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.

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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.


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