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Production Finance Market 2008

Image of Tabled meetings at the Production Finance Market 2008
The 2008 Production Finance Market (held 20-21 October 2008) opened with a Q&A from Daniel Battsek, President of Miramax Films, and welcomed 55 production companies presenting nearly 150 projects with a total value of $1.16billion and 52 financing companies including studios, private equity firms, sales companies, distributors, banks, tax funds, regional and national support bodies and broadcasters. Finance secured during PFM 2008 will range from distribution advances, equity and tax finance to development funding.

A refined PFM 2008 offered increased representation from Europe, plus an emphasis on companies capable of presenting slates aimed at the international market, rather than single projects. 

Attending companies included UGC, Rai Cinema, Miramax Films, Lionsgate UK, Nordisk Film, Ingenious Media, Celluloid Dreams, Aramid Capital Partners, Focus Features, 6 Sales, Natixis Coficiné, Bank of Ireland, Sony Pictures Classics, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures

Projects on offer at the year’s PFM came from top UK and European production companies such as Recorded Picture Company (The Last Emperor and Fast Food Nation), Fandango (Gomorrah), Warp Films (This is England), Le Bureau (Farewell) and DNA Films (The Last King of Scotland).

Funded by Skillset, the Emerging Producer Training Programme (EPTP) is part of PFM and focuses on training emerging producers, selected from across the UK, to pitch their feature film projects effectively in the international market place. From a total of 16 producers, 10 were invited to attend PFM after pitching their projects to a panel of industry experts. 2008 also saw a new initiative with Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma (Rome International Film Festival) where three of the selected emerging UK producers participated in Rome’s New Cinema Network event held directly after the PFM on 22-26 October.

Download a list of producer and financier attendees of the 2008 Production Finance Market and the transcript of the keynote address delivered by Daniel Battsek:

PFM 2008: Accredited Participant List

PFM 2008: Keynote Address

The 2008 Film London Production Market was held in association with The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival and supported by the London Development Agency, UK Film Council, UK Trade & Investment, Skillset, City of London Corporation and peacefulfish.

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