NOVEMBER 2 - 9, 2016  SANTA MONICA
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NOVEMBER 2 - 9, 2016  SANTA MONICA

Conferences

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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!

Thursday, November 3

China Conference

Producing in China
Leaders from China’s film industry will 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.

 

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.

 

Friday, November 4

Finance Conference I: The Future of Global Film Finance

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.

Saturday, November 5

Pitch Conference

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.

 

Presenter/Moderator
Pilar Alessandra, Author, The Coffee Break Screenwriter

 

Panelists
Tobin Armbrust, President, Virgin Produced
Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/Agent

 

Details on how to submit your pitch will be posted here on September 1.

Sunday, November 6

Finance Conference II: Funding Films Today

sponsored by Mexico City Film Commission

 

The process of financing independent films is as creative as the stories it brings to life. This conference will explore the diverse world of single picture financing structures and sources of film finance including pre-sales & loans, subsidies, incentives, equity, crowd-funding and new opportunities.

 

 

Monday, November 7

Production Conference

sponsored by .film

 

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.

 

Moderator
Paul Hertzberg, President & CEO, CineTel Films, Inc.

 

Initial Panelists
Tamara Birkemoe, President & COO, Foresight Unlimited
Caroline Couret-Delegue, Head of Sales & Acquisitions, Metrodome International

 

Working with Talent Agents
Most independent films hope to attach a name actor/actress. They help secure presales, raise production financing and foster interest with audiences and the media. Our panel of agents and producers will explore how to work with talent agents to get the best cast for your film.

 

Moderator
Kevin Iwashina, Founder & CEO, Preferred Content

 

Initial Panelists
Jessica Lacy, Partner/Head, International & Independent, ICM
Rena Ronson, Partner/Head, Independent, UTA

Tuesday, November 8

Distribution Conference

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.

 

Moderator
Clay Epstein, President, Film Mode Entertainment

 

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 – 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica  AFM Campus Map
Doors & Will Call Open at 8:00am

 

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

 

For Speaking Opportunities: contact Janina Fischer.
For Sponsorship Opportunities: contact Robin Burt.

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