Civilian enlists SureFire funding

Coin pegged for development of 15 Brit pix

CANNES — Civilian Content, parent of the Film Consortium and the Works, has struck a deal for $2.1 million in development coin from investment fund SureFire Finance.

The money will be used to develop 15 British movies. Projects include Vincent Ward’s “River Queen”; Francois Girard’s “Silk”; Stefan Schwartz’s “The Best Man”; Jazmin Dizdar’s “Golden Mile”; “People Who Knock on the Door,” from producer Andras Hamori; and “Trains,” a triptych to be directed by Ken Loach, Ermanno Olmi and Abbas Kiarostami.

As part of the joint venture, SureFire principals Michael Henry and James Atherton will join the Civilian board as non-exec directors.

Films financed by SureFire funds will be produced by Civilian and sold internationally by the Works.

The Film Consortium held one of the U.K.’s three lottery franchises for six years, but it ran out. The SureFire deal is part of Civilian’s efforts to find new financing.

“This is an important step towards securing and enhancing our production, financing and sales activities in the medium term,” commented Civilian CEO Chris Auty.

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