OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 7, 2018  SANTA MONICA
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OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 7, 2018  SANTA MONICA

Programs & Events

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.

Conference I: TBA

Friday, November 2     |     9:15am – 12:45pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

 

Pitch Conference

Saturday, November 3    |     9:15am – 12:45pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

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, Instructor/Consultant, On The Page

Panelists
Tobin Armbrust, President, Worldwide Production & Acquisitions, Virgin Produced
Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/Agent

 

 

Finance Conference

Sunday, November 4     |     9:15am – 12:45pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

 

Producing Studio Films with Independent Budgets
Production quality and talent are more crucial than ever. Producers need to be strategic with their budgets – talent, locations, special effects, crew, everything! Seasoned producers and experts share their advice on how to stretch budgets and get every dollar, euro, pound, yen or franc “on the screen.”


The Film Finance Matrix: From Script to Screen

Our panel of experts will be presented with five film packages – each with partial or limited funding. They will explore and disclose how each film could be fully financed. Five case studies; five solutions.


MCLE Credit: One hour of MCLE credit is available for attorneys for the second session.
CE Credit: Three hours of CE credit is available for CPAs for the full Finance II Conference.

 

Production Conference

Monday, November 5     |     9:15am – 12:45pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

 

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.


TBA

 

Distribution Conference

Tuesday, November 6     |     9:15am – 12:45pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

 

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.


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.

 

Additional Information

Doors & Will Call open at 8:00am.

For Speaking Opportunities contact Janina Fischer.

Writers Workshops

 

Learn how to shape your screenplay into a compelling narrative that will resonate with studios, investors and a global audience.

 

Writers Workshop I

Sunday, November 4     |     2:30pm – 5:30pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

 

TBA


TBA

 

Writers Workshop II

Monday, November 5     |     2:30pm – 5:30pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

 

TBA


TBA

Roundtables

 

AFM Roundtables are open-ended discussions that explore specialized topics and timely issues in an intimate setting.

Special Events

 

AFM Special Events are unique opportunities to connect and learn.

AFM Orientation

 

The AFM is a great place to pitch your project or film – if you have a plan. Learn how the market works and the best way to connect with the AFM’s 400+ production/distribution companies.

 

Orientation

Wednesday, October 31     |     3:00pm – 4:30pm     |     Arclight Cinemas, Screen 1

Speaker
Jonathan Wolf, Managing Director, American Film Market

 

Orientation

Saturday, November 3     |     3:00pm – 4:30pm     |     AFM Gallery, Le Merigot Hotel

Speaker
Jonathan Wolf, Managing Director, American Film Market

 

Additional Information
We recommend that producers read How to Work the AFM in advance.

Carousel Cocktail

 

AFM hosts the world’s producers and decision makers to four networking receptions at the historic Merry-Go-Round on the Santa Monica Pier. The AFM’s Carousel Cocktails provide a unique and memorable experience as participants connect and relax at the beach.

 

Qualified Attendee badge holders are invited to attend one Carousel Cocktail. Evening receptions will take place Friday – Monday,  November 2, 3, 4 & 5, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.

Make your selection when you purchase your badge. Space is limited, first-come first-served until full.

 

Carousel Cocktails