SOURCE: Winston Baker

Winston Baker

April 19, 2011 06:00 ET

Winston Baker and Variety to Host Film Finance Forum During the 33rd Annual Moscow International Film Festival

Film Finance Forum Moscow Will Host Global Experts From Aramid Capital Partners, Corporate Finance Bank, IFG Bonds, OddLot Entertainment, Octopus Investments, Parallel Media, StudioCanal, Universum and Many Others

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 19, 2011) - Winston Baker, global producer of film finance conferences, announces the inaugural Film Finance Forum Moscow to be held on June 24, 2011 at the Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow, Russia. The event will be hosted in association with Variety, the world's leading content provider for the entertainment industry. Parallel Media, an equity-backed film production and finance company, and Corporate Finance Bank, a prominent commercial bank based in Russia, are the lead sponsors of the forum.

The one-day program will present seasoned experts from around the world who represent companies which have financed, guaranteed, produced, co-produced, and/or distributed such films as Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, Braveheart, Brotherhood, Crank, Das Vermächtnis, Fade to Black, Final Destination, French Kiss, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, In Bruges, Me and Orson Wells, Rabbit Hole, Resident Evil, Rush Hour, Terminator Salvation, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Last Station, The Plague, The Tourist, The Upside of Anger, Twilight, Underworld, W, and Zimmer 105.

In a joint statement, Olga Mirimskaya, Chair of Corporate Finance Bank, and Ray Markovich, President of Parallel Media, said, "We are delighted to be hosting the Film Finance Forum and its speaking faculty in Moscow and look forward to participating in discussions which address new trends and strategies in the film business internationally as well as locally."

Speakers will also include Yu-Fai Suen, Chief Operating Officer, Aramid Capital Partners; Matthias Aicher, A-Films, Bavaria Film Partners Gmbh; Phil Hunt, Co-Managing Director, Bankside Films; Judith Chan, Senior Manager, Coutts and Co.; Robbert Aarts, Partner and Co-CEO, Fintage House B.V.; Luke Randolph, Managing Director, IFG Bonds; Leon Clarance, Investment Director, Octopus Investments; Bill Lischak, Chief Operating Officer, OddLot Entertainment; Jacqueline Hurt, Partner, Olswang; Tim O'Hair, Head of Production, Parallel Media; Rebecca Roffey, Director, Protocol International; Mark Hutchison, Principal, Rothstein Kass; Leonard Glowinski, Head of Acquisitions and FR Co-Productions, StudioCanal; Benjamina Mirnik, Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions, Universum Film; Miles Ketley, Partner, Wiggin LLP; and Chris Curling, Founder, Zephyr Films, among other experts.

The speaking faculty will address film finance strategies, structuring incentives and co-production deals across borders, distribution trends, and risk management. Registrants of Film Finance Forum Moscow will benefit from an early registration rate of USD $495.00 from now until May 20, 2011, after which the standard registration rate will be USD $595.00 until June 23, 2011. Registration onsite will be USD $695.00. For more information, visit: http://www.filmfinanceforum.com/moscow.html.

About the Film Finance Forum
The Film Finance Forum Series presented by Winston Baker in association with Variety has been offered in Los Angeles, New York, Cannes and Zurich and has hosted the most notable names in the business, including high-caliber finance and entertainment executives from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Blackstone, CAA, Constantin Films, DreamWorks, Dune Capital, Elliott Associates, Endgame Entertainment, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Goldman Sachs, Grosvenor Park, Ingenious Media Investments, JPMorgan Chase, Lionsgate, Motion Picture Association, Paramount Pictures, RealD, Relativity Media, Shamrock Holdings, Sony Pictures, Starz, Universal Studios, Vine Alternative Investments, Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Wells Fargo Capital Finance, Wild Bunch, William Morris Entertainment, ZM Capital, and many others. For more information: www.FilmFinanceForum.com.

About the Radisson Royal Hotel
The Radisson Royal Hotel is Film Finance Forum Moscow's official hotel partner. Radisson Royal is a 5-star luxury hotel situated at the intersection of Moscow's Kutuzovskiy Prospekt and Novy Arbat. The legendary landmark which was once known as the "Ukraina" hotel re-opened a year ago after a three-year renovation under the Radisson Royal, Moscow brand and now operated by The Rezidor Hotel Group. For more information, visit the hotel website: www.radisson.ru/royalhotel-moscow. Special rates are available for all conference participants. Additional details are available on the forum website: www.filmfinanceforum.com/moscow/f3moscowvenue.html.

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