IIFF & LFA present: Film Financing at London Short Film Festival
Thursday 10 January 2013, 18.00
The Moving Picture Company, 127 Wardour Street, Soho W1F 0NL

Hexagon Film Fund I, O P Film and Media and London Film Academy in association with Institute for International Film Financing London present: A new monthly series: London Film Finance - a panel of industry experts to provide you with up-to-date insider knowledge and tips on how to secure film funding. Aimed at individuals who would like to learn about the opportunities in independent film. As well as being a great opportunity to expand your knowledge, this will be a great chance to expand your network of industry professionals.

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The speakers…

  • Carlo Dusi, Scott Free 'The importance of being strategic when planning your next short/first feature'

    A qualified solicitor and all-round film business specialist, Carlo joined the London office of Ridley Scott’s production outfit Scott Free in March 2012 as Head of Business and Commercial Affairs, having previously run his company Aria Films as an integrated production, financing and consultancy outfit from early 2002.  Carlo’s credits through Aria include: Gareth Maxwell Roberts's award-winning feature debut "Kill Kill Faster Faster"; Peter Greenaway's "Nightwatching" starring Martin Freeman; Sallie Aprahamian’s "Broken Lines" starring Paul Bettany and Olivia Williams; and Academy Award nominee Paul Morrison's "Little Ashes" starring Robert Pattinson.  Carlo has also acted as a consultant to several industry outfits including theatrical distributor Axiom Films International, commercial and digital production house Stink, post-production facility Met Film Post, and the Media team at Amnesty International UK, and has taught extensively at various film institutions including the London Film School and the Met Film School.

  • Angus Finney, Film London 'Film London: Production Finance Market for Financiers and Film Makers'

    Angus Finney is a leading international film and creative industry specialist. His work includes risk management for Octopus Media, part of Octopus Investments – a £1.5bn City of London fund manager; MBA-level teaching at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University and Cass Business School, City University, London, and he is the producer of Europe’s only Production Finance Market, hosted by Film London. His training includes working with the South African and UAE's government film bodies, and with Scandinavian and UK national film schools, alongside industrial training for film distributors, producers and financiers in the UK. Finney was appointed joint Managing Director of Renaissance Films, a UK-based development, production, financing and sales company in July 1999, taking over sole MD responsibilities in 2002 before the company ceased trading in July 2005. Over the last six years his work has included clients such as Eon Screenwriters Workshop; Nordisk Film and TV; Film London, the UK Film Council/British Film Institute, South West Screen, the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, TwoFour54 Studios, the Danish National Film School, the NFTS, Film Distributors Association, Film Agency Wales, Creative England, the Cannes Film Festival Marche,and South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation. Private clients include high profile sole trader and corporate investors in film, television and video games. Finney has been involved in the raising of more than $150m towards independent film production over the past decade. His executive producing credits include Neil Armfield’s CANDY (Official Selection, Berlin 2006); Peter Cattaneo’s OPAL DREAM (Berlin, 2006); Roger Michell’s THE MOTHER (Directors Fortnight, Cannes 2004); Shona Auerbach’s DEAR FRANKIE (Venice Selection, 2003); Kirsten Sheridan’s DISCO PIGS (Berlin Panorama, 2001); Paul McGuigan’s THE RECKONING (Tribeca, 2003); Rose Troche’s THE SAFETY OF OBJECTS (Toronto, 2001); and Marleen Gorris’s THE LUZHIN DEFENCE (Toronto, 2002).

  • Julie Baines, Dan Films 'Finding and Developing your Co-Production Partnerships'

    Julie Baines has had an extensive career in the film industry and founded the independent production company Dan Films in 1994. Since then, she has established herself as a leading figure in both British Films and international multi-party co-productions. Julie was Head of Production for The Film Consortium, one of the UK's Lottery Franchises, from 1999 to 2002 where she was responsible for the development, financing and production of a range of feature films as diverse as Michael Winterbottom’s ‘24 Hour Party People’ and ‘In this World’ and the Samuel L Jackson action comedy ‘The 51st State’. She has just produced a 5 part series about the life of Charles Dickens, which was broadcast on the BBC and screened at a special gala event at the BFI Southbank as part of the UK’s Dickens bicentenary celebrations. Happy to work with new directors as well as the very experienced, she launched the career of writer/director Christopher Smith with ‘Creep’, which she developed and set up as a UK/German co-production starring Franka Potente. She then went on to produce ‘Triangle’ with Chris as a UK/Australian co-production. At the other end of the scale, she produced veteran director Nicolas Roeg’s “Puffball” and has worked with a variety of acclaimed directors including Michael Winterbottom, Mika Kaurismaki, Peter Bogdanovich and Deepa Mehta.

  • Sharon Dean, Respect Music 'Adding Value to Your Film Production with Music Synchronisation Deals'

    Sharon is founder and owner of Respect Music, a music publishing sync representation music licensing consultancy and management company. Prior to setting up Respect Sharon was Director of Licensing at the PRS for Music ( Sharon is a  Board member of The Association of Independent Music (AIM She is Executive Director (International) of LA based music industry networking organisation NARIP ( and is a regular speaker at music business seminars  and is an active member of the Brits voting academy. Through NARIP she hosts 1-1 monthly song pitching sessions in London in front of Hollywood Music Supervisors from the TV, Film, Ads, Trailer and Games industries. Sharon is also Director of Business Development  for Soundvault. Prior to entering the Music Industry she was VP of Business Development for Visa International. Sharon has also worked in production for an independent TV production company that specialised in music programmes. Respect represents a substantial number of songwriters and artists based in the UK, USA and Europe for the synchronisation of their music in TV, Film, Trailers, Adverts  and Games. Her roster includes Chris Elliott, musical arranger and composer (Moulin Rouge, Amy Winehouse -’Back to Black’, Adele ‘Turning Tables’), twice Emmy and Classical Brit nominated Sarah Class, Squeeze, Icelandic composer Biggi Hilmars and new artists  Kimberly Anne and Franco &The Dreadnought.

  • Neil MacDonald, amBX 'Delivering a More Immersive Cinematic Experience with Light and Colour'

    Neil MacDonald has been at the forefront of several major technology innovations that have changed the worlds of commerce and entertainment. As Chief Executive of amBX Neil sees that the way light is used with digital control will be another game-changing development that can transform how we interact with content of all types as well as our environment. amBX was spun out of Philips in 2008 and is delivering its unique technology and transforming experiences in several sectors. One of the UK’s most experienced operators in online and interactive media, Neil was previously CEO of Yoomedia PLC, a pioneer of interactive content services on digital TV and internet, General Manager of internet services at BT and chief executive at Sportal, an international sports internet business as well as building a European technology business with Fujitsu. Neil remains endlessly fascinated with how technologies can be harnessed to render ever more meaningful experiences in entertainment, education and commerce.

  • Eddy Levitan, FACT 'Head of Communications FACT "Making It Matter - Protecting Your Investment'

    Eddy Leviten joined FACT in 2006, having spent over 10 years working in the music and book publishing industries, latterly as Head of Corporate Communications for the Sanctuary Group, a large independent music company with a roster ranging from Beyoncé and Elton John to Guns N' Roses and Morrissey. Established in 1983, FACT is the pre-eminent content protection organisation in the UK and represents its members in the film, TV, sports rights and related sectors - protecting their intellectual property and working closely with law enforcement. Eddy's role includes promoting FACT's work in the media, generation of new members and liaison with other industry sectors.

  • Moderator: Patrick Pinnock (Executive Producer, Technology & Media Entrepreneur)

    Patrick is the founder and Chairman of the London chapter of the International Film Financing (IIFF), an organisation with chapters in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, New York and London. Patrick also launched FilmAngels UK, the UK arm of the San Francisco-based group of Silicon Valley Tech Investors who specialise in independent film funding. FilmAngels currently has over 1200 Tech Investors in Silicon Valley. Patrick attended London College of Music to study a Masters in Music Industry Management and Artist Development. He is the co-founder of the Hexagon Film Fund I LP and Head of Deal Sourcing Company O P Film and Media Ltd. He is currently producing independent film projects as well as business developing amBX Ltd a cutting edge technology company which is doing with light and colour what Dolby surround sound for the entertainment industry. Patrick's experience spans across different corporate and media sectors. He worked for Marks and Spencer and Fujitsu in Hong Kong and for music and entertainment retailer HMV Media evaluating their global listening post strategy. He also co-ordinated the acclaimed London Chinese Film Festival. Patrick moved to Italy and then to Switzerland in 2003, where he worked on various film and music projects with hands-on involvement in independent film finance and international co production treaties work, as well as local markets. Patrick has managed Grammy nominated recording artists Inventing Eve. Whilst living in Switzerland, he produced a documentary film 'Chocolate Funk' about a Swiss based African American blues and soul musician, Larry Woodley, which was broadcast on Swiss TV. Patrick has Executive Produced the worlds first amBX feature, Errors of the Human Body starring Michael Eklund, Karoline Herfurth, and Rik Mayall and Directed by Eron Sheean. The film had its amBX world premier on at the Raindance Film Festival 2012. Patrick is a founder of the Hexagon Film Fund I LP as well as the MD of exclusive Deal Sourcing Company (DSC) O P Film and Media Ltd and responsible for sourcing projects for the fund.


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