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Production Finance Market 2011

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The fifth Film London Production Finance Market (PFM) took place on Wednesday 19 - Thursday 20 October 2011. 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.

Marianne Gray from Yellow Bird, the Swedish production outlet behind the successful film adaptations of Stieg Larson's Millenium trilogy and Jo Nesbø's Headhunters, delivered the PFM's annual keynote address. Gray, who started her career in LA at studios including Disney, Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox, most recently produced Norwegian feature Headhunters, which enjoyed its UK premiere at this year's BFI London Film Festival. The film is already established as one of the most successful Norwegian features ever made.

Film London and the market's stakeholders have focused on Europe as the key territory that can benefit from the commercial thrust of the PFM. Our partner MEDIA - the EU support programme for the audiovisual industry - has supported the PFM since 2009, and that funding has enabled the PFM to increase opportunities for European producers and financiers to gain access to the more commercial, ambitious international film market beyond local subsidy and bi-lateral co-production strategies. For example, many EU production companies rarely seek out international sales company feedback and commitment until after their project is produced; whereas the PFM encourages producers to make contact prior to the completed film. This strategy has a useful bi-product: whilst the PFM is a finance market, not a co-production market, EU producers do still circulate and network and have often formed partnerships as a result of the market's selective cohort and focused delivery. The combination of selected financiers and producers is now firmly establishing the PFM as a fully global market within the international film calendar.

The market was attended by 147 delegates from 15 countries including Poland, Hungary, Macedonia, Luxembourg, Australia, and the USA. Leading companies attending the PFM in 2011 included Paramount Pictures International, Entertainment One, Focus Features, Ealing Metro International, BBC Films and Film4. From Europe Wild Bunch (France), Rai Cinema (Italy), Filmax (Spain), Fortissimo Films (The Netherlands) and TF1 Droits Audiovisuels (France) are among the financiers.

Just some of the 53 companies presenting projects at this year's event were: Belladonna Productions (Transamerica), Element Pictures (The Guard; The Wind that Shakes the Barley), Macgowan Films (Death Defying Acts), Pierpoline Films (Teeth), Warp Films (Submarine; Four Lions; Tyrannosaur), Samson Films (Once; The Moth Diaries), Wellington Films (London to Brighton) and Tornasol Films (The Secret in Their Eyes).

Download a list of producer and financier attendees of the 2011 Production Finance Market.

PFM 2011 Producer & Financier Delegate List

The Film London Production Finance Market was held in association with the 55th BFI London Film Festival and supported by the Mayor of London, the BFI, 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, the Ile de France Film Commission, and Toronto International Film Festival's International Financing Forum.

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