Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Movies Meet Money at Film-Com Film Market

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Nashville has one of the country's oldest film festivals, which this year boasted attendance north of 40,000 people between its two sites. It also has one of the country's youngest and most ambitious film markets — an event that focuses not on screening films, but on connecting filmmakers with visiting industry execs, financiers with possible access to completion funds, and distributors who can help a film reach an audience.

This marks the fifth year for FilmNashville's Film-Com, taking place through the weekend at venues across the city, and dozens of filmmakers with projects in various stages of completion will be in town for the next few days to pitch their wares. One is Nashville filmmaker Doug Mallette, whose parlayed his past Film-Com visit into a distribution deal with the excellent genre-film DVD label Synapse Films for his 2013 sci-fi indie Worm. (An expanded version of an award-winning 48 Hour Film Project short, it arrives Aug. 12 on DVD; check out the trailer above.) He returns this year with a horror project called Bad House.

You can see scores of similar projects laid out tomorrow and Friday at Film-Com's New Project Expo, set up in the Stadium Club at LP Field. Today, the action's over at the Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theater, where panels of producers, financiers, film and TV executives, agents and distributors will be discussing topics ranging from genre-film funding to feature-film packaging. Visitors include veteran film, sports and Broadway financier Allen Schwalb, whose Star Partners company funded films such as Rain Man, The Right Stuff and Thelma & Louise; Gilbert Adler, producer of Valkyrie and Superman Returns; and financial consultant John Hadity, whose extensive background includes 12 years at Miramax Films in its ’90s heyday (during which he served as executive VP of motion picture and television production finance).

More information about tickets, registration, other events throughout the weekend, and locations can be found here. Below, a schedule of today's upcoming events.

2 p.m.
FEATURES - PACKAGING, FINANCING & DISTRIBUTION
Moderator: Jon Huddle, UTA features agent
- Allen Schwalb, Financier: Rain Man, James Bond, Superman, The Right Stuff
- Chip Murray, The Panda Fund - P&A Capital
- John Hadity, Entertainment Partners / $4 billion w Disney/Miramax
- David Acosta, City National Bank - Lender Capital
- Todd Remis, Equity financier - Equity Capital

3 p.m.
GENRE PICTURE FUNDING
Moderator: Joel Eisenberg, writer/producer, EC Media
- Marlon Schulman - Entertainment attorney / transactions
- Gil Adler - Producer "Valkyrie" and numerous other works
- Tara Strauss - SpectreVision [Elijah Wood's company] funding / True Blood
- Matthius Gertz - Specialist @ financing / distribution micro-budgets
- John Santilli, Aloris / financier

4 - 5 p.m.
DIVERSE PROFIT CENTERS & NEW FRONTIERS
Moderator: Seth Willenson, Project manager
- Stephen Dinehart - Video-Gaming/Transmedia
- Chris Kelly - Financier / FANDOR
- Roger Jackson, Kinonation, aggregator distributor to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon & more
- Catherine Clinch - New Media / monetizer
- Corey Mifsud - Licensing / monetizing intellectual property

7 p.m.
LEGAL PANEL FOR CONTENT CREATORS [BAD DISTRIBUTION DEALS]
Moderator: Marlon Schulman, Entertainment Attorney / transactions
- Tifanie Joudeh, Entertainment Law Partners - reps producers, directors, corporate clients
- Dan Coplan, Entertainment Attorney - features packaging and funding specialist

7:45 p.m.
REALITIES [OFTEN BRUTAL] OF THE BUSINESS
Moderator: Joel Eisenberg
- Gil Adler, Features and Television Producer
- Louise Levison, Biz plan guru, for Blair Witch and many other projects
- Dan Coplan - Entertainment Attorney - features packaging and funding specialist
- Lorie Eisenberg, Features/television development executive
- James Crewe - Graphic novels — screenplay to novel conversion
- Anne Marie Gillen, former CFO of Morgan Freeman's company, Revelations — financing specialist

8:15 p.m.
THE DOs & ABSOLUTE DON'Ts of PITCHING
Moderator: Alan Brewer, New Brew Entertainment
- Stephen Ecclesine, Producer of numerous indie films, worked with all studios
- John Crye - Packaging and distribution specialist
- Cindy Cowan, Producer, Cowan Entertainment
- Chris Kelly - Financier / FANDOR

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