Production Finance Market 2010
The fourth Film London Production Finance Market (PFM) took place Wednesday 20 - Thursday 21 October 2010. The only event of its kind in the UK, the market encourages new film financing relationships by organising face-to-face meetings between experienced film producers and financiers from the international marketplace.
Jeremy Thomas CBE, the Oscar®-winning film producer and founder of the Recorded Picture Company and its international sales arm HanWay Films, delivered the PFM's annual keynote address - sharing his extensive experience in raising the finance for independent projects and ensuring they reach an audience. A British independent producer, Thomas has made a number of international productions, working with film-makers from all over the world including Richard Linklater (Fast Food Nation), David Cronenberg (Crash), Takashi Miike (13 Assassins) and Jerzy Skolimowski (Essential Killing). Making films since the 1970s Thomas's prolific career has seen him producer over 50 films, win numerous awards and crucially his work has consistently achieved both critical and commercial success.
This year the Production Finance Market had continued support from MEDIA - the EU support programme for the European audiovisual industry. MEDIA funding has allowed the PFM to continue to increase opportunities for experienced European producers and financiers, providing EU film professionals with improved access to film markets. This work also aims to increase co-production deals between UK and Europe, as well as strengthening the position of the PFM as a truly global market within the international film calendar.
The market was attended by 153 delegates from 18 countries including Poland, Sweden, Russia, South Africa, Nigeria, Australia, and the USA. Leading companies attending the PFM in 2010 included Warners Bros., Paramount Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group, Focus Features, Ealing Studios and Lionsgate UK. From Europe Wild Bunch (France), Rai Cinema (Italy), Filmax (Spain) Bavaria Film International (Germany) and TF1 Droits Audiovisuels (France) were among the financiers.
Just some of the 58 companies presenting projects at this year's event were: Le Bureau (Nói Albínói), Fandango (Gomorrah), Ruby Films (Tamara Drew), El Capitan Pictures (Ways to Live Forever), Adventure Pictures (Orlando), Recorded Picture Company (Creation), Element Pictures (Essential Killing) and Red Wave Films (The Full Monty).
Find out more about the attendees of this year's market and read the transcript of Jeremy Thomas' keynote address:
PFM 2010 Producer & Financier Delegate List
PFM 2010: Keynote Address
The Film London Production Finance Market was held in association with The 54th BFI London Film Festival and supported by the London Development Agency, UK Film Council, UK Trade & Investment, MEDIA and peacefulfish. It also has partnerships with the Rome International Film Festival's New Cinema Network, the Melbourne International Film Festival's 37º South Market and the Ile de France Film Commission.
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