2015 Retrospective

Recap  of the 5th MMFM

From June 1-4th 2015 Florida Filmmakers, members of the Hollywood elite, key players from across the pond, and beyond, in between morning “cafecitos” and evening “mojitos”; cut deals, participated in inter-active conferences, met one on one with local and international filmmakers, listened to and pitched ideas and projects, evaluated scripts, and enjoyed our Miami sunshine and hospitality. Where was all of this going on? At the Biltmore Hotel, epicenter of the 5th Edition of the Miami Media and Film Market. MMFM sponsors, participants and speakers alike, had a productive and enjoyable four-day experience under the umbrella of the MMFM Market and Conference.

MMFM has developed into a deal making, content development, finance/co-prommfm2duction, networking, boutique market. And for the 5th straight year MMFM organizers Patty Arias and Jose Luis Martinez, together with the MMFM Steering Committee Members, have delivered a jammed packed, high powered event that brings together deal makers and filmmakers alike for a four day content development frenzy.

The event is part of CAMACOL’S Hemispheric Congress, an annual international networking and business forum in its 36th year that draws business owners and executives from around the world. The filmmaking component grew out of a vision to intertwine international business and the entertainment industry. The international business sector is obviously global. So is film and content. As such, the Hemispheric Congress and MMFM is a match made in business heaven.

As results are being tallied, MMFM can report that the 5th Edition of MMFM enabled financing for a new blockbuster film; two international co-productions, and a television series. MMFM solidified relationships with China and Hong Kong; brainstormed with producers from the U.K.; interacted with executives from major Los Angeles based studios; rocked out with our 5th Annual Co-Production and Finance Forum; held it’s first “Elevator Pitch Coaching Session”. Additionally, the MMFM Agenda also included its first creative summit, the art of making the deal; enabled a thought provoking session with Miami Movie Mavericks, all this while featuring Great Britain’s contribution to the creative industries.

As part of our international co-production series, it has been an annual rite to feature a country at MMFM. Past honorees have included India, Turkey, China, and Poland. To this effect, MMFM is proud to report that our participants have cemented lucrative deals with country representatives in attendance at MMFM.

The 5th Edition of MMFM hosted an impressive list of speakers who included:

  • Paul Brett, Co-Founder and Director of the media finance company Prescience, which backed The King’s SpeechChef,and TV’s Wolf Hall/U.K.

  • Craig Bernstein, Senior Agent ICM Partners Los Angeles, CA

  • Karen Hall, an Executive Producer and screenwriter for TV shows including Moonlighting, the Good Wife, Roseanne andM*A*S*H.

  • Lisa Bruce, Award Winning Producer of “The Theory of Everything”

  • Andrew Curtis, Executive Producer Polite Storm/U.K.

  • Matthew Stein, SVP Sony Pictures International Division

  • Gina Reyes, Creative Executive Fox Entertainment

  • Elvi Cano, Egeda/U.S.

  • Chris Chooney/COO Screen Gems Atlanta

  • Sam Tedesco/Producer

  • Jim Bingham/UPM & Producer

Event/Panel Highlights

  • Finance Panel. International Co-Production Series. Bringing an idea to life and finding the resources to get it done.

  • Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Emerge Americas and MMFM

  • A Conversation with Paul Brett, Prescience Media/Ex Prod. The King’s Speech and Chef

  • From Concept to Production with Matthew Stein, Sam Tedesco, William Garcia and Bob DiCerbo

  • How your company can be a part of the film and entertainment industry (Panel Sponsored by OMNI CRA) with Pieter Bockweg, Chris Cooney, and Jim Bingham

  • Incentives.

  • A Conversation with Karen Hall

  • The Creative Summit; The Art of Making the Deal, A Creative Roundtable. This Summit was introduced by HM Consul General Dave Prodger and featured Lisa Bruce, Producer “The Theory of Everything”; Craig Bernstein, Senior Agent ICM Partners; Gina Reyes, Creative Executive Fox Filmed Entertainment; Paul Brett, Prescience; Andrew Curtis, Politestorm and Dew & Co., UK

  • Creating the “305” Miami Movie Mavericks including Kenny Riches, Kevin Sharpley, Jordi Vilasuso and Diliana Alexander

  • Message Orient Content and Social Awareness Storytelling. Hollywood Answers to a Higher Calling with Omar Lopez Montenegro, Human Rights Director CNF; William Garcia, Playworld Pictures and Dr. Sharon Thomas, Sony Entertainment, India.

MMFM and the China Latin America Trade Center also hosted the II Annual Golden Orange Awards.

Golden Orange Award Recipients have included:

  • Best Film: Theory of Everything/Lisa Bruce, Producer

  • Best Actor: Jordi Vilasuso

  • Best Producer: Paul Brett, Outstanding Contribution to English Language Film

  • Best Writer: Karen Hall for her outstanding contributions to the Television Industry

  • Industry Support: Chris Cooney, Screen Gems

  • Best Actor 2014: Stephen Baldwin for his contributions to Message Based Films

  • Best Actress 2014: Ana Villafañe, currently staring in the broadway hit “Get on Your Feet”

  • Special Award for Bridging the Gap between the East and West: Wong Luoyong, star of Miss Saigon (Broadway)

  • Best Director: Tana Schembori, 7 Cajas Paraguay