Applications are now open for this year’s Production Finance Market (PFM), which is set to take place from 12 - 13 October. Now in its 14th year, this year’s Market takes place in unprecedented circumstances, but just as it has done in previous years, the event will adapt to answer the demands of the industry.
The PFM is an annual two-day financing event for film held during the BFI London Film Festival. The market connects filmmakers and financiers from across the globe through 1-2-1 meetings as a way to navigate potential business partners and investment. The main strand accommodates feature film projects with budgets above €1m, while the New Talent Strand targets budgets below €1m. You can apply via the official PFM page.
With the health and safety of speakers and delegates at the forefront of event planning, event details are yet to be confirmed as Film London monitors the situation and closely follows guidance on social distancing.
Taking place in October, PFM will reflect the most current information on production conditions in the UK, including production protocols and the latest measures agreed between industry and government.
Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “Year on year the Production Finance Market adapts to answer the demands of the industry. We recognise the scale of hardship and economic challenges faced by producers, and this year it is more important than ever that we continue to foster a collaborative and diverse environment, where filmmakers and financiers can be introduced, build relationships and work towards potential deals.
“We are of course operating in unprecedented times and the impact of COVID-19 will be felt deeply by screen industries as we work through this ever evolving situation. PFM will follow Government guidelines and whether the event takes the form of a physical event or explores virtual solutions, we will create a space that is safe for all to ensure creative and business connections continue to flourish.
“The Production Finance Market is made possible thanks to support from DIT, the Mayor of London and the BFI and I’d like to express our gratitude for enabling Film London to deliver the Market during these challenging times.”
The Market is supported by the Department for International Trade (DIT), the Mayor of London and the BFI London Film Festival.
Applications for the PFM close on Monday 6th July.