Magazine article Screen International

Online Revolution: Olffi

Magazine article Screen International

Online Revolution: Olffi

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Over the last few months, Paris-based OLFFI has completely revamped its website and adopted a 'freemium' model for what has evolved into a global one-stop-shop for all public funding questions related to film and TV projects. Its database now encompasses 700 support schemes across 70 countries.

"We have built an unmatched search engine for public funding and regulatory information that we offer as a widget," says president and co-founder Ilann Girard."We are now teaming up with other platforms and media players to supplement their offer."

While the basic database is free to use, OLFFI will add a premium subscription service next year as well as an ad hoc consultancy. Additional revenue will come from global sponsors and film funds advertising on country pages.

"Most producers do not want to pay for information but are keen to search for information with the proper tools," says Girard. "Given the importance of public funding for independent production, they are keen to consider paying for consultancy and are responding positively to our offer to facilitate their online application to public film funds. We are developing OLFFI into a worldwide hub for public funding. …

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