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INDUSTRY COMPANIES SEEKING PROJECTS
(Please seek permission before sending  materials. 
Unless specified, all companies have a policy of "no unsolicited material.")
 

 

Baker Street Media Finance

96 Baker St.
London, W1 U 6TJ, U.K.

Phone: +44 (0) 207-535-5186 
Fax: +44 (0) 207-487-5667 
Email: enquiries@bakerstreetfinance.tv 
Web site: www.bakersteetfinance.tv 

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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CAA

9830 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Phone: (310) 288-4545
Fax: (310) 288-4712 

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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Cinerenta

Nikolaistrasse 11
80802 Munich, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 8936-8140-0 
Fax: +49 (0) 8936-8140-99 
Email: info@cinerenta.com
Web site: www.cinerenta.com 

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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Cinetic Media 

555 W. 25th St., 4th Floor 
New York, NY 10001 

Phone: (212) 204-7979 
Fax: (212) 204-7980
Email: off ice@cineticmedia.com
Web site: www.cineticmedia.com 

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.

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Comerica

9777 Wilshire Blvd., 4th Floor 
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 

Phone: (310) 281-2400 
Fax: (310) 281-2492 
Web site: www.comerica.com 

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.

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CP Medien

Schorndorfer Strasse 42
71638 Ludwigsburg, Germany 

Phone: +49 (0) 7141-2420-0 
Fax: +49 (0) 7141-2420-101 
Email: info@cp-medien.de
Web site: www.copromedia.com 

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"

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Dutch Film Fund

Jan Luykenstraat 2 
1071 CM Amsterdam, the Netherlands 

Phone: +31 (0) 20-570-7676 
Fax: +31 (0) 20-570-1689 
Email: info@filmfund.nl
Web site: www.filmfund.nl 

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.

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Endeavor

9701 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 

Phone: (310)248-2000
Fax: (310) 248-2020 

Contacts: Modi Wiczyk, Sandrine De Clercq 

Biz: Consultation on finance and distribution 

Product: All types 

Recent pics: "21 Grams," "Farenheit 911"

Surfview Reminder:  Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.
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Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz,& Weinstein

1790 Broadway 
New York, NY 10019 

Phone: (212) 262-1000 
Fax: (212) 262-5022
Email: sbodine@entlawfirm.com or ahurwitz@entlawfirm.com 

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.

Surfview Reminder:  Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.
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Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg 

August-Bebel-Str. 26-53
14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 331-74387-0 
Fax: +49 (0) 331-74387-99
Email: filmboard@filmboard.de 
Web site: www.filmboard.de 

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"

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FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

Sonnenstrasse 21 
80331 Munich, Germany 

Phone: +49 (0) 89-544-6020 
Fax: +49 (0) 89-544-6022-1
Email: filmfoerderung@fff-bayern.de 
Web site: www.fff.bayern.de 

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.

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FilmForderung Hamburg

Friedensallee 14-16 
22765 Hamburg, Germany 

Phone: +49 (0) 403-9837-0 
Fax: +49 (0) 403-9837-10
Email: filmfoerderung@ffhh.de 
Web site: www.ffhh.de 

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.

Surfview Reminder:  Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.
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Film Sales 

443 Greenwich St., Suite 5A 
New York, NY 10013

Phone: (212) 625-0535 
Fax: (212) 625-0534 
Email: andrew.herwitz@filmsalescorp.com 

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.

Surfview Reminder:  Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.
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Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen

Kaistrasse 14
40221 Dusseldorf, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 21-193-0500
Fax: + 49 (0) 21-193-0505 
Email: info@filmstiftung.de
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"

Surfview Reminder:  Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.
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Fintage 

Stationsweg 32
2312 AV Leiden, the Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0) 71-565-9999 
Fax: +31 (0) 71-565-9960 
Email: entertainment.assets@fintagehouse.com
Web site: www.fintagehouse.com 

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.

Surfview Reminder:  Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.
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Flemish Audiovisual

Handelskaai, 18 box 3 
B-1000 Brussels, Belgium 

Phone: +32 (0) 2-226-0630 
Fax: +32 (0) 2-219-1936 
Email: info@vaf.be
Web site: www.flanders-image.com or www.vaf.be 

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.

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Fulcrum

18 Soho Square
London, W1 D 3QL, U.K.

Phone: +44 (0) 207-025-8035 
Fax: +44 (0) 207-025-8100
Email: atkinson@fulcrum-film.com
Web site: www.fulcrum-film.com 

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.

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Future 

25 Noel St. 
London, W1 F 8GX, U.K. 

Phone: +44 (0) 20-7434-6600 
Fax: +44 (0) 20-7434-6633
Email: info@futurefilmgroup.com 
Web site: www.futurefilmgroup.com

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

Recent pics: "Dangerous Liaisons," "Young Adam," "To Kill a King" 

Advice: Have 50% of budget secured, director and leading cast attached as well as bonder and major distributor onboard.

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Gemini

Sachsenring 2-4 
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"

Surfview Reminder:  Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.
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Grosvenor Park 

53-54 Grosvenor St.
London, W1 K 3HU, U.K.

Phone: + 44 (0) 207-529-2500 
Fax: + 44 (0) 207-529-2511 
Email: daniel.taylor@grosvenorpark.com 
Web site: www.grosvenorpark.com 

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.

Surfview Reminder:  Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.
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Ingenious

100 Pall Mall
London, SWlY 5NQ, U.K.

Phone: +44 (0) 207-024-3600 
Fax: +44 (0) 207-024-3601 
Email: enquiries@ingeniousmedia.co.uk 
Web site: www.ingeniousmedia.co.uk 

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"

Surfview Reminder:  Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.
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Intl. Creative Management

8942 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211 

Phone: (310) 550-4000 
Fax: (310) 550-4100 

40 W. 57th St. 
New York, NY 10019 

Phone: (212) 556-5600
Fax: (212) 556-5665 

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

Surfview Reminder:  Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.
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Intl. Film Guarantors

10940 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2014 
Los Angeles, CA 90024 

Phone: (310) 268-4500 
Fax: (310) 443-8998 
Email: usinfo@ifgbonds.com
Website: www.ifgbonds.com 

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.

Surfview Reminder:  Ask for permission before sending anything.  No unsolicited materials accepted.
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Invicta Capital

33 St James's Square
London, SW1Y 4JS, U.K.

Phone: + 44 (0) 207-661-9376
Fax: + 44 (0) 207-661-9892
Email: info@invictacapital.co.uk 

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.

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Isle of Man

Hamilton House
Peel Road, Douglas
Isle of Man, IM1 5EP, U.K.

Phone:+ 44 (0) 162-468-7173
Fax: +44 (0) 162-468-7171
Email: filmcomm@dti.gov.im
Web site: www.gov.im/dti/iomfilm 

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.

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Irish Film Board

St. Augustine St.
Rockfort House
Galway, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0) 91-561398 
Fax: +353 (0) 91-561405 
Email: info@filmboard.ie
Web site: www.filmboard.ie 

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.

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Law Offices of Greg S. Bernstein

9601 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 300A 
Beverly Hills, CA 90210 

Phone: (310) 247-2790 
Fax: (310) 247-2791 
Email: greg@thefilmlaw.com
Website: www.thefilmlaw.com 

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.

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Law Offices of Mark Litwak & Associates 

433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 1010 
Beverly Hills, CA 90210 

Phone: (310) 859-9595 
Fax: (31 0) 859-0806
Email: atty@marklitwak.com
Web site: www.marklitwak.com 

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.

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LFA Forderbank Bayern

Koniginstrasse 17
80539 Munich, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 89-2124-2429
Mobile: +49 (0) 160-9723-0590
Fax: +49 (0) 89-2124-2509
Email: manfred.burger@lfa.de 
Web site: www.lfa.de 

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.

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MBP

Nymphenburgerstr. 121
80636 Munich, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 89-125-5550 
Fax: +49 (0) 89-125-55555
Email: info@mbp-medien.de
Web site: www.mbp-medien.de 

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 brooks.riley@mbp-medien.de

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Natexis 

1901 Ave. of the Stars, Suite 1901 
Los Angeles, CA 90067 

Phone: (310) 203-8710 
Fax: (310) 203-8720
Email: bennett.pozil@nyc.nxbp.com 
Website: www.nxbp.fr 

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"

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Norwegian Film Fund

P.O. Box 752
Sentrum, NO-0106 Oslo, Norway

Phone: +47 (0) 22-478040 
Fax: +47 (0) 22-478041 
Email: mail@filmfondet.no
Web site: www.filmfondet.no 

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)

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Patriot Advisors

9065 Nemo St. 
West Hollywood, CA 90069 

Phone: (310) 274-0745 
Fax: (310) 274-0925
Email: Ml@patriotadvisors.com
Web site: www.patriotadvisors.com 

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"

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Rotterdam Film Fund

Rochussenstraat 3c, 3015 EA
Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0) 10-436-0747 
Fax: +31 (0) 10-436-0553
Email: into@rff.rotterdam.nl
Web site: www.rff.rotterdam.nl 

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"

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Scottish Screen

2nd Floor, 249 West George St.
Glasgow, G2 4QE, Scotland

Phone: +44 (0) 141-302-1700
Fax: +44 (0) 141-302-1778 
Email: info@scottishscreen.com
Web site: www.scottishscreen.com 

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.

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Swedish Film Institute 

Box 27 126
102 52 Stockholm, Sweden 

Phone: +46 (0) 8-551100 
Fax: + 46 (0) 8-661-1820 
Email: sfi@sfi.se
Web site: www.sfi.se 

Contact: Peter 

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"

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U.K. Film Council

10 Little Portland St.
London, W1 W 7JG, U.K.

Phone: +44 (0) 207-861-7861 
Fax: +44 (0) 207-861-7862 
Email: info@ukfilmcouncil.org.uk
Web site: www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk 

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.

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Union Bank of California 

445 S. Figueroa St. 
Los Angeles, CA 90071 

Phone: (213) 236-5827 
Fax: (213) 236-5852 
Web site: www.uboc.com

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"

Advice: Prepare a complete package inclusive of collateral such as pre-sales, completion bond, production details.

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United Talent Agency

9560 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Phone: (310) 273-6700 
Fax: (310) 247-1111 
Email: indiefilm@unitedtalent.com 

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"

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Victory Media Group

Neue Zeile 3 
87600 Kaufbeuren, Germany 

Phone: +49 (0) 8341-961-1860 
Fax: +49 (0) 8341-961-1823 
Email: info@victory.tv
Web site: www.victory.tv 

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"

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VIP Medienfonds 

Bavariafilmstr, 2 
FRG - 82031 Grunwald, Germany 

Phone: +49 (0) 89-7473-4343 
Fax: +49 (0) 89-7473-4311 
Email: info@vip-muenchen.de
Web site: www.vip-muenchen.de 

Contacts: Andreas Schmid, chairman of the board; Andreas Grosch, managing director 

Biz: Development, production, coproduction, sales, merchandising and marketing of feature films for worldwide
audience 

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.

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Visionview

3 Fitzhardinge St.
London, W1 H 6EF, U.K.

Phone: +44 (0) 20-7224-0234 
Fax: +44 (0) 20-7486-7200
Email: steve.robbins@visionview.co.uk 

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.

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William Morris Independent

151 El Camino Drive 
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 

Phone: (310) 859-4310 
Fax: (310) 248-5510 
Email: ce@wma.com rr@wma.com ck@wma.com 

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.

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WWP Studio Hamburg 

Jenfelder Allee 80
22039 Hamburg 

Phone: +49 (0) 4G-6688-5561 
Fax: +49 (0) 40-6688-5550 
Email: wwp@studio-hamburg.de
Web site: www.studio-hamburg.de 

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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