Battsek to give production finance keynote

PFM runs alongside BFI London Film Festival

LONDON -- Miramax Films president Daniel Battsek has signed up to deliver this year's keynote speech at the Production Finance Market held in the British capital.

Returning for its second year, PFM aims to connect producers and financiers at a two-day event held in association with and during the BFI London Film Festival.

Reps from companies including UGC, Rai Cinema, Miramax, Studio Canal, Lionsgate, Nordisk Film, Ingenious Media, Celluloid Dreams, Aramid Capital Partners, Focus Features, 6 Sales, Natixis Coficine, Bank of Ireland, Sony Pictures Classics, Warner Bros. and Paramount have signed up to attend the event hosted, run and organized by Film London.

Projects from Recorded Picture Co., Fandango, Warp Films, Le Bureau and DNA Films also will be discussed.

The 57 attendees selected are made up of leading film financiers, studios, private equity firms, sales companies, distributors, hedge funds, banks, tax funds, regional and national support bodies and broadcasters.

Financing secured during PFM will range from distribution advances, equity and tax finance to development funding.

Producer Norma Heyman said that last year's inaugural event was helpful.

"I had a firm offer of financing for one of my projects as a direct result of the market, and I am excited about attending again this month," Heyman said. "This market is exactly what our industry needs."

PFM is set for Oct. 20-21 in central London.