Moscow will host International Film Finence Forum

For the first time Moscow will host one of the most reputable events of world cinema industry - the International Film Finance Forum Moscow 2011, officially sponsored by Corporate Finance Bank. In the framework of the 33-th Moscow International Film Festival the Forum will be held on 24 June at Radisson Royal Hotel.

International Film Finance Forum is held annually in such cinema capitals of the world, like Cannes, Los Angeles, New York and Singapore, the most powerful figures of the modern business and cinema take part in it. High rates of film industry development in Russia promote the attractiveness of the country for global financial community. Therefore, Moscow is another metropolis, where this largest reputable forum will be held. Following Cannes, where the International Film Finance Forum was the part of the famous Cannes Film Festival in May, in June the Forum will be moved to become the part of the program of the 33d Moscow International Film Festival.

The official sponsor of the International Film Finance Forum Moscow 2011 is Corporate Finance Bank, one of the most dynamic and successful participants in the Russian banking sector. The Forum is organized by the international event-agency Winston Baker, a leader in the entertainment industry, famous weekly magazine Variety, covering the events in the world of show-business, and Parallel Media company, specializing in financing and producing films.

Olga Mirimskaya, the Chairman of the Board of Corporate Finance Bank commented on the prospects for the Forum: “The International Film Finance Forum is an important event in the film industry business. We look forward to discussing new trends and strategies for financing movies, and we hope that this event will be the impetus for the development of film industry in Russia”.

The new strategies for film finance industry, promotion and the search for investments, organization of deals and cooperation with international companies, sales and distribution, risk management in the film industry will be main themes of the Forum.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura will be the lead speaker of the forum. Не formed a production company based on Paramount Pictures and since its inception, the company has produced 16 movies. Most recently di Bonaventura Pictures produced such box-office hits as “Transformers” and “Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen,” directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBoeuf; “Shooter,” directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Mark Wahlberg; and the big screen adaption of the popular comic book, “G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra.” They also recently produced the espionage thriller “Salt” for Sony Pictures starring Angelina Jolie and Summit Entertainment's “Red,” an espionage thriller based on the graphic novel by Warren Ellis starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren. The next production to be released is the third movie in “Transformers” series, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, which will world premiere at the 33rd Annual Moscow International Film Festival.

The invited speakers of the International Forum are Chris Carling, a founder of Zephyr Films and producer of the historical drama The Last Station with Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer in the leading roles, nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe Award; Mark Foligno, the executive producer of the movie The King's Speech, which has become the triumpher of the latest Oscar ceremonie and won in four nominations; Robbert Aarts, CEO of Fintage House BV and producer of the much-talked-of film Enigma with Kate Winslet; Phil Hunt, Managing director of Bankside Films and producer of 17 films, including Accidents Happen with Geena Davis and Shake Hands with the Devil; Bill Lischak, executive producer of the movie Rabbit Hole with Nicole Kidman, nominated for her role in this film for Oscar and Golden Globe Award; Tim O'Hair, Head of Production in Parallel Media and producer of such popular movies as Brotherhood and How to Rob a Bank; Leonard Glowinski, Manager for acquisitions and co-producing of StudioCanal Company and producer of the historical film Alexander with Angelina Jolie and Colin Farrell in the leading roles .
Experts from Aramid Capital Partners (UK), Corporate Finance Bank (Russia), IFG Bonds (USA), OddLot Entertainment (USA), Octopus Investments (UK), Parallel Media (USA), StudioCanal (France), Universum (USA) and other financial experts and professionals of the world film industry will hold the floor at the Forum.

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