is an investment training and equity investor pitching session for film, TV, transmedia, and games producers as well as producers seeking company investment offered by creative industries financing consultancy peacefulfish (Berlin/London/Brussels/Cannes/Athens), the pan-European investor network Media Deals (Paris/Berlin), and international tutors and investors.
Launched in 2010 and now in its 6th edition, the program has worked with over 100 international producers and has collaborated with co-financing and co-hosting partners including the MEDIA Programme of the European Commission, the Apulia Film Commission, the Mallorca Film Commission, the Western Norway Film Commission, and the Investitionsbank Berlin.
About half of the producers/projects selected for each edition of the program are at an early stage and about half are at a late stage. We have had participants whose projects are in the treatment phase as well as participants whose projects are already in post-production. Therefore, several of the investors on our pitch panel are able to invest in development and several invest in production and post-production.
Of the 83 projects that have taken part in Closing The Gap to date, more than 30 have already entered some form of production and around 25% have received investment or commitments of investment related to their participation in the program.