Film London opens applications for Production Finance Market
Film London’s Production Finance Market (PFM) has opened for applications, with the event scheduled for 10 and 11 October this year. The deadline for submissions is 6 July.
The market - now in its 17th year - takes place during the BFI London Film Festival 2023 at The Thistle in Marble Arch.
Last year’s edition of PFM saw 59 feature film projects presented with a total production value of around €167.5 million. The event attracted over 180 attendees, facilitating 865 meetings from across the globe with delegates from 15 different countries.
The market connects filmmakers and financiers from across the globe through one-to-one meetings as a way to navigate potential business partners and investment. The main strand accommodates feature film projects from established producers, including Animation, with budgets above €1m, while the New Talent strand specifically targets filmmakers on their first feature. Documentaries are also welcome to apply and films reflecting a range of diverse perspectives and stories are positively encouraged.
Adrian Wootton OBE, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “Demand for content continues to grow, and combined with the capital’s diverse array of talent and stories to be told, Film London’s Production Finance Market is vital in supporting independent cinema in the UK and internationally.
“As the only event of its kind in the UK, and with the challenges of financing independent film, PFM has become an even more important place and space for filmmakers and producers to meet. For over 16 years the Market has been instrumental in connecting thousands of filmmakers and financiers, instigating introductions and securing finance for some truly great projects. We look forward to welcoming projects and financiers from across the globe again this year, enforcing London’s reputation as a centre for the global film and screen content business.”
The 2023 edition will continue its partnerships with nationwide network The New Black Film Collective (TNBFC), and Tallinn Black Nights and PFM also continues its international partnerships with EAVE, MIFF 37 South, The Netherlands Film Commission, Ontario Creates IFF@TIFF and South Africa’s National Film & Video Foundation whilst also continuing to work with its Spanish and Italian industry colleagues and others across Europe.
The Market is supported by the Department for Business and Trade (DBT), the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and takes place during the BFI London Film Festival. Applications for the PFM close on 6th July
Full details on how to apply can be found here.
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