AiF INDUSTRY PRESENTS
International Film Financing with
Nicholas Sherry and Yvette Zhuang
Moderated by Michael Schwarz
An industry workshop for understanding independent financing from the perspective of Foreign Sales companies, and how to package a film that will sell on the foreign market. Hear insight from experts on how the international market is constantly shifting, and how to navigate through a film industry that's consistently evolving at incredible pace.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Nicholas graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor's Degree in Film & Television in 2008. He launched his own production company after graduating and worked on various commercials and corporate videos before turning to narrative production. In 2009, Nicholas received a Post Graduate Diploma in Film & Television specializing in Producing from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). During his time at VCA, he produced the award winning short film, Muscles, which was selected for Official Competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. In 2011, Nicholas partnered with Melbourne based production company, Maker Films, where he produced several feature projects including the 2011 indie sci-film, Crawlspace. Nicholas then made the move to the US to attend UCLA and graduated with a Masters in Film & Television (Producing) in 2013. Upon graduation from UCLA, Nicholas segued into film packaging and worked for long time CAA talent agent John Ptak before moving into international sales at Sierra/Affinity in 2014. Currently, Nicholas is the Executive Director of International Sales & Distribution at Sierra/Affinity where he's worked on films such as Atomic Blonde, Spotlight, Hell or High Water, Manchester By The Sea, Molly's Game and I, Tonya.
Currently VP, International Sales at STX Entertainment, Yvette's career has also seen her work at Sierra/Infinity and Shoreline Entertainment. She has a law degree from the University of Melbourne, and has worked with the Melbourne International Film Festival.
MICHAEL SCHWARZ, Moderator
Michael Schwarz, along with his brother John, ran Sam Worthington's production company Full Clip Productions for 6 years, where he produced the award winning mini series Deadline Gallipoli for Foxtel, the feature film The Hunter's Prayer and two seasons of the digital series Cleaners for Sony's Crackly. His new production entity, Deeper Water, recently completed production on Killerman, starring Liam Hemsworth and Emory Cohen.
Monday, February 26