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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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November 10 Panels at AFM : PVOD, Faith based films and festivals, LGBTQ content and much more

Finance Conference II

Sunday, November 10     |     9:15am – 12:45pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

Producing Studio Films with Independent Budgets

Production quality and talent are more crucial than ever. Producers need to be strategic with their budgets – talent, locations, special effects, crew, everything! Seasoned producers and experts share their advice on how to stretch budgets and get every dollar, euro, pound, yen or franc “on the screen.”

Jason M. Berman, President, Development & Production, Mandalay Pictures
Jordana Mollick, Partner/Producer, Semi-Formal Productions
Heather Rae, Principal/Producer, Iron Circle Pictures
John Zois, EVP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Anton

Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32

The Film Finance Matrix: From Script to Screen

Using real-world examples, our panel will explore and disclose how films with partial funding can be fully financed.

Ryan Broussard, VP, Sales & Production Incentives, Media Services
Maurice Fadida, Equity Investor / Producer, Kodiak Pictures
Vanessa Roman, Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Nick Spicer, Partner, XYZ Films

David Offenberg, Associate Professor of Entertainment Finance, Loyola Marymount


Writers Workshop

Sunday, November 10     |     2:30pm – 6:00pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

You Had Me at Page One

Make the reader love you on the first page! Learn writing techniques that help your script hit the ground running. Through examples from your favorite scripts, we take a hard look at word choice, scene direction, dialogue approach, and the nuances of the page.

Pilar Alessandra, Author/Consultant, On the Page


The Art of Cinematic Superstructure: Finding the Essential Turning Points in Your Screenplay

One of the greatest challenges facing all screenwriters, directors and producers is the process of developing an engaging premise into a compelling, well-structured story. This workshop explores the art of superstructure, those essential narrative turning points that have held together great stories not only throughout the history of filmmaking, but since Shakespeare and The Greeks. From your opening scene to midpoint to your screenplay’s emotionally engaging climax, you will learn how each of these critical scenes work in synthesis with one another and in the process avoid the pitfalls of the poorly structured story. The final goal of the workshop is a greater understanding of what holds any great story together and a set of tools that participants can immediately apply to their current screenplay.


Steven Wolfson, Screenwriter/Instructor, UCLA


Shooting Intimate Scenes

Sunday, November 10     |     9:30am – 11:00am     |    Palisades Stage, Loews Hotel

The importance of safety on set while shooting intimate scenes has come sharply into focus in recent years thanks to the #MeToo movement. Some of the topics to be covered include: what does an intimacy coordinator do and how does the process work, what are the SAG nudity guidelines, closed set best practices, dealing with nudity riders, how to be an on-set advocate and ally for LGBTQ+ cast members, and how to make your sets safer even if you can’t afford an intimacy coordinator.

Amanda Blumenthal, Intimacy Coordinator, “Euphoria,” “The L Word: Generation Q,” “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” and Founder of Intimacy Professionals Association

Building a Marketing Toolkit for Independent Features

Sunday, November 10     |     11:30am – 1:00pm     |    Palisades Stage, Loews Hotel

Motion picture marketing executives will walk you through the key pieces of a successful marketing plan and how the filmmaker can help deliver the necessary elements. Marketing opportunities on every film are frequently overlooked by filmmakers during production. Learn how to capture everything needed for the ideal marketing toolkit.

Russell Schwartz, President, Pandemic Marketing Group
Katherine MacDonald, SVP, Animation, Paramount Pictures

The Passion of the Film: Reaching the Faith and Family Community through Film Festivals

Sunday, November 10     |     2:30pm – 4:00pm     |    Palisades Stage, Loews Hotel

Film festivals play an important role in consumer marketing. They create awareness, frequently generate positive reviews, and a “festival selection” helps brand the film. This discussion will explore the festivals and strategies to best reach the faith & family community.

Emmanuel Itier, President, The Wonderland Group, Producer, “The Invocation,” “Femme”
Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP, Director, Pauline Center for Media Studies & member of Ecumenical Juries: Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Locarno Festival, more
Suzy Sammons, Executive Editor, The Giving Company; including,, iDisciple, and Christian Cinema
Gregg Schwenk, CEO/Executive Director, Newport Beach Film Festival

Barbara Mudge, President & Founder, Worldwide Film Entertainment



Seizing the Moment: Producing LGBTQ Content in a Time of Unprecedented Visibility

Sunday, November 10     |     5:00pm – 6:30pm     |    Palisades Stage, Loews Hotel

In a time of unprecedented success for LGBTQ content in film and television, this panel gathers Industry talent and executives to discuss how filmmakers can continue to increase the visibility of queer-centered narratives at all budget levels, create successful projects that center on queer lives rather than simply add queer characters on the sidelines, and how to navigate the still-present roadblocks to getting your LGBTQ project produced.


River Gallo, Writer/Director/Star, “Ponyboi”
Stephen Kelliher, Director, Sales & Marketing, Bankside Films
Keya Khayatian, Partner, United Talent Agency
LaShawn McGhee, Co-Founder & CPO, Revry

Valerie Stadler, Partner,  Big Swing Productions; Outfest Board of Directors


The PVOD Window: How Cinemas are Future Proofing their Business and What it Means for Independent Film

Sunday, November 10     |     10:00am – 11:30am     |    Venice Stage, Loews Hotel

Cinemas are exploring a new distribution window that would allow them to deliver premium films to home viewers. What will this new PVOD window look like? How will cinemas and distributors use PVOD to invigorate box-office revenue? And what does this all mean for independent film?

David White, CEO, SHIFT72


Producing In Russia: Navigating International Co-Productions from IP to Delivery

Sunday, November 10     |     12:00pm – 1:30pm     |    Venice Stage, Loews Hotel

As the Russian film and television market matures providing audiences with multiple platforms to consume content, how do local producers pitch their IP’s to international co-producers to develop Russian (or old Soviet content) for international markets. What type of content has the best chance to travel across borders to attract global audiences? What challenges/restrictions should international producers expect when facing delicate issues regarding the content being developed/distributed for global markets. Are rebates/incentives enough to attract smaller international producers to film in Russia? What type of film national rebates are in place that could attract large scale productions outside the current 7 provinces offering incentives?

Steven BeerFranklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo P.C.
Steven AdamsAlta Global Media 
Alexander Rodnyansky, Producer/Director

Katya Mtsitouridze, CEO, ROSKINO
Kayvan Mashayekh, Founder, Producers Without Borders


Cyprus: A Natural Film Studio

Sunday, November 10     |     2:30pm – 4:00pm     |    Venice Stage, Loews Hotel

Looking for a real-world location that best matches your vision and advances your film’s story? Join us to find out all there is to know about Cyprus, a new filming hot-spot in the Eastern Mediterranean. Featuring scenic, versatile locations, pleasant weather conditions and professional crews, and boasting streamlined licensing procedures, dedicated support and competitive financial incentives, Cyprus has what it takes to be the perfect choice for your next production.

Michalis P. Michael, Chairman, Invest Cyprus
George Campanellas, Director General, Invest Cyprus


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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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