Film Finances

Making Hollywood Happen Since 1950

Who We Are

The World Leader in Completion Guarantees

Since 1950, Our mission has been to ensure the seamless completion of film projects, safeguarding the dreams of filmmakers and the investments of financiers. Founded amidst the tumult of post-war British cinema, Film Finances has been the cornerstone of film completion assurance for over seven decades. Our founders, Peter Hope and Robert Garrett, envisioned a world where creative visions weren't hindered by financial uncertainties.

FFI's role in film production has allowed us to accumulate an extensive archive of production materials from over 3,000 films. This collection includes documents from classics like "African Queen" (1951) and "The Man Who Would Be King" (1975), offering a unique window into the history of English-language cinema.

Our Story

A legacy Built on Excellence

The History of FFI

In the late 1940s, the British film industry faced a severe financial crisis, leading to a paradigm shift in film financing. Major corporations like the Rank Organization ceased direct finance for film production, pivoting to distribution guarantees. This shift left independent producers in dire need of financing, a gap that Film Finances Inc. (FFI) was formed to fill. FFI's role was to provide completion guarantees, assuring lenders of the effective use of their funds and the delivery of completed films.

Founding and Historical Significance

FFI was incorporated on February 24, 1950, by Lloyds underwriter Peter Hope and film producer Robert Garrett. Garrett, a former RAF Wing Commander and head of the Air Section at Bletchley Park during WWII, brought a unique blend of military precision and cinematic passion to the venture. This partnership marked the beginning of a new era in film financing, blending financial acumen with deep industry knowledge.

Global Expansion and Hollywood Integration

The 1960s marked a significant expansion for FFI, as it assumed an increasingly international dimension. Our involvement in the production of "Dr. No" (1962), the first James Bond movie, exemplified our growing influence. This period also saw FFI guaranteeing iconic films like "Tom Jones" (1963), "The Ipcress File" (1965), and "Cabaret" (1972), cementing our reputation as a trusted partner in film production.

Under the leadership of Richard Soames in the 1970s, FFI expanded into Canada, Australia, and the US. This expansion coincided with the rise of independent studios and the introduction of tax incentives, further solidifying our role in the industry. Notable milestones include our involvement in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders" (1983) and "Rumblefish" (1983), helping Coppola make a triumphant return to filmmaking.

Despite facing challenges, such as the over-budget production of "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" (1988), FFI has remained resilient, becoming a major presence in Hollywood and international filmmaking. Our recent history is marked by guarantees for  Oscar-winning films and some of the most successful films of the last decade like "Everything Everywhere All at Once" (2022), "The Whale" (2022) and "Past Lives" (2023), showcasing our continued relevance and impact.

Now headquartered in the US, Film Finances Inc. continues to be a global leader in providing completion guarantees. Our history is not just a record of past achievements but a foundation for ongoing success, as we continue to support and assure film productions worldwide.

Our Leaders

Gregory Trattner

Greg joined Film Finances in 2001 and has served as President since 2019.  Greg oversees FFI’s global legal and business affairs.

Steve Berman

Executive Vice President

Steve joined Film Finances in 1999 and has served as Executive Vice President since 2019.  Steve oversees FFI’s global production team and has been the lead executive on over 200 film and television productions.
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