62 Academy Award® Nominations for Films Represented at the American Film Market

Santa Monica (January 24, 2017) – 21 films that were financed and/or sold at the American Film Market received a total of 62 nominations for the 89th Academy Awards, resulting in more than 58% of total nominations in feature film categories.

Below are the nominated films that were represented at the American Film Market:

Best Picture:
Arrival (FilmNation)
Hacksaw Ridge (Lionsgate / Summit, IM Global)
Hell or High Water (Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Lionsgate, Sierra/Affinity)
La La Land (Lionsgate / Summit)
Lion (The Weinstein Company)
Manchester by the Sea (Sierra/Affinity)

Lead Actor:
Manchester by the Sea, Casey Affleck (Sierra/Affinity)
Hacksaw Ridge, Andrew Garfield (Lionsgate / Summit, IM Global)
La La Land, Ryan Gosling (Lionsgate / Summit)
Captain Fantastic, Viggo Mortensen (Entertainment One, Sierra/Affinity)

Lead Actress:
La La Land, Emma Stone (Lionsgate / Summit)
Florence Foster Jenkins, Meryl Streep (Pathé International)

Supporting Actor:
Hell or High Water, Jeff Bridges (Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Lionsgate, Sierra/Affinity)
Manchester by the Sea, Lucas Hedges (Sierra/Affinity)
Lion, Dev Patel (The Weinstein Company)

Supporting Actress:
Lion, Nicole Kidman (The Weinstein Company)
Manchester by the Sea, Michelle Williams (Sierra/Affinity)

Best Director:
La La Land, Damien Chazelle (Lionsgate / Summit)
Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson (Lionsgate / Summit, IM Global)
Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan (Sierra/Affinity)
Arrival, Denis Villeneuve (FilmNation)

Adapted Screenplay:
Arrival, Eric Heisserer (FilmNation)
Lion, Luke Davies (The Weinstein Company)

Original Screenplay:
20th Century Women, Mike Mills (AnnaPurna)
Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan (Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Lionsgate, Sierra/Affinity)
La La Land, Damien Chazelle (Lionsgate / Summit)
The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou (Protagonist Pictures)
Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan (Sierra/Affinity)

Animated Feature:
My Life as a Zucchini (Indie Sales)

Cinematography:
Arrival, Bradford Young (FilmNation)
La La Land, Linus Sandgren (Lionsgate / Summit)
Lion, Greig Fraser (The Weinstein Company)
Silence, Rodrigo Prieto (Corsan, IM Global)

Best Documentary Feature:
I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck, Remi Grellety and Hebert Peck (Magnolia Pictures)
13th, Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish (Dogwoof Pictures)
Life, Animated, Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman (Dogwoof Pictures)

Best Foreign Language Film:
Land of Mine, Denmark (Nordisk Films A/S)
A Man Called Ove, Sweden (Nordisk Films A/S)
Tanna, Australia (Visit Films)
The Salesman, Iran (Memento Films International)
Toni Erdmann, Germany (The Match Factory)

Film Editing:
Arrival, Joe Walker (FilmNation)
Hacksaw Ridge, John Gilbert (Lionsgate / Summit, IM Global)
Hell or High Water, Jake Roberts (Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Lionsgate, Sierra/Affinity)
La La Land, Tom Cross (Lionsgate / Summit)

Sound Editing:
Arrival, Sylvain Bellemare (FilmNation)
Deepwater Horizon, Wylie Stateman and Renee Tondelli (Summit)
Hacksaw Ridge, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright (Lionsgate / Summit, IM Global)
La La Land, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan (Lionsgate / Summit)

Sound Mixing:
Arrival (FilmNation)
Hacksaw Ridge (Lionsgate / Summit, IM Global)
La La Land (Lionsgate / Summit)

Production Design:
Arrival (FilmNation)
La La Land (Lionsgate / Summit)

Original Score:
La La Land, Justin Hurwitz (Lionsgate / Summit)
Lion, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka (The Weinstein Company)

Original Song:
La La Land, “Audition” (The Fools Who Dream) (Lionsgate / Summit)
La La Land, “City of Stars” (Lionsgate / Summit)

Makeup and Hair:
A Man Called Ove, Eva von Bahr and Love Larson (Nordisk Films A/S)

Costume Design:
Florence Foster Jenkins, Consolata Boyle (Pathé International)
La La Land, Mary Zophres (Lionsgate / Summit)

Visual Effects:
Deepwater Horizon (Summit)

 

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 7,000 industry leaders from more than 80 countries, 500+ screenings of 300+ films and the industry’s largest Conference Series, AFM is the pivotal destination for producers, distributors, writers, directors, 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.

AFM 2017 will take place November 1 – 8, 2017.


AMERICAN FILM MARKET CLOSES 37TH EDITION FOLLOWING 65 WORLD PREMIERES AND OVER 7,000 PARTICIPANTS

Global attendance sees increased presence from the U.K., Italy and China
 
Los Angeles (November 10, 2016) – The 2016 American Film Market (AFM®) wrapped its 37th edition on Wednesday after 7,023 attendees visited the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica for the eight-day market.
 
The AFM once again was host to a truly global market, with 1,517 buyers coming from 734 registered companies from over 68 countries. The market saw an increased presence from the U.K., Italy and China this year. Exhibitor attendance included 2,516 executives from 366 exhibiting companies from 32 countries.
 
Overall industry attendees, non-buyers and sellers including Attorneys, Bankers, Festivals, Film Commissions, Filmmakers, Financiers, Post Production Facilities, Producers, Studio Facilities, Writers, Press and Guests finished at 2,990. The AFM Conferences and Roundtables presented 85 speakers throughout the 21 sessions. The AFM also screened 301 films with 248 Market Premieres, 65 World Premieres and a total of 415 screenings in Santa Monica.
 
The popular six-day AFM Conference Series showcased sessions on China, Financing, Pitching, Production and Marketing and Distribution. Featured global industry leaders included: Bruno Wu (Sun Seven Stars Media Group Ltd.), Tobin Ambrust (Virgin Produced), David Glasser (The Weinstein Company), Michael Ryan (GFM Films), Shirley Davis (Alcon Entertainment), Tamara Birkemoe (Foresight Unlimited), Mark Ankner (WME), Steve Nickerson (Broad Green Pictures) and many more. The AFM Conference Series, which launched six years ago, hosted international audiences of 600-700 every day.
 
This year’s Roundtables featured notable industry visionaries including Cassian Elwes (Independent Producer), Joseph Yeung (HLCG Film Guaranters, Ltd.), Rich Peluso (Affirm Films) and many more.

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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 7,000 industry leaders from more than 70 countries, 400+ screenings of 300+ films 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 of the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IFTA represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 125 member companies from 20 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, television companies, studio-affiliated companies, and financial institutions engaged in content finance. Collectively, IFTA Members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year and generate more than $4.5 billion in distribution revenues annually. As the voice and advocate for the independent film and television industry worldwide, the Alliance speaks out on matters of critical importance and, where appropriate, actively lobbies governments around the world in regard to measures directly affecting the independent industry. For more information on IFTA, please visit www.ifta-online.org.
 
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CURTAIN SET TO RISE ON HONG KONG DAY AT AFM®

Screenings and Events Spotlight Co-Production Opportunities
 
3 November 2016 (2 November 2016 in United States) – Hong Kong Day at the American Film Market (AFM®) is set to open tomorrow in Santa Monica, United States. Stella Poon, Director, Los Angeles, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Jonathan Wolf, Managing Director, American Film Market (AFM®) welcomed the seventh edition of the event, which is jointly organised by the AFM® and the HKTDC. Hong Kong Day features events and screenings highlighting international opportunities for film production in Hong Kong.
 
Connecting the Global Film Industry
Hong Kong’s advantages as a production service base for global filmmakers are the central theme of Hong Kong Day at AFM. A seminar entitled “Hong Kong: The Next Generation of Project Management for Production in Asia” will feature speakers from Hong Kong and the US film industry discussing various advantages and experiences. A Hong Kong Reception is also arranged to give attendees a chance to network with film industry leaders from Hong Kong and around the world. Meanwhile, film premieres throughout 3 and 4 November by Hong Kong companies showcase some of the top work taking place in the region.
 
“Hong Kong is a perfect production and service hub for international film business in Asia,” said Mr. Wolf. “We are delighted to support this showcase of Hong Kong at the AFM and help build even stronger global film ties.”
 
“With the rapid development of the entertainment business in Asia, especially China, there is a growing trend for cross-boundary film production,” said Ms. Poon. “In this context, production companies need local partners with technical sophistication as well as a firm understanding of regional industry dynamics. Hong Kong’s strong talent pool of film and service professionals familiar in working with both Eastern and Western film projects leaves it uniquely suited to thrive in this kind of role.”
 
Ms. Poon also underscored the benefits for international filmmakers teaming up with Hong Kong partners to take advantage of the unique free trade pact between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, called the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). Under CEPA, Hong Kong-Mainland co-productions are not subject to quotas and restrictions that are normally placed on foreign films being shown on the mainland.
 
Hong Kong at the Movies
The following films will be presented by Hong Kong companies on Hong Kong Day:

  • Vampire Cleanup Department from Young Live Entertainment (HK) Company Limited
    • – Screening at ArcLight 6, November 3 (Thu) 13:30
    •  And at ArcLight 4, November 4 (Fri) 13:30
  • Operation Mekong from Distribution Workshop
    • – Screening at ArcLight 5, November 3 (Thu) 15:00
  • Call Of Heroes from Universe Films Distribution Company Limited
    • – Screening at AMC Santa Monica 3, November 3 (Thu) 15:00
  • Line Walker from Media Asia Distribution Limited
    • – Screening at AMC Santa Monica 2, November 4 (Fri) 11:30
  • Cold War 2 from Edko Films Limited
    • – Screening at AMC Santa Monica 3, November 4 (Fri) 15:00
  • Three from Media Asia Distribution Limited
    • – Screening at ArcLight 2, November 4 (Fri) 15:30

     
    Programme Rundown:

    Seminar: “Hong Kong: The Next Generation of Project Management for Production in Asia”
    Panel: Mr Fred Wang, Chairman, Salon Films; Mr Joseph Yeung, Executive
    Director, HLCG Film Guarantors Ltd, Mr Maria Lo Orzel, Producer, Studio Strada
    Time: 2:30pm – 4pm
    Venue: AFM Studio, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
    Details: No RSVP required; open to all AFM badge-holders
    (Seating is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis)

     
    Hong Kong Reception

    Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Venue: Ocean & Vine Restaurant, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
    Details: Invitation only

    Hong Kong Companies at AFM

    All Rights Entertainment Limited Loews – 532
    Bravos Pictures Limited Loews – 654
    China 3D Digital Distribution Limited Loews – 450
    Distribution Workshop Loews – 605
    Edko Films Limited Loews – 330
    Emperor Motion Pictures Loews – 504
    Golden Network Asia Limited Loews – 456
    HLCG Film Guarantors Limited Loews – 330
    Lemon Tree Media Company Limited Loews – 306
    Media Asia Distribution Limited Loews – 621
    Mega-Vision Project Workshop Limited Loews – 517
    Universe Films Distribution Company Limited Loews – 452
    Young Live Entertainment (HK) Company Limited Loews – 647

    Media Enquiries: Please contact the HKTDC’s Communication and Public Affairs Department:
    Joe Kainz Tel: (852) 2584 4216 Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org
     
    To view press releases in Chinese, please visit http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/tc
     
    About the HKTDC
    The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The HKTDC is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and services providers. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in overseas markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter, @hktdc, LinkedIn.

AMERICAN FILM MARKET OPENS 37TH EDITION WITH INCREASED PRESENCE FROM THE U.K., ITALY AND CHINA

Market to Host Global Industry Experts at the Conference Series with Leading Independent Film Executives including The Weinstein Company’s David Glasser and Sun Seven Stars Media Group Limited’s Bruno Wu

Los Angeles (November 1, 2016) – Taking place this year from the 2nd through the 9th of November, the American Film Market (AFM) opens tomorrow for its 37th edition with 367 exhibiting companies and more than 7,500 attendees from over 80 countries expected in Santa Monica over the course of the week.

This year the market will experience a significant rise in UK exhibitors, with 38 registered companies, which marks nearly a 16% rise from last year and the highest number on record since 2009. In addition, the AFM highlights continued growth from China and Hong Kong, with over 200 registrants from Mainland China and an additional 75+ from Hong Kong. The registrants will be joining the market on behalf of over 90 different companies, continuing to promote China’s rising prominence and international business relations at the AFM.

A total of 305 films are set to screen with 252 market premieres and 71 world premieres, featuring global stars including: Alec Baldwin, Gerard Butler, Bryan Cranston, Penelope Cruz, Elle Fanning, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Demi Lovato, David Oyelowo, Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Noomi Rapace, J.K. Simmons, and many others. The entire screening program can be viewed at http://www.thefilmcatalogue.com.

In addition, 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 across various AFM platforms between Thursday, November 3rd and Tuesday, November 8th, with Conferences on China, Finance, Pitching, Production, and Distribution.

A number of the industry’s leading independent producers, distributors, financiers, and marketing executives are confirmed to attend. The list of speakers, in alphabetical order, includes:

  • Adrian Ward, SVP & Division Manager, Entertainment Industries Division, Pacific Mercantile Bank
  • Brian O’Shea, CEO, The Exchange
  • Bruno Wu, Founder/Co-Chairman and CEO, Sun Seven Stars Media Group Limited
  • Caroline Couret-Delègue, Managing Director, Truffle Pictures
  • Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/Agent
  • David Glasser, President/COO, The Weinstein Company
  • David Lancaster, Producer, Rumble Films
  • Don Starr, Chairman & CEO, Grosvenor Park Media
  • Douglas Mankoff, Producer, Echo Lake Entertainment
  • Eric Brenner, President, ETA Films
  • Erick Opeka, EVP Digital Networks, Cinedigm
  • Hanny Patel, Vice President, Video Marketing, AT&T Entertainment Group
  • Jessica Lacy, Partner/Head, International & Independent, ICM
  • Kathy Morgan, Founder & CEO, KMI
  • Luke Xiang, VP and Head of International, Beijing Weying Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Maren Olson, Agent, CAA
  • Mark Ankner, Partner, Global Finance & Distribution, WME
  • Mark Manuel, Partner, Kilburn Media
  • Melanie Ansley, Producer/Co-Executive Director, China Hollywood Society
  • Meyer Shwarzstein, President, Brainstorm Media
  • Micah Green, Co-Head, Film Finance, CAA
  • Michael Ryan, Partner, GFM Films
  • Miguel Palos, CFO, IM Global
  • Myles Nestel, Co-Founder/Partner, The Solution Entertainment Group
  • Paul Bales, Partner & COO, The Asylum
  • Paul Hanson, CEO, Covert Media
  • Rena Ronson, Partner/Head, Independent, UTA
  • Richard Saperstein, Principal, Storyscape Entertainment
  • Robert Sherman, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Shirley Davis, Senior Vice President, Physical Production, Alcon Entertainment
  • Stefan Lütje, Partner, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Steve Nickerson, President, Home Entertainment, Broad Green Pictures
  • Tamara Birkemoe, President & COO, Foresight Unlimited
  • Tannaz Anisi, President, 13 Films
  • Tobin Armbrust, President, Virgin Produced
  • William Feng, Head of Greater China, Vice President of Asia Pacific, Motion Picture Association
  • Yolanda T. Cochran, Producer/Production Consultant
  • Yugang An, CEO, Beijing In-Entertainment Media Co., Ltd
  • Zanne Devine, EVP of Film & Television, Miramax

The following Conference Series’ sessions have been confirmed:

China Conference – Thursday, November 3rd
“Producing in China”
“Marketing & Distributing in China”

Finance Conference I: The Future of Global Film Finance – Friday, November 4th
“The 360 View”
“How Equity is Successfully Investing in Film”

Pitch Conference – Saturday, November 5th
“Pitching Essentials”
“The 2-Minute Pitches”

Finance Conference II: Funding Films Today – Sunday, November 6th
“Producing Studio Films with Independent Budgets”
“The Film Finance Matrix: From Script to Screen”

Production Conference – Monday, November 7th
“Producing for the Pre-Sales Marketplace”
“Working with Talent Agents”

Distribution Conference – Tuesday, November 8th
“Working with Sales Agents”
“The Future of Video On Demand”

The following Roundtable sessions have been confirmed:

Thursday, November 3rd
“Hong Kong: The Next Generation of Project Management for Production in Asia”

 Friday, November 4th
“Shoot the Book! LA: French Publishers Present Original Literary Works with Film Adaptation Potential”

Saturday, November 5th
“Making an Impact: How Telling LGBT Stories Can Pay Off”

Sunday, November 6th
“The Passion of the Film: From Inspiration to Release”

Sunday, November 6th
“Asian VOD”

Monday, November 7th
“Distributing and Monetizing Feature Documentaries”

 Tuesday, November 8th
“Working with the U.S. Guilds”

The AFM will run from the 2nd through the 9th of November at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The Conference Series will take place at Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel, and the Roundtables Series will take place at the Loews Hotel, AFM Studio.

For more information please see: www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/conferences or http://americanfilmmarket.com/roundtables/

For media inquiries, please visit: www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/press.

Join us on Twitter with @AFMOfficial and #AFM2016.

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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, 500+ screenings of 300+ films 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 of the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IFTA represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 125 member companies from 20 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, television companies, studio-affiliated companies, and financial institutions engaged in content finance. Collectively, IFTA Members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year and generate more than $4.5 billion in distribution revenues annually. As the voice and advocate for the independent film and television industry worldwide, the Alliance speaks out on matters of critical importance and, where appropriate, actively lobbies governments around the world in regard to measures directly affecting the independent industry. For more information on IFTA, please visit www.ifta-online.org.

Media Contacts

DDA Public Relations
AFMPress2016@ddapr.com
Los Angeles: +1.310.205.4868
London: +44 2079 329 800

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AMERICAN FILM MARKET SET TO WELCOME OVER 200 REGISTRANTS FROM MAINLAND CHINA FOR 2016 EDITION

Market to Greet an additional 75+ from Hong Kong, as business links with Asia continue to strengthen

 Los Angeles, October 31, 2016: The American Film Market (AFM), taking place between the 2nd and 9th of November, is set to welcome over 200 registrants from Mainland China, with an additional 75+ from Hong Kong expected to descend upon Santa Monica next week. The registrants will be joining the market on behalf of over 90 different companies, continuing to promote China’s rising prominence and international business relations at the AFM.

The AFM highlights continued growth from China and Hong Kong, and will host number of new Chinese exhibitors at the market this year, including: BEIJING HY MEDIA, Beijing Phoenix Entertainment Co. Ltd, Flame Node Entertainment, Kingants Picture, Renart Pictures, Chang Yi Pictures, Eastbound Entertainment, FunAge Pictures, GIMC Global Entertainment Co. Ltd, Golden Oak Pictures and many more. The importance of US-Chinese media relations and crossover potential between these markets is outstanding.

The AFM’s continued collaboration and spotlight on China will be additionally showcased at this year’s Conference Series, with the annual China Conference taking place on Thursday, November 3. This year’s discussions will focus on the topics of ‘Producing in China’ and ‘Marketing & Distributing in China’, with speakers including Bruno Wu, Founder/Co-Chairman and CEO of Sun Seven Stars Media Group Limited, Yugang An, CEO, Beijing In-Entertainment Media Co., Ltd; William Feng, Head of Greater China, Vice President of Asia Pacific, Motion Picture Association; and Melanie Ansley, Producer/Co-Executive Director, China Hollywood Society.

Following the China Conference, AFM will host a Roundtable, “Hong Kong: The Next Generation of Project Management for Production in Asia” that will explore coproduction solutions through Hong Kong.

For media inquiries, please visit: www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/press.

Join us on Twitter with @AFMOfficial and #AFM2016.

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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, 500+ screenings of 300+ films 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 of the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IFTA represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 125 member companies from 20 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, television companies, studio-affiliated companies, and financial institutions engaged in content finance. Collectively, IFTA Members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year and generate more than $4.5 billion in distribution revenues annually. As the voice and advocate for the independent film and television industry worldwide, the Alliance speaks out on matters of critical importance and, where appropriate, actively lobbies governments around the world in regard to measures directly affecting the independent industry. For more information on IFTA, please visit www.ifta-online.org.

 

Media Contacts:

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Los Angeles: +1.310.205.4868
London: +44 2079 329 800

AMERICAN FILM MARKET UNVEILS SCREENING LINE-UP INCLUDING WORLD AND MARKET PREMIERES

Global stars featured include Alec Baldwin, Gerard Butler, Bryan Cranston, Penelope Cruz, Elle Fanning, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Demi Lovato, David Oyelowo, Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Noomi Rapace, and J.K. Simmons, amongst others

Los Angeles, 11th October, 2016: The American Film Market (AFM®) has today announced its list of films screening, including 71 world and 250+ market premieres, for the upcoming edition running November 2-9 in Santa Monica. Over 300 films are scheduled to be screened with more titles to be confirmed as the market approaches.

World Premieres will include: sci-fi thriller WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY (SND M6 Group) with Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, and Willem Dafoe; the animated musical CHARMING 3D (SC Films International) with voices by Demi Lovato, Ashley Tisdale, and Avril Lavigne; animated feature BALLERINA (Gaumont) with voices by Elle Fanning and Dane DeHaan; and SWING STATE (VMI Worldwide) starring Taryn Manning, Billy Zane, Sean Astin, Angela Kinsey.

Films making their market debut at the AFM include: coming-of-age drama COMING THROUGH THE RYE (Bleiberg Entertainment), starring Alex Wolff and Chris Cooper; LADY MACBETH (Protagonist Pictures) starring Florence Pugh; Rod Smith’s EAT LOCAL (GFM Films) starring Charlie Cox, Mackenzie Crook, and Dexter Fletcher; James Franco’s IN DUBIOUS BATTLE (AMBI Distribution); AND PUNCHING THE CLOWN (Octane Entertainment) starring Henry Phillips, J.K. Simmons, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman; Lone Scherfig’s THEIR FINEST (HanWay Films) starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, and Bill Nighy; fall-festival favorite, BRIMSTONE (Embankment Films) starring Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, and Kit Harrington; Anne Hathaway-starrer COLOSSAL (Voltage Pictures); THE OSIRIS CHILD: SCIENCE FICTION VOLUME ONE (XYZ Films) starring Kellan Lutz; Academy Award-nominated Fernando Trueba’s THE QUEEN OF SPAIN (Myriad Pictures) starring Penelope Cruz; and hand-drawn animation feature ETHEL & ERNEST (Little Film Company), with voices by Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway.

Visit www.TheFilmCatalogue.com to view the entire screening schedule including casts and synopses.

For media inquiries, please visit: www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/press.

Join us on Twitter with @AFMOfficial and #AFM2016.

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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, 500+ screenings of 300+ films 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 of the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IFTA represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 125 member companies from 20 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, television companies, studio-affiliated companies, and financial institutions engaged in content finance. Collectively, IFTA Members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year and generate more than $4.5 billion in distribution revenues annually. As the voice and advocate for the independent film and television industry worldwide, the Alliance speaks out on matters of critical importance and, where appropriate, actively lobbies governments around the world in regard to measures directly affecting the independent industry. For more information on IFTA, please visit www.ifta-online.org.

Media Contacts:
DDA Public Relations
AFMPress2016@ddapr.com
Los Angeles: +1.310.205.4868
London: +44 2079 329 800

CURTAIN SET TO RISE ON HONG KONG DAY AT AFM

Screenings and Events Spotlight Co-Production Opportunities

Hong Kong Day at the American Film Market (AFM®) is set to open tomorrow, November 5th, in Santa Monica, United States. Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Regional Director of Americas Ralph Chow and AFM® Managing Director Jonathan Wolf welcomed the sixth edition of the event, which is co-organized by the AFM® and the HKTDC. Hong Kong Day features events and screenings highlighting international opportunities for film production in Hong Kong.

Connecting the global film industry

Hong Kong’s advantages as a production base for global filmmakers are the central theme of Hong Kong Day at AFM®. A seminar entitled “Hong Kong: The Next Generation of Project Management for Production in Asia” will feature speakers from Hong Kong’s film industry discussing various advantages and hot topics. A Hong Kong Reception is also arranged to give attendees a chance to network with film industry leaders from Hong Kong and around the world. Meanwhile, film premieres throughout the day by Hong Kong companies showcase some of the top work taking place in the region.

“Hong Kong is a perfect production hub for international film business in Asia,” said Mr Wolf. “We are delighted to support this showcase of Hong Kong at the AFM® and help build even stronger global film ties.”

“With the rapid development of the entertainment business in Asia, there is a growing trend for cross-boundary film production,” said Mr Chow. “In this context, production companies need local partners with technical sophistication as well as a firm understanding of regional industry dynamics. Hong Kong’s strong talent pool of film professionals familiar in working with both Eastern and Western film projects, leaves it uniquely suited to thrive in this kind of role.”

Mr Chow also underscored the benefits for international filmmakers teaming up with Hong Kong partners to take advantage of the unique free trade pact between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, called the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). Under CEPA, Hong Kong-Mainland co-productions are not subject to quotas and restrictions that are normally placed on foreign films being shown on the mainland.

Hong Kong at the Movies

The following films will be presented by Hong Kong companies on Hong Kong Day:

  • Are you here, from Young Live Entertainment (HK) Co. Ltd.
    – screening at AMC Santa Monica 6, 1pm
  • Monster Hunt, from Edko Films Ltd.
    – screening at AMC Santa Monica 6, 3pm
  • Office, from Edko Films Ltd.
    – screening at Broadway Cineplex 2, 5pm
  • Saving Mr. Wu, from Golden Network Asia Ltd.
    – screening at AMC Santa Monica 6, 5pm
  • The Secret, from Media Asia Distribution Ltd.
    – screening at AMC Santa Monica 4, 3pm

Program Rundown:

Opening Ceremony (ribbon cutting)

Time:           10:00am
Venue:           Main entrance, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Details:           No RSVP required; all guests welcome

Seminar – “Hong Kong: The Next Generation of Project Management for Production in Asia”

Panel:          

       Mr Peter Lam, Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association Limited (MPIA);

       Mr Chu Chen On, Co-founder and Managing Director, October Pictures Limited;

       Mr Fred Wang, Chairman, Salon Films

Time:           2:30pm – 4pm
Venue:           AFM® Studio, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Details:           No RSVP required; open to all AFM® badge-holders

(Seating is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis)

Hong Kong Reception

Time:           5:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue:           Ocean & Vine Restaurant, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel|
Details:           Invitation only

Hong Kong Companies at AFM®

All Rights Entertainment Lowes – 532
Bravos Pictures Limited Lowes – 654
China 3D Digital Distribution Lowes – 456
Distribution Workshop Lowes – 605
Easternlight Films Lowes – 729
Edko Films Lowes – 450
Emperor Motion Pictures Lowes – 509
Fotissimo Films Lowes – 811
Golden Network Asia Limited Lowes – 437
HLCG Film Guarantors Limited Lowes – 311
Media Asia Distribution Lowes – 517
Mega-Vision Project Workshop Limited Lowes – 528
Mei Ah Entertainment Group Lowes – 526
Pegasus Motion Pictures Lowes – 640
Universe Films Distribution Company Ltd. Lowes – 447
Young Live Entertainment (HK) Co. Ltd Lowes – 763

 

Media Enquiries

Please contact the HKTDC’s Corporate Communication Department:

Joe Kainz     Tel: (852) 2584 4216           Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org

 

About HKTDC
A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in overseas markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com. Follow us on  Google+ Twitter @hktdc LinkedIn

 

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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.


Media Contacts:

DDA Public Relations
AFMPress@ddapr.com
Los Angeles: +1.310.205.4868
London: +44 2079 329 800

 

2015 AMERICAN FILM MARKET LAUNCHES WITH MORE THAN 80 NEW BUYING COMPANIES

87 World Premieres plus 242 Market Premieres will be screened

The American Film Market (AFM) is set to open tomorrow for its 36th edition, running November 4-11. More than 80 new buying companies will participate with the largest growth coming from South Korea, China, Germany and India. Nearly 1,600 buyers are expected from more than 70 countries.

AFM also announced updated screening numbers, with a total of 407 films screening in more than 30 languages including 87 world premieres and 242 market premieres. Hundreds of projects will also be unveiled for pre-sales by the 391 exhibiting companies from 38 countries.

Films premiering include performances from Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, John Travolta, Keanu Reeves, Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti, John Leguizamo, John Cleese, Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Ray Liotta, Shirley Henderson, Diane Kruger, Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Clive Owen and Katie Holmes. The full screening program, including cast and synopses, can be viewed at TheFilmCatalogue.com.

AFM Conferences and Roundtables will feature over 100 industry leaders from all corners of the globe including FilmNation Entertainment CEO Glen Basner; Phoenix Pictures’ Chairman & CEO Mike Medavoy; China Film Co-Production Corporation President Miao Xiaotian; Participant Media CEO David Linde; Bona Film Group COO Jeffery Chan; Mongrel International President Charlotte Mickie; Cinetic Media’s John Sloss; Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Mark Adams; The Orchard’s Paul Davidson; Producer & Agent Cassian Elwes; and Broad Green Pictures’ Steve Nickerson. Further information can be found at AmericanFilmMarket.com/conferences/ and AmericanFilmmarket.com/roundtables/

New for 2015, attendees will be hosted to nightly Carousel Cocktails at sunset on the historic Santa Monica pier, providing a unique and memorable experience to connect and relax at the beach. In addition, new to this year, all attendees will receive a one-year subscription to Cinando. Many participants are already benefiting from AFM’s revamped online community, MyAFM, where they can create a profile, promote projects and services, find other participants, set meetings and maintain daily schedules. Details can be found at AmericanFilmMarket.com/carousel-cocktails and MyAFM.org.

Join us on Twitter with @AFMOfficial and #AFM2015.

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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.


Media Contacts:

DDA Public Relations
AFMPress@ddapr.com
Los Angeles: +1.310.205.4868
London: +44 2079 329 800

 

80 WORLD PREMIERES AND 324 MARKET PREMIERES TO SCREEN AT AMERICAN FILM MARKET

Global stars featured include Gael García Bernal, Juliette Binoche, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hanks, Ethan Hawke, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta, Julianne Moore, Sam Neill, Keanu Reeves, Geoffrey Rush, Sam Shepard, Julia Stiles, Emma Thompson and John Travolta.

The American Film Market (AFM) has today announced its full list of screenings, including 80 world and 324 market premieres, for the upcoming edition running November 4-11 in Santa Monica. Over 400 films are scheduled to be screened with more expected to be confirmed as the market approaches.

Among the world premieres are TRESPASS AGAINST US (Protagonist Pictures) starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson; the John Travolta-starrer I AM WRATH (Hannibal Classics); DAUGHTER OF GOD (Fortitude International) with Keanu Reeves; THE PHENOM (Conquistador) starring Ethan Hawke and Paul Giamatti; and GET SQUIRRELY (SC Films International) with voices by John Leguizamo, Will Forte and John Cleese.

Films making their market debuts at AFM include ITHACA (The Exchange) from director Meg Ryan with a cast including Tom Hanks, Sam Shepard and Jack Quaid; thriller GO WITH ME (Electric Entertainment) starring Anthony Hopkins. Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta; URBAN HYMN (Metro International Entertainment) starring Shirley Henderson; SKY (The Bureau Sales) with Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus; COLONIA (Beta Cinema) starring Emma Watson, Daniel Brϋhl and Michael Nyqvist; JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE (Content) directed by Amy Berg; THE CONFIRMATION (Arclight) starring Clive Owen, Maria Bello, Patton Oswalt, Jaeden Lieberher and Matthew Modine; TOUCHED WITH FIRE (Myriad Pictures) with Katie Holmes and Toronto favorite ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES (Mongrel International).

Visit www.TheFilmCatalogue.com to view the entire screening schedule including casts and synopses.

For media inquiries, please visit: www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/press.

Join us on Twitter with @AFMOfficial and #AFM2015.

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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. http://www.ifta-online.org/

Media Contacts:

DDA Public Relations
AFMPress2015@ddapr.com
Los Angeles: +1.310.205.4868
London: +44 2079 329 800

AMERICAN FILM MARKET WILL WELCOME OVER 70 NEW SELLERS

Freshman Class includes Cornerstone Films, KSM GmbH and a strong contingent of sellers from Asia

The American Film Market (AFM), taking place November 4 – 11, has today announced that more than 70 new exhibiting companies are set to arrive in Santa Monica. The new sellers come from every continent and 18 countries including Armenia, China, Hungary, Japan, Malta, Malaysia and Ukraine.

Jonathan Wolf, AFM Managing Director, commented: “These 70 new sales companies, and 300 more from over 50 countries, are the world’s motion picture entrepreneurs. They ensure that independent art and commerce flourishes – providing canvases to artists and choice to consumers.”

The list of new sellers highlights the popularity of AFM in Asia with 22 new companies exhibiting from the region including seven from China.

Among the 70+ first time sellers are:

Adler & Associates Entertainment, US

Arrow Productions, US

Boat Angel Family Films, US

Bridgestone Multimedia Group, US

Contents Panda, South Korea

Cornerstone Films, United Kingdom

Devilworks, Malta

Gaslight Productions, US

KSM GmbH, Germany

Ori Animation, China

Studio 100 Film, Germany

Stunning Media: Armenia

Wow Signal Inc., South Korea

See the full exhibitor list at americanfilmmarket.com/exhibitor-list/

The 2015 AFM will run November 4th‐11th at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. For media inquiries, including press credentials, visit: www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/press.

Join us on Twitter with @AFMOfficial and #AFM2015.

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.

www.ifta-online.org

 

Media Contacts:

DDA Public Relations AFMPress2015@ddapr.com
Los Angeles: +1.310.205.4868
London: +44 2079 329 800