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European Gap-Financing Co-Production Market

The Venice International Film Festival plays a central role in the worldwide recognition of quality films from all over the world and especially from Europe. Created in 2012, the Venice Film Market (VFM) is devoted to offer to the key cinema industry players a new rendez-vous and platform to present and discover high-quality films and projects.
The VFM has thus decided to launch a new kind of co-production market targeted to the industry professionals attending the Festival.
 
The Venice European Gap-Financing Co-Production Market is a platform to support the European producers to secure the final financing of their projects through one-to-one meetings with potential and pertinent international professionals (producers, sales agents, distributors, financiers, broadcasters and funds).
 
This two days event (August 29th  and 30th) will take place during the forthcoming edition of the Venice Film Market (August 28th, September 2nd) and will offer the 16 selected projects (8 European and 8 Italian) the opportunity to close their international financing.
 
A tailor-maid initiative of this kind requests a real confidentiality for the producers and the partners already in place and a first Project line-up will therefore be sent to selected potential financiers and professionals in order to allow them to register to this co-production market.
The catalogue detailing each film project will then be emailed to the registered professionals by the end of July/beginning of August 2014 to entitle them to request 30-minute one-to-one meeting with the producers of the selected projects. The Venice European Gap-Financing Co-Production Market will set up these meetings in accordance with the availability of the participants and meetings slots. Each participant will receive a personalised meeting schedule a few days before the event.
 
 
SUBMISSIONS AND REGULATIONS
The Venice European Gap-Financing Co-Production market terms and conditions are:
 
GENERAL ELIGIBILITY
The Project
 
• The project must be a fiction feature film with a running time above 70 minutes and intended for theatrical distribution.
• The project must be a majority European (co-)production (8 selected projects) or a majority Italian (co-)production (8 selected projects) and must be looking for a maximum of 30% gap-financing.
• There is no budget or genre limitation but each project must have secured 70% (seventy per cent) of its budget and must prove that this financing is in place.
• By European, we are referring to the 28 countries of the European Union.
 
The Project Team
• All application must have a European director and a European producer (with a production company whose registered address is located in Europe) attached.
• Directors must have previous directing experience (short films, features, tv movies, series...)
• Producers must have a track record in production and international co-production.
 
MATERIAL TO BE SUBMITTED (all documents shall be in English or have a certified English translation) before JUNE 27th, 2014.
 
All those documents are for the VFM team only.
2. A synopsis of 1-2 pages;
3. Full treatment (8-10 pages);
4. Director’s biography and a scan of his passport;
5. Producer’s biography and a scan of his passport;
6. Director’s motivation and visual concept;
7. Production company’s profile;
8. Budget Outline;
9. Financing Plan with all relevant documents showing that 70% of the budget is in place.
All contracts, agreements and deal-memos have to be signed by all parties:
            - Between the producer and the author;
            - Betweeen the producer and the director;         
            - Between the producer and the co-producer(s), if any;
            - Between the producer and the main cast(s)/agents;
            - Between the producer and the funds, financial partners that appears in the financing plan;
            - Between the producer and the national distributor(s) if any;
            - Between the producer and the international sales agent, if any.
10. Director’s previous works can be sent via an online link to pascal.diot@labiennale.org and in Cc to indoffice@labiennale.org.
 
Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.
 
 
CONDITIONS FOR ATTENDING THE VENICE EUROPEAN GAP-FINANCING CO-PRODUCTION MARKET
Once the committee has achieved its selection, the selected producers are contacted to confirm their participation and asked to provide updated material for inclusion in the Projects line-up and Catalogue which are going to circulate to professionals and financiers before and during the festival.
Participation in the event entitles the project team (the delegate producer and the director) to the following services and facilities:
    • travel and accommodation;
    • extensive networking opportunities and one-to-one meetings;
    • project promotion;
    • an Industry Gold badge for the access to all the services of the Venice Film Market Industry Office
 
In return all the selected project teams are required to:
    • include the following line and the VFM-Industry Office logo in the credit role when the film is completed “ Presented at the Venice European Gap-Financing Co-Production Market 2014”. Logo will be provided electronically and on CD;
    • to attend the pre-organized one-to-one meetings during the event.
 
By accepting the invitation to participate to the Venice European Gap-Financing Co-Production Market, you are also agreeing to follow and satisfy the above conditions.
 
 
Contact person:
Pascal Diot
VENICE FILM MARKET
La Biennale di Venezia
Ca’ Giustinian
San Marco 1364/A
30124 Venezia (Italy)
Tel: +33607269033
Email: pascal.diot@labiennale.org