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ONLY 3 WEEKS AWAY! The 2015 American Film Market, taking place November 4-11 in Santa Monica

Written By: Marcelle - Oct• 08•15

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The 2015 American Film Market, taking place November 4-11 in Santa Monica

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Every year, AFM makes a difference for 1,000s of filmmakers, producers and writers because of the access it provides to Hollywood’s movers and shakers — executives responsible for green lighting billions of dollars of projects. Plan now to connect with 400+ distributors and 1,000+ production companies.

REGISTER TODAY — RATES GO UP OCT. 10
AFM ANNOUNCES INITIAL SPEAKERS FOR CONFERENCES, ROUNDTABLES AND FESTIVAL FOCUS

Among the 100+ speakers are FilmNation’s Glen Basner, Phoenix Pictures’ Mike Medavoy and China Film Co-production Corporation’s Miao Xiaotian
Incredible Access to Hollywood Decision Makers

The 2015 American Film Market, taking place November 4-11 in Santa Monica, has today announced its initial speakers. Among the leading producers, distributors, financiers, marketing executives and festival heads that are confirmed to attend are FilmNation Entertainment’s CEO Glen Basner and Cinetic Media’s John Sloss participating in the new Festival Conference, and The Orchard’s Paul Davidson and Broad Green Pictures’ Steve Nickerson addressing the latest trends in VOD during the Distribution Conference.
AFM’s programming connects attendees to thought leaders from across the industry, providing participants with exclusive access to insider knowledge and insight. Speakers will appear on various AFM platforms between Thursday, November 5th and Tuesday, November 10th. The Roundtables commence on November 5th, the Conference Series begins the next day, with Conferences on Finance, Pitching, Production, Distribution and new additions the China Conference and the Festival Conference, and the new Festival Focus series begin on November 7th.

Confirmed speakers, in alphabetical order, include:
· Richard Abramowitz, President, Abramorama
· Mark Adams, Artistic Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival
· Tobin Armbrust, President, Worldwide Production & Acquisition, Virgin Produced
· Richard Baker, EVP, Marketing & Creative Advertising, FilmNation Entertainment
· Paul Bales, Partner, The Asylum
· Glen Basner, CEO, FilmNation Entertainment
· Mayenzeke Baza, Director of International Relations, Association for Transformation in Film and TV
· Steve Break
· P. John Burke, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
· Jamie Carmichael, President, Film, CONTENT
· Joseph Chianese, EVP, Entertainment Partners
· Ted Crockett, Executive Director, Nashville Film Festival
· Paul Davidson, SVP, Film & TV, The Orchard
· Mitch Davis, Co-Festival Director & Co-Director of International Programming, Fantasia International Film Festival
· Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/Agent
· Clay Epstein, SVP Sales & Acquisitions, Arclight Films
· Arianne Fraser, Founding Partner & CEO, Highland Film Group
· Patrick Frater, Asia Bureau Chief, Variety
· Darrien Michele Gipson, National Director, SAGindie
· Scott Glosserman, Founder/CEO, Gathr Films
· Richard Gray, Producer, Yellow Brick Films
· Paul Hertzberg, President & CEO, CineTel Films, Inc.
· Kevin Iwashina, Managing Partner, Preferred Content
· Dr. Shi Jianxiang, Chairman, Shanghai Kuailu Investment Group
· David Jourdan, SVP of International Business Development & Operations, IM Global
· Jeremy Kay, U.S. Editor, Screen International
· Senain Kheshgi, Director/Writer/Producer, Senain Kheshgi Pictures
· Jon Larson, Associate Western Executive Director, Directors Guild of America
· Mike Medavoy, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Pictures
· Sonia Mehandjiyska, Head of International Distribution, Electric Entertainment
· Charlotte Mickie, President, Mongrel International
· Barbara Mudge, President & Founder, Worldwide Film Entertainment
· Steve Nickerson, President, Home Entertainment, Broad Green Pictures
· Stephanie Palmer, Founder, Good in a Room
· Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President, AFFIRM Films/Sony Pictures Entertainment
· Bennett C. Pozil, Executive Vice President – Head of Corporate Banking, East West Bank
· Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO Worldwide Distribution, Vision Films
· Roy A. Salter, Senior Advisor, FTI Consulting Inc
· Pascal Schmitz, Head of Sales, AAA Entertainment
· Russell Schwartz, Co-Principal, Pandemic Marketing Corp
· Peter Shiao, Founder & CEO, Orb Media Group
· John Sloss, Principal, Cinetic Media
· Carl Spence, Artistic Director, Seattle International Film Festival
· Chris Spicer, Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
· Gareth Unwin, CEO & Founder, Bedlam Productions
· John Volmink, Co-Founder, Diprente Films
· Adrian Ward, SVP, Entertainment Industries Division, Pacific Mercantile Bank
· Kay S. Wolf, Independent Film Executive, Writers Guild of America, West
· Miao Xiaotian, President, China Film Co-production Corporation
· April Ye, CEO, Film Finances China

AFM offers you more ways than ever before to connect with the industry — a global Film Market, five days of cutting-edge Conferences, can’t-miss Roundtables, 100s of film and world premieres, the new Carousel Cocktails, and great nightlife including industry parties up and down the beach.

The AFM will run November 4-11 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The Conferences will take place at Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel and the Roundtables and Festival Focus will take place at the Loews Hotel, AFM Studio. For more information please see: AmericanFilmMarket.com/conferences and AmericanFilmMarket.com/roundtables/

About the American Film Market
The business of independent motion picture production and distribution reaches its peak every year at the American Film Market. The global film industry converges in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making on films in every stage of development and production, as well as screenings, conferences, networking and parties.
With 8,000 industry leaders from more than 80 countries, 700 screenings and the industry’s largest Conference Series, AFM is the pivotal destination for filmmakers, producers, writers, distributors, financiers, industry executives, talent, the international media and all those who provide services to the worldwide motion picture industry.

The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance® the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television industry.

About The Independent Film & Television Alliance
The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) is the global trade association for the independent motion picture and television industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization represents more than 150 member companies from 23 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, television companies and financial institutions engaged in film finance. IFTA is dedicated to protecting and strengthening its Members’ ability to finance, produce, market and distribute independent films and television programs in an ever-changing and challenging global marketplace.
AFM Conferences give attendees 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.

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!

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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!

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.

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!

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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”.
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.

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