Since its inception in 2010 Film-Com has grown each year, quickly establishing itself as a world class event, with attendees traveling from China, Australia, South America, Africa, Russia and the UK as well as all across America. They come for a variety of reasons, but central are the networking opportunities, opportunities that focus on putting filmmakers in touch with domestic and foreign distribution companies, equity financiers, lender capital, P&A funding, gap financing, co-production partners, packaging agents, production integration specialists and more. And while that is our focus, we blend those opportunities into events that allow everyone to enjoy the flavor of our local area.
Film-Com is a unique entity, and perhaps because of this, we’ve been able to attract business and production leaders from major entities across the country. We’re not a film festival, instead our focus is adapting to a constantly changing international marketplace and bringing together executives and filmmakers looking for new and cutting edge product.
This year’s Film-Com is June 13-22 and will be centered on the Hilton Nashville Downtown, just between the Schermerhorm Symphony Center, the Cumberland River, Music City’s Hall of Fame and the historic Broadway District, Tennessee Titans Football Stadium, and the heart of the city commerce.
The Film-Com process involves the following:
Filmmakers electronically submit a business breakdown of their projects; and all projects are logged in the Film-Com Projects Registry, which is segmented according to all genres including Comedy, Sci Fi, Western, and so on. The Project Registry is accessible by domestic and foreign distributors, completion funds, film banks, gap financiers, product integration specialists, producer reps, and potential co-production partners.
The business information and sizzle reel / brief footage of all projects will be weighed by Film-Com according to marketability to domestic and foreign markets. Filmmakers with the most marketable properties will be able to present their projects at Film-Com directly to distribution companies and related industry entities that may provide completion funding and other support for those projects. The projects are works-in-progress — including projects in the post-production phase — and will be selected based upon an overall combination of fresh artistic vision, marketability of concept, and business professionalism in all aspects of the property.
After the most marketable properties have been selected for direct presentation at the Film-Com event, other projects of marketable merit will be included in a printed catalog to be provided to all distribution companies and related industry entities involved in Film-Com. The number of properties included in the catalog may be from 50 to 100, though in years of high quality more may be included, and will be based solely upon each project having noteworthy elements that may require further development toward marketability.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL FILMMAKERS: REGARDLESS of which projects are most marketable for direct presentation, the Film-Com Market offers many opportunities to meet and network with industry execs, financiers, co-production partners and other entities throughout the several days of the event. These opportunities include the New Project Expo, Breakfasts with Execs at the Hilton, Film & Television Panels, break-out sessions, and many individual opportunities in-between. Like any aspect of the business, Film-Com is literally what you make it. The more fully you participate, the more valuable relationships and information you will gain.
The overall process means that filmmakers submitting entries are enabled exposure via a full spectrum of methods to industry execs seeking new works for development, acquisition and distribution. ALL FILMMAKERS SUBMITTING PROJECTS TO FILM-COM SHOULD PLAN ON ATTENDING THE EVENT, ESPECIALLY FROM THE MORNING OF WEDNESDAY APRIL 17 TO THE MORNING OF FRIDAY APRIL 19, 2013.
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