Projects by “In & Out” producer G. Mac Brown and documentarian Phillip Roth and directing debuts by actor Adrian Pasdar and standup Margaret Cho are among the 60 titles chosen for the fifth Intl. Film Financing Conference to be held Jan. 9-11 in San Francisco.
A unique blend of seminars, screenings and networking, IFFCON ’98 sets up an environment in which fiction and documentary filmmakers mingle with potential investors over the course of the three-day intensive program.
“It’s inspired by Rotterdam’s CineMart,” IFFCON exec director Wendy Braitman said. “I attended CineMart about seven years ago and it was so helpful in developing a project, it seemed to me that it was a crime not to have a similar event in the United States. Normally one works in somewhat of a vacuum. But when you can talk about your film with people who buy or invest in movies, suddenly you have a practical vantage point about its appeal and who is or isn’t interested.”
Initially, submissions were accepted solely from Stateside filmmakers, but last year IFFCON expanded to include Canadian producers and will add an Asian component this year. Braitman said the 1998 submissions are 66% fiction, and overall include 16 from New York, five from Canada, roughly 20 from California and the rest from other regions of the U.S.
Among the companies that are confirmed participants this year are Alliance, Channel Four, Fortissimo Films, Good Machine, International Creative Management, Lakeshore Intl., Miramax Films, New Line Cinema, October Films, Overseas Filmgroup, Red Sky Films and ZDF/ARTE.
Opening day will include panels with such topics as “Kicking Off Your Deal With U.S. Dollars,” “How to Sell Your Ideas Abroad” and “International TV: A Source for Funding.” Further information and registration forms are available by contacting the organization at (415) 281-9777, or accessing its Web site at (www.iffcon.com).