NOVEMBER 6 - 13, 2019 • SANTA MONICA

Programs & Events

Programs & Events – New

Access requirements for each track are different. See below for details.

CONFERENCES

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AFM Conferences offer attendees knowledge, insight, access and a rare opportunity to hear from the industry’s global thought leaders, decision makers and experts. Access with a Qualifying Badge or ticket.

 

Finance Conference I: The Big Picture

Friday, November 8     |     9:15am – 12:45pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

The Future of Global Film Finance

Leading CEOs, filmmakers, financiers and studio executives explore the future of independent film financing, emerging trends and the impact of new platforms on global film finance.

Pitch Conference

Saturday, November 9     |     9:15am – 12:45pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

Pitching Essentials

A good pitch can get a bad film made while a bad pitch can leave a terrific project languishing on the shelf. Pitching is part art (it’s creative), part science (it needs to follow a tight script) and part sales (you have to wow them). Conference attendees will learn the essential rules and tools of pitching from the experts.


The 2-Minute Pitches

Volunteers selected in advance will pitch to our expert panel. They will give unvarnished feedback on each pitch – explaining what worked, what didn’t – and why.

Panelists
Tobin Armbrust, President, Worldwide Production & Acquisitions, Virgin Produced
Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/Agent, Elevated Film Sales

To be considered to pitch on stage, you will need to submit a 2-minute video pitch. Instructions on how to submit your pitch will be posted in early September.

Finance Conference II: Funding Films Today

Sunday, November 10     |     9:15am – 12:45pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

Producing Studio Films with Independent Budgets

Production quality and talent are more crucial than ever. Producers need to be strategic with their budgets – talent, locations, special effects, crew, everything! Seasoned producers and experts share their advice on how to stretch budgets and get every dollar, euro, pound, yen or franc “on the screen.”

Moderator
Richard Botto, Founder & CEO, Stage 32


The Film Finance Matrix: From Script to Screen

Moderator
David Offenberg, Associate Professor of Entertainment Finance, Loyola Marymount


MCLE Credit: One hour of MCLE credit is available for attorneys for the second session.

Production Conference

Monday, November 11     |     9:15am – 12:45pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

Producing for the International Pre-Sales Marketplace

Pre-Selling to territorial Buyers is key to financing most independent films. What are they looking for? Which genres and talent? How do you set a budget that will reflect the marketplace? Discover which projects are most likely to sell globally before they are made.

Moderator
Paul Hertzberg, President & CEO, CineTel Films, Inc.


Casting for a Greenlight

Attaching talent to your screenplay doesn’t guarantee that you will get your film financed but it can certainly increase your chances. Producers and casting directors reveal what it takes to attract talent and get them attached before the financing is in place.

Television Conference

Monday, November 11     |     2:30pm – 6:00pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

Distribution Conference

Tuesday, November 12     |     9:15am – 12:45pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

Working with Sales Agents

To reach the global audience, an independent producer’s best ally is their international Sales Agent. Our panel of experts will discuss how to find and work with the right Sales Agent.

Moderator
Clay Epstein, President, Film Mode Entertainment


The Rise of AVOD

Moderator
Bruce Eisen, President, Digital Advisors

MCLE Credit: One hour of MCLE credit is available for attorneys for the second session.


Additional Information

Doors & Will Call for morning sessions open at 8:00am.
Doors & Will Call for afternoon sessions open at 1:30pm.

To submit a speaker for consideration for AFM 2019, please see Speaking Opportunities.

WRITERS WORKSHOP

Learn how to shape your screenplay into a compelling narrative that will resonate with studios, investors and a global audience. Access with a Qualifying Badge or ticket.

Writers Workshop

Sunday, November 10     |     2:30pm – 5:30pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

 

IMMERSIVE SUMMIT

A collaborative and educational event for creatives, buyers, sellers and innovators of the Extended Reality (XR) industry. The program will include keynotes and panel discussions featuring creators, international industry experts and decision makers, to address the stages of bringing immersive content, such as virtual and augmented reality, to market. Access with any AFM badge or ticket.

 

Immersive Summit presented by Winston Baker

Saturday, November 9     |     2:30pm – 6:00pm     |     Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel

ROUNDTABLES

AFM Roundtables are open-ended discussions that explore specialized topics and timely issues in a more intimate setting. Access with any AFM badge until full. Due to limited space, tickets to Roundtables are not available.
 
Roundtables will be posted throughout the summer as confirmed. In 2018, Roundtables covered LGBTQ Characters, Family/Faith, Gender Diversity, Documentaries, Micro-Budget and Horror.

 

TBA

Saturday, November 9     |     5:00pm – 6:30pm     |     Palisades Stage, Loews Hotel

TBA

Sunday, November 10     |     2:30pm – 4:00pm     |    Palisades Stage, Loews Hotel

TBA

Sunday, November 10     |     5:00pm – 6:30pm     |    Palisades Stage, Loews Hotel

TBA

Monday, November 11     |     2:30pm – 4:00pm     |    Palisades Stage, Loews Hotel

TBA

Monday, November 11     |     4:30pm – 6:00pm     |    Palisades Stage, Loews Hotel

TBA

Tuesday, November 12     |     2:30pm – 4:00pm     |    Palisades Stage, Loews Hotel

TBA

Tuesday, November 12     |     5:00pm – 6:30pm     |    Palisades Stage, Loews Hotel

SPOTLIGHT EVENTS

AFM Spotlight Events are unique opportunities to connect and learn. Access with any AFM badge until full.
 
Spotlight Events will be posted throughout the summer as confirmed. Among the 16 Spotlight Events at AFM 2018 were: The South African Success Factor, New International Dynamics in Hong Kong, Poland as Your Next Filming Location, Unlocking the Hidden Value of Content with Blockchain, Korea CG/VFX Showcase, Filming in Portugal and The Louisiana Advantage. To explore hosting a Spotlight Event, see Speaking Opportunities.

 

AFM ORIENTATION

Learn how the market works and the best way to connect with the AFM’s 400+ production/distribution companies. Access with any AFM badge until full.

Orientation

Wednesday, November 6     |     3:00pm – 4:30pm     |    Palisades Stage, Loews Hotel

Speaker
Jonathan Wolf, Managing Director, American Film Market

 

Orientation

Saturday, November 9     |     3:00pm – 4:30pm     |    Palisades Stage, Loews Hotel

Speaker
Jonathan Wolf, Managing Director, American Film Market

Additional Information
We recommend that producers read How to Work the AFM in advance.

CAROUSEL COCKTAILS

AFM hosts the world’s producers and decision makers to four networking receptions at the historic Merry-Go-Round on the Santa Monica Pier. The AFM’s Carousel Cocktails provide a unique and memorable experience as participants connect and relax at the beach.

Carousel Cocktails will take place Friday – Monday, November 8, 9, 10 & 11, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Qualified Attendee badge holders are invited to one reception. The choice of evening is selected when each badge is purchased.

 
Carousel Cocktails