Co. takes first step out of Europe
BERLIN — German film funding consultant Peacefulfish has teamed up with Toronto-based producer Sudden Storm Prods. to provide international film financing consulting services for producers in Canada and Europe.
Peacefulfish’s first entry into the Canadian market is also seen as a first step toward expansion outside of Europe. Venture is looking to help producers navigate the spectrum of international financing opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic.
Launched last year, Berlin-based Peacefulfish already provides such services in European territories, including France and the U.K. Company advises producers on various funding options including federal, state and regional film subsidies and co-production opportunities.
Sudden Storm, Peacefulfish’s exclusive Canadian partner for all future productions and consulting in Canada, specializes in Canadian incentive financing and international co-prod structuring. “Sudden Storm will help us bring the best of Canadian financing to our clients,” says Thierry Baujard, CEO of Peacefulfish. “It is our first step in offering global financing solutions to producers — Canada being a cornerstone of current film financing. It also means that Peacefulfish.com is going beyond Europe and will now provide global information to its 1,500 members.”
The partnership will include joint project development in Europe and Canada and common marketing activities. Sudden Storm will add content to the Peacefulfish.com Web site explaining Canadian financing opportunities — including information on tax credits, co-production structuring, loans and bank financing.
“Access to global opportunities is critical in today’s film financing environment,” Sudden Storm prexy Jesse Ikeman says. “With this partnership we hope to bring more co-productions into Canada and provide top-level Canadian financing advice for international producers wishing to structure deals in Canada.”
The two companies began their collaboration on Sudden Storm’s World War I pic “Truce 1914,” a Canadian-U.K. co-prod with actors Brian Cox, Til Schweiger and Johnny Lee Miller attached.