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Contacts: Bill Allan, Keith Evans
Biz: Co-production, financing and. structuring of British feature films and British qualifying international co-productions; provides up to 25% of budget
Product: Only British qualifying films; budgets $1 million-$24 million
Recent pics: "I Capture the Castle," "The Heart of Me," "Kiss of Life"
In the pipeline: "The Night We Called It a Day," "Octane," "One Love"
Advice: Check out the producers section on our Web site.
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Contacts: John Ptak, Emanuel Nunez, Rick Hess, Kevin Iwashina
Biz: Consultation for client films and production companies, covering projects from development through delivery, inclusive of financing, production and distribution arrangements
Product: Wide range of genres, budgets andl ocations
Recent pics: "Adaptation," "The Life of David Gale," "Evelyn"
In the pipeline: 'The Bridge of San Luis Rey," "Laws of Attraction," "Sylvia"
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Contacts: Eberhard Kayser, Marco Mehlitz, managing directors
Biz: Production house and film fund with an annual slate of six to eight features
Product: English-language feature films, $5 million-$30 million
Recent pics: 'The Human Stain," "Evelyn," "Confidence"
In the pipeline: "White on White," "Final Cut," "Magician's Wife"
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555 W. 25th St., 4th Floor
Contacts: John Sloss, Micah Green, Matt Littin
Biz: Film financing and distribution advisory services to producers; maintains relationships with all of the legitimate financiers of English-lingo films worldwide, a large seller of feature films into the United States
Product: Smart material from $1 million$100 million; Cinetic does not handle projects that have already been submitted to financiers or distributors
Recent pics: "Far From Heaven," 'The Company," "A Home at the End of the World"
In the pipeline: "Mrs. Harris," "The Ballad of Bettie Page," "Before Sunrise 2"
Advice: For additional information, visit our Web site or contact us via email.
Phone: (310) 281-2400
Contacts: Morgan Rector, prexy; Jeff Colvin, Jared Underwood, senior VPs managers
Biz: Single picture and slate film production loans and corporate lending for entertainment companies
Product: Budgets $2.5 million and up
Recent pics: "The In-Laws," "Narc," "The Good Girl"
Advice: Loan requests should be accompanied with a package of information, including the budget, cast list, list of completed sales and distribution contracts.
Contacts: Roland Pellegrino, Ehrhard van Straaten
Biz: Finance, production and distribution of feature films with international appeal; involved in 28 local and international productions
Recent pics: 'The Company," "Rue des Plaisirs"
In the pipeline: "Beyond Borders"
Dutch Film Fund
Contact: Toine Berbers, managing director
Biz: Cultural fund formed by the Dutch government to encourage Dutch cultural life, providing financial support for development, production and distribution; Dutch producer needs to be attached
Product: Feature films, documentaries, animation and shorts
Advice: We provide support only to producers based in the Netherlands; individual directors or writers are not eligible.
Contacts: Modi Wiczyk, Sandrine De Clercq
Biz: Consultation on finance and distribution
Product: All types
Recent pics: "21 Grams," "Farenheit 911"
Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz,& Weinstein
Contacts: Susan Bodine, Andrew Hurwitz
Biz: Legal services for writers, directors and producers; secure and structure all types of financing for projects and companies; act as sales rep for select projects
Product: Features, docs, TV; all budgets (most are between $3 million and $10 million)
Recent pics: "Bowling for Columbine," "City of God," "American Splendor"
In the works: "Dogville," "Lost in Translation," "Large's Ark"
Advice: Most of our clients are referrals from industry sources or other clients.
Contacts: Sigrid Herrenbruck, head of press; Christiane Raab, Berlin-Brandenblurg Film Commission
Biz: Subsidizes development, production and distribution to strengthen local film industry and to attract international productions to the region
Product: All genres and formats
Recent pics: 'The Pianist," "Goodbye, Lenin!," "Rivers and Tides"
Contacts: Klaus Schaefer, prexy; Anja Metzger, film commissioner
Biz: Public film fund with annual budget of $38 million providing development, production and distribution support to feature films produced locally; German co-production partner needed
Recent pics: "Nowhere in Africa," 'The Pianist," "Resident Evil"
In the pipeline: "Luther," "Le temps des loups," "Birkenau and Rosenfeld"
Advice: Check out our Web site.
Contacts: Eva Hubert, executive director, Reinhard Hinrichs, head of administration; Marieanne Bergmann, head of subsidy applications
Biz: Public film fund with annual budget of $11 million providing development, production and distribution support to films with local relevance
Recent pics: "Rosenstrasse," "September," "Gegen die wand"
In the pipeline: "Metallic Blues," "Sgt. Pepper," "Colour Me Kubrick"
Advice: Please do not hesitate to contact us via our Web site.
443 Greenwich St., Suite 5A
Contacts: Andrew Herwitz, prexy; Jared Moshe, manager
Biz: Ail genres, all budgets
Product: Specializes in sales of completed theatrical films (including fiction films and narrative features, English- and foreignlingo) for distribution of all types; raises finance for packaged English-language projects
Recent pics: "Long Life," "Happiness," "Prosperity"
In the pipeline: "Forgotten Games" "Marigold," "In the Name of Allah"
Advice: Emails preferred.
40221 Dusseldorf, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 21-193-0500
Fax: + 49 (0) 21-193-0505
Web site: www.filmstiftung.de
Contacts: Michael Schmid-Ospach, CEO; Claudia Droste-Deselaers, head of production
Biz: Public film fund with an annual budget of $38 million, providing development and production support to feature films and documentaries
Recent pics: "Goodbye, Lenin! Bella Martha Das wunder von Bern"
In the pipeline: "Blueprint," "Piazza delle cinque lune"
Contacts: Robbert Aarts, co-CEO; Maarten Melchior, managing director, film; Said Boudarga, director, international distribution
Biz: Financial services company specializing in international licensing, distribution, account management
Product: Worldwide international coproductions with commercial potential
Advice: Please check our Web site for details.
Contacts: Luckas Vander Taelen, general manager; Rudy Verzyck, financial director
Biz: Providing financial support to local productions and international co-productions with Flanders
Product: In order to be eligible for support, project should have a local producer attached
In the works: "The Kriegel Sisters," "Team Spirit 2," "Steve and Sky"
Advice: The best way to approach the fund is via a Flemish producer attached to the project.
Contacts: Ed Atkinson, John Berry
Biz: Financial intermediaries between producers and financiers; provides access to gap finance, discounting and cash- lowing of contracts, direct access to U.K. equity funds
Product: Family, wide-appeal films, $5 million-$25 million
Recent pic: "Last Orders"
In the works: "Red Dwarf, The Movie," "Greyfriars Bobby"
Advice: Call us.
25 Noel St.
Contacts: Tim Levy, Stephen Margolis, Carola Ash
Biz: Provides funding to U.K. qualifying films; post-production; venture capital
Product: Equity sale-and-lease-back; sale-and-lease-back; offers two different
schemes for budgets below and above $24 million
Advice: Have 50% of budget secured, director and leading cast attached as well as bonder and major distributor onboard.
50677 Cologne, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 22-1934-7080
Fax: +49 (0) 22-1934-7081
Web sites: www.geminifilm.de or www.cologne-gemini.com
Biz: Feature films, international coproductions; access to German film fund financing and private equity finance
Product: English-language feature films for worldwide distribution, $3 million-$25 million
Recent pics: "Bookies," "Blast," "Boat Trip"
In the pipeline: "Sweet Science," "Old City," "Random"
Contacts: Donald A. Starr, chairman; Daniel J.B. Taylor, managing director; Colin Leventhal, production services
Biz: Provides complete range of co-production services to maximize funding from government incentives; recently launched First Choice Films
Product: British qualifying films in the form of sole U.K. and U.K. co-productions; budgets from $1.6 million-$160 million
Recent pics: "Gosford Park," "Spider," "Reign of Fire"
In the works: "Being Julia Trauma Sgt. Pepper"
Advice: Company reviews projects at all stages of production and provides consultation.
Contacts: Duncan Reid; Peter Touche, sale-and-lease-back; James Clayton, Inside Track
Biz: Provides finance and sale-and-leaseback in the U.K.; promotes equity fund Inside Track
Product: British films and U.K. coproductions; budget criteria only for Inside Track, $4.9 million
Recent films: "Girl With a Pearl Earring," "Blackball," "Country of My Skull"
In the works: "Bride & Prejudice: The Bollywood Version," "Millions," "Enduring Love"
Intl. Creative Management
Phone: (310) 550-4000
40 W. 57th St.
Phone: (212) 556-5600
Contacts: Ken Kamins, Bart Walker, Shaun Redick
Biz: Packaging feature films, raising financing and negotiating distribution deals and co-financing arrangements around the world.
Product: All genres and budgets
Recent pics: "The Statement," "Prey for Rock and Roll," 'The Secret Lives of Dentists"
In the pipeline: "Vivo," "Pushers Needed," "She Rocks"
Advice: Strong material, with an aggressive business plan and a researched understanding of the target demographic for the project
Intl. Film Guarantors
Contacts: Steve Mangel, prexy, chief operating officer; Joan Weidman, production prexy
Biz: Completion guarantees
Product: Budget range accepted: $3 million to $170 million
Recent pics: "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," "Gosford Park," "Resident Evil"
In the pipeline: "The Aviator," "Bridge of San Luis Rey," "Underworld"
Advice: Refer to our Web site for further information.
Contacts: Mohammed Yusef, chairmanCEO; Niall Bamford, managing director; Matthew Justice, head of production
Biz: Specializes in tax-efficient funding of U.K. qualifying films for range of budgets; funds U.S. studio and multiparty co-productions
Product: "Dogville," "A Different Loyalty," "Head in the Clouds"
In the pipeline: "Le Retour de James Bataille," "Code 46," "Bright Young Things"
Advice: Please contact us by e-mail.
Contacts: Hilary Dugdale, development manager; Nick Cain, contracts manager
Biz: Provides 25% equity investment in film or TV drama projects, provided 50% of principal photography and 20% of below-the-line costs are spent on the island
Product: Budgets of $6.5 million and up
Recent pics: "The Heart of Me," "I Capture the Castle"
In the works: "Trauma," "Churchill - The Hollywood Years," "5 Children and It"
Advice: Submit final script, budget, sales estimates, CVs of writer, producers and director and finance plan.
Contacts: Teresa McGrane, head of business affairs; Naoise Barry, film commissioner; Moira Horgan, head of marketing
Biz: Provides loans and equity investment to independent Irish filmmakers; assists in the development and production of Irish films
Product: All types of feature films, animation and documentaries; all budgets
Recent pics: "Song for a Raggy Boy," "Intermission," "The Magdalene Sisters"
In the pipeline: "Blind Flight," "The Halo Effect," "Inside I'm Dancing"
Advice: Please send us an email for information on funding, co-production and all aspects of filming in Ireland.
Law Offices of Greg S. Bernstein
Contacts: Greg S. Bernstein, entertainment attorney Biz: Legal services; producer representative
Product: Genre films with modest cast and budget; microbudget genre films; nongenre films with recognizable name actors
Advice: Be realistic; think of films as merchandise.
Law Offices of Mark Litwak & Associates
433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 1010
Contacts: Mark Litwak, Chrys Wu, James Talbott
Biz: Financing for co-productions, equity, pre-sales, production incentives
Product: Films that can be shot in Hawaii, South Africa or Vancouver; family, thriller, action and specialty films with $1 million$15 million budgets on 35mm stock with name actors
Recent pics: "Pressure Out of Line," "The Proposal"
In the pipeline: "Tiki," "Six Figures," "Ketch Sampson, P.I."
Advice: We are primarily focused on assisting our clients in getting their film projects produced. We prefer producers that have half the budget or more raised and some impressive elements. We usually don't arrange financing for first-time directors.
Biz: Grants loans, allowances and bonuses for the Bavarian film and television funding scheme; provides gap financing for feature films recommended by the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern.
Contacts: Rainer Mockert, CEO; Brooks Riley, head of production and development
Biz: Development, co-production and financing of feature films through production fund
Product: Wide variety of genre films, up to $20 million
Recent pics: "Lantana," "Last Orders," "Taking Sides"
In the pipeline: "The Water Giant," "Boswell for the Defence"
Advice: It you have a commercially interesting, high-concept script, contact Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org
1901 Ave. of the Stars, Suite 1901
Contacts: Bennett Pozil, VP-group manager; Mark Harrington, VP/manager
Biz: Bank financing for film/television production and acquisition
Product: Film product with distribution attached
Recent pics: "Le Divorce," "Hero," "How to Deal"
In the pipeline: "Shop Girl," "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Harold & Kumar"
Contacts: Stein Slyngstad, director general; Elin Erichsen, head of production
Biz: National support agency for film production in Norway providing subsidies for feature films including international co-productions with Norwegian elements; to receive support, a Norwegian producer must be attached and there has to be a reasonable proportion between the participation and capital investment of the Norwegian and foreign producer(s)
Contacts: Michael Mendelsohn, prexy; Samantha Duff, executive assistant
Biz: Bank production loans, gap financing, receivables financing, European tax-based production financing, studio-based slate picture financing
Product: Major studio domestic for 35% of budget, director- or talent-driven independent pictures; genres: big-budget sci-fi-action-government conspiracy-Tom Clancy-esque films, as well as wedding pictures, bridal romance, supernatural, police, crime, cop and military
Recent pics: "The Matrix Reloaded," "Analyze That," "Azumi"
In the pipeline: "My Gay Ghost," "Titus Andronicus," "White House Secret Service"
Rotterdam Film Fund
Contact: Jacques van Heijningen
Biz: Providing financial support to feature films produced entirely or partly in the Rotterdam area, offering interest-free loans for post-production and free assistance with locations, local crews and permits
Recent pics: "The Tulse Luper Suitcases," "Pitietje Bell," "Van God Los!"
In the pipeline: "De Stand van de Zon - deel I I," "Fighting Fish," "From Vaux to the Sea"
Contacts: Steve McIntyre, CEO; Alison Butchart, head of training; Claire Chapman, head of production
Biz: Provides support to development, production finance and locations in Scotland.
Swedish Film Institute
Box 27 126
Biz: In charge of Swedish film subsidy scheme
Product: Feature, documentary, shorts
Recent pics: Of the 25 Swedish films premiered in 2001, all received some form of production subsidy from the Swedish Film Institute
In the pipeline: "The Mongolian Plover," "The Third Wave," "The Threat"
Contacts: Robert Jones, head of Premiere Fund; Paul Trijbits, head of New Cinema Fund; Jenny Borgars, head of Development Fund
Biz: Provides financial support to new and established filmmakers to produce British films
Product: "Gosford Park," "Young Adam," "L'Homme du train"
In the works: "Cross Town Traffic," "Dan Leno and the Limehouse Gollum," "Common vs. Italy"
Advice: Call, write, email us; genre projects welcome.
Union Bank of California
445 S. Figueroa St.
Phone: (213) 236-5827
Contacts: Christine Ball, senior VP; Jenny Dongo Sampson, Danny Mandel, VPS
Biz: Provides facilities for studios, independent producers and distributors; foreign exchange and cash management
Product: All types of films with domestic distribution and a budget size of $20 million and up
Recent pics: "Basic," "Shanghai Knights," "The Wedding Planner"
In the pipeline: "Just One of Those Things," "The Aviator The Punisher"
United Talent Agency
Contacts: Howard Cohen, head, independent film; Jeremy Barber, Stuart Manashil, Shauna Eddy, agents
Biz: Film packaging, film finance; film and producer representation; film distribution and international sales consultation
Product: All genres; all budgets
Recent pics: "Igby Goes Down," "The Banger Sisters," "The Grey Zone"
In the pipeline: "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Thumbsucker," "Girl With a Pearl Earring"
Victory Media Group
Contacts: Claus Clausen, managing director of funds; Steffen Aumueller, head of sales & marketing; Hubert Haas, marketing-production manager
Biz: Film fund specializing in high-quality TV, increasingly investing in theatrical features with average budget of $28 million
Recent pics: "Sons of Musica Cuba," "Luisa Sanfelice,'' "Enzo Ferrari"
In the pipeline: "Hannibal," "Pompeii"
Contacts: Andreas Schmid, chairman of the board; Andreas Grosch, managing director
Biz: Development, production, coproduction, sales, merchandising and marketing of feature films for worldwide
Product: Comedy, drama, thriller, family entertainment, $3 million-$60 million
In the pipeline: "The I Inside," "Monster," "The Punisher"
Advice: Email or call +49 89 74 73 43 43.
Contacts: Steve Robbins, Jim Reeve, Tom Parkhouse
Biz: U.K. film finance and packaging
Product: Budgets $24 million and below; all genres
Recent pics: "Bright Young Things," "Young Adam"
Advice: Send in a script and finance plan with a brief summary of your project.
William Morris Independent
Contacts: Cassian Elwes, Rena Ronson, coheads; Craig Kestel, coordinator
Provides: Film packaging; film sales both domestically and in foreign territories
Seeks: All genres; all budgets
Recent pics: "Monster's Ball," "Saved," "United States of Leland"
In the pipeline: "Just the Two of Us," "Grey Matters," "The Bridge"
Advice: Make the call; we are here and are happy to talk about your project.
WWP Studio Hamburg
Jenfelder Allee 80
Contacts: Wolfgang Esenwein, CEO; Dieter Stempnierwsky, head of production; Alexandra Heneka, creative affairs
Biz: As a private equity film fund, WWP produces and fully finances English-language feature films for theatrical release
Product: English-language feature films, $5 million to $20 million
Recent pics: "The Boys From County Clare"
Advice: Have at least 70% financing in place; for further info, please request our basic deal terms.
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