Production Finance Market
The Production Finance Market (PFM) connects international producers and financiers to encourage new film financing relationships, and is the only event of its kind in the UK.
The PFM is open to producers with feature film projects of €1m+ aimed at an international audience and for international financiers seeking new projects. Applications to attend the 2015 event are now closed.
The BFI London Film Festival (LFF) offers a 20% discounted rate on LFF Industry Accreditation to all PFM delegates.
This year, an exciting new transatlantic partnership with Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) in New York offered an additional financing opportunity for UK-based filmmakers.
The PFM is an industry staple for people looking to get films made - from starting new business relationships, to attaching international sales companies, to securing investments in companies and film projects.
Hosting over 800 producer-to-financier pitch meetings and a further 300 financier-to-financier meetings over the two days, previous delegates have paid overwhelming testimony to the strategic role the market plays in the annual film calendar.
What takes place at the market
Each Market starts off with a keynote speech delivered by a key player in the industry. Past keynote speakers include Director of BFI Film Fund, Ben Roberts, Co-President and Co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics, Michael Barker, and Managing Director of Cornerstone Films, Alison Thompson.
Fired up by the speaker's advice, participants get to business. Taking the form of "high-end speed dating", producers have just 25 minutes to impress the financiers before moving on to the next meeting. Participants can also attend panels of industry experts on new developments in film.
The 2014 market attracted more than €235m of production value and leading equity, hedge fund, tax, banking, and public and broadcaster financiers. To date, some 50 or more films and companies have benefited directly from the PFM.
- Find out more about previous events, as well as gain access to delegate lists and keynote speaker transcripts
Alongside the PFM, Film London holds the Micro Market: a day of meetings between filmmakers and financiers interested in sourcing projects under €1m.
With thanks to the event sponsors and partners
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, Creative Europe, UK Trade & Investment and peacefulfish. The PFM also has partnerships with the Rome International Film Festival's New Cinema Network, the When East Meets West Co-Production market in Trieste, Melbourne International Film Festival's 37º South Market, the Ile de France Film Commission, the Toronto International Film Festival's International Financing Forum, the Nordic Co-Production Market at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, and Rio Filme-Rio Film Commission.
“I have participated in many major markets over the years and the PFM is the most impressive of its kind I have ever attended.”
Michael Barker, Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Pictures Classics
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