ELMA was created to meet increasing demand from suitable productions requiring rapid and flexible access to loan capital prior to formal closing of their production finance and completion bond.

ELMA is primarily active in providing structured pre-production cashflow facilities to productions pending long-form documentation and legal closing of their permanent production finance.

Operating in a highly specialist lending space, ELMA has rapidly grown in reputation in the UK and US; bridge loans are only offered and provided subject to specialist due diligence and robust pre-conditions, with an average loan term of 4 weeks.

ELMA has successfully completed bridge loans, with an aggregate loan value of more than $10m US, most recently for Urge, which is a $15 million film that was shot in New York, is currently in post-production and stars Pierce Brosnan and Ashley Greene.

Our funds

We currently offer Pay or Play finance and/or Film Bridge loans. ELMA’s principals have provided 17 Film Bridge loans to date, with an aggregate loan value of more than U$35 million, for films with aggregate budgets in excess of US$200m. The vast majority of such funding has been used to “lock in” talent on a pay or play basis.

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Films for which Steve Robbins has provided finance include:




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Behind the Scenes

Steve Robbins is an industry-renowned specialist film financier who has focused exclusively on film finance for over 20 years. Over his career Steve has been involved in over 200 film financings and has executive produced 16 films including The Wedding Date, Beyond The Sea, Emmy award winning The Incredible Mrs Ritchie, Ironclad, Machete  and Odd Thomas.

Over the last 5 years Steve has structured and closed 18 film bridge loans totalling in excess of US$35 million including 4 for Ealing Studios films (Dorian Gray, From Time to Time, St Trinian’s 2 and Burke & Hare), Harry Brown (Sir Michael Caine), Chalet Girl (Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields), Machete (Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan), 360 (Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz) and Sin City 2 (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin).

Previously Steve was a film finance consultant acting for Prescience Film Finance, the leading provider of senior debt and tax orientated film equity in the UK.

In 2002 Steve joined Visionview, a UK film tax fund, as a Director and Head of Finance where he headed up the sourcing and negotiation of in excess of US$100 million of film production financings for clients of both Ernst & Young and merchant bank Close Brothers. Working on co-productions with Canada, Germany, New Zealand and Ireland he was responsible for arranging the bank lending and for structuring the finance of 100% of the films’ production budgets. In addition he sourced and structured the US$22.5 million finance for the marketing costs associated with the North American release of Crocodile Dundee in L.A.

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Before joining Visionview, Steve was a graduate trainee in the entertainment finance division of Guinness Mahon & Co Ltd (now Investec) before moving to Berliner Bank A.G. in 1992 where he became head of Entertainment Finance in 1995. In his banking years Steve oversaw the sourcing, structuring, negotiation and documenting of approximately US$500 million of production facilities working on films including Howard’s End, Green Card, Stargate, Cliffhanger, The Crying Game and The Lawnmower Man.

Contact us

Steve Robbins

T: +44 (0) 7738 006737
E: steve.robbins@elmacapital.com

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Herons Way
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United Kingdom.

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