Film Finance Forum

 

2nd Annual FILM FINANCE FORUM @ Zurich Film Festival

Exploring Finance, Co-Production and Distribution Strategies for the European Film Market

The Dolder Grand | Zurich, Switzerland

September 24, 2011

Programme


8:30 - 9:30

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:30 - 9:45
Co-Chair Opening Remarks

Karl Spoerri, Artistic Director and Founder, Zurich Film Festival
Jeanette Buerling, President, Magnet Media Group

9:45 - 10:00
Official Welcoming Address

Daniel Waser, Managing Director, Zurcher Filmstiftung

10:00 - 10:30    
Morning Keynote Address: State of the Filmed Entertainment Industry

 - Present trends in the past 12 months and implications on the industry
 - Address the current state of the filmed entertainment industry
 - Provide insight on growth opportunities and success within the US and European markets

Keynote Speaker: Brian Oliver, President, Cross Creek Pictures  

10:30 - 11:30     
Producer Strategy Panel: Making Movies in Today's Environment and Generating Returns

 - What new capital is available locally and within the global marketplace?
 - Update on new film financing deals and structures
 - Successful strategies for making commercial films in Europe: what is needed, likelihood of happening, and how to structure it

Moderator: Andrew Hildebrand, Mediator, JAMS International
Panelists:
Martin Moszkowicz, Member of the Executive Board, Film & TV, Constantin Film
Roeg Sutherland, Co-Head, Film Finance, Creative Artists Agency
Greg Shapiro, Producer, Kingsgate Films
Robert Darwell, Chair, Entertainment, Media and Technology Practice Group, Sheppard Mullin  

11:30 - 12:30 pm
Investor Strategy Panel: Financing Films and Managing Risks
 - How to find the right projects/right partners?
 - When is the right moment to get involved?
 - Important criteria in the negotiation process
 - What about investment criteria: do they foster or prevent good projects?

Moderator: Jeanette Buerling, President, Magnet Media Group
Panelists: Judith Chan, Senior Manager, Coutts and Co.

Robbert Aarts, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Fintage House
Andy Mayson, Chief Executive Officer, Flashback Media

John Lesher, Producer, Le Grisbi Productions

12:30 - 1:30
Networking Luncheon


1:30 - 2:00    
Afternoon Keynote Address: Macro-European Distribution Trends


2:00 - 3:15    
Distribution Strategy Panel: Digital and Theatrical Models in Europe and Worldwide

 - Emerging electronic delivery trends
 - Implications of collapsing distributions windows and adjusting the right model for your film
 - Direct distribution vs. sales deals
 - Exploring ancillary rights

Moderator: Jane Barclay, Consultant
Panelists: R. Uwe Placzek, Chief Executive Officer, Acetrax
Benjamin Kramer, Film Finance Agent, Creative Artists Agency
Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairman and CEO, Exclusive Media

Leonard Glowinski, Head of Acquisitions and Coproductions for France, StudioCanal

3:15 - 3:45    
Networking Break

3:45 - 5:00    
Concluding Session: Lessons Learned and Case Studies on Successful European Co-Productions

 - How to get co-production deals done today
 - Finding access to partners
 - Utilizing Incentives
 - Legal matters
 - Distribution rights
 - Issues and solutions

Moderator:
Jan Fantl, Head of Consultation, CoPro Smart
Panelists: Peter Reichenbach, Chairman/Producer, C-Films AG
Matthias Braun, Attorney, Eggers-Malmendier

Dama Claire, Production Executive, The Incentives Office

5:00
Forum Concludes


POST FORUM
Zurich Film Festival Premiere

Participants of the forum are welcome to attend the premiere on the evening of the forum at the Festival-Cinema in Zurich City. Tickets will be available at the registration desk for registered forum participants only.