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Elizabeth Karlsen to deliver keynote at this year's Production Finance Market

Date posted: 03.10.2017

We are pleased to confirm that Number 9 Films' Elizabeth Karlsen will be the keynote speaker for this year's Production Finance Market.

The keynote

Karlsen has produced critical and commercial successes such the likes of Carol, On Chesil Beach and Made in Dagenham, while upcoming projects include Colette, the much-anticipated biopic of the legendary French writer. Addressing the PFM on 10 October, Karlsen will offer attending producers, financiers and LFF industry delegates insight into her success as a producer and her thoughts on the ever-changing international filmmaking landscape. In addition to Karlsen's keynote speech, the PFM will also host a special LFF panel session with the filmmakers behind Journey's End, Saul Dibb's adaptation of R. C. Sherriff's seminal WW1-set play.

Elizabeth Karlsen said: "The work of Film London and the PFM are invaluable in the independent arena of production and financing, particularly so in this rapidly changing and increasingly challenging time for independent film. I am honoured to be delivering this year's key note and hope that I can impart some of the experience I have gained over the many years I have had the privilege to work in this industry in ways that may be useful to other filmmakers."

PFM projects

Taking place as part of the 61st BFI London Film Festival, the PFM involves two days of intensive 'speed dating' sessions for international producers and financiers who are seeking to ink deals, get films made and identify new business partners. Potential investors at this year's PFM include Bankside Films, Vertigo Releasing, Lionsgate UK and Pacific Mercantile Bank. Titles hoping to secure further finance include Ben Whishaw-starrer Surge (Rooks Nest Entertainment); The Devil (011 Productions), which reunites Couple In A Hole team Zorana Piggott and Tom Geens; Eyes Wide Open (Starfield Productions and Stigma Films) which looks back to Stanley Kubrick's final film; Cranley Gardens (Blue Shadows Films), from Crystal Bear-winning director Rafael Kapelinski and The Science of Love and Laughter (Rather Good Films). 

Elsewhere, the PFM's Micro Market strand - which is dedicated to features budgeted below €1m - welcomes international financiers Visit Films and MPI Media Group, along with homegrown financiers such as Hanway Films and Goldfinch Entertainment. Projects include Dark Waters from Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Nick Read, and the Creative England-backed White Riot, which is set to expand upon Ed Gibbs and Rubika Shah's successful London Calling short of the same name.

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "We couldn't be happier to have Elizabeth speaking at this year's Production Finance Market. She possesses a tremendous wealth of experience and expertise, and has worked on the kind of projects that showcase exactly the kind of bold, brave, creative storytelling that the UK is famous for. I am certain that her keynote will inspire and galvanise the international delegates we're hosting for an intensive two days of meetings where partnerships will be formed and new films will come to fruition. I'd like to thank our supporters the Mayor of London, Creative Skillset, the Department for International Trade and the BFI, without whose support the PFM's ongoing success would not be possible." 

Global partnerships

This year's PFM hosts a wide range of exciting global projects, and this breadth and diversity is thanks to Film London's work with a wide range of new and established international partners. These include Apulia Film Commission; Argentina's National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts; European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE); Fondazione Apulia Film Commission; Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission; Ile-de-France Film Commission; the MIFF 37ºSouth Market; the OMDC International Financing Forum; Sardegna Film Commission and Trieste Film Festival's When East Meets West co-production market.

The Production Finance Market is supported by the Mayor of London, the Department for International Trade and the BFI, and sponsored by Kodak, Media Money CAM, MoneyCorp and Schedule 2. The Micro Market strand is supported by Creative Skillset and sponsored by Direct Digital, Moneypenny and Performance Insurance. It forms part of an exciting, ambitious and expanded industry programme at the BFI London Film Festival, which receives support from the Mayor of London, through Film London.

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