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The Life & Times Of Indie Banker Frans Afman
A Remarkable Man In A Truly Remarkable Time

Rick van den Heuvel, CEO of Magus Entertainment - Frans Afman, Hollywood Banker
 
Based in Europe, Rick van den Heuvel, CEO of Magus Entertainment, an international sales and distribution company, attends Berlin, continuing sales on Hollywood Banker, the documentary about the life of Frans Afman, the banker from The Netherlands responsible for bankrolling independent productions during the '70s '80s and 90's. Rick van den Heuvel, commented " We have already sold the film to Japan and the UK, and expect that from the interest of buyers we may garner some theatrical release in some countries, along with TV sales and VOD sales. During EFM I am taking  meetings at the Marriott Hotel."

Hollywood Banker, directed by first time director Rozemyn Afman, charts the career of Frans Afman, a banker at Slavenburg Bank in the Netherlands, who devised the financial model that underpinned how independent films were financed. The documentary navigates the start of a remarkable career from when he met Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis, who at the time was looking for capital to set up a distribution company. They bonded right away and Afman financed Three Days of the Condor and King Kong. De Laurentiis' vision for film ideas, together with Afman's banking knowledge and his keen interest in the creative, made for a unique combination. The duo developed a system of financing that was to revolutionize independent filmmaking in Hollywood for over two decades, films that changed the face of cinema which included: When Harry met Sally (1989), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Barfly (1987), Platoon (1986), The Name of the Rose (1986), Runaway Train (1985), A Room with a View (1985), The Terminator (1984), and Dances With Wolves (1990). Hollywood Banker was produced by Denis Wigman and Sander Verdonk, with Jeroen Simons, Director Photography, and Sound, Gregoor van de Kamp.

About CTM Pictures
Based in the Netherlands, CTM Pictures is a production company run by Denis Wigman and Sander Verdonk, combining over 30 years of experience in producing feature films and documentaries. The projects initiated by CTM Pictures are characterized by originality, driven by passion and with an eye for their international and commercial potential. Previous titles include the feature films PLAN C and Wild Romance, the documentaries Anton Corbijn Inside Out, The Invisible Men and Maarten van Severen: Addicted to Every Possibility, and the shorts Sunset From A Rooftop, Sugar and Chopper.

About Frans Afman
Frans Afman was born in 1933 in Arnhem, The Netherlands. He grew up in Zwolle during the Second World War. He obtained a law degree from the University of Amsterdam. In 1967 Afman joined N.V. Slavenburg Bank Rotterdam. In 1969 he spent time in the International Banking division at the First National Bank of Chicago in Chicago and New York. In 1972 he became Manager of the International Banking Division of Slavenburg's Bank and was head of the Corporate Banking Division and the liaison of first National Bank of Chicago. During this time he initiated and developed the Entertainment Business Division of Slavenburg's bank. In 1981 N.V. Slavenburg's Bank was taken over by Credit Lyonnais and in 1983 renamed: Credit Lyonnais Bank Nederland N.V. Frans was Assistant General Manager and Head of the Entertainment Business Division of Credit Lyonnais Bank Nederland N.V. based in Rotterdam. He remained an active reserve major in the Cavalry of the Netherlands Army until 1988.

In 1991, Frans joined International Creative Management in Los Angeles as Managing Director of the newly formed Financial Services Department. In 1993 he became an independent financial consultant. During his career he spoke numerous times on seminars and panels worldwide on financing and the film industry.

Frans Afman financed an unprecedented number of films including the Terminator series, the Rambo series, the Death Wish series, Cliffhanger, Delta Force, Missing in Action, Three Days of the Condor, Superman II and III, Hoosiers, The Name of the Rose, A Room with a View, At Close Range, When Harry Met Sally, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Driving Miss Daisy, Barfly, Basic Instinct, Total Recall, King Kong, Jacob's Ladder, The Assault, Dances with Wolves, and Platoon, to name a few.

In 1987, films financed by Frans Afman at Credit Lyonnais won 8 Oscars: for The Assault, A Room with A View, and Platoon.

In 1996 he was elected as Chairman of the Netherlands Film Festival.

In September 2007 Frans Afman was knighted by the Queen of the Netherlands for his contribution and services to the Dutch film industry.
 
 


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