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.
Who may register as a Buyer?
Only pre-accredited Buyers may register for a Buyer Badge.
Is Buyer Accreditation the same as registering for the AFM?
No. Buyer Accreditation is a process that must take place before registering as a Buyer for the AFM.
What do Buyer Badges give access to?
Buyer Badges permit access to the Buyers Lounge, Exhibitor floors, most screenings and AFM transportation.
If I am accredited, do I need to apply next year?
No. As long as the company is an active Buyer, accreditation is maintained and it applies all current employees of the company.
How much is a Buyer Badge?
Visit the Buyer page for complete pricing information. Discounted rates available through early October.
When is the deadline for Buyer Accreditation?
All accreditation requests must be submitted by October 8, 2021. No accreditations will be done during the AFM.
Should I attend for five days (Executive Badge) or four days (Industry Badge)?
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.
Can I choose the days I want to attend with an Industry Badge or Industry Badge-Plus?
No. The IFTA Buyers lounge is only for accredited Buyers and IFTA Member Executives.
How do I pitch my project or film at the AFM?
The AFM is a great place to pitch your project or film - if you have a plan. Read How to Work the AFM and use these steps to increase your chances of success.
Is the AFM a film festival?
The AFM is a marketplace where producers and distributors license films. The AFM is not a festival - there are no competitions or prizes.
Can anyone attend the AFM?
Yes. Please see How to Register under Attendee and Buyer resources for more information.
Where is the AFM held?
Santa Monica, California. The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is the AFM headquarters. Screenings take place at nearby theaters. See the AFM Campus Map.
When can I register?
Attendees may register in advance beginning in July or on-site. Pre-register for discounts and convenience. Subscribe to AFM News for updates on programs, speakers and deadlines.
What about hotel accommodations?
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.
Where can I find the Participant List / Exhibitor List / Buyer List?
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.
Who can use the AFM Shuttle Service and is there a charge?
Most screenings are open to anyone with an AFM badge. (Press is excluded).
How can I screen my film at AFM?
Most AFM Participants may screen their films in AFM Theaters. Screening fees and some restrictions apply. See Screenings for details.
I’m an accredited Buyer, why can’t I see the buyer rates?
Sometimes the registration system encounters a problem with verifying that a company is an approved Buyer. If this occurs, contact our registration department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-310-446-1000.
How do I register if I can’t access online registration?