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AFM® OPENS WITH 77 NEW EXHIBITORS AND BUYERS FROM 70+ COUNTRIES

Posted by Larry Gleeson

BIGGEST PROGRAMMING LINEUP TO DATE

MORE THAN 400 SCREENINGS, INCLUDING 80 WORLD PREMIERES

Los Angeles, CA – November 5, 2019 — The 40th American Film Market® (AFM®) will open its doors tomorrow, November 6. An estimated 7,000 attendees, including finance, production, sales, and distribution executives will be in attendance for screenings, meetings, networking, and panels, and to solidify deals on both completed films and thousands of projects destined to reach the audiences around the world.

The AFM will welcome 375 exhibiting companies, including 77 new exhibitors from 22 countries, who combined are representing thousands of films and projects in every stage of production. The United States will have the biggest exhibitor presence with 160, followed by the United Kingdom (31), France (26), Russia (19) South Korea (17), Germany (12), Italy (8), Romania (8), and Thailand (8).

The world’s leading buyers will also be in attendance with companies from more than 70 countries confirmed to date, the largest number coming from the United States, followed by Japan, South Korea, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, and China. Buyers from the world’s leading digital platforms are also confirmed.

AFM continues its programming expansion this year with the addition of dedicated AVOD, Television, and XR conversations on its main stage at the Fairmont Hotel. Over six days and 52 sessions, the topics, opportunities, and practical information most relevant to global filmmakers will be presented across three stages providing attendees the chance to hear from more than 150 thought leaders, decision-makers and experts.

The Conference Series begins Friday, Nov. 8 with Breaking the Mold: The Innovators bringing together industry visionaries Erik Feig, CEO, Picturestart, Tim League, Founder, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and Aron Levitz, Head of Wattpad Studios, and Christian Parkes, Chief Marketing Officer of NEON to discuss what differentiates their business models and what the future holds.

The new half-day Immersive Summit presented by Winston Baker on Saturday, Nov. 9, will offer opportunities for bringing content, such as virtual and augmented reality, to market with creators and experts. Ted Schilowitz, XR expert and Futurist at Paramount Pictures, will present the opening keynote followed by panels featuring Rick Hack, Intel Studios, Laura Hertzfeld, Verizon Media’s Yahoo! News, Randal Kleiser, Film Director, and Lauren Xandra, National Research Group, among others.

The new half-day Television Conference on Monday, Nov. 11 will look at long-form programming for the small screen moderated by Variety’s Michael Schneider and featuring producers Paul Bales, The Asylum, Pierre David, ReelOne/Lance Entertainment, Brad Krevoy, Motion Picture Corporation of America, Chevonne O’Shaughnessy, American Cinema International, and Tony Vassiliadis, MarVista Entertainment. Presentations by network executives including Disney’s Lauren Kisilevsky, the History
Channel’s Mike Stiller, and Lifetime Original Movie’s Tia Maggini on their feature-length programming needs and priorities will follow.

AFM’s The Rise of AVOD panel on Tuesday, Nov. 12 will explore this rapidly expanding model and the opportunities for independent film with panelists Floris Bauer, Gunpowder & Sky, Jeff Shultz, Pluto TV, Adam Lewinson, Tubi TV, Julian Franco, Vudu, Anthony Layser, Xumo, and moderator Bruce Eisen, Digital Advisors.

AFM’s Palisades and Venice Stages at the Loews will host Roundtables and Presentations, including:

  • Audiences Want More: Bringing Diverse Projects to the Marketplace
    In partnership with ReFrame on Saturday, Nov. 9, with Glen Basner, FilmNation, Producers Zanne Devine and Cassian Elwes, and Monica Levinson, ShivHans Pictures, and Jane Fleming, Court Five Productions.
  • Seizing the Moment: Producing LGBTQ Content in a Time of Unprecedented Visibility
    In partnership with Outfest on Sunday, Nov. 10 with River Gallo, Ponyboi, Stephen Kelliher, BanksideFilms, Keya Khayatian, United Talent Agency, LaShawn McGhee, Revry, and Valerie Stadler Big Swing Productions & Outfest.
  •  Animals in Film: From Script to Screen on Saturday, Nov. 9 with Animals for Hollywood Senior Trainer Mark Harden and K9 dog actor Benny.

Other notable speakers include producer Roxanne Benjamin (V/H/S), producer Effie Brown (Dear White People), Sherryl Clark, The H Collective, Mark Gooder, Cornerstone Films, Katherine MacDonald, Paramount Pictures, Nat McCormick, The Exchange, producer Alysa Nahmias (Unrest), Vanessa Saal, Protagonist Pictures, Nick Spicer, XYZ Films, and Carrie Wong, Sony Pictures Entertainment.

AFM will also host more than 400 screenings of 313 films from 114 exhibiting companies. A record 80 films will make their World Premiere. In addition, more than 25 of the Academy Award® entries submitted for consideration for the “Best International Film” category are among the films being represented at this year’s market. LocationEXPO®, in its third year, will take place over the course of four days of AFM – November 9-12 and feature more than 50 Film Commissions, Government Agencies, Production Facilities and Services from around the globe.

In order to best serve the needs of its diverse sales companies, AFM launched a new program this year for companies who prefer to set up their sales offices outside of the Loews. The American Film Market is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance.

For more information visit AmericanFilmMarket.com.

For AFM’s Programming Lineup: AmericanFilmMarket.com/programs-events;

For the Exhibitor List: AmericanFilmMarket.com/exhibitor- list;

For AFM Screenings: TheFilmCatalogue.com/afm/screening-schedule.

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About the American Film Market®
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.

Over 7,000 industry professionals from more than 70 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 50+ best-in-class class conferences, summits, roundtables, and presentations, and connect with the independent film community’s decision-makers, all in one convenient location without the distraction of a film festival.

About the Independent Film & Television Alliance®
The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®) is the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IFTA represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 145 Member companies in 23 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, and financial institutions engaged in production finance. Collectively, IFTA Members produce more than 500 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year, generating more than $5
billion in distribution revenues annually. For more information on IFTA, please visit www.IFTA-online.org.

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AFM NEWS UPDATE

Posted by Larry Gleeson

With the upcoming 2019 American Film Market (AFM) just around the corner, I discovered Santa Monica and the AFM Campus are smoke-free and without fires! View a live video of Santa Monica and the AFM campus at PacPark.com/santa-monica-pier-live-cams/pier/ and PacPark.com/santa-monica-pier-live-cams/wheel/. To see the current air quality in the region, visit https://bit.ly/34dUZtc.

Stay tuned for more – including programming!

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.

Over 7,000 industry professionals from more than 70 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 50+ world class conferences, roundtables and presentations, and connect with the independent film community’s decision makers, all in one convenient location without the distraction of a film festival.

Stay tuned for more from this year’s event November 6 – November 13, 2019, in Santa Monica Calif.

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(Sourced from americanfilmmarket.com)

ARCLIGHT FILMS CATCHES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO THE THRILLER ‘LET IT SNOW’

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Los Angeles, CA (October 30, 2019) – Leading entertainment company, Arclight Films, has boarded the haunting thriller Let It Snow starring Ivanna Sakhno (The Spy Who Dumped Me, Pacific Rim: Uprising), Alex Hafner (Submergence, The Councellor), and Tinatin Dalakishvili (Abigail), it was announced by the company’s chairman and CEO, Gary Hamilton. Stanislav Kapralov makes his feature film directorial debut from a script he wrote with Omri Rose.

 Arclight Films will handle worldwide rights to the feature and will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market where they will also debut market screenings of the film.

The story follows Mia, a free-riding snowboarder, who is separated from her fiancé after sneaking onto a restricted slope. She must not only survive against nature but also a masked snowmobile rider in black who’s out for her blood.

The film is produced by Solar Media’s Serge Lavrenyuk. Executive producers are Yan Fisher and Roger Corbi of FishCorb Film, which produced Papillon starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek.

Gary Hamilton “Stanislav has created a standout thriller that is beautifully shot, with superb performances, and edge-of-your-seat suspense that will captivate audiences,” commented Hamilton. “We look forward to representing this film and having it on offer to buyers at the market.”

Arclight’s market slate also includes the true-life prison break story, Escape From Pretoria, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Daniel Webber, the sci-fi thriller Possessor starring Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Sean Bean, Jennifer Jason Leigh, directed by Brandon Cronenberg, and the action thriller Long Gone Heroes starring Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, and Maggie Q.

ABOUT ARCLIGHT FILMS

Arclight Films is one of the world’s leading international sales companies for theatrical, television and home entertainment.  Arclight Films has sold over 300 motion pictures including the Best Picture Oscar® winner Crash, Golden Globe® Best Picture Nominee Bobby and Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke and the recent Oscar® nominated feature First Reformed (for Best Original Screenplay).

The company’s recent films include the highly anticipated Hotel Mumbai starring Armie Hammer, Dev Patel, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher, and Jason Isaacs, directed by Anthony Maras released in the US by Bleecker Street on March 22nd, the powerhouse actioner Triple Threat starring Chinese stars Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen, and the Vietnamese action thriller Furie both films released by Well Go USA in March 2019, and the successful biopic Jungle starring Daniel Radcliffe released by eOne.

Arclight’s past films include 2016 Official Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selection Dog Eat Dog starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, The Confirmation starring Clive Owen and Maria Bello, directed by Academy Award-winner Bob Nelson (Nebraska), 2016 Sundance Official Selection Frank & Lola starring Imogen Poots and Michael Shannon, Predestination starring Ethan Hawke released through Sony Pictures, Last Knights starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman, Paper Planes starring Sam Worthington, and Shangri-La Suite starring Emily Browning and Luke Grimes.

Arclight Films additionally encompasses subsidiary labels Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven division of the company whose films include the worldwide horror hits Wolf Creek, Wolf Creek 2 and action thriller Bait 3D (the highest-grossing Australian film in the history of Chinese cinema), and Easternlight, a specialty arm showcasing Asian cinema with the largest film library of any non-Asian-based indie film label. Films sold under the Easternlight banner include the worldwide blockbuster Forbidden Kingdom starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, 14 Blades starring Donnie Yen, and legendary auteur Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice.

The latest additions to Easternlight includes Guardians Of The Tomb starring Kellen Lutz and Bingbing Li, Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal starring Bingbing Li, Wolf Warrior starring Wu Jing (which opened #1 at the Chinese Box Office, earning more than $32.5M in one weekend) Outcast starring Nicolas Cage, Special Id Starring Donnie Yen, and Badges Of Fury.

Arclight Films maintains a presence at all major motion picture and television festivals and markets with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Toronto.

Arclight Film

(Source: Arclight press release)

 

LocationEXPO and Umbrella Stand country participants confirmed for the 2019 Market.

Posted by Larry Gleeson

50 FILM COMMISSIONS, PRODUCTION SERVICES & FACILITIES

SET FOR LOCATIONEXPO® AT AFM® NOVEMBER 9-12

11 Countries Host Market Umbrella Stands

Los Angeles, CA – October 25, 2019 – LocationEXPO® returns to the American Film AFM-2019-PosterMarket, November 9 – 12, with 50 Film Commissions, Government Agencies, Production Facilities and Services from around the globe confirmed to participate.  Located in dedicated exhibition space within the AFM, LocationEXPO has become a tremendous resource for AFM attendees to learn and gather information about locations, production incentives, services, and resources available to their projects and films.

Additionally, organizations from 11 countries will host Umbrella Stands at AFM to support and garner opportunities and exposure for their sales agents, producers, and production facilities.  Confirmed stands include, Taiwan Film Institute (Taiwan), Japan External Trade Organization (Japan), Italian Trade Agency (Italy), Department of International Trade Promotion, Thai Trade Center (Thailand), ROSKINO (Russia), Created in Moscow (Russia), UK Film (United Kingdom), National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) (South Korea), German Films Service + Marketing (Germany), Romanian Creative Industries Business Federation (Romania), UFCTI (China), and UniFrance (France).

LocationEXPO® participants to include:

Asian Film Locations

Central Oregon Film Office

Choice Films at Umbra Studios

Office

CR8stages

DITP, Thailand

Dominican Republic Film Commission

Entertainment Partners

Film in Lithuania/Vilnius Film Cluster

FilmLA

Greater Palm Springs

Hana Productions

Hann Media (Turkey)

Honolulu Film Office

House of Lapland

Invest in Cyprus

Israel (Israfest)

Louisiana Film Office

Mallorca Film Commission

Malta Film Commission

Media Services

Nevada Film Office

New Jersey Motion Picture & TV Commission

New Zealand Film Commission

Oklahoma Film & Music

Ontario International Airport

Panama Film Commission

PEX

Polish Film Institute

Portugal Film Commission

Riga City Council of Latvia

Riverside County

Romanian Creative Industries Business Federation

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan

Sakartvelo Films (Georgia)

San Antonio Film Commission

Savannah Regional Film Commission

Southern Kentucky

Spain – ICEX

State of Hawaii

Taipei Film Commission

Thailand Film Office

Tokyo Film Commission

Uzbekistan Film Commission

Visit Redding (Film Shasta)

Visit Ventura

Yale University

 

About the American Film Market®

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.

Over 7,000 industry professionals from more than 70 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 catalog of available films and projects, attend 50+ best-in-class class conferences, summits, roundtables, and presentations, and connect with the independent film community’s decision-makers, all in one convenient location without the distraction of a film festival.

About the Independent Film & Television Alliance®

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®) is the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IFTA represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 140 Member companies in 23 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, and financial institutions engaged in production finance. Collectively, IFTA Members produce more than 500 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year, generating more than $5 billion in sales revenues annually. For more information on IFTA, please visit www.IFTA-online.org.

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(Source: AFM news release)

What’s happening at the American Film Market

Posted by Larry Gleeson

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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.

AFM Cocktails

Over 7,000 industry professionals from more than 70 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.

AFM RES

At AFM, participants can discover the entire global catalog of available films and projects, attend 50+ world-class conferences, roundtables and presentations, and connect with the independent film community’s decision-makers, all in one convenient location without the distraction of a film festival.

AFM Atrium

 

The American Film Market is comprised of:

The Market — The core of the AFM is the market. Over 400 production/distribution/sales companies have offices at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel where they meet with territorial (national) buyers from 70+ 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 world or U.S. premieres. Screenings run simultaneously in 29 theatres over the first five or six days.

LocationEXPO — Film Commissions, facilities and government agencies from around the world participate at LocationEXPO, a four-day event held inside the AFM.

Conferences — Six, half-day Conferences give attendees knowledge and insight, and an opportunity to hear from industry thought leaders, decision-makers and experts.

Immersive Summit — A collaborative and educational event for Extended Reality (XR), the Immersive Summit addresses all stages of bringing XR content to market.

Roundtables — AFM Roundtables are open-ended discussions that explore specialized topics and timely issues in an intimate setting.

Writers Workshop — During the Writers Workshop, participants learn how to shape their screenplay into a compelling narrative that will resonate with studios, investors and a global audience.

Spotlight Events — Organization and companies from around the world create unique opportunities to connect and learn as part of AFM’s Spotlight Events.

Networking Receptions — For those involved in production and services, AFM hosts four evening Carrousel Cocktails at the historic Merry-Go-Round on the Santa Monica Pier.

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

Buyers Lounge — Located on the 5th Floor of the Loews Hotel, the Buyers Lounge is exclusively for Buyers and IFTA Members. The Lounge offers morning coffee & tea, evening refreshments, and workstations.

Filmmakers Lounge — Located on the lobby level of Loews Hotel, the Filmmakers Lounge provides a convenient meeting location for all participants.

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

AFM Screenings On Demand — All participants can screen their films privately before, during and after the market with AFM Screenings On Demand. It is used by sales companies to reach territorial buyers, and by producers who are seeking worldwide sales representation.
AFM 2018 Show Directory

When

November 6 – November 13, 2019
November 4 – November 11, 2020
November 3 – November 10, 2021
November 2 – November 9, 2022
November 1 – November 8, 2023
November 6 – November 13, 2024
November 5 – November 12, 2025
November 4 – November 11, 2026
Where

Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica AFM

The American Film Market is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance, www.ifta-online.org. (Sourced from AmericanFilmMarket.com)

 

 

Disney, FilmNation, NEON, Picturestart, Wattpad + More Join AFM Speaker Lineup

Posted by Larry Gleeson

EXECUTIVES FROM ALAMO DRAFT HOUSE, DISNEY, FILMNATION, HISTORY CHANNEL, INTEL, LIFETIME, NEON, PICTURESTART, VERIZON MEDIA, WATTPAD AND MORE JOIN AMERICAN FILM MARKET® SPEAKER LINEUP

 

Los Angeles, CA – October 21, 2019 – The American Film Market (AFM®) announced today more confirmed speakers for this year’s Conferences and programming which runs alongside the AFM’s marketplace and industry screenings. Over six days, more than 150 thought leaders, decision-makers and experts will discuss topics and issues most relevant to global filmmakers across three dedicated stages. This year’s market takes place November 6 – 13 in Santa Monica and marks its 40th edition.

American Film Market Sign

 

The AFM Conferences will kick off on Friday, November 8 on the AFM main stage at the Fairmont Hotel.  Highlights include:

The opening Conference will feature Breaking the Mold: The Innovators bringing together Erik Feig, CEO, Picturestart, Tim League, Founder, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and Aron Levitz, Head of Wattpad Studios, and Tom Quinn, Founder & CEO, NEON.

As part of its new Television Conference, network executives including Disney’s VP of Original Programming, Lauren Kisilevsky, the History Channel’s VP of Development and Programming, Mike Stiller, and Lifetime Original Movie’s Vice President of Programming, Tia Maggini will take the stage to present their feature-length programming needs and priorities.

Television Alliance

The Producing for the International Pre-sales Marketplace panel featuring Miranda Bailey, CEO, Cold Iron Pictures, Sherryl Clark, President, Production, The H Collective, Mark Gooder, Co-President, Cornerstone Films and Nat McCormick, EVP, Worldwide Distribution, The Exchange.

Producer Effie Brown will join AFM’s popular Pitch Conference as a panelist and advisor.

New speakers for the Immersive Summit presented by Winston Baker include Rick Hack, Head of Media & Entertainment Partnerships, Intel Studios, Laura Hertzfeld, Director of XR Partnerships, Verizon Media’s Yahoo! News, Randal Kleiser, Film Director, and Lauren Xandra, Director of Strategic Initiatives, National Research Group.

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In addition, the AFM’s Palisades Stage at the Loews Hotel will host Roundtables and Presentations exploring specialized and timely issues. Highlights include:

  • Audiences Want More: Bringing Diverse Projects to the Marketplace – presented in partnership with ReFrame and featuring Glen Basner, CEO, FilmNation, Producers Zanne Devine and Cassian Elwes, and Monica Levinson, President of Production, ShivHans Pictures.
  • Seizing the Moment: Producing LGBTQ Content in a Time of Unprecedented Visibility – presented in partnership with Outfest and featuring River Gallo, Writer/Director/Star, Ponyboi, Stephen Kelliher, Director, Sales & Marketing, Bankside Films, Keya Khayatian, Partner, United Talent Agency, LaShawn McGhee, Co-Founder & CPO, Revry, and Valerie Stadler Big Swing Productions & Outfest Board of Directors.
  • Distributing & Monetizing Feature Documentaries with Josh Braun, Co-President, Submarine Entertainment, Alexandra Johnes, Producer, Very Special Projects, Melanie Miller, Co-Founder/Producer, Fishbowl Films, and Evan Saxon, Head of West Coast Acquisitions and Business Development, Abramorama.
  • Respecting the Genre: Why Some Horror Films Work While Others Don’t with Roxanne Benjamin, Producer, V/H/S, Southbound, Patrick Ewald, CEOEpic Pictures, and Natalie Metzger, VP, Development & Production, Vanishing Angle.
  • Shooting Intimate Scenes – with Amanda Blumenthal, Intimacy Coordinator, Euphoria, The L Word: Generation Q, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels and Founder of Intimacy Professionals Association.

 

The full list of 2019 speakers announced to date are:

Adam Lewinson, Tubi TV

Alexandra Jones, Very Special Projects

Alex Ferrari, Indie Film Hustle

Alysa Nahmias, Ajna Films

Amanda Blumenthal, Intimacy Professionals Association

Amanda Marshall, Cold Iron Pictures

Anthony Layser, Xumo

Arjun Mendhi, MTonomy

Baba Uppal, Secret Location

Barbara Mudge, Worldwide Film Entertainment

Benjamin Wiessner, Producer

Brad Krevoy, Motion Picture Corporation of America

Bruce Eisen, Digital Advisors

Cassian Elwes, Producer

Clay Epstein, Film Mode Entertainment

Colin McCormack, SAGIndie

Cynthia Tollett, DGA

Darren Ehlers, Entertainment Partners

David Offenberg, Loyola Marymount

David White, SHIFT72

Denise Denson, MTonomy

Dr. Patrice Poujol, Lumiere

Effie Brown, Producer

Emmanuel Itier, The Wonderland Group

Erik Feig, Picturestart

Eunice Shin, PROPHET

Evan Saxon, Abramorama

Floris Bauer, Gunpowder & Sky

George Campanellas, Invest Cyprus

Glen Basner, FilmNation

Gregg Schwenk, Newport Beach Film Festival

Heather Rae, Iron Circles Pictures

Illya Szilak, Cloudred

Ivo Felt, Allfilm

Jānis Kalējs, Producer

Jason M. Berman, Mandalay Pictures

Jeff Shultz, Chief Business Officer, Pluto TV

Jennifer Chavarria, Kite & Lightning

Joanelle Romero, Red Nation Celebration Institute

John Hadity, EP Financial Solutions

John Zois, Anton

Jordana Mollick, Semi-Formal Productions

Josh Braun, Submarine Entertainment

Joy Ganes, Producer

Julian Franco, Vudu

Karen Robson, Pryor Cashman LLP

Katherine MacDonald, Paramount Pictures

Katya Mtsitouridze, ROSKINO

Kayvan Mashayekh, Producers Without Borders

Keya Khayatian, United Talent Agency

LaShawn McGhee, Revry

Laura Hertzfeld, Verizon Media’s Yahoo! News

Lauren Kisilevsky, The Disney Channel

Lauren Xandra, National Research Group

Lee Jessup, lessjessup.com

Linda Nelson, IndieRights

Lise Anderson, WGAW

Manuel Badel, Badel Media

Mark Gooder, Cornerstone Films

Marko Post, VFX Specialist

Megan Gilbride, Producer

Melanie Miller, Fishbowl Films

Michalis P. Michael, Invest Cyprus

Mike Stiller, History Channel

Miranda Bailey, Cold Iron Pictures

Monica Levinson, ShivHans Pictures

Myfa Cirinna, Entertainment Partners

Nat McCormick, The Exchange

Natalie Metzger, Vanishing Angle

Patrick Ewald, Epic Pictures

Paul Audley, FilmLA

Paul Bales, The Asylum

Paul Hertzberg, CineTel Films, Inc.

Pierre David, ReelOne/Lance Entertainment

Pilar Alessandra, On the Page

Randal Kleiser, Randal Kleiser Productions

Randi Feldman, Cinema Workshops

Richard Botto, Stage 32

Rick Hack, Intel Studios  

River Gallo, Ponyboi

Roxanne Benjamin, Producer

Russell Schwartz, Pandemic Marketing Group

Ryan Koo, No Film School

Shaked Berenson, Wood Entertainment

Sherryl Clark, The H Collective

Sr. Rose Pacatte, Pauline Center for Media Studies

Stephen Kelliher, Bankside Films

Steve Nicholaides, Producer

Steven Wolfson, UCLA

Suzy Sammons, The Giving Company

Tanel Toom, Director

Ted Schilowitz, Paramount Pictures

Tia Maggini, Lifetime Network

Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse

Tobin Armbrust, Virgin Produced

Tom Quinn, NEON

Tony Vassiliadis, MarVista Entertainment

Trevor Crafts, Macrocosm

Valerie Stadler, Big Swing Productions / Outfest

William Bibbiani, Bloody Disgusting

Zanne Devine, Producer

View the full programming lineup for AFM 2019. For badge and ticket information, please visit the AFM website.

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About the American Film Market®

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.

Over 7,000 industry professionals from more than 70 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 50+ best-in-class class conferences, summits, roundtables and presentations, and connect with the independent film community’s decision makers, all in one convenient location without the distraction of a film festival.

 

About the Independent Film & Television Alliance®

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®) is the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IFTA represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 140 Member companies in 23 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, and financial institutions engaged in production finance. Collectively, IFTA Members produce more than 500 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year, generating more than $5 billion in sales revenues annually. For more information on IFTA, please visit www.IFTA-online.org.

 

About Winston Baker:
Co-Founded by Katherine Winston and Amy Baker, Winston Baker is the leading producer of entertainment conferences worldwide addressing finance, innovation and growth. Winston Baker has been successfully organizing educational events globally since 2008 in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Menlo Park, Cannes, Zurich, Shanghai, Beijing, Los Cabos, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Moscow and Singapore. Winston Baker’s conference series includes the CONFLUENCE SUMMIT, FILM FINANCE FORUM, IMMERSIVE SUMMIT, and MUSIC FINANCE FORUM. For more information, visit www.WinstonBaker.com.

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About American Film Market

Posted by Larry Gleeson

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.

Over 7,000 industry professionals from more than 70 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 50+ world class conferences, roundtables and presentations, and connect with the independent film community’s decision makers, all in one convenient location without the distraction of a film festival.

Stay tuned for more from this year’s event November 6 – November 13, 2019, in Santa Monica Calif.

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(Sourced from americanfilmmarket.com)

Five Ways to Build a Powerful Financing and Distribution Network for Your Film

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Written by Christopher Rufo and Keith Ochwat

You’ve heard it said before: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

As an independent filmmaker, your network — the relationships you forge with individuals, institutions and media in your niche — is what will drive every step of your film’s distribution. After all the hard work of getting your film made, you’ll need a tight-knit group of supporters and evangelists who believe in your work and will help you build an audience.

For our documentary Age of Champions, which tells the story of five competitors up to 100 years old who compete in the Senior Olympics, our network was the engine that powered our success. It allowed us to spend more than two years distributing our film and helped us generate more than $1.5 million in revenues.

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Networking involves much more than attending cocktail receptions or shaking hands at festivals. It’s about actively connecting with the people and organizations who share a passion for your work. It’s about creating partnerships throughout the entire process of funding, marketing, and distribution. In short, your network is the catalyst that will make things happen for your film.

As we cover in our Filmmaker.MBA online course, here’s our five-step guide to building your network of partners to help you maximize your film’s exposure and impact:

1. Focus on Your Niche

Your niche is the smallest, most passionate, and highest impact core of people who would love your film. These are the people who will watch your film for free on Netflix, then buy a DVD, host a screening in their community, and spread the word to their friends.

You’ll want to pinpoint the smallest niche audience you can find based on the subject matter of your film. For example, with our Senior Olympics documentary, Age of Champions, we discovered our audience by reaching out to nonprofits and businesses in the senior health community. We made phone calls to organizations, attended conferences, and started selling DVDs and community screening kits to senior centers, retirement homes and hospitals. They loved the film and wanted to share it with their local communities. Eventually, we discovered that our core audience was “female professionals ages 40 to 65 who worked in the senior health.” You should be as specific as possible — and it’s important to keep in mind that your core audience might not be what you thought when you started your project.

2. Reach Out to Institutions

Getting an institution to partner with you and promote your film can be one of the most powerful ways for getting your film out into the world. As soon as possible, you should make a list of all the important nonprofits, educational institutions, companies, and foundations in your niche.

Pay particular attention to mission-driven institutions that have connections to a potential audience with an interest in the same topic as your film. For example, if your film is about endangered whales, you’ll want to target organizations that are involved in marine conservation, animal rights, and environmental issues, and marine biology. The simplest way is to gauge their interest is to call and ask if they’d be interested in sharing your film with their members.

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3. Attend a Conference

Conferences are the secret shortcut to building your network quickly and efficiently. Although they can be a little awkward, you’ll be able to network face-to-face with the most influential people in your niche. The process is simple: do some research and find the biggest annual gatherings of people in your niche, book your ticket, and set up as many meetings as possible in advance.

For our upcoming documentary about three failing American cities, America Lost, we attended three public policy conferences and made connections with potential funders who eventually donated more than $500,000 towards production of the film. Our process was simple: we contacted the conference organizers six months in advance and pitched them on participating on a panel and sharing the trailer for our work-in-progress film. Six weeks before the conference, we asked the organizers for a complete attendee list and reached out to potential funders to set up coffee meetings during the event. We met one funder at Dunkin’ Donuts across from the Convention Center in Denver, and he committed to writing a $100,000 check on the spot.

By participating as a speaker, the conference organizers usually waived the attendance fee, so we just had to book our own transportation and accommodations. Despite the time and expense of attending these conferences, they paid out one-hundredfold. Making connections in person was extremely important in solidifying relationships and opening doors. We could have never raised our full production budget without participating at conferences.

4. Reach Out to Influencers

You can partner with an influential person in your niche who’s passionate about your film’s message. This could be a thought-leader, author, speaker, or celebrity. The goal is to tap into their devoted network of fans and start a discussion of your film online. You can ask your celebrity to host an online screening of your film, appear in bonus content, or promote your film on social media—whatever’s the best way to engage their fanbase.

Stacy Peralta, the filmmaker behind the skateboarding documentary Bones Brigade, rallied the pro skateboarders in his film (including Tony Hawk) to promote Bones Brigade to their millions of followers on Twitter and Facebook. After two months of a sustained social media campaign, Stacy added 46,000 fans to his mailing list and made nearly four times as much money as he was offered for a conventional distribution deal at Sundance.

Don’t worry if you aren’t already as connected as Stacy Peralta — with a little sleuthing and hard work, you can track down almost anyone. For Age of Champions, we connected with “stars” like author Dan Buettner (Blue Zones) and tennis great Andre Agassi by cold-calling their organizations and finding advocates within them who wanted to help promote our film. These advocates talked with their bosses and helped us secure social media posts on their behalf that drove awareness and traffic to our website.

5. Reach out to media

You can create buzz around your film by pitching your story to media in your niche. This could mean blogs, websites, podcasts, or video sites. Approach it like a typical PR campaign — reach out to the publications, provide them with a good story, and give them relevant content from your film. You’ll find that niche media are always looking for stories and can connect you with their readers.

The filmmakers behind Indie Game: The Movie, a documentary about the making of video games, launched a niche media campaign well before they even finished their film. They created more than 150 blog posts over the course of two years and shared content with video game websites and fan pages. By the time they were ready to release the film, they had built an email list of more than 30,000 people and sold $150,000 in DVD pre-orders.

In our experience with Age of Champions, niche media delivered a much bigger audience than mainstream media. For example, we appeared on NPR’s Tell Me More and in the Alzheimer’s Association newsletter — to our great surprise, we received only a few hundred website visitors after our national NPR segment broadcast, compared to more than 10,000 visitors after the Alzheimer’s Association newsletter went out to their list. Remember: you don’t have to be in the New York Times to have a successful PR campaign, just “the New York Times of your niche.”

(Source: www.filmmakermagazine.com)

The Movie Studio, Inc. Premiers Latest Feature Film Bad Actress for Worldwide Release at the 2016 American Film Market in Los Angeles, California

The Movie Studio has announced the premier of its latest feature film BAD ACTRESS with exclusive worldwide distribution rights at the 37th edition of The American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles, California November 2nd – 9th 2016.
BAD ACTRESS — www.badactressthemovie.com will join the “BAD” movie genre:
BAD TEACHER — http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/badteacher/ — $200 mm Worldwide
BAD GRANDPA — http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3063516/ — $160 mm Worldwide
BAD MOM — http://stxmovies.com/badmoms/ — $179 mm Worldwide
BAD SANTA — http://www.miramax.com/movie/bad-santa/ — $77 mm Worldwide
BAD SANTA 2 — http://www.badsanta2.com — COMING SOON! In Theaters November 23rd 2016

Movie Studio President and CEO, Gordon Scott Venters, announced, “The premier release of ‘BAD ACTRESS’ at AFM the timing could not be better with the Video on Demand (VOD) market being driven by title, genre or star. Following the locomotive Blockbusters in the BAD genre, ‘BAD ACTRESS’ could produce significant distribution interest. The Movie Studio’s formula of developing vertically integrated sponsors, locations and product placements that create substantial production value in contrast with the true capital expenditures of the movie, could monetize the asset in both foreign and domestic markets.”

About The Movie Studio Inc.
The Movie Studio, Inc. is a vertically integrated motion picture production and distribution Company with completed motion picture and production assets. The Company acquires, develops, manufactures, and distributes independent motion picture content for worldwide consumption in Theatrical, Video on Demand (VOD), Foreign Sales and on various media devices. For more information, visit www.themoviestudio.com.

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(Excerpt from The Movie Studio, Inc. press release.)