NOVEMBER 4 - 11, 2015  SANTA MONICA
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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 RoomTo 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