DATE: Thursday 28 March, 18.00
LOCATION: London Film Academy Cinema, 52a Walham Grove, London SW6 1QR
London Film Academy in association with the Institute for International Film Financing present 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.
There are limited spaces available, to attend please add your name to our guestlist and we will let you know if you have a place.
Tendeka Matatu - Producer at TEN10 Films
Key to Ten10 Films success is their ability to build strong, cost effective campaigns. By creating partnerships with various stakeholders, like Pick n Pay, Investec and WWF, Ten10 Films leveraged a R1 million plus marketing campaign for this release. Marketing to the whole African continent, previous successes for the team includes Ralph Ziman’s Jerusalema and Jann Turner’s White Wedding, which is currently playing on screens in the US. Upcoming Ten10 Films slate includes documentaries and features from across the African continent. In addition Ten10 Films is still actively producing features, including three new films with Jerusalema director Ralph Ziman and Black South-Easter with Carey McKenzie.
Ian Hutchinson - Partner at Silver Reel Partners
Ian Hutchinson is a London based principal and founding partner of Silver Reel. Founded in 2009, Silver Reel has financed 20 films to date including UK projects such as Ironclad (Paul Giamatti), Hysteria (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Under the Skin (Scarlett Johansson), and Railway Man (Colin Firth), and several US films including Bullet to the Head (Sylvester Stallone), Jobs (Ashton Kutcher), and Solace (Anthony Hopkins). Silver Reel discounts presales and certain tax credits in addition to providing gap or mezzanine finance on independently produced feature films. Prior to joining Silver Reel, he ran the London office of the Bank of Ireland film finance team, one of the most active participants in independent film finance between 2003 and 2009. Films financed included award winning films such as Crash, Michael Clayton and Matchpoint in addition to commercial successes like Painted Veil, Accidental Husband, Fantastic Mr Fox and Becoming Jane. Before that, he was employed at Coopers and Lybrand, American Express Bank and DG Bank, initially in finance but later in the film finance division.
David Cornwall - MD at Scorpion TV
Scorpion TV is a UK distributor focusing on culturally diverse content for the international market. David Cornwall has over a decade of experience in programme sales and his previous role was the Head of Sales at Zodiak International - the 3rd largest producer / distributor in the world. He has worked with TV stations in every corner of the globe including the BBC, Channel 4, NBC USA, CBC Canada, Discovery, Nat Geo, NTV Japan and TV4 Sweden. He has opened key territories and markets for his previous employers and handled deals of £1M plus. He started Scorpion TV in October 2009 with a focus on culturally diverse content and to give a voice to those who are often muted. Scorpion TV regularly attends TV markets and festivals throughout the world in order to source and sell new content. Most recently David has been invited to speak at the Rio Content Market and the Berlin Film Festival.
Emjay Rechsteiner – Producer at Staccato Films
Emjay Rechsteiner went to film school in New York and holds degrees in History and Communications from the University of Amsterdam. He obtained the International Diploma of Advertising and attended the Media Business School and the Binger Film Institute. Staccato Films has 20 feature length films to its credit, premiering at festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Sundance. Their most recent film is THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE, with James Bond-director Lee Tamahori, distributed by Lionsgate in the US and Icon in the UK. Other features include Oscar-entry PAULINE & PAULETTE (audience award Cannes), and MOONLIGHT (best European film Hollywood Film Festival). Most of their films are financed as co-productions from any number of European countries. Shooting took place in Europe, US, South America, Israel and India.
Robin TJ Kershaw – Screenwriter and script consultant
In addition to his successful consultancy company Animal Electricity (and its popular blog) Robin TJ Kershaw has proven himself in the international indie film marketplace with his script SAS: The Originals which helped Stealth Media raise $25m investment for a slate of four films at AFM in 2012. With his new venture Legwork Films (www.legworkfilms.com) he is bringing script development & talent packaging under one roof as a service to investors and producers. Legwork has no in-house production apparatus, preferring to either outsource physical production, or simply work with producers on commission.
Alice Bragg - Founder of World Film Collective
After graduating from Cambridge University with a BA Honors in History, Alice developed scripts for director Anthony Minghella, eventually writing a screenplay for him in 2005. Her passion for participatory theatre took her to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro where she studied the work of Theatre Practitioner, Augusto Boal, and the West Bank and Israel where she explored the relationship between theatre and politics as part of a Middle East Politics Msc dissertation (SOAS, 2007). Alice has been teaching young people theatre and film since 2006. She has driven forward the vision of WFC, managed its growth, and raised a significant proportion of its funds up to this point.
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 is Executive Producer on 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.