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 Badges page for complete pricing information. Discounted rates available through October 6, 2023.

All accreditation requests must be submitted by October 6, 2023. No accreditations will be done during 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.

Parking information is available at Parking & Shuttles.

October 31 – November 5, 2023


To attend AFM Sessions on The Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites Pacific Stage, a Platinum or Plus Badge is required. Sessions on the Malibu Stage are open to all AFM Badges. Tickets are not available and entry to the ballrooms is based on space availability.

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

The AFM Sessions take place inside the Pacific and Malibu Ballrooms at The Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites (1707 4th St.). This is about a 5-minute walk from AFM Headquarters; located at Le Méridien Delfina, Santa Monica (530 Pico Blvd).

Yes, you can catch our free shuttle service from Le Méridien Delfina Hotel to The Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites on both the Green and Yellow lines. Shuttles run on a loop and generally pick-up every 15 minutes.

There are no self-parking options at the Hilton. Self-parking is available at The Civic Center Garage across the street.

With the exception of AFM-approved members of the press, no video recording is permitted inside the ballrooms. However, all sessions are recorded live and will be made available on demand to Platinum and Plus badge holders following the Market.


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.