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American Film Market Dailies will be covering AFM 2020  running November 3 - November 8, 2020  SANTA MONICA

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. 

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VIDEO - Interview with Jonathan Wolf on AFM 2018

A graduate of USC Business School, Jonathan Wolf has held an illustrious career in finance and business within the film industry. He joined IFTA in 1993 as Senior Vice President of Business and has been Managing Director of the AFM since 1998.Bruno Chatelin met with Jonathan Wolf at the Loews during the 2018 AFM to get his opinion on the climate of the current marketplace. Here is what he had to say. What kind of advice can you give first timers, and why and how should they come to the AFM...  Email us

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The full list of AFM 2019 speakers announced to date

The American Film Market (AFM®) announced today more confirmed speakers for this year’s Conferences and programming which runs alongside the AFM’s marketplace and industry screenings. Over six days, more than 150 thought leaders, decision-makers and experts will discuss topics and issues most relevant to global filmmakers across three dedicated stages. This year’s market takes place November 6 - 13 in Santa Monica and marks its 40th edition.   The AFM Conferences w...
The Largest Motion Picture Conference AFM’s Conferences, Roundtables, Workshops and Presentations will guide you in taking your film from concept to screen while navigating the rapidly evolving industry. Topics cover every aspect of film – pitch, finance, production, marketing and distribution. Hear from Effie Brown, Duly Noted; Floris Bauer, Gunpowder & Sky; Cassian Elwes, Elevated Film Sales; Mark Gooder, Cornerstone Films; Vanessa Saal, Protagonist Pictures; Tony Vassili...

Paramount Pictures’ Futurist Ted Schilowitz Set as Keynote for AFM’s half-day Immersive Summit

The American Film Market (AFM®) will mark its 40th edition November 6 - 13 with its most expansive programming to date.  New to the lineup is a half-day Television Conference and a session centered on AVOD (Ad Supported Video On Demand).    AFM’s more than 50 panels, roundtables and presentations will showcase international industry experts, decision makers, and academics across three stages, alongside the AFM’s industry screenings and marketplace.   Ted S...

Access Hollywood & The Global Film Industry

One Week Can Change Everything What you know and who you know – both are key to your success in filmmaking. The American Film Market combines both – the knowledge to take your film from concept to screen and the people who can help you achieve your goals. D...

2019 AFM The Venice Stage at Loews

The Venice Stage presents unique opportunities to connect and learn in an intimate setting. Access with any AFM badge until full. Due to limited space, tickets are not available. To explore hosting a session on the Venice Stage, see Speaking Opportunities. Future of Film Rights and Content Management Saturday, November 9     |     10:00am – 11:30am ...

2019 AFM Palisades Stage at Loews

The Palisades Stage hosts discussions that explore specialized topics and timely issues, and presentations from industry experts. Access with any AFM badge until full. Due to limited space, tickets are not available. Orientation Wednesday, November 6     |     3:00pm – 4:30pm     |    Palisades Stage, Loews Hotel Learn how the market works and the best way to connect with the AFM’s 400+ productio...

2019 AFM Immersive Summit at Fairmont

Immersive Summit presented by Winston Baker Saturday, November 9     |     2:30pm – 6:00pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel The Immersive Summit will dive into the stages of producing immersive content from pre-production and finance to production, post-production, brand partnerships and other distribution models. The Summit will host 400-500 filmmakers, producers, innovators, technologists, buyers, studio executi...

2019 AFM Writers Workshop at Fairmont

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. Instructor Pilar Alessandra, Author/Consultan...

2019 AFM Conferences at Fairmont

AFM Conferences offer attendees knowledge, insight, access and a rare opportunity to hear from the industry’s global thought leaders, decision makers and experts. Access with a Qualifying Badge or ticket. Finance Conference I Friday, November 8     |     9:15am – 12:45pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel The Future of Global Film Finance Leading CEOs, filmmaker...

Only 25% of indie movies get a decent release: AFM releases research on independent films domestic distribution

written by Stephen Fellows and Bruce Nash.   FIRST PUBLISHED ON AFM'S WEBSITE For many independent filmmakers, whether or not their film reaches the big screen means everything. No matter the money to be made via television deals or the massive audiences possible with VOD, a theatrical release is where it’s at. Therefore, we thought it would be helpful to look at how many films actually make it to theaters. We built a dataset of all Uni...

How Valuable Is Experience When Producing Films?

To help you get ready for the 2019 American Film Market, we are posting a research article every few weeks on a topic that is important to producers, filmmakers and industry professionals. Today’s post is:   We usually equate length of time in a position with level of skill. But is this true for Producers? Does the number of films a producer has made indicate how likely it is that their next project will succeed? To find out, we looked at the performance of 2,911 narrative f...

The XR Content Market: Where Do We Go From Here? Immersive Summit at AFM November 9, 2019 | Fairmont Santa Monica

The immersive market is at a standstill. There’s been limited progress on the hardware side and market demand continues to be a challenge. So if you’re a storyteller, producer, financier or distributor in this space, where do you go from here? Do you wait until companies such as Magic Leap, Sony and Facebook finally release devices that are truly consumer-ready? If so, how do you stay afloat? Are there underlying opportunities to pivot to? And as a community, is there a way to rall...

Access Hollywood & The Global Film Industry at AFM 2019

What you know and who you know — both are key to your success in filmmaking. The American Film Market combines both — the knowledge to take your film from concept to screen and the people who can help you achieve your goals. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to build your conne...

Do You Need A Star To Get A Film Into Theaters?

Casting a star significantly increases the chance of having a theatrical release. No surprise there. But the benefits vary a lot by genre so we analyzed 1,000 films produced in 2017 and their top-billed cast. Read the complete article, courtesy AFM:   What you know and who you know are key to success in filmmaking. AFM combines both — the knowledge to take a film from concept to screen and the peo...

American Film Market® Grows Programming and Exhibition to Spotlight Immersive Technology for its 40th Edition

New Immersive Summit presented by Winston Baker Set for November 9 New XR Space to Showcase AR/VR/MR Content and Technology to Market’s Global Attendees Los Angeles, CA – June 26, 2019 – The American Film Market (AFM®) announced today the addition of programming and dedicated exhibition space to spotlight immersive content and technology for the 2019 market.  AFM will celebrate its 40th edition November 6-13 in Santa Monica, CA. For the AFM’s ex...

IFTA Urges Senate Finance Committee to Protect Federal Production Incentives

The Senate Finance Committee has formed Task Forces of members and staff to actively examine several expiring/expired tax provisions, including the expensing of qualified film and television productions under Section 181 that expired at the end of 2017, in an effort to find solutions that would provide long-term certainty for taxpayers. Section 181 allows producers to elect to begin depreciation of qualified production expenses (up to $15 million and in certain circumstances up to ...

IFTA Joined Industry Groups to Push Back on Piracy

IFTA joined this summer CreativeFuture, the MPAA, and SAG-AFTRA in comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce on ways in which the U.S. government can help combat digital piracy which in the U.S. alone is estimated to cost between $30-$70 billion annually, between 230,000 and 560,000 jobs, and between $45-115 billion in GDP, as well as threatening consumers and our nation's cybersecurity with exposure to dangerous malware. In the submission, the groups identified the following...

Santa Monica & AFM are Fire Free

Dear Colleagues, We would like to assure you that there are no fires in Santa Monica. Some media have referred to fires in the “Santa Monica Mountains.” This mountain range is actually in Los Angeles, miles from Santa Monica. There is no threat to the Santa Monica business area. You are welcome to view live video of Santa Monica and the AFM campus at and To see the current air quality in t...

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LIGHTVAUYLT%20logo.png LightVAULT is here to simplify the storage & delivery process for filmmakers, producers, distributors, sales agents, and broadcasters. We deliver films to buyers and broadcasters worldwide. Looking forward to meeting you at AFM!   THE HISTORY In the past, motion picture content owners and distributors stored their precious masters on film reels, and later videotape... this required a secure climate-contr...

Breaking Glass Pictures introduces at AFM 2019 'EMINENCE HILL' starring Lance Henriksen...

Eminence Hill Western, Action | 100 mins | English Watch Trailer Synopsis: A notorious outlaw and his gang come upon a small homestead, killing both husband and wife and kidnapping their teenage daughter. With the law closing in on them, and after losing their way, the bandits find themselves in the town of Eminence Hill, a community run by a group of deeply pious and fanatical homesteaders. Available WW excluding US/Canada. Cast: Barry Corbin, Dominique Swain, Lance Henriks...

Trace Adkins, Thora Birch, Peter Facinelli, Anne Heche, Will Peltz and Paz Vaga will star in Lindsay Gossling’s 13 MINUTES

Highland Film Group Will Launch International Sales at AFM, with Principal Photography commencing November 11th Highland Film Group announced today that Trace Adkins (Deepwater Horizon, The Lincoln Lawyer), Golden Globe® nominated Thora Birch (‘The Walking Dead’, The Last Black Man in San Francisco), Peter Facinelli (Twilight saga, Countdown) Tony Award nominated and Emmy® award winner Anne Heche (The Best of Enemies, “Chicago PD”), Will Peltz (“Euphoria,&r...

AFM19: Ruby Rose, Jamie Bell Monster Zone

JAMIE BELL AND RUBY ROSE VOICE CRANSTON ACADEMY: MONSTER ZONE Double Dutch International (DDI) CEO Jason Moring announced today that BAFTA winning actor Jamie Bell (ROCKETMAN, SKIN, FILMS STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL) and award-winning actress Ruby Rose (THE MEG, Batwoman) are attached to voice animated feature CRANSTON ACADEMY: MONSTER ZONE. Currently in post-production, CRANSTON ACADEMY: MONSTER ZONE is penned by Carl Bunker and Bob Barlen (ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, THE NOT JOB 2: NU...

Foster, Tahar Rahim and Shailene Woodley join Academy Award® Nominee Benedict Cumberbatch in Prisoner 760 launching for AFM

Academy Award®, Golden Globe ® and BAFTA ® Winner Jodie Foster, BAFTA nominee Tahar Rahim and Golden Globe and Emmy® Nominee Shailene Woodley are set to join Academy Award® Nominee Benedict Cumberbatch in Prisoner 760, a gripping and powerful true story, from BAFTA® and Academy Award® winning director Kevin Macdonald.    Prisoner 760 tells the explosive true story of a fight for survival against all od...

SC Films @ AFM 2019

AFM 2019 Line-up OLYMPIC DREAMS   OLYMPIC DREAMS is a charming indie romance and the first scripted film shot in the Athlete Village during an Olympic Games. The film follows the burgeoning romance between a young cross-country skier (Alexi Pappas) and a volunteer dentist (Nick Kroll) as they share a special but limited time together. OLYMPIC DREAMS wor...

Official Trailer for 'CUPID'

Official Trailer for 'CUPID'       WW Rights Available WW excluding US/Canada   ...

Thai Night celebrates its 11th year at the American Film Market on Friday, November 8th, 2019

The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, Royal Thai Government will host Thai Night on Friday, November 8th, 2019   The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) organized the first Thai Night 11 years ago, and it has become a key event in the international promotion and marketing of Thailand’s film industry. Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi will preside over Thai Night 2019 at the American Film M...

Actress Anna Faris will produce and star in the comedy feature SUMMER MADNESS

ANNA FARIS TO PRODUCE AND STAR IN THE COMEDY SUMMER MADNESS  With more than 2 billion US dollars in ticket sales (adjusted for ticket price inflation), actress Anna Faris (SCARY MOVIE, HOUSE BUNNY, OVERBOARD, WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER) will produce and star in the comedy feature SUMMER MADNESS to be shot in spring 2020. Faris currently stars in the CBS/Warner Bros’ hit and Golden Globe nominated TV series Mom. James Mottern (TRUCKER) will direct SUMMER MADNESS from his original ...

All Rights Entertainment @ AFM 2019

All Rights Entertainment Team will be attending American Film Market from November 6th - 13th at LOEWS 532  
IN PRODUCTION GULLIVER RETURNS   90' - Ukraine - 2020 - Adventure / Comedy / Family English    World traveler and adventurer Gull...

Electric Ent. Updated Lineup for afm 2019


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Arclight Films’ announcement about Let It Snow starring Ivanna Sakhno, Alex Hafner and Tinatin Dalakishvili

Leading entertainment company, Arclight Films, has boarded the haunting thriller Let It Snow starring Ivanna Sakhno (The Spy Who Dumped Me, Pacific Rim: Uprising), Alex Hafner (Submergence, The Councellor), and Tinatin Dalakishvili (Abigail), it was announced by the company’s chairman and CEO, Gary Hamilton. Stanislav Kapralov makes his feature film directorial debut from a script he wrote with Omri Rose.   Arclight Films will handle worldwide rights to the feature and will introduc...

Israel FF in LA Announces Programming, Filmmaker & Actor Attendees: Take a break from AFM visiting the IFF


Acort International line up for AFM 2019

Tagline: Domestic abuse is real.   Synopsis: In Hong Kong, suspicion surrounds an ex-psychiatrist turned photographer when he takes an abused woman on an emotional journey giving police little time to investigate missing women from his last exhibition.   Runtime: 91 Genre: Thriller Rating: NR       ...

Nikola Tesla-Inspired Feature “Final Frequency” AFM - First Ever Market Screening

AFM - First Ever Market Screening of Nikola Tesla-Inspired Feature “Final Frequency” Starring Lou Ferrigno Jr, Charles Shaughnessy, Richard Burgi   The highly anticipated Sci-Fi “FINAL FREQUENCY” from Winter Star Productions and 8168 Films, starring Charles Shaughnessy (The Nanny), Richard Burgi (Desperate Housewives, Hostel II), Lou Ferrigno Jr. (SWAT), Kirby Bliss Blanton (Death Wish 2018), Emmy-Winner, Kim Estes Emmy Winner, Nikki SooHoo (Stick It). &...

Fandango goes to AFM 2019

  LINE UP 2019   Click here for our line up (pdf)  |  Click here for our library catalogue (pdf)  we are happy to present our lineup for the American Film Mak...

Lift-Off Representation at AFM

The American Film Market is the most efficient film acquisition, development and networking event in the world. Unlike a festival, AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed. More than US$1 billion in deals are sealed every year - on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production.   Over the last 2 months, we have been reviewing an incredible range of interesting projects from Network Members and selected 6 of those that we feel co...

Experience Panavision’s End-to-End Ecosystem at 2019 Camerimage

PanaVillage Exhibit Space Demonstrates Integrated Tools and Technology from Panavision, LEE Filters, Light Iron, Panalux, and Direct Digital Panavision Hosts Discussion with Camerimage Honoree John Bailey, ASC Panavision and its family of companies return to the EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival from November 9-16 in Torun, Poland, with an immersive, end-to-end experience for attendees. Torun’s newly renovated Karczma Damroki facility, across the street from the Jordan...

Anonymous Killers will debut at American Film Market

ANONYMOUS KILLERS, A CAN’T MISS FILM AT AFM Film to be screened at Laemmle Monica Film Center Screen 2 ON 11/9 at 3:00pm   Proclaimed film maker A.R. Hilton will debut his first feature film at American Film Market on November 9TH, 2019. Anonymous Killers is an ode to the U.S. Justice system from the eyes of a previously incarcerated man who spent the majority of his adult life behind bars in one of New York’s most notorious prisons. This is Hilton’s, (the w...

Mk2 films at AFM 2019

Here is our AFM lineup         PORT AUTHORITY Danielle Lessovitz “Endeari...

Vision Films at the AFM!

We are on the 8th Floor of the Loews in the Las Floras Suite. We would love to schedule a meeting with you, please let us know the day and time that is best. — Lise Romanoff, Robby Amar and Almira Ravil   S C R E E N I N G  A T  A F M    We have a brand new edit of our new crime thriller ADVERSE!  Please check it out on Thursday 11/7 3:00 PM Laemmle Monica Film Center 3   ADVERSE A ride-share driver with a questionable past attempts to pay off a...

Concourse Film Trade Lineup in AFM 2019

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Red Sea Media announces Judy Small for AFM

JUDY SMALL SYNOPSIS: A couple meets with Judy Small, a therapist, to resolve issues in their marriage- but Judy Small is not who she seems. DIRECTOR: William Teitler  (Producer of  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle)   CAST: Alicia Silverstone ​​​​​​​(Clueless), Rob Corddry ​​​​​​​(Hot Tub Time Machine), Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense   ...

First look at the trailer of WELCOME TO THE CIRCLE by David Fowler

Enjoy the first look at the trailer of WELCOME TO THE CIRCLE by David Fowler David has written the Disney nature documentaries BORN IN CHINA, GROWING UP WILD, and PENGUINS, but took a different route for his feature directorial debut.   The Canadian supernatural horror film "tells the story of a young girl and her father who fall prey to a secluded, madman-worshiping cult situated...

Arpa Fest full program unveiled


Abruzzo Film Commission's Advisory Board to be introduced at the American Film Market

On November 9, 2019, the recently formed Abruzzo Film Commission will introduce the Abruzzo Film Commission Advisory Board (AFCAB) to international filmmakers, producers, location scouts, and media at an event at the Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica during the American Film Market. Board members include some of North America’s biggest names in film and TV who hail from Abruzzo.    The Board is committed to introducing the Abruzzo Region as a filming location for Amer...

Arpa Fest wil take place during AFM opening with the World Premiere of Sand and Fire

The 22nd Annual Arpa International Film Festival (Arpa IFF) will be taking place at the historic Hollywood Post 43 Legion Theater from Friday, November 8 to Sunday, November 10, 2019.   ...


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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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