Swiss film festival hosts funding forum

BERLIN — The first Film Finance Forum to be held in Switzerland will take place during the Zurich Film Festival next month.

Among the leading industry and finance experts attending the event at Zurich’s Hotel Dolder Grand on Sept. 25, are: Bernhard Burgener, chief exec of Constantin Medien; CAA’s Roeg Sutherland; Alexis Garcia of WME Global; Judith Chan, senior manager Coutts and Co.; Icon U.K. CEO Stewart Till; and Marc Gabizon, managing director of Wild Bunch Germany.

Discussions will focus on film financing and economic trends in the international film sector. Organizers said the event’s main objective was to establish the most important industry meeting for film financing in the German-speaking world, as well as to highlight the potential of Switzerland as a location for the international film industry.

The annual Film Finance Forum has taken place in Los Angeles, New York and at the Cannes Film Festival. It is aimed at potential investors, film industry promoters, producers and worldwide distributors, as well as consultants such as legal experts, insurance agents and investment advisors.

Sponsored by entertainment financing group Magnet Media, the forum is organized by marketing and event production agency Winston Baker and Thomas Sterchi’s Swiss film shingle Millbrook Pictures, in association with the Zurich fest and media partner Variety. Zurich Film Festival director Karl Spoerri also serves as Millbrook’s managing director.

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