Forum To Be Held For Film Professionals

March 8, 2016

A Mezzanine Film Market forum titled “Going Independent” is slated for March 8 to March 12 in Bermuda, aiming to guide film professionals “in efficient corporate structuring and financing to meet the emerging dynamics and to offer compelling investment opportunities.”

The event programme says, “On March 10th, a panel of professionals will reveal particulars of the compelling legal structures and mezzanine financing options in Bermuda to manage international royalty streams and achieve administrative efficiency.

“There will be a case study on what to avoid in international film contracts and financing, to achieve successful film releases and investments. There will be discussion on how the Bermuda Stock Exchange can provide for producers critical ‘gap financing’ and for investors a means of liquidity.

“On March 11th, there will be a forum on BidSlate, a premier Global Content Rights Marketplace. This innovative online platform focuses specifically on the independent space. It is crafted to serve as a marketplace for entertainment industry producers and investors alike, to buy and sell distribution rights.

“Using BidSlate’s user-friendly platform, the content distributors and exhibitors can purchase territorial distribution rights, with full transaction capability [negotiation, approval, agreement generation, escrow, release of funds].

“The “Going Independent” Film Market [BIFF-FM] is encouraging film companies to explore new opportunities in how to legally and financially structure their businesses to maximize their participation and survival in the new global marketplace.

“As an internationally recognized and established financial centre, Bermuda has the added benefit of being a tax and legally neutral locale that is well suited to deliver solutions for the increasingly global and diversified film business.

“More information is available from the Bermuda International Film Festival Purpose Trust through Trustees, Shelly Hamill [970] 379-0928 at shelly@hamill.bm or Patrice Horner [441] 505-5888 at pethorner@live.com. The BIFF Purpose Trust was establish in 1997 to advance the film industry in Bermuda and the Bermuda film festival.

“Festival accommodations are available online. A separate 8-day 2016 BIFF All Access Pass for the film festival is available for Film Market participants for only $500 and includes all 21 movies and 5 industry chats, plus the Opening and Closing Parties.”

The full Film Market programme follows below [PDF here]:

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