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American Film Market is just Six Weeks Away! November 4th – 11th at the Lowe’s Santa Monica

Written By: Marcelle - Sep• 29•15

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A MESSAGE FROM Jonathan Wolf

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Jonathan Wolf | Managing Director
American Film Market
10850 Wilshire Blvd., 9th Floor | Los Angeles | CA 90024
jwolf@IFTA-online.org | +1.310.446.1010
AmericanFilmMarket.com | IFTA-online.org
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100+ Industry Leaders will Speak at AFM 2015

AFM

Just a reminder, the American Film Market is just six weeks away!

Join 8,000+ filmmakers, producers, writers and other industry professionals from 80+ countries for one week of unmatched access and networking in the film capital of the world… plus world class education at Hollywood’s largest international conference.

AFM offers more ways than ever before to connect with the global film industry, including our new Carousel Cocktails and, for the first time at any market or festival, every AFM 2015 participant will receive a one-year subscription to Cinando, the international online networking tool and festival database.

I encourage you to watch our video to see all that happens at AFM and register today to get the best rates (badge prices go up on Oct. 10).

See you in Santa Monica!

Best,

Jonathan
100+ Industry Leaders will Speak at AFM 2015

AFM offers a global classroom – a chance to hear thought leaders from Hollywood and around the world and discover the latest trends, new ideas and what’s next. Confirmed speakers will come from Affirm Films, Alchemy, Arclight Films, Broad Green Pictures, China Film Co-production Corporation, CineTel Films, Cinetic Media, Electric Entertainment, Entertainment Partners, FilmNation, Gathr Films, Good in a Room, The Asylum, The Orchard, Virgin Produced, Vision Films, Yellow Brick Films and more.
VISIT CONFERENCES AND ROUNDTABLES
1,000s of filmmakers attend Hollywood’s only film market because it provides access to production and distribution companies from 50+ countries with more than 2,000 new films and projects. See more decision makers in one week than you could see all year!

NEW! AFM Launches “Carousel Cocktails” Networking Series

Incredible Access. Unlimited Possibilities.

NEW FOR 2015: AFM will host the world’s producers and decision makers to four themed networking receptions at the historic Merry-Go-Round on the Santa Monica Pier. The AFM’s Carousel Cocktails will provide a unique and memorable experience as participants connect and relax at the beach.
AFM’s Carousel Cocktails will take place on November 7, 8, 9 & 10 from 5:00 to 7:30. Each reception will have a theme:
Genre Night hosted by Tapei Film Commission – Saturday, November 7
Meet the Festivals hosted by ProSight Specialty Insurance and Media Services – Sunday, November 8
Micro-Budget Night– Monday, November 9
Closing Night hosted by Entertainment Partners – Tuesday, November 10
Premium badge holders (Industry Plus, Executive & Executive Plus) are invited to attend one Carousel Cocktail. The selection is made when the Premium badge is purchased.
Platinum badge holders are invited to all four Carousel Cocktails.

P.S. For AFM registration questions, including VISA guidance, please contact Juli Young, Registration Coordinator, at jYoung@ifta-online.org or +1.310.446.1095. For hotel questions, Pattie Service, Hotel Coordinator, is available to you at pService@ifta-online.org or +1.310.446.1093.

NEW! AFM Launches “Carousel Cocktails” Networking Series

Incredible Access. Unlimited Possibilities.

AFM offers you the opportunity to connect with more industry players in one week than you could see all year! The numbers speak for themselves. 8,000 industry professionals from 80+ countries. 1,000+ production companies. 400+ distributors. All on one beachfront campus. Don’t miss this once a year opportunity!

The AFM Conferences give attendees tremendous knowledge, insight, access, value and a rare opportunity to hear from the industry’s global thought leaders, decision makers and experts who all converge annually at the AFM.
The AFM Conferences will take place Friday Nov. 6 – Tuesday Nov. 10 and will include Conferences on Finance, China, Pitching, Production, Festivals and Distribution. From treatment to screen, it’s all covered!

Conference Location:
Fairmont Hotel, Starlight Ballroom – 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica AFM Campus Map
Doors & Will Call Open at 8:00am
Friday, November 6

Finance Conference
9:15am – 10:45am
Current Issues in Film Finance
Leading CEOs, filmmakers, financiers and executives converge to explore the state of independent film financing, emerging trends, where the money is and what the future holds.

Moderator
P. John Burke, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

11:15am – 12:45pm
Session TBA

Moderator
Joseph Chianese, EVP, Entertainment Partners
China Conference
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Producing in China
Leaders from China’s film industry will explore and reveal how producing in China can be different than the west. From talent and crews to culture and restrictions to the daily realities of producing and co-producing, everything will be covered.

Moderator
Clifford Coonan, China Bureau Chief, The Hollywood Reporter
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Marketing & Distributing in China
Unencumbered by legacy infrastructures and business models, Chinese companies are reinventing film marketing and distribution on a massive scale. The companies that are leading this revolution will share their visions and disclose what the future holds.

Moderator
Patrick Frater, Asia Bureau Chief, Variety
Saturday, November 7

Pitch Conference
9:15am – 10:45am
Pitching Essentials
A good pitch can get a bad film made while a bad pitch can leave a terrific project languishing on the shelf. Pitching is part art (it’s creative), part science (it needs to follow a tight script) and part sales (you have to wow them). Conference attendees will learn the essential rules and tools of pitching from the experts.

Presenter/Moderator
Stephanie Palmer, Founder, Good in a Room

Panelists
Tobin Armbrust, President, Worldwide Production & Acquisition, Virgin Produced
Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/Agent
11:15am – 12:45pm
The 2-Minute Pitches
Volunteers selected in advance will pitch to a panel of Hollywood decision makers. They will give unvarnished feedback on each pitch – explaining what worked, what didn’t – and why.

Start preparing your AFM pitch now! Read AFM’s Pitching Essentials, prepared by Stephanie Palmer, AFM Pitch Conference Moderator and Founder, Good in a Room. To be considered to pitch on stage, you will need to submit a 2-minute video pitch. For details on how to submit your pitch, read AFM Pitch Conference Guide To Creating An Effective Video Pitch.

Sunday, November 8

Production Conference
9:15am – 10:45am
Producing for the Pre-Sales Marketplace

Moderator
Paul Hertzberg, President & CEO, CineTel Films, Inc.
11:15am – 12:45pm
Session TBA

Moderator
Richard Baker, EVP, Marketing & Creative Advertising, FilmNation Entertainment
Monday, November 9 – 9:15am – 12:45pm

Festival Conference
9:15am – 10:45am
Navigating the Festival Circuit

Why are festivals important? Which festivals should you submit to? What do festivals really want? Distributors and festivals will explore how to match your film with the right festival and reveal the do’s and don’ts of the submission process.

Moderator
TBA
11:15am – 12:45pm
Creating a Successful Festival Strategy

Once a film is an official festival selection, the work truly begins. How do you leverage the selection to achieve your goals – before, during and after the festival? A panel of producers, distributors and sales agents will share their successes and disclose how to build an effective festival strategy.

Moderator
TBA
Tuesday, November 10

Distribution Conference
9:15am – 10:45am
Working with Sales Agents

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

Moderator
Clay Epstein, SVP Sales & Acquisitions, Arclight Films
11:15am – 12:45pm
Navigating the VOD Landscape: What Every Producer Needs to Know

VOD may soon be the primary source of revenue for independent filmmakers. Many see a future where all films are available worldwide and every film finds its audience. Producers, distributors and platforms will come together to disclose who is making money, how they are doing it and what the future holds.

Moderator
TBA
Additional Information
Speakers are announced as confirmed on this page.
Conference tickets may be ordered with or without an AFM badge. See Badges & Prices for more information
Meet the Festivals– Sunday, November 8
Micro-Budget Night– Monday, November 9
Closing Night– Tuesday, November 10
Premium badge holders (Industry Plus, Executive & Executive Plus) are invited to attend one Carousel Cocktail. The selection is made when the Premium badge is purchased.
Platinum badge holders are invited to all four Carousel Cocktails.

NEW! AFM Launches “Carousel Cocktails” Networking Series

AFM will host the world’s filmmakers, producers and other industry professionals during four themed networking receptions at the historic Merry-Go-Round on the Santa Monica Pier. AFM’s Carousel Cocktails will provide you a unique opportunity to network with participants from across the globe.

SEE THE COCKTAIL THEMES
NEW FOR 2015: AFM will host the world’s producers and decision makers to four themed networking receptions at the historic Merry-Go-Round on the Santa Monica Pier. The AFM’s Carousel Cocktails will provide a unique and memorable experience as participants connect and relax at the beach.
AFM’s Carousel Cocktails will take place on November 7, 8, 9 & 10 from 5:00 to 7:30. Each reception will have a theme:
Genre Night– Saturday, November 7

Incredible Access. Unlimited Possibilities.

AFM offers you the opportunity to connect with more industry players in one week than you could see all year! The numbers speak for themselves. 8,000 industry professionals from 80+ countries. 1,000+ production companies. 400+ distributors. All on one beachfront campus. Don’t miss this once a year opportunity!

Five Days of World Class Conferences

Finance. China. Pitch. Production. Festivals. Distribution. Hear 100+ thought leaders from Hollywood and around the world. Make new contacts. Get answers. Learn what other filmmakers are doing. Discover new ideas you can use immediately to launch your film or grow your business/career. Get the most from your AFM visit with a “Market + Conference Badge”.

SEE CONFERENCES PAGE
NEW! One-Year Subscription to Cinando with Every AFM Badge

For the first time at any market or festival, every AFM 2015 participant will receive a one-year subscription to Cinando, the international online networking tool and festival database. Cinando provides its users with contacts, films, projects in development, screening schedules during major film markets and the Cinando screening room with “Market Catch-up” screenings.

BUY YOUR AFM BADGE TO GET ACCESS

REGISTER EARLY FOR BEST RATES!
For more information:
attendee home page; registration@ifta-online.org; 1-310-446-1095
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