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 AFM 2021 Online will be covering AFM 2022 running November 1 - 6  November, 2022 and hosting brainstorming networking  on film festival strategy at the AFM  Pavilion: networking from 10am   

Every Fall, the Global Film Industry Converges in Santa Monica: Filmmakers, producers, directors and writers from around the world come to AFM to gain exposure, discover new projects and make deals. The American Film Market & Conferences is the largest motion picture trade fair in the world. 

2021: November 1-5  I  2022: November 1 – 6  I  2023: October 31 - November 5  I  2024: November 5 – 10

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Our AFM Newsletters run each day with three bumper pre roll editions and a wrap edition:  





AFM Programs & Events Update | Tuesday, November 12

AFM Daily Updates

Conferences & Programs

Distribution Conference
Time: 9:15am – 12:45pm
Location: Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

Working with Sales Agents

To reach the global audience, an independent producer’s best ally is their international Sales Agent. Our panel of experts will discuss how to find and work with the right Sales Agent.

Maximilian Leo, Founder / Producer, augenschein Filmproduktion
Vanessa Saal, Managing Director, Sales & Distribution, Protagonist Pictures
Emma Slade, Independent Producer, Firefly Films

Clay Epstein, President, Film Mode Entertainment

The Rise of AVOD

Advertising Supported VOD is rapidly expanding with revenues projected to double by 2024. Get to know the players, the opportunities for independent film, and what the future holds.

Floris Bauer, President, Gunpowder & Sky
Julian Franco, Senior Director, AVOD, Vudu
Anthony Layser, Vice President, Partnerships & Programming, Xumo
Adam Lewinson, Chief Content Officer, Tubi TV
Jeff Shultz, Chief Business Officer, Pluto TV

Bruce Eisen, President, Digital Advisors

Key Legal Issues: Avoiding Costly Mistakes in Film Productions
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am
Location: Palisades Stage – Loews Hotel

The basics of the legal work necessary to produce feature films in the US are well known. But production deals are not all cookie-cutter. Learn about common mistakes, and how to identify and avoid errors and issues that will not be found in standard forms and books. The discussion will focus on chain of title, how to avoid disputes with investors and financiers, and common clearance issues including music and copyright works. This session will also disclose how to avoid issues in with guilds and completion bonders.

Karen Robson, Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP

Blockchain and Cinema: Developments, Opportunities, Challenges
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am
Location: Venice Stage – Loews Hotel

Blockchain technology is creating opportunities for filmmaking and re-shaping the face of the creative industries. This session will study recent developments in rights management efficiency and transparency, as well as demystify blockchain technology. It will also explore how blockchain can be used in film financing, production, and distribution.

Manuel Badel, Founder & President, Badel Media
Dr. Patrice Poujol, Founder & CEO, Lumiere; ACIM Lab Senior Research Fellow, City University of Hong Kong


Jesse Weiner, Co-Managing Partner, YK Law LLP


Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers: Indie Film
and the Power of the Crowd
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Location: Palisades Stage – Loews Hotel


Boosting Your Micro-Budget
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Location: Palisades Stage – Loews Hotel

High quality micro-budget films are no longer a novelty, making it essential for producers to follow the key principles of producing for the marketplace. Learn from experts how to maximize every dollar and how to create a small film that will be destined for big success.

Seth Caplan, Producer, “Mercy Black,” “First Girl I Loved,” “Blood Fest”
Joy Ganes, Producer,“Premature”, “I’ll Meet You There”
Linda Nelson, CEO, Indie Rights
Benjamin Wiessner, Producer, “Thunder Road,” “Disfluency,” “In a Silent Way”

Alex FerrariIndie Film Hustle


Working with the U.S. Guilds
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Venice Stage – Loews Hotel

SAGindie and WGAW representatives explain how to secure talent agreements for actors and writers and make your project signatory to the guilds’ agreements.

Colin McCormack, Communication Manager, SAGIndie
Laurie Espinosa, Senior Director of Contracts, Writers Guild of America West


Respecting the Genre: Why Do Some Horror Films
Work While Others Don't?
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: Palisades Stage – Loews Hotel

Hundreds of horror films are made every year but only a few really stand out. Why is that? What makes the successful films resonate? Producers, distributors and influencers will explore what makes the genre work for global audiences at every level, from marketing to release to longevity in the horror community.

Roxanne Benjamin, Producer, “V/H/S,” “Southbound,” “Body at Brighton Rock”
Adam Goldworm, Founder, Aperture Entertainment
Natalie Metzger, VP of Development & Production,Vanishing Angle
Patrick Ewald, CEO, Epic Pictures

William Bibbiani, Writer, Bloody Disgusting; Podcast Co-Host, “Critically Acclaimed,” “The Two-Shot,” “Cancelled Too Soon”











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The AFM is not a festival - it is the largest motion picture market in the world. 8,000 industry attendees, including producers, distributors, directors, agents, writers, lawyers & bankers. Over 540 films screened, most world or U.S. premieres.

$US3 Billion spent annually by participants to produce films
8,000+ industry professionals
2,000+ new films and projects
1,000+ production companies
400+ distributors
540+ films screened
100+ world premiers 
70+ countries represented
50+ thought leaders speaking
7 days of networking activities
1 beachfront campus that covers it all

Our AFM Newsletters run each day with three bumper pre roll editions and a wrap edition:  

2019 Complete Coverage


Pre roll newsletter N° 1 
Pre roll newsletter N° 2  
Opening Newsletter N°3 
N°4 (November 2) 
N°5 (November 3)

N°6 (November 4)  
N°7 (November 6) 
N°8 (November 8) Closing

AFM 2017 Wrap & global  I N°8 I N°7 I N°6 I N°5 I N°4 I  OPENING N°3 I  Preview N°2 I N°1

AFM 2016Pre roll N° 1 I Pre roll N° 2 Opening Newsletter N°3 I N°4 N°5 I N°6 Focus on ANIMATION  I N°7 I Final wrap
AFM 2015:   Newsletters N° 1 I N°2 I N°3 I N°4 I N°5 I N°6  N°7 I N°8N°9 I N°10
AFM 2014:   Newsletters  N°1 N°2 N°3 N°4 N°5 N°6 N°7 N°8


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