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London films go large at US market

Date posted: 22.09.2015

We've partnered with the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) to help two London-based producers pitch at the prestigious No Borders International Co-Production Market in New York this week, where they will meet with global buyers, sales agents and financiers.

To market, to market...

The projects were selected from this year's Production Finance Market (PFM) and Micro Market applications.

The Veils (Hub Media) was written by Spencer Wright, and will be directed by Jake West and produced by Crawford Anderson-Dillon. The film sees an ambitious American realtor purchase an Irish castle, only to find herself pitted against terrifying supernatural forces that culminate in madness and murder.

Cranley Gardens (Blue Shadows Films) was written and will be directed by Rafael Kapelinski and produced by Merlin Merton. It sees a young estate agent challenged with selling the former flat of Dennis Nilsen - one of London's most notorious serial killers.

Pitching up

The projects' producers will both attend IFP's renowned Independent Film Week and Filmmaker Conference, where they'll be able to pitch their projects to US and international financiers, agents and buyers. They will also have access to training and expert consultations, workshops and masterclasses with business and artistic leaders, high-level networking events and an annual IFP membership.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "This is an invaluable chance for two UK producers to meet buyers, sales agents and financiers from around the world and forge vital new business links. I am delighted our partnership with IFP has enabled this opportunity, and forms part of our wider work to promote and nurture UK filmmaking on a global stage, and I look forward to hearing how The Veils and Cranley Gardens benefit from this incredible experience." 

The project marks our first US partnership to directly benefit UK producers, and is sponsored by entertainment accountancy firm Nyman Libson Paul.

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