About AFM

The American Film Market is the world’s largest motion picture business event. Over 7,000 industry leaders converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, conferences, networking and parties. Participants come from more than 80 countries and 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.


Unlike a film festival, the AFM is a marketplace – with over 200,000 square feet of exhibition space — where production and distribution deals are closed. In just eight days, more than US$1 billion in deals will be sealed — on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production.


Participants may view more than 500 screenings of 300+ films – 29 new films every two hours – the majority world or U.S. premieres. Titles range from big budget blockbusters that will be released by the major studios to lower budget art and genre films recognized at international film festivals.


With 7,000 attendees, 500 screenings, 400 exhibiting distributors, and the industry’s largest Conference series, AFM is the pivotal destination for independent filmmakers and business people from all over the world.


AFM 2017 Show Directory

October 31 – November 7, 2018
November 6 – November 13, 2019
November 4 – November 11, 2020
November 3 – November 10, 2021
November 2 – November 9, 2022
November 1 – November 8, 2023
November 6 – November 13, 2024
November 5 – November 12, 2025



Santa Monica, California


The American Film Market is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance, www.ifta-online.org