Magazine article Screen International

Finnish Film Affair to Introduce Pitch Award

Magazine article Screen International

Finnish Film Affair to Introduce Pitch Award

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The Finnish Film Affair (Sept 22-24) has attracted a record number of 70 guests for its fourth edition and top US executives for a panel on how to develop films for the American market.

New this year is the award for Best Pitch in the works-in-progress presentation worth $3,300 (euro3,000) in international marketing funds.

The Finnish Film Affair takes place as part of the Helsinki International Film Festival (aka Love & Anarchy).

Local filmmakers will be invited to find out more on how to tackle the American market from US execs including Ryan Wickers, director of development of US production at EuropaCorp; Peter Trinh, agent, international and independent film at ICM; Robert Burke, MD of TenOne Entertainment; and Sundance Film Festival senior programmer Hussain Currimbhoy.

The panel's moderator is LA-based producer Gudrun Giddings, CEO and producer at G4C Innovation.

PROJECTS

Projects at last year's Finnish Film Affair projects that found international success were Pirjo Honksalo's Concrete Night, which won the Spotlight Award from the American Society of Cinematographers, and Klaus Härö's The Fencer (pictured), which is this year's Oscar entry for Finland. …

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