Santa Monica, CA

The 2013 American Film Market (AFM®) will open tomorrow with over 8,000 participants, a six-year high.  Participants will include over 100 new buying companies and a record number of companies from Mainland China. Additionally, there will be 357 exhibitors in attendance from 33 countries.

405 films will screen including 321 market premieres and 75 World Premieres from 51 countries.  Films premiering showcase the works of Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Radcliffe, Gerard Depardieu, James Caan, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, James Franco, Richard Dreyfuss, Cory Monteith, Stanley Tucci, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Emma Roberts, Val Kilmer, Judi Dench, Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Zach Braff, Jay Z, Kanye West, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Nicolas Cage, Haley Joel Osment, Josh Hartnett, Jenna Fischer, Abigail Breslin, Thandie Newton, Amy Smart, Jesse Eisenberg and many more.  The full listing is available at

The AFM Conference Series, Producers Forum, Industry Conversations and Seminars will include more than 30 sessions, featuring over 100 industry thought leaders sharing their vision and knowledge.  Speakers include Tobin Armburst, President, Worldwide Productions and Acquisitions, Exclusive Media; Paul Bales, Partner &COO, The Asylum; Eric Brenner, Partner, Informant Media; Mark Burnett, Producer; Mark Canton, Chairman & CEO, Atmosphere Entertainment MM, LLC; Adam Carolla, Writer/Producer/Actor, Carolla Digital;Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/Agent; Jon Gerrans, Co-Founder & Co-President, Strand Releasing; Nicolas Gonda, Co-Founder & CEO, Tugg Inc.; Mike Goodridge, CEO, Protagonist Pictures; Joan Graves, SVP and Chairman, CARA, MPAA; Paul Hertzberg, President & CEO, CineTel Films, Inc.; Lynette Howell, Founding Producer,Electric City Entertainment; Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO, Relativity Media; Charlotte Mickie, EVP, Entertainment One;Lise Romanoff, Managing Director & CEO Worldwide Distribution, Vision Films;and Aaron Ryder, President of Production, FilmNation.  For more information, see, and

“We’re looking forward to hosting the world’s producers and distributors in sunny Santa Monica,” said Jonathan Wolf, AFM Managing Director. “The AFM’s diverse array of services and programs offer fantastic opportunities to connect, close deals and learn from the industry’s best and brightest.”

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 70 countries, 700 screenings and the industry’s largest Conference Series, AFM is the pivotal destination for independent filmmakers, directors, distributors, financiers, industry executives, producers, talent, writers, 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.  Visit for more information.

Contact:  323-822-9300
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