On Friday 27th October, the Birmingham Film and TV Market took place in Birmingham. The event was hosted all day at The Grand Hotel.

The Birmingham Film and TV Market is an annual event in which filmmakers are encouraged to bring their ideas to Birmingham, pitching to various executives from many different production companies, such as BBC, Sky, Lionsgate, Studiocanal, Channel 4, ITV, and plenty of others. The day mostly consists of getting through ten minute pitches, where filmmakers pitch their project ideas to at least five production companies, giving them the chance to get their projects commissioned, but the day also involves Q&As with different industry professionals, and plenty of networking opportunities. 

In the midst of the day, Louise Osbourne, one of the co-founders of the market said, “It is going really well, we’re having amazing feedback from both our delegates, who are pitching, and the execs, saying that they found some projects and they’ve had no weak pitches.”

This was the third year of the Market, which was founded by Sophie Ivanova, Louise Osbourne, and Mellissa Donello. The intention of the market is to bring filmmakers together and to give people new and exciting opportunities, especially in Birmingham, where the film industry has made some monumental developments in recent years. The market this year also included an exciting visit from Adrian Lester, an established actor who grew up in Birmingham; Adrian’s attendance was an encouraging representation of the exceptional talent that has come out of the Midlands, and the talent that is yet to be unearthed. 

The Birmingham Film and TV Market is growing each year and provides a positive insight to the future for film and television in the West Midlands.