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Film Finance and Packaging Workshop

This workshop examines the Film Value Chain, Packaging and key stages of Film Finance.

The links that take a film from first idea all the way through development, packaging, financing, sales, production, post-production, marketing, distribution, exhibition, merchandising and licensing and digital media opportunities are explored in detail by film expert Angus Finney.  The workshop will then focus on The Package (script, producer, director, budget, cast). The second day deals with film finance sources, finance plans, co-production, and the waterfall/recoupment structure for film revenues.



DR. Angus Finney

Angus Finney is a leading international film and creative industry specialist who has managed, taught, mentored and lectured across the world. His work includes MBA-level teaching at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University, where he is a Fellow, and MA-level Course Directing at London Film School/Exeter University. He was appointed in 2016 to the Beijing Film Academy as a Visiting Professor, and was appointed in March 2017 to the School of Humanities, Exeter University, as an Associate Professor in Film Business Studies.

Finney was the manager of Europe’s only Production Finance Market over the past decade, hosted by Film London annually. The market has supported independent financing of more than 100 films over since 2007.  His work has recently included acting as a government expert witness in two high profile cases, including the £1bn tax tribunal involving Ingenious Media and HMRC; and has served as an expert witness on a private film finance dispute in Guernsey.

His UK training includes working with Creative Skillset, Creative England, Film Agency Wales, Film London and the Film Distributors Association; and his professional development work has extended to South Africa, Ireland, UAE, Canada, China and New Zealand over the past five years.  Finney also has considerable practical entrepreneurial and management experience: He was appointed joint Managing Director of Renaissance Films, a UK-based development, production, finance and sales company in July 1999. During six years of business, Finney Executive Produced a range of films, working with filmmakers such as Terry Gilliam, Daniel Craig, Neil LaBute, Marleen Gorris, Roger Michell, Glen Close, and Rose Troche, alongside leading US studios including Sony, Miramax, Warner Bros and Paramount. He took over sole MD responsibilities in 2002 before the company ceased trading in July 2005.  He has also mentored EU film companies on business strategy and planning.

Finney’s fourth and most recent book is: The International Film Business – A Market Guide Beyond Hollywood (Routledge) was published in May 2010. A second edition has been published in October 2014, and has been released in China and Japan. His 1996 publication The State of European Cinema has been re-printed by Bloomsbury in 2016. His second title was The Egos Have Landed: The Rise and Fall of Palace Pictures (1996). Finney has personally trained more than 1000 film producers/writers and directors, company executives and students since 2005, and delivered master classes and lectures at Berlin and Cannes film festivals, Judge/Cambridge, Cass/City, Grenoble, London University, the Sorbonne, Paris, and the Copenhagen Business School.

Finney has a PhD in Management from Cass Business School, City University London. He has an MA in Film (Documentary specialism) and Journalism from New York University, a post-graduate Diploma from City University in Newspaper Journalism and a BA from Sussex University in International Relations.