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IIFF Greater London Film Financing Townhall in West London (May 2012): Networking & Education for Financiers & Filmmakers

IIFF Greater London

Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)

IIFF Greater Film Financing Townhall in West London...

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Event Details

Visit IIFF at http://filmfinancing.org

UK Film Financing Townhall at London Film Academy

Film Meets Finance:
Networking & Education for
Filmmakers & Financiers

Seven Insightful Talks by Leading Experts & More

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"To-the-point presentations on the latest trends and targeted networking with like-minded pros set this event apart from the rest. IIFF delivers no-nonsense insight and real opportunity."Thomas Trenker, film financier

The London chapter of the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) continues its popular monthly gatherings at the junction of film & finance with a special Film Financing Townhall at the renowned London Film Academy. Their facilities are conveniently located in the Fulham area of the Hammersmith and Fulham borough in West London.

This grassroots community get-together is designed to foster & inform productive relationships between attendees. It provides unbiased insight & education about the business of film and film financing in particular. The event features a powerful roster of highly topical speakers from the filmmaking and financial industries. We are delighted to welcome real-world financiers among our guests!

The evening's five seven presentations plus panel discussion address key issues relevant to filmmakers, financiers and anyone interested in the economics, business mechanics, and financial dynamics of motion pictures. They are followed by Q&A time. Attendees also have ample opportunity to interact & network with our featured experts and amongst themselves.

An informal après-meeting celebration will take place at a nearby restaurant.

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Who should attend?

Entrepreneurs, consultants, attorneys, bankers, investment managers, venture capitalists, angel investors and other professionals with an interest in the movie business will find this event worthwhile. Everyone who cares about independent film is cordially invited to join us.

Are you considering taking an active role in film, or would you like to expand your current involvement? Don't miss this high-value yet low-cost learning experience and the opportunity to connect with like-minded peers.

Established & aspiring filmmakers looking to raise capital for their projects, production companies, movie slates, film funds or other ventures are, naturally, more than welcome as well.

Why attend?

New to film finance? Need to brush up your topical knowledge? Want to deepen your understanding? Care to participate in an ongoing conversation & community dedicated to the subject? This uniquely valuable gathering is right for you!

Gain crucial insights from leading experts in their field. Network with fellow film & finance professionals. Meet potential collaborators and future business partners. All this at a price that is hard to beat.

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Program Details

  1. Funding Solutions: Offshore Funds for Filmmakers & Financiers

    Amedeo Claris-Delmedico (bio), financial services lawyer specialising in private equity, venture capital & other specialist investment funds, listing of funds & debt on Channel Islands Stock Exchange & general trust, banking & regulatory matters; worked on film funds & investment vehicles for distributors incl. Lionsgate & Lakeshore Ent.; Sr. Lawyer at Bedell Cristin, part of leading offshore law firm & trust company Bedell; advises int'l clients incl. Aviva Investors, Santander UK, State Street Jersey & other fund managers & administrators; previously at various London firms such as Clifford Chance; volunteered w/ quasi-governmental & charitable organisations incl. Results UK … (more) »

  2. The Importance of Genre: Why It Matters for Indies

    Paul Usher (bio), Exec. Producer & Head of UK Operations at Instinctive Film; recently produced feature film "Errors of the Human Body," directed by Eron Sheean ("The Divide"); wrote action thriller "The Hold," directed by Joern Heitmann; currently producing "Urban Hymn," directed by Justin Kerrigan ("Human Traffic") & written by Nick Moorcroft ("Burke & Hare," "St. Trinian's"), as well as horror anthology "Paris I'll Kill You" w/ 10 shorts from acclaimed directors incl. Joe Dante ("Gremlins," "The Hole") & David R. Ellis ("Snakes on a Plane," "Shark Night 3D"); also co-produced several films; fmr. Agent at Creative Media Management in London, advised producers on legals, financials & crewing; started out in script development at Talkback Thames TV … (more) »

  3. Maximising the Potential of Your Intellectual Property Rights

    Tony Morris (bio), Managing Partner & Head of Media & Technology at leading corporate/media law firm Marriott Harrison; runs team of lawyers dedicated to creation, exploitation & protection of intellectual property (IP) rights in film, TV, music, sound recordings, photos, books, computer games & software; film/TV clients include Carnaby Films, Graham Chapman's beneficiaries, Vintage TV & Delta Home Ent.; fmr. Head of Media Law at Cameron Markby Hewitt; fmr. Joint Sr. Partner at Brafman Morris; active as Arbitrator & Mediator; rated "Leading Individual" by Legal 500 … (more) »

  4. Introducing a New UK Fund for Independent Filmmakers

    Patrick Pinnock (bio), Founder & Director at OP Film & Media, deal sourcing vehicle for £50M UK Media Solutions Fund; Chapter Leader at IIFF London, organizes monthly Film Financing Townhalls; launched UK arm of FilmAngels, group of Silicon Valley tech investors funding indie film; runs own media & artist management company, managed Grammy nominee Inventing Eve; also works as charity fundraiser, helping raise millions for social, health & int'l development charities; produced documentary "Chocolate Funk" about Swiss-based African American musician Larry Woodley, shown on Swiss TV; coordinated acclaimed London Chinese Film Festival; worked for Marks & Spencer (HK), Fujitsu-ICL (HK), HMV (UK), Swiss nonprofit & fashion label; currently produces & finances slate of indies … (more) »

  5. Using Strategic Partnerships to Advance Your Goals

    Elliot Grove (bio), Founder of Raindance Film Festival, devoted to independent filmmaking & emerging talent; also founded prestigious British Independent Film Awards, Raindance Canada, Raindance.TV & Raindance New York; produced 150+ short films & 5 features; teaches writers & producers in UK, Europe, Japan & America; wrote 2 industry-standard books on filmmaking; Honourary Doctorate from Open University for services to film education … (more) »

  6. Tax Advice for Your Independent Film Project

    Dave Morrison (bio), Partner & Accountant at Nyman Libson Paul w/ specific expertise in UK film tax credits, EIS share issues & tax enquiry work; fmr. DJ & Club/Concert Promoter; fmr. Manager of The Starlight Crew; fmr. Stage Manager at The Southport Weekender; fmr. Tax Manager for high-profile entertainers; Certified Accountant, Chartered Tax Adviser & Chartered Accountant … (more) »

  7. Shorts: A Passport to International Success in Film

    Zia Mandviwalla (bio), award-winning director whose short "Night Shift" was selected out of 4,500 entries to compete for Palme d'Or at Cannes (2012); Writer/Director at full-service production company Curious Film based in Auckland, New Zealand w/ offices in Sydney, Australia & Queenstown, NZ; directing credits also include "Amadi," "A Thousand Apologies," "Firaaq," "Clean Linen" & "Eating Sausage"; named New Filmmaker of the Year by Screen Production & Development Ass'n of New Zealand (SPADA); won Best Short Script at NZ Screen Directors Guild Awards, Best Director & Best Short at Fitzroy Shorts & Grand Jury nomination at South Asian Int'l Film Fest in New York; represented NZ at Berlinale Talent Campus; screened films at global festivals in London, New Zealand & Pusan … (more) »

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Featured Moderator

Moderator headshotThe event will be moderated by Patrick Pinnock (bio), who runs the London chapter of the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) and organizes IIFF's monthly Film Financing Townhalls in the Greater London area. An independent music and film professional, Patrick has worked with artists both in the UK and abroad. His in-depth knowledge of the film and music industries stems from over 10 years of experience. Patrick is currently completing an MA in Music Industry Management and Artist Development at the London College of Music at Thames Valley University. (more) »

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From To What
  6:00 PM Kick-Off & Welcome
  6:00 PM   7:00 PM Four Featured Presentations with Q&A (4 × 15 mins)
  7:00 PM   7:15 PM Networking Break (15 mins)
  7:15 PM   8:00 PM Three Featured Presentations with Q&A (3 × 15 mins)
  8:00 PM   8:15 PM Networking Break (15 mins)
  8:15 PM   9:00 PM Moderated Panel Discussion with Q&A (45 mins)
9:00 PM+ Community Time at Area Restaurant

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Townhall Venue

London Film Academy (LFA): Screening Theatre

52a Walham Grove
(off B317 / N End Rd)
The Old Church, Screening Theatre
London, England SW6 1QR
+44 (0)20 7386 7711

Map: Get a map of 52a Walham Grove at Ask, Bing, Google, MapQuest or Yahoo.

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Our Host

Host logoThis month's Film Financing Townhall in London is hosted by the esteemed London Film Academy, an exciting and innovative venture in practical film training based in the hub of one of the world's leading film capitals. LFA runs professional-standard practical training in the key areas of filmmaking. All tutors are working professionals. LFA is producing a new generation of filmmakers meeting the industry demand for individuals who are multi-skilled, collaborative and innovative. Graduates have successfully entered the film and television industry with an uncommon breadth of experience and specialised knowledge. LFA's commitment to teaching a wider range of practical skills, working on both film and digital mediums, allows students to find their creative voices whilst also enhancing their chances of making a living and forging a successful career.

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Filmmaker-friendly affordable online registration is available at the top of this page.

Ticket type IIFF Member* Non-member Registration deadline
Early bird £15 £25 3 weeks before event
Regular £20 £30 1 week before event
Last minute £25 £35 1 day before event
On-site (at the door) £35 £45 Day of event

Register now to secure the best available price!

* To learn more about membership, email our Membership Bureau or ask an IIFF staffer at or after the event.

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Need Help?

Direct all your questions and inquiries about this event to IIFF's online forum at http://forum.filmfinancing.org.

Having trouble with Eventbrite (this site), PayPal or Google Checkout? Get help in our online forum. You can also notify us by email well in advance of the event and register on-site.

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Speaker Bios

Patrick Pinnock


Speaker headshot 10Patrick Pinnock runs the London chapter of the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) and organizes IIFF's monthly Film Financing Townhalls in the Greater London area. He is an entrepreneur across the retail, fashion, film and music fields. After leaving the University of Greenwich in 1990 studying IT and Business, Patrick moved to Hong Kong. There he worked first for Marks & Spencer and then for Fujitsu-ICL, where he was responsible for IT sales into major retail brands. After returning to the UK, Patrick worked as a consultant for music and entertainment retailer HMV. He also co-ordinated the 2002 London Chinese Film Festival. Patrick moved to Italy and then to Switzerland in 2003, where he worked on film projects and learned all about film finance using international co-production. He was also head of a Swiss non-profit organisation as well as IT and web consultant for a Swiss fashion label. Patrick runs his own artist management company and has managed Grammy nominated artists Inventing Eve. Whilst living in Switzerland, he produced a documentary film about a Switzerland based African American musician, which was broadcast on Swiss TV. Patrick is completing a Masters in Music Industry Management and Artist Development at Thames Valley University's London College of Music. (more) »

Thomas Trenker


Speaker headshot 11A Wall Street investment banker and Silicon Valley startup executive turned independent film financier, Thomas (LinkedIn profile | full bio) serves as Chairman of the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF). An innovative and ambitious social-impact organization, IIFF endeavors to bridge the gap between the worlds of filmmaking and finance for the benefit of all stakeholders including the public at large. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in San Francisco, IIFF has active chapters in multiple cities across the U.S. and continues to expand.

In his role as Managing Director of FilmAngels, Thomas also runs the world's first professional angel investor group for film. FilmAngels has been modeled after the way successful angel networks function in Silicon Valley and adapted to the unique characteristics of the movie industry. It focuses exclusively on funding independent films and film-related ventures. FilmAngels address the unfilled need for a structured, highly efficient and ultimately more effective environment for the vetting and financing of high-risk film projects.

Don't hesitate to connect with Thomas on LinkedIn or at an upcoming IIFF meeting near you. (more) »

*** To be finalized shortly ***

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The Buzz

These quotes are samples of what past attendees say about IIFF events:

"Wow. Last night was great! I want to thank you again for the inspiring work you do. This is such a big need […] and you're truly doing the work of angels (literally and figuratively)." — Brant Smith, Producer, "Quality of Life"

"I really must say that I found all speakers very interesting, and I was hanging on their every word. IIFF, the mission and content, seems to be a good fit for me, because it is my dream to run a medium size production house. […] Thank you, BIG THANK YOU […], for inviting me to this very quality and important event." — John Henry, Owner, John Henry Filmworks

"Let me again say I think you did a great job putting yesterday's event together – great crowd, smart presentation, lots of enthusiasm." — David Rosen, Executive Producer/Convener, Digital Independence

"Wow! For such a moderate investment, so much information. So much good networking. I hope you are proud of the magic you've created with IIFF." — Kevin Morrison, Writer/Director/Producer of independent film & TV

"I just wanted to say thanks for another great and informative meeting. The speakers were impressive and I made some good contacts." — Jesse Ford, Founder & Executive Director, Group Hug Productions

"IIFF and FilmAngels has really impressed me so far with its focus on the independent film community. I've traveled and interacted with film organizations around the world […]." — Jin Woo Joo, Founder, Cinemasports

"Thanks so much for hosting such an interesting program last week. I am always inspired by the creativity, and most recently, by the commitment to 'a better world'. It keeps my cynic's heart at bay! [A]gain, my heartfelt thanks for your mission and execution. Well done!" — Teri Cundall, Founder & President, Propville.com

"The event was great, very helpful." — Marc Perez, Co-President & Founding Partner, Sirk Productions

"I greatly enjoyed attending last night's event and found it very informative - certainly something that's been missing in New York so far." — Michael Gunther, Director/Producer, Triboro Pictures

"Great presentation tonight. Lots of energetic discussions and questions." — Campbell Dalglish, Prof. of Screenwriting, MFA in Film & Video at CUNY

"Thanks so much for tonight's event. It was really inspiring and incredibly informative." — Elizabeth Foley, Founding Faculty Member, Producing Dep't at NYFA

"I enjoyed this evening's Townhall presentation and found it very informative." — William Doll, Writer/Director, World Stage Pictures

"Your Townhall mtg was stimulating. You managed to attract the right target audience, and I loved your choice of speakers." — Sandra Schulberg, Founder, Independent Feature Project (IFP)

"I attended the New York Townhall Meeting and just wanted to thank you for setting up such an informative colloquium. It was my first IIFF event and I look forward to attending more in the future." — Blythe Frank, Producer, "Kettle of Fish" (Michael Mailer Films)

"Thank you again for a wonderful event last night." — Morgan Pehme, Co-Founder & CEO, Merlion Entertainment

"I'm just writing […] pertaining to the IIFF meeting last night, which I found both entertaining and informative and also promising of great things to come from IIFF in the near future!" — Thomas Woodrow, Producer, Furnace Films

"I attended the IIFF Townhall last week in New York and came away impressed. Thank you for putting together such an excellent panel of speakers. I found [Mr. Trenker's] presentation especially useful. As a former quant at Putnam Investments, I tend to dig into the numbers and [his] analysis was illuminating." — Robert Milacci, Executive Producer, Sinestra Pictures

"I very much enjoyed the seminar last Saturday in Stowe, VT. It was a lot of driving in one day (3.25 hrs. each way…), but worth it. […] Thanks again for a very enlightening day." — Marjorie Short, Oscar-nominated Writer/Producer/Director, Short Productions

"Just a note to say Larry Meistrich had a good time last night and was impressed with the quality of the group." — Jeff Silverstein, President of NEHST Access + Learning, NEHST Studios

"As it turns out, my producing partner [producer/director Leszek Burzynski] attended your IIFF meeting in Santa Monica on July 16. He was quite impressed with the presentations." — Terrance Sweeney, Partner & Producer, Winning Team Studios

"I just wanted to say thanks again for putting on such a great forum last night. […] I really enjoyed the occasion and especially the presentations. They were extremely relevant and really strong, credible presenters." — Gordon Clark, CEO, The Movie Portfolio Fund

"First, I wanted to say how much I really enjoyed your premier [film financing] seminar…!" — Frank Sacks, Founder & Principal, The Frank Sacks Company

"I had a very enjoyable experience. The seminar was extremely professional and well put together." — Adam Tantleff, Founder, President & Executive Producer, Sinestra Pictures

"THANKS […] There are no organizations or groups that I have come across that are doing what you and FilmAngels are doing." — J. Martin, Co-Owner, 24 Bros Entertainment

"I cannot express enough gratitude toward the great job that you are doing to help talented filmmakers realize their dreams. God bless you!" — Mara Vardanyan, Producer, Roman Pictures

"Your seminars are FIRST RATE!" — Rowan Joseph, President, Greenwood Hill Productions

"Thanks for organizing a great event. I thought it was a very interesting group of speakers." — Tricia van Klaveren, Producer/Exec. Producer & Principal, Fully Loaded Pictures

"[T]hank you for a terrific meeting last night…" — Greg Lejnieks, Actor/Filmmaker, Art Dealer & fmr. Pro Soccer Player

"First of all, thank you for hosting the Film Financing seminar. Very, very informative. I hope you have another one very soon." — Richard Beaty, Writer/Producer/Director & Co-Owner, Cielo Azul Films

"Just wanted to say 'thank you' for last night's IIFF meeting. […] The slides look great […]. I look forward to the next meeting." — Robert Pratten, Founder & Writer/Director, Zen Films

"I'm a big fan of all you're doing with IIFF… very inspiring to filmmakers." — Thomas Mignone, Director/Writer, DOOM Incorporated

"Thank you for hosting the [Workshop] last week. It was very informative and [the instructor] was spectacular. I learned a lot and met several fantastic people." — Lisa McTigue, Producer/Director, Three Masked Peeps Productions

"Thank you for inviting us to present to your [FilmAngels] groups in both Palo Alto and San Francisco. The attendees were warm and educated investors. You've done a terrific job gathering people with a passion for film." — Julie Richardson, Producer, "Collateral" (Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx)

"It was another great event and I appreciate all your work […]. Thank you." — Paul Oja, Writer/Director, "Bus Trip"

"I must thank you for sending [Workshop instructor] Dr. Patrick O'Heffernan down to Los Angeles last month. It was the best $200 I have ever spent on a seminar. [S]ince Patrick has both raised money and invested money, his perspective was simply invaluable!!!" — Rosser Goodman, Director, KGB Films

"You assembled an impressive group of speakers (and characters). […] I think we share a strong desire to help filmmakers." — Darren Ehlers, COO, Scenechronize

"First, I simply must say what an amazingly informative session it was and well carried out by [Workshop instructor] Tricia van Klaveren and her guest speakers. It packed a memorable punch. […] I had never heard of IIFF previously and now look forward to more of the same from you guys." — Teo, CEO, Cool Room Entertainment

"I really enjoyed [Kaiser Wahab's] class. A great value. Thank you for sharing your knowledge." — Bob Rudis, Director of Photography & President, Tubular, Inc.

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About IIFF

IIFF logoThe Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) is an independent grassroots organization equally dedicated to serving the needs of filmmakers & financiers. IIFF's one-of-a-kind mission is to sustainably expand the scope & appeal of film financing and do so for the benefit of the public at large.

True to our proven motto of "democratizing film finance," IIFF's frequent Townhall Meetings bring together a wide array of professionals from relevant backgrounds in film, finance and beyond for a vibrant evening of insightful presentations, inspiring discussion & focused networking. Past meetings have reliably delivered useful insights into the business of film, provided valuable networking opportunities and drawn large, enthusiastic crowds.

IIFF has active chapters in multiple cites, and we are looking to expand further to better serve filmmakers and financiers everywhere. Help start or run a local chapter in your area! We make it easy and worth your while. Take a first step and tell us about yourself.

Not ready for your own chapter but eager to get involved in another meaningful way? We may have just the right full- or part-time internship for you, no matter where you are. Simply email us your resume to apply. IIFF interns are treated as equals while they learn about film finance and interact with industry leaders.

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Have questions about IIFF Greater London Film Financing Townhall in West London (May 2012): Networking & Education for Financiers & Filmmakers? Contact IIFF Greater London

When & Where

London Film Academy
52a Walham Grove
SW6 1QR London
United Kingdom

Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)

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IIFF Greater London

The Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) is an innovative, independent social-impact organization that endeavors to bridge the gap between the worlds of filmmaking and finance for the benefit of all stakeholders – including the public at large.

Founded by Thomas Trenker in 2003 and headquartered in San Francisco, IIFF has chapters in the Bay Area, New York City, New England, Florida, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, London, the Pacific Northwest, the Lower Midwest, the Southwest and the Great Lakes Region.

Help launch or run an IIFF chapter in your area! We make it easy and worthwhile. Email the chapter development team and tell us about yourself. Or join our online community at http://forum.filmfinancing.org to keep in touch with a growing number of filmmakers and financiers.

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