Film Short: Find Out About Film Funding Opportunities
Recently I received a few requests for information regarding any upcoming film funding events and there are two on the calendar that I’m familiar with, one this month and the other in September. First of all, The Incentives Office is holding a Summer Spectacular Incentives Symposium on Friday, July 30th at the Landmark Theatre in West Los Angeles. Panelists for the event include incentives attorney Schuyler Moore, producer Mark Damon (Universal Soldier, Monster, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, Jungle Book), producer Sharon Miller (The Good Doctor) Christine Peloso (Tax Credits LLC), Jeff Geoffray (Blue Rider), Justine Grant or Michael Kane (CroweHorwath, LLC) D. Jeffrey Andrick (XL Ent. Media Group), Amy Lemish (California Film Commissioner), Vince Porter (Oregon Film Commissioner), Aaron Syrett (NC Film Office), and Lisa Strout (New Mexico Film Commision)
Topics being discussed are: Hard Times for Soft Money which will cover private and bank sources for cash-flowing film incentives and gap to maximize funding and also What’s Happening with Incentives, a discussion with Commissioners and producers talking about the current state of affairs and what to expect in the future. Admission is $50 in advance or $60 at the door if space is available. For more information or to register go to http://www.theincentivesoffice.com/July30.htm.
Later on this fall The 2nd Annual Film Finance Forum East will be taking place on September 14th and 15th at the Metropolitan Hotel in New York. The focus of this seminar will be Capitalizing on Viable Film Investments and Fund Opportunities with the goal being to present the investment community with the film industry’s most viable alternatives.
Among the topics covered include: addressing where film financing is headed, exploring trends in emerging markets, revealing the next wave of capital sources and deal structures, providing an investment strategy session on what’s making money, discussing how to limit risk from identifying co-financiers to guaranteeing foreign pre-sales, surveying film fund case studies that have failed and succeeded, offering advice on locating and acquiring soft money, debating the pros and cons of trading box office futures, presenting opportunities in the P&A financing market and proposing new distribution models for the next decade. Numerous networking opportunities with the industry’s most seasoned financiers, executives and advisors will also be available.
Besides New York, The Forum is currently held in Los Angeles, Cannes and Zurich throughout the year and has previously featured panelists such as Jill Gwen, SVP, Finance & Operations, Fox Searchlight and the Head of International and Independent Film at ICM, Hal Sadoff. For more information or to register for the event go to: http://www.filmfinanceforum.com/newyork.html.