2019 AFM Wraps with New Exhibitors and Buying Companies from Around the World
LOS ANGELES, CA – November 14, 2019 – The American Film Market (AFM®) concluded its 40th edition on Wednesday, November 13 after hosting the global independent film industry for a dynamic week of deal-making, screenings, conferences, and networking.
In total, 6,964 participants visited the AFM in Santa Monica. Exhibitor participation reached 375 registered companies from nearly 50 countries, with the largest number of exhibitors after the United States coming from the UK, France, Russia, South Korea, and Germany. 77 exhibiting companies from 22 countries were new to the market this year. The only decrease in exhibitors compared to 2018 came from China and Japan, 18 companies combined, due to the loss of government aid previously available. In addition, AFM introduced two new exhibitor programs — Reserved Meeting Tables which quickly sold out, and Offsite Exhibition.
Buyers from 664 companies representing 71 countries visited the market with increases in buying companies coming from the EU with Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.K, as well as Turkey and Russia. Of the total buying companies, AFM welcomed 57 new companies from 23 countries, including Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Peru, and Vietnam.
AFM screenings were highly attended with 400 screenings taking place across 29 theatres over the course of four days. A record 80 films were World Premiere – 17 more than last year.
AFM’s LocationEXPO presented 52 film commissions and agencies from around the world including Film LA, Honolulu Film Office, New Jersey, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Tokyo, and Thailand. Eleven countries also hosted Umbrella Stands at AFM for their sales agents, producers, and production facilities to exhibit. These included Taiwan Film Institute (Taiwan), Japan External Trade Organization (Japan), Italian Trade Agency (Italy), Department of International Trade Promotion, Thai Trade Center (Thailand), ROSKINO and Created in Moscow (Russia), UK Film (United Kingdom), National IT Industry Promotion Agency (South Korea), German Films Service + Marketing (Germany), Romanian Creative Industries Business Federation (Romania), UFCTI (China), and UniFrance (France).
This year, AFM featured its most expansive programming lineup to date with 52 sessions over six days on three stages. AFM Conferences drew audiences of 500 to 700 each day with attendees hearing from industry leaders and innovators such as Aaron L. Gilbert (BRON), Jeffrey Greenstein (Millennium Media), Erik Feig (Picturestart), Tim League (Alamo Drafthouse Cinema), Aron Levitz (Wattpad Studios), Christian Parkes (NEON), Producer Effie Brown, Ted Schilowitz (Paramount Pictures) Lauren Kisilevsky (Disney), Jeff Shultz (Pluto TV), Adam Lewinson (Tubi TV), Julian Franco (Vudu), and Anthony Layser (Xumo).
Other notable speakers included Glen Basner, Sherryl Clark, Producer Cassian Elwes, Jane Fleming, Mark Gooder, Monica Levinson, Katherine MacDonald, Producer Alan Siegel, Nick Spicer, and Carrie Wong.
The American Film Market is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance. More information on the AFM can be found at: AmericanFilmMarket.com.
About the American Film Market®
The American Film Market is the most efficient film acquisition, development and networking event in the world. Unlike a festival, AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed. More than US$1 billion in deals are sealed every year – on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production.
Over 7,000 industry professionals from more than 70 countries converge in Santa Monica every November. They include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, the world’s press and all those who provide services to the motion picture industry.
At AFM, participants can discover the entire global catalogue of available films and projects, attend 50+ best-in-class class conferences, summits, roundtables and presentations, and connect with the independent film community’s decision makers, all in one convenient location without the distraction of a film festival.
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 145 Member companies in 23 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, and financial institutions engaged in production finance. Collectively, IFTA Members produce more than 500 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year, generating more than $5 billion in distribution revenues annually. For more information on IFTA, please visit www.IFTA-online.org.
Jennifer Garnick, VP Communications