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Film Financing Forum | Canadian Media Producers Association

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Film Financing Forum

The CMPA, in conjunction with MediaXChange and with the support of Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia, is pleased to present:


April 28 & 29 and September 4 & 5, 2014
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Film Financing Forum is a four day workshop (2 x 2 days) for up to 15 mid-career feature film producers. Led by international film financing specialist Angus Finney, the goal of the workshop is to enhance participants’ skills base for financing and distributing films destined for the international market. Finney will draw on his extensive experience and knowledge of the international sales and distribution market to provide strategic insights into budget levels, project positioning, making the most from soft and hard financing available for feature films and building corporate capacity through international business opportunities. Select participants will be invited by Finney to pitch at the Film London Production Finance Market 2014 to potential international financiers, sales agents and distributors, and will be offered 2 nights of accommodation in London per invited production company. The full workshop curriculum is available here.


The workshop will be held over a total of four days:

  • Part 1: April 28 and 29,  9:30 am – 6:30 pm  (Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel)
  • Part 2: September 4 and 5,  9:30 am – 6:30 pm (Halifax, location TBD)

Following Part 1 of the workshop in April, participants will be asked to develop a project package in time for Part 2 in September. Participants will have access to a bank of mentoring time with Finney via Skype, email and/or phone to work on their project package.


This workshop is designed for mid-career feature film producers.  Due to limited space, only one representative per company is eligible to participate in the workshop. Priority will be given to CMPA members and Nova Scotia based companies. Applicant companies must have:

  • at least one feature film production credit
  • a completed script around which to build a full project package and financing model
  • a statement from applicant outlining the company’s business objectives and reason for wanting to attend the workshop



There are no registration fees



Applications are only accepted through our online portal.



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Facilitator Bio

Angus Finney is a leading international film and creative industry specialist. He is currently the Manager of the Film London Production Finance Market and consults for Film Agency Wales, The Irish Film Board, Creative England, the UK’s Film Distributors’ Association, the Abu Dhabi Film Commission and the National Film and Video Foundation in South Africa. His work includes MBA-level teaching at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University and Cass Business School, City University in London. Finney has personally trained more than 1000 film producers, company executives and students since 2005, and delivered master classes and lectures at Judge/Cambridge, Cass/City, Grenoble and Copenhagen Business Schools. Finney’s fourth and most recent book,  The International Film Business – A Market Guide Beyond Hollywood, was published in May 2010. A second edition will be published in 2014.


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Susanne Vaas
Vice-President, Business Affairs and Secretary Designate
1-800-656-7440 ext 337

Media X ChangeAbout MediaXChange: Based in Los Angeles and London, MediaXchange is a media consultancy assisting entertainment industry professionals to develop effective knowledge, contacts and business in the international marketplace. Founded in 1991 by CEO Katrina Wood, MediaXchange’s roster of returning clients and new participants from around the world encompasses studios and networks, creative and business executives, writers and developers, financiers and filmmakers, government agencies and industry associations.


Film and Creative Industries Nova ScotiaAbout Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia: Originally created in 1990 as the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation, Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia’s mandate was expanded to further advance the development of creative and cultural industries throughout the province. To serve the creative industries, the Corporation offers a variety of loan and investment programs to support the creative sector in Nova Scotia and administers the Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit in partnership with the provincial Department of Finance. To support the audiovisual industry, the corporation offers loans, equity investments, production services, including a locations resource and reference centre, and assists professional development, training, marketing, and distribution for the Nova Scotia audiovisual industry. These financial programs are designed to support the growth and development of Nova Scotia’s audiovisual industry.


CMPAAbout the CMPA: The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is Canada's leading trade association for independent producers, representing more than 350 media content companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films and digital media. With offices in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, the CMPA works on behalf of its members to stimulate the Canadian production industry by supporting export and co-production initiatives that enhance business opportunities between Canadian and international production communities. We also lobby government on various policy matters including broadcasting and taxation, negotiate labour agreements with key unions and guilds, offer mentorship programs and administer  copyright collectives.  We host Prime Time in Ottawa, our premier annual conference  event and produce Profile, a comprehensive economic analysis of the Canadian production sector.