Finance: A Tale of Two Budgets

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Raising a budget is hard. Knowing what to do with it is even harder. This panel will be discussing the uses of two different, but very common, budgets in independent film: the micro-budget and the medium budget. Discover what each budget entails, what you can afford with it and how to put it to the best possible use.


Mia headshot 140 cropMIA BAYS

Mia Bays is an Oscar-winning film Producer and Marketing Consultant with over 22 years experience at the commercial end of the UK and European film business, in distribution, marketing and sales, and latterly production, helping to launching the careers of many acclaimed filmmakers such as Lucy Walker, Martin McDonagh, John Maringouin, Eran Creevy and Stephen Kijak, on over 50 features across fiction and documentary.

David Katznelson 140 cropDAVID KATZNELSON

David Katznelson is a cinematography graduate of The National Film & Television School in London. Prior to studying, he worked in the Danish film industry in Copenhagen where he grew up. He recently received an EMMY and RTS Award for his work on the TV series DOWNTON ABBEY. Before that he won the BAFTA for Best Cinematography for his work on the TV film SHOOT THE MESSENGER. David has worked on many film and TV projects over the last 14 years. Among his credits are IN FEAR, a feature for Film Four, DRIVING LESSONS, starring Laura Linney, Julie Walters and Rupert Grint, the award-winning Danish feature HOLD ME TIGHT, the MySpace feature FAINTHEART with Eddie Marsan, the TV film THE NIGHT WATCH for which he was nominated for the British Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Award, the TV single MISS AUSTEN REGRETS and the BBC TV film THIS LITTLE LIFE starring Peter Mullan. More recently David shot the sci-fi feature THE ANOMALY with actor/director Noel Clarke and has just finished shooting an AMC pilot KNIFEMAN starring Tom Hollander and Daniel Mays.

Rebecca O'Brien 140 cropREBECCA O’BRIEN

Rebecca O’Brien has been an independent film producer for over twenty five years.  She has produced fifteen feature films directed by Ken Loach, including “Land and Freedom”, “Looking for Eric” and “The Angels’ Share”.  In 2006 “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” won the Palme d’Or in Cannes.    This year they released “Jimmy’s Hall”.

julia-verdin 140 cropJULIA VERDIN

British Producer Julia Verdin has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers, with over 30 critically acclaimed feature films produced to date. Julia has produced theatrical releases including the Newmarket release Stander (2003), starring Tom Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher and David O’Hara directed by Bronwen Hughes; Sony Classics release The Merchant of Venice (2004), directed by Michael Radford, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes; and Riding The Bullet (2004) based on a Stephen King story, directed by Mick Garris, starring David Arquette, Jonathan Jackson, Erica Christensen and Barbara Hershey. Her recent faith based film, Lionsgate release, The Least Among You, starring Lou Gossett Jr., Lauren Holly and William Devane, premiered on Showtime and was featured in many major festivals. The film was nominated for the 2012 NAACP awards for Outstanding Television Movie and Best Lead Actor.

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