Film London’s Production Finance Market unveils keynote speaker

Ben RobertsBFI’s chief executive Ben Roberts will be the keynote speaker at Film London’s Production Finance Market (PFM) which runs as part of the BFI London Film Festival (LFF, October 5 – 16).

The two-day financing event takes places October 11 – 12 and will be hosted in person for the first time in two years.

Roberts (pictured) will be joined by Film London’s Adrian Wootton to discuss the BFI’s recently launched 10-year funding plan, Screen Culture 2033.

This will be followed by a UK Global Screen Fund panel. Denitsa Yordanova, head of UK Global Screen Fund, and producer Cassandra Sigsgaard will discuss The Tutor as a case study of a UK/Germany co-production.

Now in its 16th year, the PFM connects filmmakers and financiers through one-to-one meetings. Last year’s virtual event was attended by 180 people from across the globe. 

The event consists of two strands with the main one accommodating feature film projects with budgets above €1m.

The New Talent Strand, which supports budgets below €1m, includes a new project from BFI/Chanel award winner and former Screen Star of Tomorrow Baff Akoto called Lucky Jim and Nosa Eke’s The Young And The Dopeness. 

All filmmakers selected for the New Talent strand took part in a week-long training programme in September called ‘Film London Labs: The Production Finance Sessions’.

This year the  New Black Film Collective (TNBFC) and BIFA Springboard have joined Tallinn Black Nights Film Festiva as PFM partners. The event is supported by the Department for International Trade (DIT), the Mayor of London and LFF. PFM is also affliliated with EAVE, MIFF 37 South, the Netherlands Film Commission, Ontario Creates IFF@TIFF and South Africa’s National Film & Video Foundation.

It is supported by the Department for International Trade (DIT), the Mayor of London and the BFI London Film Festival.

This article first appeared on our sister site, ScreenDaily. 


Image via BFI. 


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