Applications are now closed for 2021.
The Production Finance Market (PFM) is our annual two-day financing event for film, run in association with the BFI London Film Festival. The Market will take place from 12-13 October 2021 and due to the COVID-19 pandemic will once again take place fully online.
Now in its 15th year, the Market has helped forge countless long-term business connections, and is the only event of its kind in the UK.
From encouraging new business relationships to attaching international sales companies and securing various forms of investments in companies and film projects, PFM is invaluable for producers and financiers alike.
The PFM is focussed on feature film projects, including Animation and feature documentaries and has two distinct strands.
Which market strand is for me?
The main strand PFM is for projects with budgets above €1m and focusses on curated one-to-one meetings.
The New Talent strand (NTS) is for feature projects with budgets below €1m and includes pitch training and project mentoring as part of its programme.
What to expect
The Market includes a keynote speech delivered by an industry leader. Our 2020 Keynote address was delivered by award winning screenwriter, producer and director James Schamus. Past speakers have also included Alison Owen, founder of Monumental Pictures, Elizabeth Karlsen, co-founder Number 9 Films, Ben Roberts CEO of the BFI, Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, Alison Thompson, co-founder Cornerstone Films and Danny Perkins, former UK CEO of STUDIO CANAL.
The Market comprises intense networking and pitching meetings between financiers and producers. Taking the form of ‘speed dating’ sessions, producers have 20 minutes to impress each financier before moving on to their next meeting. This streamlined schedule enables producers to meet many more financiers than usually possible.
PFM continues its international partnerships with Apulia Film Commission, 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 a new partnership with Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 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.