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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


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
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

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

Forum Concludes

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.