Film London’s Production Finance Market
Date posted: 08.10.2019
Film London's annual Film London Production Finance Market (PFM) took place this week as part of the 63rd BFI London Film Festival.
Award-winning producer Alison Owen opened the event by providing insight into her career, discussing recent projects, and giving her take on the current state of the market in a conversation with Adrian Wootton, OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission.
Finding international success with Shekhar Kapur's multi Academy Award® nominated and BAFTA winning historical drama Elizabeth (1998), starring Cate Blanchett, Owen has consistently produced award-winning film and television projects. Credits include: The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Jane Eyre (2011), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Suffragette (2015) and the seven time, Emmy award-winning Temple Grandin (2010), and Emmy award-winning Small Island (2009). In 2016, Owen produced Me Before You for MGM, directed by Thea Sharrock and starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, which made over $200 million worldwide. Earlier this year saw another collaboration with MGM on The Hustle (2019), starring Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway.
In 2014, she founded the film and television company Monumental Pictures Ltd. with fellow UK powerhouse producer Debra Hayward. Strong, female driven stories make up Monumental's film and television slate, with feature film How To Build A Girl (2019) by Caitlin Moran, adapted from the writer's comedic best-selling novel of the same name and starring Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird, Booksmart) recently premiering at TIFF to critical acclaim, winning the Fipresci Prize. Upcoming movies include Longbourn for Studio Canal and Persuasion for Fox Searchlight, along with a musical on the life of Amy Winehouse.
Taking place over two days (7-8 October), PFM facilitates over 800 face-to-face meetings between UK and international producers and financiers, to foster relationships and source financing for new projects. This year's strengthened ties to the festival at the centrally located Institute of Directors, includes the BFI London Film Festival's Meet the Buyers Day, a day-long sales and distribution market with a bespoke, curated set of meetings between UK distributors, film buyers and international sales agents. With over 200 meetings, Meet the Buyers Day is designed to facilitate global business and support distribution of a broader range of international and independent work in the UK distribution landscape.
Earlier this year PFM teamed up with Breaking Through The Lens to attend their pitching lab in Cannes to select a project to be fast-tracked to the PFM, with guaranteed inclusion in the New Talent strand. The project selected is Bridge + Tunnel's The Good Iranian, by producer/director Tina Gharavi and producer Ado Yoshizaki.
To add to a strong roster of strategic European PFM partners, The Netherlands Film Commission and the Netherlands Film Fund have this year come on board, sourcing producers from their region with feature film projects, that require international finance and fit the PFM criteria - Maarten Swart and Lisette Kelder's A Shining Flaw and Reinier Selen's Playboy Priest, as well as attending the PFM in the role of financier. They joined returning European partners including EAVE, Sardinia's Sardegna Film Commission and Italy's Apulia Film Commission.
The PFM is supported by the Mayor of London, the Department for International Trade and the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery. Market attendance is by invitation only.