What is Buyer Accreditation?
Buyer Accreditation is the process of determining whether or not a company is a Buyer according to the AFM’s definition. AFM defines a Buyer as one of the following:
- A company which has contracted with one or more members of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) to distribute in at least one audio-visual medium, at least three motion pictures or television programs during the last three years.
- A company which has contracted with one or more members of IFTA for such company to sub-distribute (i.e. re-license) in at least one audio-visual medium at least three motion pictures or television programs during the last three years.
Who may register as a Buyer?
Only pre-accredited Buyers may register for a Buyer Badge
Is Buyer Accreditation the same as registering for the AFM?
No. Buyer Accreditation
is a process that must take place before registering as a Buyer for the AFM.
What do Buyer Badges give access to?
Badges permit access to Buyer Breakfasts, the Buyers Lounge, Exhibitor floors, most screenings and AFM transportation.
If I am accredited, do I need to apply next year?
No. As long as the company is an active Buyer, accreditation is maintained and it applies all current employees of the company.
How much is a Buyer Badge?
Visit the Buyer
page for complete pricing information. Discounted rates available through early October.
When is the deadline for Buyer Accreditation?
All accreditation requests must be submitted by October 9, 2015. No accreditations will be done during the AFM.
What do Attendee Badges give access to?
Industry Badges permit access to Exhibitor floors, the Filmmakers Lounge, most screenings and AFM transportation.
What are the different types of Attendee Badges and what to they cost?
Should I attend for seven days (Executive Badge) or three/four days (Industry Badge)?
More days equals more opportunities and more connections. If you are pitching a project or script, the last 3 to 4 days are the most effective for exploratory conversations with distributors and sales companies (Exhibitors.). More recommendations can be found in How to Work the AFM
Can I choose the days I want to attend with an Industry Badge or Industry Badge-Plus?
Can I access the Buyers Lounge?
No. The Buyers lounge is only for accredited Buyers. Attendees have access to the Filmmakers Lounge located at the Le Merigot Hotel.
How do I pitch my project or film at the AFM?
The AFM is a great place to pitch your project or film - if you have a plan. Read How to Work the AFM
and use these steps to increase your chances of success.
Is the AFM a film festival?
The AFM is a marketplace where producers and distributors license films. The AFM is not a festival - there are no competitions or prizes. See AFI FEST
to learn more about AFM's festival partner.
Can anyone attend the AFM?
Yes. Please see How to Register under Attendee
resources for more information.
Where is the AFM held?
Santa Monica, California. The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is the AFM headquarters. Screenings take place at theaters throughout Santa Monica and Conferences are held
at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. See the AFM Campus Map
When can I register?
Attendees may register in advance or on-site. It is suggested that you pre-register for discounts and convenience.
What about hotel accommodations?
The AFM offers discounted rates at official AFM Hotels for Registered Attendees. Reservations must be made through the AFM. Hotel reservations are only accepted with a corresponding badge order. Please see Travel & Resources
for more details.
Where can I find the Attendee List / Exhibitor List / Buyer List?
The AFM Attendee list is available on MyAFM.
The Exhibitor List is available at Exhibitor List
The AFM Buyers List is an exclusive benefit for AFM Exhibitors.
Who can use the AFM Shuttle Service and is there a charge?
When is the AFM?
November 4 - 11, 2015
When are future AFMs?
November 2 - 9, 2016
November 1 - 8, 2017
Who may exhibit?
Any production or distribution company may exhibit at the AFM.
How do I reserve an office?
What is the deadline?
An Exhibitor office may be requested anytime until space is sold out. However, to participate in the first round of assignments, the Exhibition Agreement and deposit must have been received by Friday, June 12.
How much is it to exhibit?
What does exhibition space look like?
The AFM is held in a hotel and the rooms are set-up as offices. The offices are to be used for exhibiting only – there is no sleeping in the offices.
Are there opportunities for companies that are not in the business of production or distribution?
Exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities are available for companies that provide services or products to the entertainment industry. See Sponsor
Are there advertising opportunities available to exhibitors?
Where is the screening schedule posted?
Who can attend Screenings?
Most screenings are open to anyone with an AFM badge.(Press is excluded).
How can I screen my film at the AFM?
The AFM is not a festival so we do not accept film submissions. Only films represented by exhibiting companies may purchase screening times at AFM screening venues.
How can I have my film screened at the AFM if I’m not an Exhibitor?
You may contact one of the exhibiting sales companies for representation. The AFM will not recommend any specific exhibitor nor is it involved in these arrangements. To view a list of sales companies that are IFTA members, see IFTA Member Directory