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New Partnerships Bring Exciting Change to Film London Production Finance Market

Date posted: 17.05.2019

Applications are now open for this year’s Production Finance Market (PFM), taking place from 7th-8th October. The 13th edition of the market will also see some changes in the form of new and exciting partnerships.

This year's event welcomes a new partnership with Breaking Through The Lens - a pitching Lab held annually at Cannes connecting female directors to financiers. Film London will join the event and select one project from those pitched to be ‘fast tracked’ to the PFM, guaranteeing a place in either the main programme or the New Talent Strand. Once selected, the project team will be invited to attend both days of the market, attend all networking events, participate in any training provided and hold meetings as curated and directed by the PFM team.

An alignment with the BFI London Film Festival’s (LFF) Buyers and Sellers programme will see a more accessible and coherent cross-over for those attending both markets in 2019, whilst Film London will also be co-selecting projects from the market with LFF to be showcased as ‘Ones to Watch’. This year’s PFM will also move to the more central venue of the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall to cater for this closer relationship with LFF.

To add to a strong roster of strategic European PFM partners, The Netherlands Film Commission and the Netherlands Film Fund will this year come on board, sourcing two producers from their region with feature film projects that require international finance and fit the PFM criteria, as well as attending the PFM in the role of financier. They join returning European partners including EAVE, Paris Region Enterprises (formerly Ile de France Film Commission), Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission and Italy’s Apulia Film Commission.

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “Year on year the Production Finance Market adapts to answer the demands of the industry and this year will see a much closer relationship with the London Film Festival’s Buyers and Sellers programme, including collaboration on the selection of some projects, so there’s more of an accessible cross-over for those who are attending both markets, also reflected in the change of venue. We’ll showcase even more diversity and inclusivity and we’re delighted to be teaming up with Breaking Through The Lens to champion exceptional female talent and support this important initiative, which challenges barriers to progress. We look forward to welcoming this year’s successful applicants to PFM, and can promise the filmmakers and financiers a productive arena for building relationships and potential deals.”

The PFM is an annual two day financing event for film held during the BFI London Film Festival. The market connects filmmakers and financiers from across the globe through 1-2-1 meetings as a way to navigate potential business partners and investment. The main strand accommodates projects with budgets above €1m, while the New Talent Strand targets budgets below €1m.

The Market is supported by ScreenSkills, the Department for International Trade (DIT), the Mayor of London and the BFI London Film Festival, and sponsored by Kodak Motion Picture, MoneyPenny Services, Direct Digital and Performance Film and Media. Applications for the PFM close on Monday 8th July.

For more details and to apply go to: http://pfm2019.filmlondon.org.uk/

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