The Covid-19 Crisis sent tremors around the planet’s economy. The creative industries have been hit hard. And film production in particular has been impacted with devastating results. Filmmakers are left with difficult questions about film finance in a Post-Covid World.
Our special guests and experts offer an international perspective on reaching financing goals in light of this year’s events. Come and learn about current offers and solutions about how to get your project off the ground beyond the public health crises of 2020.
Speakers: Paul Brett, Flying Tiger Entertainment; Jordan McGarry, Film London; Phil Hunt, Head Gear Films; Ramfis Myrthil, Beast of the East Productions.
Hosted by Elliot Grove
About the Host:
Despite being unable to watch TV or films until his early teens due to the constraints of his Amish Mennonite background,[Grove was curious about art and film. He, thus, followed up formal art school training as a sculptor with a series of jobs behind the scenes in the film industry.
Working as a scenic artist on 68 feature films and over 700 commercials in his native Toronto, he developed a distaste for the wasted resources on set and union bureaucracy that prevented aspiring filmmakers like himself from getting their own features off the ground.
Elliot moved to London in the late 1980s and in 1993 he launched the Raindance Film Festival, a festival devoted to independent filmmaking and its emerging talent. In 1998 he launched the British Independent Film Awards. In 2009 he was awarded a doctorate from the Open University at Plymouth College of Art.
His has produced over 700 shorts and 5 features including the 2019 SWSX Grand Jury Prize winner Alice.
About the Speakers:
Paul Brett has been working in film and television for the past 30 years and has produced or co-produced many independent arthouse hits in the UK, including the Oscar-winning The King’s Speech [+] and BBC Two’s highest-rated drama, Wolf Hall. Flying Tiger, his joint venture with Aiman, one of China’s leading media-market research companies for the entertainment industry, creates high-quality cooperation projects for the Chinese market, including the recent box-office hit A Street Cat Named Bob, among others.
Film London appointed Vimeo exec Jordan McGarry as its head of talent development and production in 2016.
McGarry had been with Vimeo for five years, most recently as director of curation. She worked on key projects such as Vimeo On Demand, Vimeo Brand Studios, Vimeo Originals and the Staff Picks channel.
Prior to joining Vimeo, the London native worked as executive producer for Partizan Films, she has also worked as a journalist and commisioner for the likes of Dazed & Confused, Nowness, the British Council and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
She oversees Film London’s Microwave filmmaking initiative and the London Calling and London Calling Plus short film funds alongside other training initiatives.
Phil Hunt is Co-Managing Director of Head Gear Films, an international film distribution company as well as the founder and Managing Director of Bankside Films, and Bohemia Media.
Executive producer, financing and international distribution. In the past decade Head Gear has invested in almost $1bn of production in more than 300 films.
Other aspects to his career include being a BAFTA voting member; mentor to National Film and Television producing students; regular speaker on the industry circuit; and founder/festival director of the British Film Festival of Kurdistan, Iraq.
Phil began producing feature films in the mid 90’s with micro budgets that occasionally found more than a micro audience. Prior to the film business, Phil was an advertising and music photographer and sporadically still dusts off his Hasselblad.
Ramfis Myrthil is a New York-based filmmaker who loves telling New York stories. Applying an East Coast ethic to the world of film and media, Ramfis works to produce narrative features that reflect the best, most captivating parts of his community – passion, integrity, and honor.
A founding partner and co-President of Beast of the East Productions (BOTEP), the highlights of Ramfis’ career are ever-growing. He had the privilege to work on and produce the Mary Pickford biopic Why Not Choose Love: A Mary Pickford Manifesto. Ramfis went to The 2018 Sundance Film Festival with A Boy, A Girl, and A Dream, which was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films theatrically that fall.
The Broken Ones,”which he produced, is currently set for domestic, as well as South African and Chinese distribution. His previous film, Good Business, allowed him to work with Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl and went on to win Best Comedy at The Long Beach International and Manhattan Film Festivals. It has since been picked up by Shorts International.
Ramfis’ proudest achievements to date are producing Any Other Way” the very first music video for the legendary rock group, The Zombies, and premiering his short film, Love and The Small Print, at the 2012 Cannes Film festival, where it was picked up by Shorts International for worldwide distribution.
His company, BOTEP, produced Bridge and Tunnel,”which played at over 40 film festivals, earning a dozen awards and over thirty nominations. It would continue on to a limited theatrical run before being picked up by Amazon.
His latest film Cicada is playing at LFF on October 12th virtually – one if just 10 films from the US. Cicada has won 3 awards in the past month.
This Panel discussion is part of the Raindance Film Festival Industry Programme: Independent Film Beyond 2020. To access all panels purchase the UK All Access or International All Access Pass from £14.99.