October 31 – November 5, 2023 • Santa Monica

About AFM

About AFM

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.

1000’s of industry professionals from more than 80 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 30+ world class conferences and panels, and connect with the independent film community’s decision makers, all in one convenient location without the distraction of a film festival.


The Market — The core of the AFM is the market. 100’s of production/distribution/sales companies have offices at the AFM headquarters where they meet with territorial (national) buyers from 80+ countries to acquire films, both completed and those in every stage of development and production. Many companies are also there to meet with producers who are seeking representation or production partners.

Screenings — AFM screens more than 300 feature films — the majority are world or U.S. premieres. Screenings run simultaneously over the first four days.

LocationEXPO — Film Commissions, facilities and government agencies from around the world participate at LocationEXPO, held inside the AFM.

The AFM Sessions — Offer attendees knowledge, insight and a rare opportunity to hear from the industry’s global thought leaders, decision makers and experts through a series of conferences, panels and conversations.

The Film CatalogueTheFilmCatalogue.com contains over 10,000 films and projects that are available from AFM sales companies.

The Buyers Lounge — The lounge offers morning coffee & tea, evening refreshments and workstations. Access is exclusive to Accredited Buyers.

MyAFM — With AFM’s online community, participants can search the AFM attendee directory, set up meetings and share their profile with other attendees.


October 31 – November 5, 2023
November 5 – November 10, 2024
November 4 – November 9, 2025