European Film Market | EFM 2011 | Movie Budget

The European Film Market (EFM) is one of the most important affairs on the calendar of the international film industry.  It takes place February 10th through the 20th and is a fundamental counterpart of the prestigious Berlin Film Festival.  The EFM is where the business of film is conducted and where film makers meet collaborators on their upcoming and completed works.   There they will meet film producers, distributors, buyers, financiers, and other industry players all drawn in for this event bringing with them films with major support and a large movie budget and those of independent films with more modest movie budgets.

European Film Market

EFM is located in renaissance exhibition hall of the Martin-Gropius-Bau (MGB), the EFM Marriott Offices and at the Stands Marriott Hotel close to the festival headquarters at Potsdamer Platz. [Google Map]

The address for the European Film Market at The Berlinale is:   Niederkirchnerstraße 7  10963 Berlin, Germany

Filmmakers and production companies looking to register for the European Film Market have until December 15th. You can follow the steps and guidelines on the registration page of their website

Artists are always in need of someone carrying the money bags and to provide them with a movie budget to complete their visions.  In such a thought, EFM hosted 1,467 buyers looking to spend their money on such artist’s films in 2009.  They came from 59 Countries (up 38% from 2008).  Also, 407 exhibition companies joined in from 55 different countries.  International distribution rights for 695 Films were involved in the film market from a broad range of film production companies and distributors.  (Source Nordisk Film & TV Fond:

In 2010, there were 414 companies that registered.  Also, 2,714 market badges were given out and 1,339 buyers registered (a slight drop of 9% in last years boost of buyers in attendnce).   As the film finance environment continues to be challenged, the effect on a film’s movie budget can be heard loudly what the market will bear.

As for the actual Berlin Film Festival, last years winning film was from Turkish playwrite, director and producer Semih Kaplanoglu’ for his work Bal(honey); about a country-side beekeeper who wanders into the mountain forests of Turkey in search for his missing bees, as his son follows after.

Best Director went to Roman Polanski for his political thriller, the Ghost Writer, however he could not be in berlin to Accept his award as he is in house arrest. Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde were two producers who accepted the prize on his behalf.

Best screenplay went to Wang Quanan and Na Jin for the film ‘Apart Together.’

‘How I ended This Summer’ was a Russian work that not only took shared awards for best actors Grigori Dobrygin and Sergi Puskepalis, but yet another award, the artistic contribution prize for director Alexi Popogrebsky.

Best actresss went to Shinobu Terjima for her debut in Caterpilla, a Japanese war drama.

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AFM – American Film Market 2010

AFM 2010

The AFM 2010 American Film Market in Santa Monica, California kicks off Wednesday, November 3rd through Wednesday, November 10, 2010.   The premiere film market for independent film in the United States and the world AFM is on par with the Cannes Film Market of the Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market, Sundance and now Toronto Film Festival as the mandatory stop for foreign sales agents, independent film producers, distributors, film buyers, producers representatives and production companies.   Productions with large film budgets to smaller movie budgets are represented here and every level of film budget in between representing the entire breadth and scale of the worlwide film production industry.

Worlwide Film Business

With the exponential growth in overseas (non-US domestic) theatrical and television outlets and demand, the AFM grew out of a need to represent buyers and sellers armed with finished films, screeners, scripts, film budgets and finance plans in a professional format and centralized location to conduct an incredible amount of business in a short period of time.   In order to fill supply chains built up by the demand from growing terrestrial, satellite, cable, DVD, pay-per-view globally, distributors have come to rely on the strength of the film business market presence and concentration that the American Film Market offers.

Global Entertainment Companies

Over 8,000 film executives and professionals from all regions of the globe come to participate in the industry’s ultimate film buying and selling event.   More than 400 production companies, distribution companies, foreign sales agencies and related firms are indeed in attendance with their screenplays, film budgets and finance plans, finished films and a film budget for marketing P & A, expanding their involvement in the current product pipeline business for movies, film, television, new media and all their related outlets.

Conferences, Seminars, Meetings

AFM likewise presents an ideal opportunity for filmmakers and movie industry pros to network, exchange ideas, movie budgets and product information.   Top notch conferences and seminars are held each year on film finance, foreign sales, movie marketing, film tax incentives, film tax credits, movie funds and film production.  This year is no exception with panels from industry leaders in film financing and heavyweights like Harvey Weinstein on the current state of filmmaking today.

Nowhere in North America will the film industry see a greater collection of film professionals dedicated to the production, finance, marketing and distribution of indie film and television. is the international leader in worlwide film budgets and movie budgeting services and global film tax incentive advisor.  Specializing in providing maximum film production value for the most efficient film cost each film budget is custom tailored to our client’s projects with meticulous attention to detail.  Contact us for a quote for your film budgets and schedules, film consulting and line producer and film budgeting services.

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Film Budgets | 3D Movie Cameras | Panasonic AG-3DA1

Panasonic introduces its AG-3DA1 integrated twin-lens Full HD camcorder as the world’s first pro quality Full HD 3D camcorder with SDHC media card recording. looks forward to further on location testing however this looks to be an incredible breakthrough in the race for quality 3D on less than Cameron film budgets for the masses.   As the industry embraces 3D many explosive arrivals are coming to be sure.   As we prepare movie budgets and proceed with film budgeting for our clients, we will certainly investigate the validity of the new Panasonic 3D camcorder as it applies to the professional film production and high quality moviemaking environment for economic features and television productions as required in today’s cash and credit challenged market.

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Film Budgets |Tax Incentives| Co-productions|Austria

Austria Film Fund

Film Location Austria enters the European film fund sector offering a nationalized film tax incentive to build upon indigenous and inward investment film production.
Current funding level is €20 million or USD $20M.
Details: 25% of total production spend in country or a cap of 15% the total amount allocated annually to Film Location Austria.
Local spend requirement: 25% of film budgets to be spent in Austria (20% for movie budgets over €10 million).
Applicants must pass an economic point system and cultural test following local and EU guidelines.

Recent films shot in Austria:
Knight and Day starring Kiera Knightly/Tom Cruise
The Pillars of the Earth
Quantom of Solace starring Daniel Craig as 007


Check out our summary of film budgets film festivals with fest dates, submission deadlines and updates.

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A movie budget is critical to moving your production forward to production and distribution. The key document in any film business plan, quality movie budgets are required by banks, lenders, completion bond companies and film fund authorities. Likewise, film tax incentive establishments will insist upon a budget for your project in order to consider it for investment. When you need a film budget contact us for a thorough analysis, consultation and delivery of a complete finance and camera ready budget and schedule.   A veteran film producer provides you with extensive film budgeting advice and consultation in delivering a finance and camera ready movie budget for investors, lenders and foreign sales companies to evaluate a film project with credible analysis and reliable figures.

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Film Budgets | Red Camera Systems

Red Camera

The Red One camera system took the movie making world by storm upon its announcement in 2006 and the continued development of the products and accessories available to the filmmaking universe. Setting their sights on film with lower film budgets and the ability of young enthusiasts with a passion for storytelling to enter the production world founders Jim Jannard, creator of Oakley sunglasses fame and Ted Shilowitz (“the leader of the revolution”) were determined to bring down the cost of the digital film camera and to make them available to a wide segment of the movie industry.


In a very short period of time Red has gained credibility and been utilized in many productions to date and continues to enthrall users with its pristine image, ease of use and scalability.

In fact founder Jack Binder used the Red on a small European feature which came to film in Michigan with a tiny film budget as well as Pirates of the Carribean (4) On Stranger Tides with their enormous film budgets where they are using six Red cameras in a 3D application utilizing the Mysterium-X red camera. On “Pirates” Panavision has provided the cameras and outfitted them to use Panavision lenses.



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Co-productions have several meanings in the film industry which can be confusing to even the most experienced filmmaker. One reference most widely assumed is an arrangement between two production companies or two producers whom engage in the business of collaborating on a movie production or television program to create an entertaining product by contributing to film budgets that drive content to production and distribution globally. These type of co-productions entail working together with one party bringing relevant elements to the table with the other party likewise bringing assets of value to the deal.

The less appreciated meaning of co-productions or a co-production within the movie world however is the legal financial treaty arrangements set up between two countries in order to facilitate the advancement and support of each of their respective indigenous local film industries. Countries engage in these agreements with the impressive goal of creatively and financially assisting their filmmakers, and in the Arts in general, toward success in the worldwide appreciation and marketplace for creative ideas and the generation of their nations intellectual property.

Germany – United Kingdom – France – Australia – Canada details, regulations and links to relevant information.

Film Location Austria announces new film co-production fund for September 2010 implementation.

Film Budget .com provides details on the international Co-production Treaty landscape here at

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