Where is the finance for movies? It's right here on this panel. Hear from some of the UK and international film funding companies themselves. What do finance companies look for in a production? What will they invest in?
Also some countries, including the UK, offer very attractive incentives for production companies to work with foreign producers. This international panel discusses how you can set up and start an international co-production, the benefits of co-producing with an international team and effective ways to connect with foreign producers.
John Vandervelde - Managing Director, TEAM Finance Group
John Vandervelde is a Chartered Professional Accountant with three decades of experience in multiple capacities within the entertainment business and co-founder of ‘The Entertainment and Media Finance Group Inc.’ (“TEAM”). His knowledge and unparalleled ability to harness the power of networks to increase the bottom line has made him a sought after entertainment finance expert. Known for his extensive knowledge of financial structuring and taxation, John has been associated with almost $1 billion of production financing and he has Executive Produced over 1,100 episodes of animated and live-action television. He has held senior executive roles at Cookie Jar Entertainment, Nelvana, Corus Entertainment and KPMG.
Tom Harberd - Head of Finance, Head Gear Films and Bankside Films
Tom manages the corporate finances of Bankside Films, a leading international sales agent, and oversees the operations of Head Gear Films, one of the UK’s largest and most prolific film finance companies. He has participated in financing over 45 feature film and television productions, recently including Black Mass, Freeheld, War on Everyone, London Fields, Detour, Trespass Against Us and The Man Who Knew Infinity. Before joining Bankside and Head Gear in 2013, he advised a number of film sector start-ups on finance and corporate strategy, as well as assisting producers in the UK and abroad to package and finance their feature films. He consulted for several SMEs in the film sector, including a Middle-East investment fund, a UK post-production facility, a start-up aiming to bridge the gap between advertisers and producers, and an investment firm looking to establish an African film industry fund. Tom spent three years in Doha advising the Qatar Foundation on their film and media interests. Before that, he was part of the Film Finance team at BMS Finance in London, where he participated in financing films such as Made in Dagenham, monitored outstanding loans made to productions such as Moon, Fish Tank and Adulthood and advised low-budget features on financial structuring. In addition to a distinction-level Film Business MBA, Tom holds an MA in Film Production and a 1st- class BA(hons) in English & Creative Writing from the prestigious creative writing department at UEA. He has worked on commercials for clients such as Ford, Vodafone and Boots, and music videos for artists such as The Chemical Brothers, The Streets and Will Young, as well as numerous short films as both a Producer and 1st Assistant Director.
Anders Erden - Head of Legal and Business Affairs, Prescience Film Finance
Anders is the Head of Legal and Business Affairs at Prescience Film Finance and has held this position since January 2010. During his time at Prescience he has lead, assisted and advised on the financing of at least 18 different projects (both feature length films and TV projects) including Wolf Hall, The Guard, Chalet Girl, 360, Chef, Trap for Cinderella, Better Living Through Chemistry and Madame Bovary and the bridging of at least another 18 feature length films including Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, In the Blood and Numbers Station. Before joining Prescience, Anders, a qualified solicitor, was part of the media team at Davenport Lyons. His practice covered film and TV, including underlying rights, development, production, finance, distribution and the ever evolving aspects of media convergence, advising a number of producers and finance clients. He also spent six months consulting for producers and a sales agent. For Anders, every day is not just a new challenge but an opportunity to continually find ways to improve communication, new opportunities and ask “what can we do with today and how can we make this better?" Prior to becoming a solicitor, Anders worked as a graphic designer, professional photographer and CEO of a creative agency he co-founded.”
Hugo Villa - IMCINE
Began working on the film industry at age fourteen. From that moment on, he worked as camera technician, focus puller, and finally, as camera operator and Director of Photography in documentary and commercial projects. He opened Hartos Indios in 2000, a production services company where he produced and photographed “Behind the shadows” (Dir. O. Ramírez, 2001) and served as Associate Producer in the drama feature “Club Eutanasia” (Dir A. Tapia, 2004). Using his company’s organizational experience, he gave production services to films shot in Mexico such as: “In the time of the butterflies” (M. Barroso, 2001) for Showtime Networks, “Troy” (W. Petersen, 2003) for Warner Bros. Ltd,, “The legend of Zorro” (M. Campbell, 2004) for Sony Pictures and “Avatar” (J. Cameron, 2012) for 20th Century Fox. Between 2005 and 2006 he worked as Junior V.P. of Short subject production and also of Feature Production at the Production Office for the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE). In 2007 he was invited to become Senior V.P. of Production by Marina Stavenhagen, director on that moment of IMCINE. During his tenure at IMCINE, he designs and supervises the support mechanisms held by the Institute, including the invitation and building of selection committees, project compliance for screenwriting, project development and production grants for the Quality Cinema Production Fund (FOPROCINE) and the Fiscal Stimulus provided by Article 226 of the Mexican Income Tax Law (EFICINE).
In addition, he handled the Mexican Agenda at the Iberoamerican Cinema Authorities Conferenca (CACI), and Program IBERMEDIA, a regional co-production mechanism, as well as in DOC TV Latino America, on its first three editions.
At the same time he completed his legal education and obtained a formal law degree in 2012, while combining his public service with teaching activities.