October 31 – November 5, 2023 • Santa Monica


FAQ – New


Buyer Accreditation is the process of determining whether or not a company is a Buyer according to the AFM’s definition. AFM defines a Buyer as one of the following:

  • A company which has contracted with one or more members of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) to distribute in at least one audio-visual medium, at least three motion pictures or television programs during the last three years.
  • A company which has contracted with one or more members of IFTA for such company to sub-distribute (i.e. re-license) in at least one audio-visual medium at least three motion pictures or television programs during the last three years.

Only pre-accredited Buyers may register for a Buyer Badge.

No. Buyer Accreditation is a process that must take place before registering as a Buyer for the AFM.

Buyer Badges permit access to the Buyers Lounge, Exhibitor floors, most screenings and AFM transportation.

No. As long as the company is an active Buyer, accreditation is maintained and it applies to all current employees of the company.

Visit the Buyer page for complete pricing information. Discounted rates available through early October.

AFM Buyer Accreditation Has Closed for AFM 2022. No accreditations will be done during the AFM. Accreditations will resume immediately following the AFM.


More days equals more opportunities and more connections. If you are pitching a project or script, Wednesday through Saturday are the most effective days for exploratory conversations with distributors and sales companies (Exhibitors.). More recommendations can be found in How to Work the AFM.

No. The Buyers lounge is only for accredited Buyers.

AFM is a great place to find partners for projects and films – if you have a plan. Read How to Work the AFM and use these steps to increase your chances of success.


The AFM is a marketplace where producers and distributors license films. The AFM is not a festival – there are no competitions or prizes.

Yes. Please see How to Register under Attendee and Buyer resources for more information.

The AFM takes place in Santa Monica, California with Screenings at nearby theaters.

Attendees may register in advance or on-site. Pre-register for discounts and convenience. Subscribe to AFM News for updates on programs, speakers and deadlines.

The AFM offers discounted rates at official AFM Hotels for Registered Attendees. Reservations must be made through the AFM. Hotel reservations are only accepted with a corresponding badge order. Please see Travel & Resources for more details.

The AFM Participant list is available at Cinando.com.
The Exhibitor List is available at Exhibitor List.
The AFM Buyers List is an exclusive benefit for AFM Exhibitors.

The AFM Shuttle Service is free and available to all AFM participants.

October 31 – November 5, 2023


Only Platinum and Plus Badge holders may attend the The AFM Sessions. Tickets are not available.

To be considered to pitch on stage, you will need to submit a 2-minute video pitch. For details go to Pitch Conference.


The AFM is held in a hotel and the rooms are set-up as offices. The offices are to be used for exhibiting only – there is no sleeping in the offices.


Once it is available, the AFM screening schedule can be viewed at TheFilmCatalogue.com.

Most screenings are open to anyone with an AFM badge. (Press is excluded).

Most AFM Participants may screen their films in AFM Theaters. Screening fees and some restrictions apply. See Screenings for details.


Sometimes the registration system encounters a problem with verifying that a company is an approved Buyer. If this occurs, contact our registration department at registration@ifta-online.org or 1-310-446-1082.

Accredited Buyers can request an order form by emailing Registration@ifta-online.org.

Attendees can download and print the Industry Attendee Order Forms from the REGISTER button above.