Applications open for Film London's Production Finance Market

Latest 17 May 2021

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Film London are pleased to announce that applications for the 15th Production Finance Market (PFM) are now open, set to take place online from 12 - 13 October.

The PFM is an annual two-day financing event for film held during the BFI London Film Festival, connecting 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, including Animation with budgets above €1m, while the New Talent strand targets budgets below €1m.

After the success of last year’s first ever virtual edition, Film London’s Production Finance Market will return as an online event, providing opportunity for greater international participation and engagement. The health and safety of speakers and delegates is at the forefront of planning, and the Market will adopt practices successfully used at last year’s event.

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said:

“Every year Film London's Production Finance Market adapts to answer the demands of the industry, with the last year magnifying a multitude of hardships and economic challenges.

Our virtual 2020 edition sought to keep filmmakers and financiers connected, with online meetings taking place worldwide, and to great success, with project The Ripper's Ghost boarding sales with Reason8 as a result of the Market. This proves not only the sheer determination and perseverance of the industry, but also how these early conversations are instrumental to the production process. With demand for content now higher than ever, it is important that we continue to foster a collaborative and diverse environment for those to meet and negotiate future investment opportunities."

PFM continues its international partnerships with Breaking Through The Lens, EAVE, MIFF 37 South, The Netherlands Film Commission, Ontario Creates IFF@TIFF and South Africa’s National Film & Video Foundation in addition to establishing new partnerships with Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Apulia Film Commission in 2021. PFM also continues to work with its Spanish and Italian industry colleagues and others across Europe.

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 5th July.

For more information and to apply, head over to our Production Finance Market page