Sony Pictures Classics Topper to Deliver London Keynote

Michael Barker to headline Film London Production Finance Market

LONDON — Michael Barker, co-prexy of Sony Pictures Classics, will deliver the keynote address at the Film London Production Finance Market, which runs Oct. 16-17 in London.

Barker will provide the 200-plus delegates and industry guests with an insight into successfully producing and distributing independent feature films, particularly assessing the role of SPC, its objectives, achievements and its critical role in ensuring access to the North American market for independent features, including foreign-language films.

Barker will also be part of a Senior Financiers Panel, alongside Doug Hansen of Endgame Entertainment and Ben Browning of Start Motion Pictures, who will discuss how the emerging online market is changing the shape of film finance, covering digital disruption, social media, SVOD, and the changing marketplace in North America and its implications for producers and financiers across the rest of the world.

The PFM has attracted 52 producers presenting projects with $297 million of production value. Of the 57 financiers attending, there are leading private equity firms, tax-structured financiers, banks, international sale companies, territory and mini-major distributors and public and broadcaster representatives.

Leading financiers attending the PFM include CIT Group, Coutts & Co, Bankside Films, Dynamo Capital, Protagonist Pictures, Focus Features, eOne and Lionsgate.

From Europe, reps will attend from Backup Media, Films Distribution and TF1 Droits Audiovisuels in France; Filmax in Spain; and Global Screen from Germany.

Some of the companies presenting projects are Amber Entertainment, Bibi Film, Cattleya, Crimbil Equities, Metaluna Productions, SamFilm and Scala Productions.

Angus Finney, PFM project manager, noted the quality of many of the projects this year: “We were extremely impressed by the level of filmmakers keen to exploit the PFM, including Back2Back’s outstanding Kevin Macdonald title, Deep Purple’s ‘Jakarta Nightmare’; Spain’s The Thinklab-produced animation film, ‘Deep’; and VVZ’s ‘The World at Night,’ to be directed by Michael Radford.”

Running alongside the PFM will be the Film London Micro-Market, which is a finance market for micro-budget projects. It will provide 19 filmmaking teams a day of dedicated meetings with financiers looking to source projects budgeted at $1.35 million and under, alongside comprehensive training in pitching. Barker will also participate in a master-class for the emerging filmmakers attending the market.

The PFM is supported by the Mayor of London, MEDIA and the BFI.

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