XYZ Masterclass 2: How to get your film financed, Tuesday 27th April, 19:00-20:30

Helsingin kaupunki, Business Oulu, Business Tampere ja APFI järjestävät yhteistyössä XYZ Filmsin kanssa elokuvarahoitukseen keskittyvän masterclassin. Tilaisuus on suunnattu av-alan ammattilaisille, jotka työskentelevät tuotantojen rahoituksen parissa. Luennon aikana keskitytään mm. yhteistuotantojen rahoittamiseen ja siltarahoitukseen pienemmän budjetin tuotannoissa (max. 4 MEUR).

Masterclass-vieraina ovat Lia Burman (Tango Entertainment), Milan Popelka (Filmnation), sekä Matthew Helderman (Bondit). Moderaattoreina toimivat XYZ Filmsin toimitusjohtaja Nick Spicer sekä yrityksen talous- ja tuotantojohtaja Maxime Cottray.

Ilmoittaudu mukaan tämän linkin kautta maanantaihin 26.4.2021 klo 12.00 mennessä / Sign up via this link by noon April 26th

Masterclass on nähtävissä myös tallenteena. Linkki tallenteeseen toimitetaan vain ilmoittautuneille, joten muistathan ilmoittautua, vaikket pääsisikään seuraamaan livenä itse Masterclassia.

Zoom-linkki itse tilaisuuteen lähetetään kaikille ilmoittautuneille sähköpostitse edellisenä päivänä (26.4.), sekä juuri ennen tilaisuuden alkamista. Varmista, että sinulla on päivitetty versio Zoom-ohjelmasta. 

Voit lähettää puhujille ennakkokysymyksiä ilmoittautumisen yhteydessä.

Speakers’ bios:

Lia Burman (Tango Entertainment)

Lia Burman is a principal of Tango Entertainment. She started the production and financing company with Tim Headington in January 2017 with the mission to be a nimble and story-driven. In those four years, Tango has produced and financed a wide variety of films including Nia DaCosta’s Little Woods, Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy’s directorial debut, Blow the Man Down, Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always and Chad Hartigan’s Little Fish.  Currently, Tango has one film in release and one film in production. Together Together, directed by Nikole Beckwith and starring Ed Helms and Patti Harrison is currently in theaters through Bleeker Street. Spaceman of Bohemia, directed by Johan Renck and starring Adam Sandler was developed by Tango with Free Association and is now a Netflix production.

Prior to forming Tango, Lia was the President of Acquisitions at Focus Features and EVP of Acquisitions at FilmDistrict, overseeing such films as Atomic Blonde, Suffragette, Nocturnal Animals, A Monster Calls, Safety Not Guaranteed, Evil Dead, Olympus Has Fallen, Looper and the Insidious franchise.

Milan Popelka (Filmnation)

Milan Popelka is the Chief Operating Officer at leading independent entertainment company FilmNation Entertainment. Popelka’s responsibilities include overseeing all day-to-day operations, strategic planning/business development, and finance for the company, and extend across film, television, theater, and digital/audio. FilmNation is consistently ranked as one of the highest-grossing independent international film distributors, amassing over $1.4B global box office since 2013, as well as 45 Academy Award nominations (including 8 wins).

On the film production/finance slate, Popelka served as Executive Producer on Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction epic Arrival. He also served as Executive Producer on Late Night starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling, as well as on several high-profile productions Greyhound starring Tom Hanks (Sony Pictures), Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman starring Carey Mulligan (Focus Features), and Dominic Cooke’s Ironbark starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Prior to joining FilmNation, Popelka oversaw creative/finance at production and financing outfit Samuels Media (Michael Clayton). He also previously worked in the Independent Finance Group at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and served as a management consultant in the entertainment practice of McKinsey & Company. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and received a B.A. in Economics with Honors from Harvard College.

Matthew Helderman (Bondit)

Matthew Helderman is the CEO and co-founder of BondIt Media Capital and Buffalo 8. Helderman founded Buffalo 8 in 2010, while an undergrad student and has led the company with films premiering at Sundance, SXSW, and Berlin, as well as producing the Netflix original film Rodney King directed by Spike Lee. In 2013, he co-founded BondIt Media Capital and has led BondIt in the deployment of over $150M of capital in over 300+ film, television, and media lending opportunities; while raising $30M of equity and debt for a partial sale to Accord Financial (TSX: ACD) in addition to expanding the company’s credit facility to $75M. Helderman also co-managed the acquisition of 30-year-old entertainment payroll firm, ABS Payroll, and serves as an Executive Director, Partner, and Board Member. Helderman graduated from Lake Forest College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and has been a featured TED speaker and profiled in the New York Times.

Nick Spicer (moderator)

Nick is CEO and a founding partner of XYZ Films, an independent production company, financier and worldwide sales agency based in Los Angeles. XYZ specializes in filmmaker-driven elevated genre films with a distinct global outlook. Nick has overseen the production and distribution of films from over 40 countries. In 2019, Nick and his partners launched a talent management division representing filmmakers from all around the world. XYZ is known for its creative licensing structures and has been at the forefront of digital distribution since its inception. Prior to co-founding XYZ in 2008, Nick developed and produced unscripted television series and local-language feature films. Nick received an MFA from the UCLA Producers Program in 2006. He majored in English, History and French at Rice University, where he was a National Merit Scholar. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004. Nick was born in Seattle, Washington.

Maxime Cottray (moderator)

Maxime oversees the production and financing activities at the independent film production and distribution company XYZ Films, where he produces and executive produces many of XYZ’s production titles, including most recently Stowaway starring Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette and Mandy starring Nicolas Cage. Furthermore, Maxime spearheads the execution of all financing arrangements for both the company and individual films sold and produced by the company, most recently raising a $100M production financing fund for XYZ in collaboration Finnish venture capital company IPR.VC. Before joining XYZ in 2017, Maxime spent many years at the film financing group Ingenious Media in London where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and negotiating investments in the media industry. A French and German national by way of the UK, Maxime resides in Los Angeles.

XYZ Films aloitti tammikuussa Helsingin kaupungin, Business Oulun ja Business Tampereen kanssa yhteistyön edistääkseen suomalaisen audiovisuaalisen alan kansainvälistymistä monipuolisesti. Keskeinen osa yhteistyötä on levittää parhaita käytäntöjä ja tuoda kiinnostavia osaajia kertomaan työskentelytavoista. Tätä varten on kehitetty Masterclass-luentojen sarja, joissa käsitellään käsikirjoitusta, työskentelyä kansainvälisissä tuotannoissa, uusien asiakkaiden (kuten Netflix ja Amazon) tarpeita sekä tuotantojen rahoittamista. Luennot on suunnattu alan opiskelijoille ja ammattilaisille ja niitä voidaan hyödyntää osana oppilaitosten koulutustarjontaa.