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Film Finance

From Own-it:

“The changing film finance marketplace brings with it different places to look for money. One such example is currently being seen with the re-structuring of the UK Film Council and the introduction of the Production Fund which will have a major impact on the way that lottery money is distributed. In June 2010, Own-it held a seminar on the current status of film financing, featuring the views of three different voices: the lawyer, the public funder and the producer. These three perspectives allowed the event to touch on the legal issues needed to be addressed in finance structuring, the potential use of co-productions to raise funds and of course public funding initiatives which is often the first port of call for many established and burgeoning producers.”

Film Finance (full) from Emma Own-it on Vimeo.


European Commission’s public consultation on the future of the MEDIA Programme. Closing date: 30 November 2010

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the future of the EU Programme for the audiovisual sector. The findings of this consultation will inform the Commission’s proposal (planned to be made next year) for the new MEDIA Programme (period 2014 – 2020).

The consultation will remain open until 30 November 2010. You can participate as an individual  (a professional / a student of one of the MEDIA-funded trainig programmes such as Atelier Masterclass, EAVE, Berlinale Talent Campus, etc.), or on behalf of an organisation.

More details HERE.


Amazon launches film production studio

Amazon is making a foray into film production with Amazon Studios. They are now seeking full-length films and scripts from filmmakers and screenwriters. The website’s official statement reads: “It is the goal of Amazon Studios to produce new, full-budget theatrical films based on the best projects, and it will give Warner Bros Pictures first access to the projects Amazon Studios wishes to produce in co-operation with an outside studio.”

Find all the details on their website and on the official Twitter feed of Amazon Studios.


Good news for the Spanish Film industry, at last

The economic crisis and piracy are affecting Spanish film unlike other countries. Finance is shrinking: the Spanish Film Institute (ICAA) has been forced to half its funding for film projects. What’s more, Spain’s new General Audiovisual Law (March 2010) reduces TV operators’ film investment obligations from 5% to 3% of revenues. On top of it all, as discussed at the film finance conference held in Madrid in July, access to bank credit facilities is limited.  Unlike in Germany and France, bank gap financing remains rare in Spain, not to talk about private investors.

The good news is that the major Spanish public broadcaster, TVE (Televisión Española) has increased its investment in films by 20% to €43m for 2010 and will continue its film sales activities, financing 44 films for theatrical release (11 more than in 2009).

Read more HERE (in Spanish).


Good Pitch UK – Good news!

Last Friday I attended the Good Pitch UK as an observer. It was an uplifting day! I look forward to seeing the finished films: powerful, amazing human stories that want to change the world.

The 8 projects pitched were chosen by the Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. You can read the synopsis HERE.

The other good news are that the sports brand PUMA has partnered with the Britdoc Foundation to launch a documentary film fund. The initiative is designed to provide financial support, creative counsel and industry recognition to international documentary filmmakers whose creative storytelling highlights social justice, peace or environmental issues. More info on the Britdoc’s site and on Puma’s website.

Kudos to the Britdoc team and to PUMA!


Alternative film financing and the future of documentary filmmaking (video interviews)

I have found several interviews about alternative film financing conducted during the first session of the Documentary Campus 2010. They can be found HERE.

Source: Reelisor Documentary Networking


Financing and Investment in Film Production in Spain

Some days ago, I published a post about a seminar that took place in Madrid on July 1 entitled “A New Perspective on Financing and Investment in Film Production in Spain”. Cineuropa announces today that a large quantity of documentation on the different talks given at the seminar has been published.

Read the full article (with links to the documentation and to several websites) HERE.

Watch the videos of the speeches (some in Spanish, some in English) HERE.


Producers and financiers square up at Spanish film finance conference

On July 1 took place in Madrid a finance conference about how producers can access private funding for their film projects. The conference was organised by Spain’s film institute, the ICAA, and co-sponsored by Screen International.

Check the results of the conference here:

Spanish film finance conference | News | Screen

UPDATE (28/07): A large quantity of documentation on the different talks given at the seminar has been published. More info HERE.