecting producers and financiers to encourage new film financing relationships. It has supported more than 55 projects into production.

Taking place over two days, its eighth year is set to be bigger and better than ever with delegates including senior executives from Endgame, International Film Partners, Entertainment One, Lionsgate, TFI Droits Audiovisuels, Bac Films, Back Up Media and Filmax.

High profile projects include:

  • Hal Vogel's (Daybreak Pictures) True History of the Kelly Gang
  • Christopher Sheppard's  (Adventure Pictures) Molly
  • Mariela Besuievsky's (Tornasol Films) Give me Your Hand
  • Marta Donzelli's (Vivo Film) Tarda Primavera
  • Camilla Deakin's (Lupus Film)Ethel & Ernest
  • Carlotta Calori's (Indigo Film) Slam
  • Mary Burke's (Warp Film) Come Closer.

Find out more about the Production Finance Market

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.

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