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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. Everything is covered – from treatment to screen!

Friday, November 3

Finance Conference I: The Future of Global Film Finance

9:15am – 10:45am
The 360 View
Leading CEOs, filmmakers, financiers and studio executives converge to explore the future of independent film financing, emerging trends and the impact of new platforms on global film finance.


11:15am – 12:45pm


MCLE Credit: One hour of MCLE credit is available for attorneys for the second session.
CE Credit: Three hours of CE credit is available for CPAs for the full Finance I Conference.

Saturday, November 4

Pitch Conference

9:15am – 12:45pm
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.


The 2-Minute Pitches
Volunteers selected in advance will pitch to our expert panel. They will give unvarnished feedback on each pitch – explaining what worked, what didn’t – and why.


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 5

Finance Conference II: Funding Films Today

9:15am – 10:45am
Producing Studio Films with Independent Budgets


11:15am – 12:45pm
The Film Finance Matrix: From Script to Screen
Our panel of experts will be presented with five film packages – each with partial or limited funding. They will explore and disclose how each film could be fully financed. Five case studies; five solutions.


MCLE Credit: One hour of MCLE credit is available for attorneys for the second session.
CE Credit: Three hours of CE credit is available for CPAs for the full Finance II Conference.

Monday, November 6

Production Conference

9:15am – 10:45am
Producing for the Pre-Sales Marketplace
Pre-Selling to territorial Buyers is key to financing most independent films. What are they looking for? Which genres and talent? How do you set a budget that will reflect the marketplace? Discover which projects are most likely to sell globally before they are made.


11:15am – 12:45pm
What They Want: Inside the Major Studios & Online Platforms
The major studios and online platforms are always in search of the next great script. But what do they really want and need? Development executives give insight into what their studio is seeking and the key elements they look for in any script or pitch.

Tuesday, November 7

Distribution Conference

9:15am – 10:45am
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.


11:15am – 12:45pm
The Future of Video On Demand
VOD is now the largest source of revenue for many films. Are we heading towards a future where all films will be available worldwide and where every film will be discoverable by its audience? Producers, distributors and platforms will disclose who is making money, how they are doing it, and what the future holds – separating fact from fiction.

Conference Location:

Fairmont Hotel, Starlight Ballroom AFM Campus Map.
Doors & Will Call open at 8:00am.


Additional Information:

Speakers are announced as confirmed on this page.

For Speaking Opportunities: contact Wendy Arroyo.

Conference tickets may be ordered with or without an AFM badge. See Badges & Prices for more information.