Investors Circle

A fresh, high-profile event bringing together elite film & media financing experts and private investors from across the globe!

Investors Circle unites the world’s leading experts in film and media financing for a day filled with engaging discussions and exclusive film projects.

Launched in 2023, the Investors Circle represents the latest initiative of the Marché du Film.

Held at the prestigious Plage des Palmes, this one-day summit begins with an insightful keynote panel, featuring esteemed experts from the film financing world.

This is followed by an exclusive pitching session, strictly reserved for private investors. Thanks to a distinguished panel of experts, Investors Circle will proudly showcase a carefully curated selection of top-tier film projects that are actively seeking investment.

To cap off the summit, we will host an exclusive cocktail event, presenting a golden opportunity for the project creators and producers to interact with potential investors, who could provide substantial support for their projects.

📆 Investors Circle will be held on Sunday, 19 May on the Plage des Palmes.

The Marché du Film’s Investors Circle aims to highlight and support artistically ambitious film projects while providing essential financial backing. For the first time, we are selecting projects of the highest caliber to present to top-tier investors. In light of the current financial landscape and Cannes’ unique positioning, we believe it’s relevant to explore new opportunities for funding through private investment, and we hope this event will grow in the coming years.

— Guillaume Esmiol, Executive Director of the Marché du Film

Investors Circle 2024

This year’s event featured panels with leading international experts in film and media financing. The panels were followed by a private pitching session showasing ten grand-scale film projects — never before revealed — from acclaimed directors. Carefully selected for their potential to captivate audiences and investors alike, these projects, with budgets ranging from one to over 20 million euros, represent a diverse array of storytelling and creative visions.

The presence of lead producers and internationally renowned directors lent an air of exclusivity as they unveiled their projects to a select audience of VIP investors, who had the exclusive opportunity to discover these 10 anticipated projects for the first time.

The 2024 selection of film projects revealed:

Red Mist Descending
directed by Rakhshan Banietemad (Iran)
produced by Mina Kershavarz at MiniDoc Film Production

Tear Gas
directed by Uta Beria (Georgia)
produced by Anna Khazaradze and Nino Chichua at 1991 productions

directed by Chie Hayakawa (Japan)
produced by Eiko Mizuno-Gray and Jason Gray at Loaded Films

directed by Lorcan Finnegan (Ireland)
produced by Brunella Cocchiglia at Lovely Productions

directed by Nadav Lapid (Israel)
produced by Judith Lou Levy at Les Films du Bal

Heysel 85
directed by Teodora Ana Mihai (Romania / Belgium)
produced by Hans Everaert at Menuetto

The Entertainment System is Down
directed by Ruben Östlund (Sweden)
produced by Erik Hemmendorff at Plattform Produktion and Philippe Bober at Coproduction Office

One Year of School
directed by Laura Samani (Italy)
produced by Nadia Trevisan at Nefertiti Film

Hot Spot
directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska (Poland)
produced by Klaudia Smieja at Madants

Death Has No Master
directed by Jorge Thielen Armand (Venezuela)
produced by Stefano Centini at Volos Films Italia SRL

ArteKino International Award

As part of the Cannes Investors Circle, the ArteKino Foundation is offering a prize of €10,000 to the main producer of the winning project. The ArteKino International Award, open to all selected projects, will be determined by a jury of five cinephiles with diverse backgrounds.

Investors Circle is supported by