NOVEMBER 1 - 8, 2017  SANTA MONICA
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NOVEMBER 1 - 8, 2017  SANTA MONICA

Programs & Events

ConferencesWriters WorkshopsRoundtablesAFM OrientationCarousel Cocktails

 

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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. 

 

Friday, November 3
Finance Conference I: The Future of Global Film Finance
9:15am – 10:45am
The 360 View
Leading CEOs, filmmakers, financiers and studio executives converge to explore the future of independent film financing, emerging trends and the impact of new platforms on global film finance.

Moderator
Joe Chianese, EVP, EP Financial Solutions

 

11:15am – 12:45pm
TBA

 

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 I Conference.

 

Saturday, November 4
Pitch Conference

9:15am – 12:45pm
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, Virgin Produced
Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/Agent

 

To 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 5
Finance Conference II: Funding Films Today

9:15am – 10:45am
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.”

Moderator
Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32

 

11:15am – 12:45pm
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.

Moderator
Joe Chianese, EVP, EP Financial Solutions

 

Monday, November 6
Production Conference

9:15am – 10:45am
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.

Moderator
Paul Hertzberg, President & CEO, CineTel Films, Inc.

 

11:15am – 12:45pm
What They Want: Inside the Major Studios & Online Platforms
The major studios and online platforms are always in search of the next great script. But what do they really want and need? Development executives give insight into what their studio is seeking and the key elements they look for in any script or pitch.

 

Tuesday, November 7
Distribution Conference

9:15am – 10:45am
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.

Moderator
Clay Epstein, President, Film Mode Entertainment

 

11:15am – 12:45pm
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.

Moderator
Bruce Eisen, President, Digital Advisors

 

Additional Information

Conference Location: Fairmont Hotel, Starlight Ballroom AFM Campus Map.
Doors & Will Call open at 8:00am.

For Speaking Opportunities contact Janina Fischer.

 

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Writers Workshops

Learn how to shape your screenplay into a compelling narrative that will resonate with studios, investors and a global audience.
Sunday, November 5
Writers Workshop I

2:30pm – 3:50pm
You Had Me At Page One
Make the reader love you on the first page! Learn writing techniques that help your script hit the ground running. Through examples from your favorite scripts, we take a hard look at word choice, scene direction, dialogue approach, and the nuances of the page.

Instructor: Pilar Alessandra, Instructor/Consultant, On the Page

 

 

4:10pm – 5:30pm
The Art of Cinematic Storytelling: Transforming Your Premise Into An Engaging Screenplay
The greatest challenge facing all screenwriters, whether novice or professional, is the process of transforming a premise into a compelling, sustainable story. This workshop focuses solely on the art of the story, with an emphasis on such fundamentals as character development, super-objective, rising conflict, scene work, and three-act structure. Participants learn how to spot critical mistakes often made in the initial development of a screenplay’s narrative. The final goal of the workshop is a greater understanding of what makes a story work and a series of tools that participants can immediately apply to their current screenplay.

Instructor: Steven Wolfson, UCLA

 

Monday, November 6
Writers Workshop II

2:30pm – 3:50pm
ReVision: Seeing Your Script With New Eyes
If writing is rewriting, how can you best approach the task? This workshop lays out a pragmatic rewrite strategy, as well as identifying the larger questions a writer should ask when revising a script. It concludes with a hands-on exercise, in which participants examine a scene from a film script which has been intentionally sullied, and then attempt to rewrite it into sterling condition.

Instructor: Ken LaZebnik, Instructor, USC; Director, Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting

 

4:10pm – 5:30pm
Writing Compelling Characters
No matter what genre you’re working in, getting your reader to empathize with and root for your story’s protagonist is one of the most important goals – if not THE most important goal – for a screenwriter to achieve. Using film clips, screenplay pages, and brief exercises, this workshop explores how to create powerful, memorable characters, and the most effective techniques for bringing them to life on the page.

Instructor: Billy Mernit, UCLA Instructor & Universal Studio Story Analyst

 

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Roundtables

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

 

Friday, November 3
Shoot the Book! LA: French Publishers Present Original Literary Works with Film Adaptation Potential

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Five Paris publishing houses – Au Diable Vauvert, Dupuis, Gallimard, Glenat and Plon – will pitch titles selected by a jury of professionals composed of Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI Fest’s Director, Dana Spector, Literary Agent from Paradigm, Andrea McCall, from Amblin Partners, Bob Bookman, manager of Bob Bookman Managment, and Mike Medavoy, from Phoenix Picture. The roundtable will be followed by a wine reception, where audiovisual rights licensors and producers can discuss the day’s events and future contacts.

 

Saturday, November 4
Making an Impact: How Telling LGBT Stories Can Pay Off

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Film and TV content featuring LGBT characters has become increasingly visible. LGBT stories simultaneously reflect and affect the culture and historical moment they are produced in. This Roundtable will discuss all the ways LGBT stories pay off, from box office gross and awards recognition, to the role of cultural impact and audience engagement. Our panel of industry executives and filmmakers will reveal how you will benefit by including an LGBT character in your next film.

Presented in partnership with Outfest.

 

Sunday, November 5
The Passion of the Film: From Inspiration to Release

10:00am – 10:30am Networking and refreshments
10:30am – 12:00pm Roundtable

 

Monday, November 6
Film Musicians Secondary Market Fund

2:30pm – 4:00pm

 

Distributing and Monetizing Feature Documentaries

5:00pm – 6:30pm

 

Tuesday, November 7
Working with the U.S. Guilds

3:00pm – 4:30pm

 

Additional Information

Roundtable Location: Loews Hotel, AFM Studio

AFM Campus Map

 

 

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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.

 

Speaker
Jonathan Wolf, Managing Director, American Film Market

 

Wednesday, November 1
3:00pm – 4:30pm

 

Saturday, November 4
3:00pm – 4:30pm

 

Additional Information
Orientation Location: Arclight Cinemas, Screen 1

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

 

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Carousel Cocktails

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, which will take place Friday – Monday,  November 3, 4, 5 & 6 from 5:00 to 7:30. The selection is made when your badge is purchased.

 

Carousel Cocktails

 

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