16-08-2013

FILM PRODUCERS PITCH TO EQUITY INVESTORS DURING CLOSING THE GAP’S INVESTOR PITCHING SESSION IN BERLIN

The third edition of peacefulfish’s Closing The Gap: Equity Investment training course culminated in a pitching session with investors hosted by the Investitions Bank Berlin (IBB) from 24 through 26 June 2013. The Closing The Gap producers pitched their film projects to a panel of European investors including:

> individual business angels
> representatives of business angel networks
> venture capital fund managers
> mediatech financiers 
> managers of equity-based film funds 

These investors gave each of the participating producers detailed feedback about their project pitches and investment offers both during the pitching session itself and during several networking events held in Berlin over the two-and-a-half days of the event. Since the course’s launch in 2011, more than 10 projects have entered some form of production and around 50% percent have received investment or commitments of investment related to their participation in Closing The Gap.  

Organized by creative industries financing consultancy peacefulfish (Berlin/London/ Brussels/Cannes) in association with the pan-European investor network Media Deals (Paris/Berlin), the Apulia Film Commission (Italy), and the Investitions Bank Berlin (Germany), the course trains producers on how to identify, approach, and pitch to equity investors, teaching business skills that producers can use to find new sources of financing in the current financial climate.

The deadline for producers to apply for the next edition of Closing The Gap is 9 September 2013. For additional information about the course including locations, dates, fees, and scholarships—as well as to download the application form—visit: www.closing-the-gap.net 

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peacefulfish offers strategic consulting services to public institutions, policy makers, content producers, digital distributors, financiers, and other individuals and companies active in the creative industries. www.peacefulfish.com 

Media Deals is a pan-European investor network based in Paris and Berlin. www.media-deals.org