Come join us as producer Pietro Greppi will talk about his experience developing, financing, producing and releasing the debut feature film by emerging writer/director Andrew Steggal (Departure) starring Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckahm, Truly Madly Deeply) and Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game.)
He will discuss:
- Securing both development and production funding from the BFI and working closely with them throughout the process
- Securing the rest of the finance as well as sales and distribution partners before production, which included pitching the project at a number of co-production and finance markets and labs, including Film London’s Micromarket and Closing the Gap
- Setting up the project as a UK/ French production (the film was a British film shot entirely in the South of France with mixed cast and crew; post-production was carried out half in the UK half in France); this entailed bridging the cultural differences between the two systems, particularly in regard to the legal closing and during production on set
- Planning the film’s festival and distribution strategy in conjunction with the film’s finance, sales and distribution partners, overseeing attendance at festivals including BFI London, Rome, Dinard and Palm Springs, and markets including Cannes and EFM in Berlin
Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the ins and outs of successful feature film producing.
About Pietro Greppi:
Pietro Greppi is a London-based independent producer. He produced Andrew Steggall’s BFI-funded debut feature Departure (2016), starring Juliet Stevenson and Alex Lawther. A UK-France production, the film screened at festivals including LFF, Dinard and Rome and was released theatrically in the UK and France and sold internationally by Charlotte Mickie at Mongrel.
Pietro previously produced Giacomo Cimini’s sci-fi short The Nostalgist, based on a short story by NY Times best-selling author Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse), starring Lambert Wilson (Of Gods and Men, The Matrix Revolutions) and Samuel Joslin (Paddington, The Impossible). The short, partly funded via Kickstarter, won the Melies d’Argent and screened at festivals including LFF, Palm Springs, FantasticFest and Clermont Ferrand before securing distribution on platforms including iTunes, Wired and We Are Colony.
Pietro is currently developing a slate of features with partners including the BFI, Creative England, The Wellcome Trust and Ingenious Media. He is also a consultant and project assessor for a number of production companies and film initiatives.
He began his career in New York, gaining experience in development at Christine Vachon’s Killer Films and later working in distribution and sales at Magnolia Pictures. He then worked across sales and financing at Goldcrest in London, on films such as Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights and The Iron Lady.
About Departure (2015):
An English mother and her teenage son spend a week in the South of France breaking up a summer home that has become one of the casualties of the woman’s crumbling marriage. The boy struggles with his dawning sexuality and an increasing alienation from his mother. She in turn must confront the fact that her marriage to his father has grown loveless and the life she has known is coming to an end. When an enigmatic local boy enters their lives, mother and son are compelled to confront their separate desires and, finally, each other.