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Cannes: Film London Pacts with Independent Filmmaker Project on No Borders (EXCLUSIVE)

Film London, the state agency that supports filmmakers in the city, has sealed a pact with the U.S.’s Independent Filmmaker Project, which will fund U.K. producers to attend the No Borders International Co-Production Market during Independent Film Week in New York.

Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP, said the partnership would help “foster new collaborations between U.K. and U.S. producers.”

The project, which is backed by accountancy firm Nyman Libson Paul, is Film London’s first U.S. partnership to directly benefit U.K. producers. It forms part of Film London’s strategy to help U.K. filmmakers make their mark on the global industry and develop international partnerships.

The pact will see up to two projects selected by Film London from a pool of applicants drawn from those taking part in Film London’s Production Finance Market and Micro Market.

The producers will be funded to attend IFP’s Independent Film Week and Filmmaker Conference in September, and will receive an IFP membership. They will be given access to financiers, agents and buyers, along with pitch training and expert consultations, workshops and masterclasses with business and artistic leaders, and high-level networking events.

Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “This pilot serves as a logical amplification of everything we do to help boost business for our industry, and help our filmmakers compete on a global level.”

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