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Movie Nuts and Bolts: Financing and Distribution Panel

By October 6, 2016 No Comments
Financing and Distribution La Costa Film Festival Panel

Film financing and distribution are integral parts of the moviemaking business, but they tend to fall under the radar, often occurring with very little pomp and circumstance. Before any film can get made, it needs to find a studio willing to produce it, which is why we at the LCFF felt it was important to dedicate a panel to this esoteric aspect of the industry.

Join us for The Rapidly Changing Landscape of Film Financing and Distribution panel on Saturday, October 15 at 3:30pm, where we’ve invited a few experts and industry insiders to discuss just that. The panel will be moderated by Geoff Clark, Founder of Something Kreative Studios, and a member of the LCFF advisory board. Stick around until the end for a Q & A session with the panel where you can learn a wealth of information about the key to getting your film project off the ground.

Here’s a glimpse at the who’s who of this upcoming panel:

Geoff Clark
Who better to moderate a panel about The Rapidly Changing Landscape of Film Financing and Distribution than Geoff Clark, whose titles include that of producer, filmmaker, and film distributor? Geoff has produced content for feature films, print ad campaigns, music videos and episodic television. Currently the co-owner of Something Kreative Studios – a production, sales and distribution company based in Venice Beach, California – Geoff’s recent projects include the critically acclaimed documentary film “Isolated” (produced by Cruel Intentions star Ryan Phillippe), “Can You Dig This” (produced by R&B singer John Legend), shark conservation documentary “Extinction Soup,” fantasy football film “Fandom,” and the highly anticipated “Hobgood Brothers” film.

Eric Bromberg
Eric Bromberg is the Director of Content Programming and Head of Originals for Pluto.TV, a digital media start-up creating content for Ad-Based Video on Demand (AVOD). AVOD is a lucrative new market in non-cable entertainment, the most well-known channel being YouTube. Prior to Pluto, Eric was the Director of Digital Strategy for Univision-owned media company Fusion, where he oversaw digital content distribution on every platform. He was also the founder of Intelligentsia Productions, where he brokered deals between intellectual property rights holders and film/TV studios. Eric graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from UCLA and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter-holder.

Jeff Chao
Jeff Chao is the Managing Member and co-founder of Kirin Media Ventures, LLC. He has an extensive background in financial management, having worked as a consultant in Wells Fargo’s commercial banking division and as a level II CFA candidate. Jeff has directly managed film funding for the past eight years, and he’s got a lot to show for it! His most recent accomplishment was securing a $250M film fund between Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, where films like “Lincoln,” “The Help,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Contagion,” and “Snitch” were produced. He has also been instrumental in the formation of a $100M film fund between Participant Media and the Doha Film Institute, not to mention a $100M Chinese-Hollywood film fund. Jeff has managed the funding of over thirty films, from small indies to big budget blockbusters.

Floris Bauer
Prior to launching Gunpowder & Sky, where he serves as president, Floris was a Senior Advisor at Otter Media, the joint venture formed by The Chernin Group and AT&T to acquire, invest in, and launch global internet-based streaming services (also known as “over the top” or OTT services). Before that, he spent more than nine years as the Global Head of Corporate Development and Strategy at Endemol Group, a global leader in entertainment with operations in over thirty countries. Floris was responsible for overseeing Endemol’s strategy and business development, which included TV production and distribution, brand exploitation, gaming and digital video. He currently sits on the boards of numerous companies, such as Shareability, Cut, Supergravity Pictures and Whiterabbit Films.

This panel will offer plenty of insightful information about film funding and distribution. We look forward to seeing you in October! This is a FREE event but a ticket is required. Reserve your seat here: Tickets.