🗣️ Winston Baker, in Partnership With the Marché du Film, Announces Full Program for Its 14th Annual International Film Finance Forum

This year's forum will welcome 30West, CAA, Amazon Live, Imagine Entertainment, Bleecker Street, FilmHedge, Neom, and many more!

Winston Baker, leading global producer of entertainment conferences, will be hosting its highly anticipated 14th Annual International Film Finance Forum, in partnership with the Marché du Film, on the Main Stage of the Palais des Festivals during the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival on Friday 17 May 2024.

The International Film Finance Forum brings together top-tier executives and award-winning filmmakers from around the world to explore emerging trends, innovative finance strategies, international partnerships, sales & distribution trends, and essential tools for staying ahead. The forum’s diverse panel discussions will offer invaluable insight into the ever-evolving world of entertainment finance as well as new content trends. The afternoon will also feature intimate fireside chats with industry VIPs, where they will share firsthand accounts of their journeys in the industry and their unfiltered advice.

The afternoon will feature three exciting fireside chats with industry experts across many fields. The first is with movers and shakers in the Short Form Content Space! Join creators from Amazon Live, Triller and LVLUP Legal & Agency as they discuss technology advancements and how to take content to the next level. Winston Baker is also thrilled to welcome Justin Wilkes, President of Imagine Entertainment + Academy Award and BAFTA nominated, Emmy and Peabody-winning Producer to the program. His credits include Lucy and Desi, Ron Howard’s We Feed People, Judy Blume Forever, Frida and The Dynasty. With such a successful career in the industry, he is sure to offer invaluable insights, tips, and captivating stories from his own journey. The final fireside chat of the afternoon will be an insightful conversation with acclaimed film and TV producer, John Jacobs, Founder & CEO of Smart Entertainment and the creative force behind blockbuster hits like Ricky Stanicky, Blades of Glory, Ted, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and Family Guy; and Robin Bronk CEO of The Creative Coalition. Market participants will discover firsthand how the entertainment landscape has evolved over the years, as Jacobs shares his experiences and insights.

This year’s roster of industry executive hold notable credits including Past Lives, Call Me By Your Name, Birdman, Room, Eighth Grade, I, Tonya, Daddio, PIG, The Lost Daughter, Hacksaw Ridge and many more. These high-level speakers come with extensive knowledge from companies such as 30WEST, Bleecker Street, CAA, WME Independent, Imagine Entertainment, K5 International/White Rabbit, Amazon Live, Triller, NEOM, Fifth Third Bank, Pryor Cashman, FilmHedge and more.

With a spotlight on the latest trends shaping film, television, finance, co-productions, sales & distribution, and the evolving consumer landscape, the International Film Finance Forum offers a comprehensive platform unlike any other. The esteemed speaking faculty will delve into the complexities of the industry, offering invaluable insights and strategies to navigate the ever-changing market.

Amy Baker, the CEO & Co-Founder of Winston Baker stated, “We are thrilled to once again partner with the Marché du Film. This collaboration allows us to leverage the power of this platform to connect with a worldwide virtual audience and provide people from every corner of the world with a chance to learn, engage, and be inspired by the insights of our industry experts. Our aim is to empower entertainment professionals by equipping them with the necessary tools, strategies, and insights to succeed in this ever-evolving industry.

The International Film Finance Forum remains an integral part of the Marché du Film’s program, representing one of our most anticipated conference events. We’re delighted to welcome back Winston Baker, whose shared commitment to empowering filmmakers and industry professionals resonates deeply with our own mission. With this year’s impressive lineup of speakers, we eagerly await the valuable insights they’ll impart, equipping the film community with essential knowledge and tools to thrive in today’s dynamic cinema landscape,” says Guillaume Esmiol, Executive Director of the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes.

Winston Baker will also be launching its First Metaverse International Film Finance Forum for a true immersive experience. This is for filmmakers and patrons who cannot attend our Forum at the Cannes Film Festival but would like to participate in the metaverse. More information can be found by contacting Katie Witkowski or visiting www.winstonbaker.com.

The International Film Finance Forum is developed with the support of Gold Partners, NEOM and FilmHedge, as well as supporting partners, Fifth Third Bank, and Pryor Cashman. The event is further supported by media partners, The Hollywood Reporter and FilmFestivals.com.

Access to the conference event is open to all Marché du Film & Festival accredited badge holders.

For press inquiries, please contact: Katie Witkowski, katie@winstonbaker.com