International Film Financing
99 Minute Film Schools

Date & Time:

    Thursday 27 September, 18:00

    Location & Duration:

Apollo Cinema - 150 mins



Institute for International Film Financing Panel

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 within the Raindance Film Festival at the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly.

International Film FinancingThis high level film finance gathering is designed to foster & inform productive relationships between attendees. It provides insight & education about the business of film and film financing in particular.

The event features a powerful roster of speakers from the filmmaking and financial industries. We are delighted to welcome real-world financiers among our guests! The evening's 8 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 opportunity to network with our featured experts and amongst themselves.

Speakers and Titles of Talks

Introducing the Hexagon Film Fund I LP - A New £50 million off-shore Fund

Patrick Pinnock (Executive Producer, Technology & Media Entrepreneur)

Patrick is the founder and Chairman of the London chapter of the International Film Financing (IIFF), an organisation with chapters in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, New York and London. Patrick also launched FilmAngels UK, the UK arm of the San Francisco-based group of Silicon Valley Tech Investors who specialise in independent film funding. FilmAngels currently has over 1200 Tech Investors in Silicon Valley. Patrick attended London College of Music to study a Masters in Music Industry Management and Artist Development. He is the co-founder of the Hexagon Film Fund I LP and Head of Deal Sourcing Company O P Film and Media Ltd. He is currently producing independent film projects as well as business developing amBX Ltd a cutting edge technology company which is doing with light and colour what Dolby surround sound for the entertainment industry. Patrick's experience spans across different sectors. He worked for Marks and Spencer and Fujitsu in Hong Kong and for music and entertainment retailer HMV Media evaluating their global listening post strategy. He also co-ordinated the acclaimed London Chinese Film Festival. Patrick moved to Italy and then to Switzerland in 2003, where he worked on various film and music projects with hands-on involvement in independent film finance and international co production treaties work, as well as local markets. Patrick has managed Grammy nominated recording artists Inventing Eve. Whilst living in Switzerland, he produced a documentary film 'Chocolate Funk' about a Swiss based African American blues and soul musician, Larry Woodley, which was broadcast on Swiss TV. Patrick is Executive Producer on Errors of the Human Body starring Michael Eklund, Karoline Herfurth, and Rik Mayall and Directed by Eron Sheean. This film will have world-wide amBX premier at Raindance Film Festival 2012.

Patrick is a Director of the Hexagon Film Fund I LP as well as the MD of exclusive Deal Sourcing Company (DSC) O P Film and Media Ltd and responsible for sourcing projects for the fund.

The structure and features of the Hexagon Film Fund I LP

Amedeo Claris (Lawyer and Media Fund Advisor)
Amedeo is a financial services lawyer with several years' experience in corporate law, with a focus on the establishment, licensing, listing and restructuring of both public-institutional and closely held private equity, venture capital and other specialist investment funds. Amedeo has advised a broad range of global financial institutions and businesses, including UK and international film studios and fund managers in connection with the financing of a variety of film productions, both through mutual funds structures and joint ventures/co-productions.

Prior to his current role as a lawyer and as a director of the Hexagon Film Fund I, Amedeo worked for a global fund administration business headquartered in Jersey (Channel Islands), where he was responsible for day-to-day legal aspects and administration of a $3.3billion pan-European buy-out fund managed by one of the world's leading private equity and investment advisory firms.

Amedeo is a founding Partner of the Hexagon Film Fund I LP and is a director of Deal Sourcing  Company O P Film and Media Ltd.

Elliot Grove (founder of the Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards).
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.

Elliot sits on the Technical Advisory Board of the Hexagon Film Fund I LP and is responsible for reviewing film production, sales and distribution strategies of the Fund and the Project Companies as well as identifying emerging directing and producing talent.

Sales and Distribution Strategies for movies for a Global Market Place

Simon Crowe (founder/owner of SC Films)
Simon Crowe is an industry veteran of the international sales and distribution business of 20 years. He previously worked at some of the most prestigious companies in the business including Majestic Films, Mel Gibson’s Icon Entertainment International and Capitol Films before establishing is own company SC Films International in 2008. Career highlights include: Majestic Films- Oscar-winning titles Dances With Wolves, Driving Miss Daisy and Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V. Icon Entertainment International- $1,000,000,000+ grossing titles What Women Want and The Passion of The Christ as well as British hits Kevin and Perry Go Large, Spice Girls - The Movie. Capitol Films- Robert Altman’s last film A Prairie Home Companion starring Meryl Streep, Thriller Lucky Number Slevin starring Bruce Willis and Justin Timberlake’s first film Alpha Dog. Velvet Octopus- The Reef for Warner Bros and Legion starring Paul Bettany for Sony. SC Films International- Independently financed The Reef 2 for Arc, Cockneys VS Zombies for Studiocanal and Tower Block for Lionsgate.

Simon sits on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Hexagon Film Fund I LP and is responsible for reviewing film production and distribution strategies of the Fund and the Project Companies.     

Delivering value to media funds and listed film companies

Iain Brown (Producer and founder of Brown Films Ltd)
Iain Brown has over 25 years experience of producing and finance in all areas of International Film and Television Production. A Glasgow – born graduate of Strathclyde University (Polymer Science PhD), the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and also the Atelier de Cinema European (A.C.E), he has served on the development board of Scottish Screen Enterprises, the NFTS Scholarship Panel and for 10 years was Chairman of the NFTS Alumni. Beginning in production on Bill Forsyth’s “Local Hero”, he has since worked with directors as diverse as Bruce Beresford, Kevin Godley, David Mallet, Richard Lowenstein, Brian Ward, Sandy Johnson and David MacKenzie. Formerly Head of Production at Midnight Films – he produced films with, Sade, U2, Frank Sinatra, INXS, Paul McCartney and AC/DC’s “Fly On The Wall”  – amongst many others. In 1993 he co-founded, and subsequently became Chairman of, the AIM listed Parallel Pictures Group Plc based at Ealing Studios producing Brides Diary, If Only, Far From China, POV, Naked August. In 2002 he established the independent, Brown Films Ltd, developing the feature film project, Poor Things, by Alasdair Gray and the Canadian Co-production, The Bonny Boys.  In this time was Executive Producer on the Animation Feature project ‘Pele’ for CDI – a US /India production. 

Recently re-united with Michael Hamlyn at Specific Films Ltd, producer of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, (Film and stage musical), Mr Reliable, U2 –Rattle And Hum and The Proposition, amongst others, where they are developing a new slate of feature films for the International marketplace.  Brian Ward’s 1967-set drama, “Indian  Summer”, to star Ashley Jensen and Kevin McKidd, will be the first production from this slate for 2012. 

Iain sits on the Technical Advisory Board of the Hexagon Film Fund I LP and is responsible for reviewing film content, production and distribution strategies of the Fund and the Project Companies.

The importance of well packaged film projects for your indie production

Paul Usher (head of Instinctive Film London office)

Paul Usher is a writer/producer and Head of UK operations for Instinctive Film, for whom he produced his first feature film ‘Errors of the Human Body’, directed by Eron Sheean (The Divide), and wrote the action thriller ‘The Hold’ (directed by Joern Heitmann). He is currently producing two films: 'Urban Hymn' directed by Justin Kerrigan (Human Traffic) and written by Nick Moorcroft (Burke and Hare, St. Trinians) and ‘Paris I’ll Kill You’ – a horror anthology of ten shorts from acclaimed directors including Joe Dante (Gremlins) and David R Ellis (Snakes on a Plane). Paul is represented by the Blake Friedmann Film TV and Literary Agency. Prior to joining Instinctive Film, Paul was himself an agent - for CMM in London where he advised producers on legals, financials and crewing - and co-produced a number of films. He started out in script development for Talkback Thames Television.

Paul sits on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Hexagon Film Fund I LP and is responsible for reviewing packaging of film projects and market trends in relation to the Project Companies

Defining and Protecting your Intellectual Property Rights in Film and Media

Tony Morris (Media & Technology Partner at Marriott Harrison)

Tony Morris is a 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 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 Entertainment; former Head of Media Law at Cameron Markby Hewitt; former Joint Senior. Partner at Brafman Morris; qualified & active as Arbitrator & Mediator; rated "Leading Individual" by Legal 500

Tony sits on Technical Advisory Committee of the Hexagon Film Fund I LP and is responsible for overseeing legal matters relating to rights and intellectual property of the Fund and the Project Companies.

Creating Value Through Tax and Financial Strategies for Independent Film

Dave Morrison (Partner at Nyman Libson Paul)

After qualifying as a Certified Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor sDave became a tax manager at two large firms looking after some high profile entertainers before spending a number of years running his own DJ, Clubs and Concerts business, even gaining a MOBO nomination in the process. With the arrival of two young daughters Dave decided on a change of lifestyle and joined Nyman Libson Paul in the late 1990s where his association with the world of entertainment continues, although he is just as happy advising on wider tax issues for most industries and personal situations. Dave has specific areas of expertise in UK Film Tax Credits and EIS share issues (including Offer Documents) as well as Tax Enquiry work. Dave has since also become a Chartered Accountant and is on the Institute’s Entertainment and Media Group committee. Dave also regularly makes presentations on relevant topics outside the firm and has written a number of topical articles for various publications.

Dave sits on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Hexagon Film Fund I and is responsible for overseeing entertainment tax strategies in relation to the Fund and the Project Companies.

Defining and creating a market for your film projects 

James Simpson (Producer, Director, Writer, Composer)
James is a celebrated music writer, having written music for Television, films and records including ‘Spitting Image’ (including top ten records), ‘Through the Keyhole’, ‘Noel’s House Party’, Feature ‘Blood Tide’, Linda La Plante’s award winning drama, ‘Hidden Talents’ and major commercials including ‘Peugeot’, ‘Ford’, ‘Kelloggs’,  ‘NatWest Bank’, ‘Barclaycard’, ‘Fiat’ and ‘Cadbury’s’. James has worked with Tina Turner, Nils Lofgren, from the E Street Band and Earth Wind and Fire and the Phoenix Horns. James has been involved with the financing and  or the producing of twenty-three films, on many of which James Simpson was Executive Producer, including the BAFTA nominated ‘Merchant Of Venice’, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes, ‘Head In The Clouds’, starring Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz, ‘The Bridge of San Luis Rey’ starring Robert DeNiro, Kathy Bathes, Harvey Keitel and Gabriel Byrne, ‘A Different Loyalty’, starring Sharon Stone and Rupert Everett, and ‘The Statement’ starring Michael Caine and ‘Perfect Creature’ starring Dougray Scott and Saffron Burrows and ‘Beowolf’ starring Gerard Butler.

Delivering Movies On Time and Within Budget - Key Lessons

Roy Benson (Producer, Editor, Writer, Director)
Roy is a Producer, Writer, Director and Editor with some of the most influential Directors & Producers in the industry during his 30-year career, including David Lean, Stanley Kubrick, Barbra Streisand, Michael Winner, John Landis and The Beatles. His credits include Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Strangelove, Yentl, Death Wish II, American Werewolf in London and A Hard Day’s Night. The Beatles asked him to edit their film Magical Mystery Tour, which led to him directing and editing a number of musical promo films, working with Paul McCartney for some time. Roy realised a lifetime ambition when he went to Las Vegas to work with Jerry Lewis the  President of UNICEF, editing a special series of films shot in six countries with a single theme the plight of children of the world. He also controlled the post-production between Los Angeles, Paris, and Manila.

Roy spent a number of years in the Far East directing and editing commercials in Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. Working closely with local technicians, he implemented international methods of production. In Hong Kong he was considered the number one technician and had interviews on Radio and Television with press coverage. With his background in advertising he is able to transform expertise in marketing a production from script to screen. The Parker Pen Company contracted him to write, produce, direct, and edit their largest ever advertising campaign. The productions were shot entirely on location across Spain. He was head of production at MRM in London, controlling sixty productions in any one period. Roy lectures Film Technology at National Film and Television School and also at London’s New York Film Academy.

Introducing an Innovative new format that enhances revenue streams and enables content owners to take control over all aspects of revenues

Torbjorn Toby Jorgensen Chairman of the Board for Federation X Holdings
30 years as a creative visionary and a renowned international illustrator, highly skilled in new technology, licensing and brand development. He is a marketing expert and has been instrumental in forming advertising and tech education as well as special effects events. He was the official illustrator of Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and Disney.
He created the first CD+ with interactive files on regular music CD’s. He was part of writing the bible of interactive television for Turner. He was the founder and producer of a video game with hundreds of live actors, considered to be the first interactive movie.

His companies is dedicated to the “Big Picture” working globally with entertainment, creating new distribution, marketing and technologies able to change the game how the entertainment industry can control their IP’s and make extraordinary revenues.

He is involved in a new film fund that focuses on ownership in Intellectual properties that qualifies for international licensing opportunities.

It is a Game Changer.



In The Spotlight
Other Events at Raindance Film Festival 2012

Raindance JuryTalks, Screenings, Workshops and more.


The Real Tuesday Weld
Errors of the Human Body
VICE presents The British Wrestler + Carribean Fashion Week
VICE presents The 4th Dimension
International Film Financing panel
Raindance Master Degree Screening
Bill Martell - Screenwriting Workshops
Documentary Case Study - Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet
NYman with a Movie Camera – a film by Michael Nyman
Anatomy of a Reel: Underwater Realm
Production Design Workshop
Prime Cuts
Networking Event - Boozin 'n Schmoozin
Live! Ammunition! Pitching Event
The Reel - Content is King Panel
Collabor8te & Raindance 48-hour Film Challenge
Awards Ceremony
Bar 25
At Night I Fly
Josh Golding - Maverick Screenwriting
Death By Camera
David Reynolds Workshop
The Internet Filmmaker
Music Videos

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