Market Leaders is a well-established and internationally recognised programme offering producers based in Scotland, who have market ready projects, to gain bespoke access to key sales and distribution personnel and international co-production forums and partnerships, with a view to getting their projects the necessary co-production finance required.
The programme gives producers the opportunity to concentrate on selling their projects and negotiating co-production finance and producing partners at a number of key major international markets. As well as supporting experienced producers, it also offers mentored market access to emerging producers to ensure there is supported progression within the industry.
The programme runs years round, allowing producers to work on longer strategic basis to monitor and shape the programme, rather than on a more reactive, market by market basis.
Among the markets and festivals that Scottish producers were supported to access are Cannes, the Toronto Film Festival, the FIN Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax Nova Scotia, London Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival.
Market Leaders has built a strong reputation for developing international relationships between Scottish producers and filmmakers that remain in place to date and producers are given full pre-market support with research, introductions and an assessment of areas of focus for the trip on an individual (producer) basis, as well as guidance on latest market trends, and arranged meetings set up by Market Leaders with financiers, sales agents, financiers and distributors.