Market Leaders: Scotland - 2015 - 2016

Introduction

Market Leaders, financed by Creative Scotland, started in 2011 and is an annual programme that helps connect feature film producers with the international market.

In 2015 - 2016 Market Leaders will comprise two connected programmes:

Market Leaders - Market Visits - this will be similar to previous editions of the programme. A number of producers (usually 4) with at least one feature film credit as a producer for a film which has achieved international distribution will take part in a dedicated programme (meetings, seminars) at one or more international film markets / trade missions.

Market Leaders - Scotland / online sessions - these sessions will take place in Edinburgh / Glasgow and will cover areas such as international sales, distribution and finance and will be for a larger group of producers.

Please see below for more information about how to apply.

 

Market Leaders 2015 - 2016 (Market Visits)

Market Leaders 2015 - 2016 comprises several trips over the course of a year for a number of producers (usually 4) per trip including:

Toronto Film Festival (September 2015) - Focus on International Financiers, Sales Agents / US Distribution

London (October 2015) - Project Packaging Sessions / UK Distribution

LA (October 2015) - US Finance, Agents, Managers, Talent

London (January 2016) - Project Packaging Sessions / UK Finance

Berlin (February 2016) - European Finance, Sales and Distribution

London (March 2016) - Project Packaging Sessions / UK Sales Agents

Selected producers will attend at 2 - 4 days of meetings (per trip) arranged by Initialize. Bursaries will be paid to selected companies towards travel and accommodation costs.

 

Application Process

The Market Visits are for film producers from Scotland who have a production entity based in Scotland and who have a feature film credit as a producer on a film that has been distributed internationally.

Applications are invited approximately 8 weeks before each trip. Successful applicants will be informed approximately 6 weeks before each trip.

All applications are assessed by Initialize Films in conjunction with Creative Scotland. All selections are made jointly.

 

How to Apply

Producers should send information (one page) on up to 2 feature film projects to ian@initialize-films.co.uk with a particular focus on:

Finance secured; cast attached; sales agent / distribution partner attached; Creative Scotland funding pledged (development / production); letters of interest from / agreements with international and national co-production partners

We are looking to take up to 4 producers with projects that are market-ready i.e. which have undergone substantial development. We do not require all the elements listed above but will give priority to producers with projects which have received Creative Scotland production / development finance awards.

 

Next Application Deadline

31 July 2015 for the Toronto Film Festival Programme (12 - 15 September 2015)

Please contact Ian Davies - ian@initialize-films.co.uk for more information.

 

Market Leaders 2015 - 2016 (Scotland sessions)

The Scotland sessions are for a larger group of producers with a focus on the international market.  More details will be published soon.

 

 

“The Market Leaders programme is not only one of the most powerful ways for producers to gain rapid 'up to the minute' knowledge, and insight, of the business, but is also the place to build up those good old fashioned industry contacts as well. I recommend it to all producers who want to embrace the international market.”

Iain Smith, Chair of Advisory Board to Britsh Film Commissioner and Producer of Children of Men, A Team etc.