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Ben Roberts to Deliver Keynote at Production Finance Market

Magazine article Screen International

Ben Roberts to Deliver Keynote at Production Finance Market

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The sixth Film London Production Finance Market (Oct 17-18) has confirmed its keynote speaker will be the new Director of the BFI Film Fund, Ben Roberts.

Roberts is expected to talk though the BFI's Lottery funding, production and international strategy with the international audience.

Earlier this month, Roberts confirmed that around £1 million a year will be set aside from the Film Fund for coproduction awards.

Over 800 producer-financer meetings are scheduled for the two-day event. 90% of financiers at last year's event are returning and projects with combined production value of [euro]305m, up [euro]60m on 2011, will be presented.

The news of the Roberts speech comes as the PFM (held during the London Film Festival) has revealed that it is looking more and more to European and international producers. Over 50% of the producers and production companies attending this year are from outside the UK.

"We are a lot less UK dependent than we were before," commented PFM project manager Angus Finney.

There are 53 producers due to attend, presenting around 60 projects.

Among the projects being presented to financiers is The Catastrophist, from Sarah Curtis' Forthcoming Films. Written and directed by Nick Broomfield, and starring Frieda Pinto, Dan Stevens and Matt Dillon, this is budgeted at [euro]3.4m.

Also being presented is Paris Willoughby, from Marc-Antoine Robert's 2.4.7. Films (Persepolis, Delicacy). This [euro]4.6m project is written and directed by Arthur Delaire and Quentin Reynaud and will star Isabelle Carré.

The French will be in London in force. Attendees include Olivier Legrand from Le Studio d'imagination, Eric Dupont from Incognito, Ilann Girard from Arsam International, and Richard Paraiso from Ava Films.

While Finney has had to turn down some French projects, and had strong interest from Italian and Spanish producers, he acknowledged there has been less interest from German producers. …

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