Film Finance in a Post-Covid World VOD

  • Independent Film
  • 60min
  • Industry Programme
  • 2020

This is the on-demand recording of the panel, to watch live on the 30th October please click here.

The Covid-19 Crisis sent tremors around the planet’s economy, impacting the arts with particular strength and leaving difficult questions about how to finance films beyond 2020.

Experts offer an international perspective on reaching financing goals in light of this year’s events and offer solutions about how to get your project off the ground.

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 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 producer whose films reflect the most complex and captivating aspects of his community’s passion, integrity, and honor. He is a founding partner and co-president of Beast of the East Productions (BOTEP).

Ramfis produced THE BROKEN ONES (2017), an independent film that sold out the opening night of the Soho International Film Festival. Ramfis had the privilege to produce the Mary Pickford biopic, WHY NOT CHOOSE LOVE: A MARY PICKFORD MANIFESTO (2017). Ramfis’ credits also include A BOY. A GIRL. A DREAM (2018), a feature film that starred Megan Good and Omari Hardwick, released by Samuel Goldwyn Films. His newest film, CICADA (2020), supported by a grant from Tribeca Film Institute and San Francisco Film, will have its world premiere at Outfest Los Angeles in 2020 and also screen at the BFI London Film Festival.

Ramfis has worked on projects with Academy Award-winner, Mercedes Ruehl, and produced the first music video for legendary rock group, The Zombies. He also gives back to the filmmaking community, mentoring the next generation. Ramfis has been a judge at the BAFTA Student Film Awards and moderated panels on producing independent films at prestigious festivals around the world. He is a member of The Friars Club and is a board member of The Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS).