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American Film Market Dailies

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Every Fall, the Global Film Industry Converges in Santa Monica: Filmmakers, producers, directors and writers from around the world come to AFM to gain exposure, discover new projects and make deals. The American Film Market & Conferences is the largest motion picture trade fair in the world. 

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Our AFM Newsletters will run:  
Pre roll newsletter N° 1 (October  18)
Pre roll newsletter N° 2 (October  25) 
Opening Newsletter N°3 (October 30) 
N°4 (November 2) 
N°5 (November 3)

N°6 (November 4) ANIMATION IN FOCUS  
N°7 (November 6) 
N°8 (November 8) 

Final wrap newsletter N°9 (November 10) 

AFM 2016Pre roll N° 1 I Pre roll N° 2 Opening Newsletter N°3 I N°4 I N°5 I N°6 Focus on ANIMATION  I N°7 I Final wrap
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Jonathan Wolf Interviewed on AFM 2017

  A graduate of USC Business School, Jonathan Wolf has held an illustrious career in finance and business within the film industry. He joined IFTA in 1993 as Senior Vice President of Business and has been Managing Director of the AFM since 1998. I sat with Jonathan Wolf at the Fairmont Hotel during the 2017 AFM to get his opinion on the climate of the current marketplace. Here is what he had to say:   This is an interesting year in distribution, right? What's the general feeli...

Promote your line up during AFM

AFM 2017 runs November 1 - 8, 2017  We would like to contribute to your success in AFM Can we help? Promote your line up to media, buyers and attendees. Boost your screenings' attendance. Shoot interviews or video captur...

Interview with Sales Agent Carlos Rincon @ Premiere Entertainment Group

Sales Agent and Producer Carlos Rincon has been working world markets for a decade, having started his career with international sales and distribution company Spotlight Pictures, where he worked on dozens of film titles including James Franco's films 'Sal' (2011) and 'Child of God' (2013). He now works for Premiere Entertainment Group as VP of Development & Acquisitions (Executive); the company has been in business for 15 years and has distributed film like 'The Pa...

Interview with Filmmaker Brian Metcalf for 'Living Among Us' (2018)

  Filmmaker Brian Metcalf wrote, directed, produced and DP'd his found footage vampire tale 'Living Among Us' (2018). In one of the late actor John Heard's last performances, this horror/sci-fi flick follows some documentarians as they make an ethnological study on vampires living among mortals. Produced by Brian's Red Compass Media production company, Vision Films is handling international sales and US distribution in association with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. ...

Interview with Meg Thomson, VP of Worldwide Content for Globalgate Entertainment

Meg Thomson is VP of Worldwide Content for Globalgate Entertainment, a division of distribution company Lionsgate. With offices in the US and London, Globalgate specializes in the co-financing (through its Globalgate Fund), production and international distribution for local-language films within their home territories. I recently interviewed Meg about her experience, position and the company.    Before your current position with Globalgate Entertainment, you were a film producer....

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The newly launched Goldfinch Studios' team appointed Andy Green as Head of Sales and Development

Andy Green has been appointed as Head of Sales and Distribution. Read more about it in this lovely article from our friends at Variety: – Freshly-Minted Goldfinch Studios Appoints New Head of Sales and Distribution       ...

Santa Monica Film Festival Announces “Official Selections” For the 12th Edition of Santa Monica Film Festival #SMFF

Each awards season, Santa Monica Film Festival presents new, compelling and innovative films to support the arts, culture and creative economy in the area. The 2017 Santa Monica Film Festival showcases 35 current award winning independent films from local, national and international filmmakers. A filmmaker Q&A that gives the audience an opportunity to interact with the filmmakers accompanies each film screening block. The festival kicks off with at 10AM with the Filmmaker Networ...

Interview with Director of Montreal International Film Festival Laurie Gordon

Laurie Gordon is a producer, writer, director and festival director for the Montreal International Animation Film Festival. Laurie is one of the international film industry's most avid supporters of animation and has recently run the 3rd annual Animation Day at Cannes Film Festival in 2017. Laurie regularly attends the film marketplaces, including Cannes, Berlin and AFM for new innovative animation content.   In a recent interview with Laurie, here is what she had to say:   H...

VIDEO -Jonathan Wolf introduces documentary film panel -sales agents The Works in the house

Jonathan Wolf introduces the top sales UK based agents The Works to a full house of enthusiastic attendees at the panel on marketing and monetizing documentary film. It was a delight to hear all panelists talk about their personal experience in the documentary film world. Filmmaker Laurens Grant was a pure delight in her take on the industry.       ...

Finland’s tax rebate for film gets rolling at AFM - VIDEO

SCREENSHOT/GIGGLEBUG Gigglebug's commissioning broadcasters are YLE Finland and SRF Switzerland. Finland has announced the first three productions to make use of the country’s new tax incentive. As of the beginning of the year, Finland has offered a 25 per cent tax rebate for film and TV production.     Anni Wessman project manager of International co-productions for Finland talks to Laurie Gordon about the new initiative launched in January 2017.  The productions ...

AFM 2017 Panels slideshow

Working with Sales Agents AFM Panel Quotes DISTRIBUTION CONFERENCE WORKING WITH SALES AGENTS (9.15am)   Clay Epstein, Moderator President, Film Mode Entertainment   “Film models are not built on exceptions but rather built on norms and standards. The reason you’re reading about Netflix and multi-million dollar sales out of a festival is because it’s news, it’s not the norm.”   “Sales agents have changed their responsibility...

Friday, November 17 Symposium: End of Martial Law in Taiwan, 30th Anniversary

In celebration of the 30th-Anniversary to the End of the Martial Law in Taiwan, the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles together with the UCLA Center for China Studies will host a symposium on Friday, November 17th. The symposium will reflect and explore on the impact of the time, and a group of leading Taiwanese and American scholars will engage the public through keynote speech, panel presentations and roundtable dialogue, from the approach of cultural prosperity and community empowerment. &n...

If you missed the AFM, you missed this!

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AFM Presents This Year's Best Selling Book - Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers!

  Crowdfunding vs. Crowdsourcing. Audience building for you and your projects. Branding. The power of bringing and moving an audience on behalf of your work. These are just some of the topics writer/producer/Stage 32 CEO Richard Botto covers in his new critically acclaimed book Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers.  In addition to a dozen chapters of vital, actionable information, Botto includes film case studies of mainstream features, streaming platform successes, documentary fi...

Overall attendances exceed 2016 while the Chinese market shows increased presence

  The 38th American Film Market (AFM®) wrapped yesterday with exhibitor and attendee numbers up, in addition to a significant increase in films screening.   In total, 7,415 participants visited the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica, as attendance rose by 6%. The market also saw 1,476 buyers arrive from 71 countries with China and Taiwan each seeing growth of 35% more buyers.   Overall exhibitor participation was up 18% with 445 registered exhibiting companies, with the larges...

AFM in Focus November 8

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Wine tasting Party for Festival Directors at AFM

The hosts of the wine tasting for Festival Directors at AFM: from left to right: Laurie Kirby (Fest Forums), Bruno Chatelin (, Stuart MacNaught (Festforums) and Lise Romanoff (Vision Films). The party was held November 3rd at Vision Filmssuite gathering some 45 festival directors from around the world. Next wine tasting will be in Cannes. Fine wines by Bernardus ...

Protagonist Pictures has sold North American rights to FilmRise for Clio Barnard’s drama Dark River

Protagonist Pictures has sold North American rights to FilmRise for Clio Barnard’s (The Selfish Giant, The Arbor) drama Dark River. It was announced today by Protagonist Managing Director of Sales and Distribution Vanessa Saal and FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher. The film debuted as a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened as an official selection in the London Film Festival to outstanding reviews.    The North American deal was negotiated between Geor...

Finders Keepers - theatrical release in South Africa from Ster Kinekor

   If you have not done so already, please suggest two convenient meeting times and we will confirm with one within 24 hours.  In the meantime, please check out our new offerings for AFM 2017 below.   All new releases are available worldwide - ask for screeners and find more detailed information of the films here below!         ...

Burt Reynolds stars in "Miami Love Affair" -- New Romantic Comedy at AFM

CoCo Movie, LLC Brings on Ginger Knight Entertainment for Worldwide Sales           ...

The 31st Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles celebrated its opening night before a sold-out crowd

JEFFREY TAMBOR, LIOR ASHKENAZI HONORED   Israel Film Fest in LA- Meir Fenigstein, left, Ayelet Zurer, Karin Eliyahu-Pery & Jeffrey Tambor The 31st Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles, which runs through November 21st, celebrated its opening night before a sold-out crowd at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on November 5th.  Festival founder/executive director Meir Fenigstein presided over the night, which honored Jeffrey Tambor with the 2017 Israel Film Festival Achieveme...

Working with Sales Agents AFM Panel Quotes

DISTRIBUTION CONFERENCE WORKING WITH SALES AGENTS (9.15am)   Clay Epstein, Moderator President, Film Mode Entertainment   “Film models are not built on exceptions but rather built on norms and standards. The reason you’re reading about Netflix and multi-million dollar sales out of a festival is because it’s news, it’s not the norm.”   “Sales agents have changed their responsibility. They have become producing partners, co-financiers ...



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