Magazine article Variety

Bridge Works to Close Project Funding Gaps

Magazine article Variety

Bridge Works to Close Project Funding Gaps

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THE VENICE PRODUCTION Bridge, the Lido's concept market, kicked off Wednesday with more than 1,800 accredited industry execs, a slight increase from last year's final number. This year's edition is marked by a strong presence of streaming companies, including Netflix and Amazon, and the introduction of virtual reality works.

"Unlike Cannes and Berlin, this is not a sell and buy market," said Bridge manager Pascal Diot, adding, "Our philosophy is [that] we are about projects."

More than 1,000 curated one-on-one meetings have been scheduled tied to the 47 feature films, documentaries, TV series and virtual-reality projects that have made the cut for the Venice Gap Financing Market, which helps European and international producers secure the final portion of financing for their projects, roughly half of which are from Europe. The meetings are between the teams from the selected projects and potential investors, including producers, financiers, bankers, distributors, sales agents, TV commissioners and streaming platform execs.

The projects comprise 25 feature films and documentaries, many of which have been making the rounds of co-production forums on the festival circuit. …

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