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Filmfestivals.com will be covering AFM 2020  running November 3 - November 8, 2020  SANTA MONICA

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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AFM: first female director Oscar nominee gets Oscar in 2019 movie about Lina Wertmuller's life is available worldwide

 

 

It would be a real pleasure to meet with you to show you our line-up of all star feature documentaries like BEHIND THE WHITE GLASSES about Oscar winning Lina Wertmuller, the BOTERO movie and HUMBERTO MAURO about the grand master of Latin American cinema as well as our theatrical features, including a new western, Oscar winners and Oscar contenders as well as commercial titles.

We have trending films to offer in every genre.

AFM Location: Room 604 Loews Hotel

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BEHIND THE WHITE GLASSES

About 2019 Honorary Oscar winning Lina Wertmuller

An Official Selection of the Venice Film Festival


 

With Harvey Keitel, Martin Scorsese, Giancarlo Giannini, Nastassja Kinski, Rutger Hauer and Sophia Loren among many others.

 

A highly entertaining and intimate portrait of a witty, colorful, larger than life personality.

 

Lina Wertmüller is an iconic image of Italian and world cinema: she was the first woman director ever nominated for an Oscar in the Best Director category.  Her "Seven Beauties" earned 4 Academy award nominations and was an international hit. Wertmüller achieved lasting international acclaim with a series of four movies starring Giancarlo Giannini. She has been friends with the crème de la crème of the film world...many of them interviewed in the movie...come and join us to get their stories and insights.

 

Documentary / 91 minutes / HD English and Italian, with English subtitles

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BEHIND THE WHITE GLASSES TRAILER

 

 

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BOTERO

The most popular contemporary artist in the world


 

BOTERO, the intimate, in-depth and inspiring portrait of this monumental artist weaves together original footage shot in 10 cities across China, Europe, New York and Colombia, with decades of family photos and archival video. Unprecedented access to the artist and his family is combined with a colourful cast of historians, curators and academics to reveal the creativity and convictions in the heart of this towering genius of a man.

 

He is the greatest living artist with the highest number of museum exhibitions, the greatest number of books published about him, the greatest international appeal and with the greatest number of people attending his exhibitions.

 

100 major museum exhibitions in more than 40 countries, 4.7 million visits in three years.

BOTERO, the documentary offers a unique opportunity for us to get up close and personal with a living legend.

 

Documentary film / 84 min / 4K / in English - a Canadian production

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BOTERO TRAILER

 

 

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HUMBERTO MAURO

The Legendary Pioneer of Latin American Cinema


 

Humberto Mauro is a mesmerizing tribute to legendary filmmaker Humberto Mauro, one of the iconic masters of cinema, alongside Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Pathe and Chaplin.

Directed by his grandnephew, André Di Mauro, the film features stunning rare footage from many of Mauro's archived masterpieces revealing his personal and professional perspective on life and his pioneering film techniques. This beautiful and reverent homage is cleverly narrated with Humberto Mauro's own words using an interview he gave in the 1960s. Beyond its important historical perspective, this film provides a rare glimpse into lifestyles and landscapes long since forgotten in the Brazilian Amazon. Mauro's original cinematography and this documentary's sensitive and thoughtful portrayal open a critical window into the history of cinema and more importantly, the history of a spectacular corner of our world.

 

Multiple award winning

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Documentary / 90min / Brazilian in Portuguese / 4K

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HUMBERTO MAURO TRAILER

 

 

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CHILDREN OF THE STORM

An epic frontier western adventure in the tradition of "True Grit"

Based on a bestselling novel


 

Following the death of their mother and lead by their stoic, heartbroken father, Rachel and Jamie begin an arduous passage west through beautiful but dangerous prairies seeking fortune and a new life during the gold rush of the 1800's.

 

This epic but treacherous journey can only be made within a short window of time before brutal winter forces stop men and beasts alike. Fate deals the grieving, pioneer family a complicated hand when their ox wagon is damaged and they are taken in by a pious, farm family in the foothills of a mountain, far from their destination. As their father repairs their wagon, a fearsome storm approaches and Rachel and Jamie begin to pack, despite dire warnings from the farmer.  

 

Now, with a raging blizzard upon them, the two children find themselves lost in a frozen white-out in search of a missing pet calf. Rachel and Jamie must find shelter and survive the icy darkness while Rachel makes a brave decision that will change their destinies forever.

 

Western - Adventure / 106 min / 4K / in Afrikaans

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CHILDREN OF THE STORM TRAILER

 

 

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CHILDREN OF SUMMER

Magical adventures of friendship and courage 

 

Happy accidents, mischief and delightful surprises await your discovery in this magical series of young boys' adventures. Set throughout the seven provinces of Costa Rica, this endearing family film presents a world of small conquests, unexpected discoveries and new friendships through the innocent eyes of children. In fishing villages, on tourist ferries and in a multitude of beautiful locations, the boys spontaneously react to and create funny experiences on the fringes of the adult world where responsibilities and traditions usually rule the day. Their clever and wide-eyed attitudes will reawaken the impulsive adventurer in you and will inspire young and old alike to appreciate the universal human qualities we all share.


Perfect entertainment for the whole family.

 

A 2020 Oscar Contender


Family/ Adventure - 78 min in Spanish HD from Costa Rica

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CHILDREN OF SUMMER TRAILER

 

 

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THE MAN FROM KATHMANDU

Always fight for the things you love


 

This action packed martial arts movie from exotic Nepal is a hero's journey, proving that sometimes we must travel around the world to find that what we are looking for was right there where we started.

 

A disaffected American-Nepali half Hindu half Muslim boy detours to Kathmandu, Nepal on his way to find his father who he thinks has joined the war in Syria. Once in Nepal, he battles a local mafioso who has killed his grandfather, grounding him in the reality of his true kinship. As a result, not only does he find real love, he also reconnects with his root culture and traditions of the Himalayan nation which he had forgotten.

 

Martial Arts - Fight - Action / 93 min. / Nepalese in English / 4K

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THE MAN FROM KATHMANDU TRAILER

 

 

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BLACK FLOWERS

Sci Fi Adventure with a FEMALE SUPER HERO

With DC Scorsese (Cape Fear, Almost Paris, The Age of Innocence)


 

Welcome to the future... two years from now after the nuclear apocalypse that changed life as we know it. 


Black Flowers is a sci-fi road trip of epic proportions with a female super hero. Without gasoline, electricity, or communications, humanity is devolving into a barbarous society of hunting and pillaging. In this hellish landscape, one family fights for survival. 

 

Superhero Mother, Kate (Krista DeMille) loses her injured survivalist husband Sam (Ron Roggé) and lovestruck daughter Suzi (Andrea Sweeney Blanco) in a matter of days after they join handsome loner Joe (Jesus Lloveras) in search of a rumored hidden nuclear bunker full of food and medicine. Suddenly alone, lost in the chemical clouds and pursued by murderous scavengers, Kate fights to stay alive and reunite with her family. Joining Kate in her desperate bid to build a better world for her daughter are the kind yet doomed souls she meets along the way. Like humans, black flowers can kill or they can heal. Things are often not as they seem.

 

The strong cast includes Domenica Cameron-Scorsese (Cape Fear, Almost Paris, The Age of Innocence) ; William Mark McCullough (American Made, Logan Lucky, Saints and Sinners, Arsenal, The Gifted) ;Neil Dickson (Inland Empire, Twin Peaks, Mad Men, AD, She Wolf of London, Biggles, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Atlas Shrugged)

 

Sci-fi, Adventure 108 min  UK /USA production HDR

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BLACK FLOWERS TRAILER

 

 

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EL SECADERO DE IGUANAS

Based on the classic novel by Pedro Andreu


 

El SECADERO is the much anticipated motion picture by Antonio Donaire, director of the Cannes favorite SONATA.

 

This suspenseful and riveting story is full of unexpected twists and turns.

 

A girl fighting to survive.

 

A bar in the middle of nowhere.  A twin brother.  A mother they never met.  A violent, alcoholic father. The nomads' periodic visitations.  An incestuous relationship. A family facing their demons.

As the socking story unfolds, we realize that the eternal questions of existence - love, family, loyalty and survival are reflected in this micro-community and we can't help but get mesmerized as if we were looking into the iguana's eyes.

 

Erotic / Thriller / Literary adaptation  81 min  / 4K / from Spain in Spanish

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EL SECADERO DE IGUANAS TRAILER

 

 

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BABY GIRL

Pain is pleasure

 

Unspeakable grief and the seductive explorations of young adulthood lead Cody, a beautiful 18-year-old girl, into a tawdry world of sex, drugs and sadomasochism. When Cody meets a mysterious and provocative new friend Diablo, she finds herself experimenting with enhanced forms of eroticism through pain, pleasure, exhibitionism, auto-erotic asphyxiation and more....

 

The turmoil of losing her father and rebelling against her mother blur the lines between fantasy, humiliation and friendship. As Cody sorts through painful memories and discovers secrets locked in her psyche, Diablo takes her on a shocking thrill-ride. A terrifying, yet titillating story pushing boundaries that you'll never forget. 

 

Erotic thriller / 92min / USA in English / 4K

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BABY GIRL TRAILER

 

 

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GIRLS AFTER DARK

High concept Award winning Murder Mystery with a Twist

 

Great combination of a traditional formula with a cutting edge high tech concept and a super stylish look.

 

Young and Restless star Jordi Vilasuso plays Clyde Cooper, the private eye who is hired by a lovesick millionaire to find the hooker he has fallen for when the girl vanishes. Clyde Cooper realizes that he is getting more than he has bargained for when he finds out who the mystery woman really is and why she is there.

 

Great shots, interesting plot and subplot, fresh and yet simple, the movie is great fun to watch: cinematic comfort food of the highest order.

Co-starring: Abigail Titmuss (Days of Our Lives)

 

Awards:

Los Angeles Film Awards - Winner, Best Feature;

International Independent Film Awards - Gold Winner Best Narrative Feature; Melbourne City 

Independent Film Awards - Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Jordi Vilasuso);

Latitude Film Awards - Silver Winner;

Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival - Best Feature;

Festigious Film festival - Winner Best Picture, Best Actor (Jordi Vilasuso);

ZedFest - Winner Best Picture, Best Actor (Jordi Vilasuso), Best Actress (Abigail Titmuss)

 

Film Noir/ Mystery/ Suspense Thriller 81min USA in English 4K

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GIRLS AFTER DARK TRAILER

 

 

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THE PRICE FOR SILENCE

Seduction is everywhere!


 

Curious what kind of a woman everyone is attracted to? Kira, the protagonist of  this story has irresistible, animalistic magnetism... combined with a rebel spirit. This is a good recipe for trouble. She devours men and burns the candle on both ends in an all consuming frenzy of living life to the fullest... but watching her we sense an underlying mystery and danger. When Kira returns home for her father's funeral the shocking secrets of the family's past are revealed.


Suspenseful, wicked, sexy, sinister...and brilliantly stylish!

 

Cast:

Iconic American actor, Richard Thomas of The Waltons

Lynn Mancinelli - Bad Frank, The Broken Side of Time

Ethan Phillips - Star Trek, Benson)

 

Thriller / 107 minutes / USA production / English / 4K

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THE PRICE FOR SILENCE TRAILER

 

 

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VILLA BELLA

 

Filmed in the stunning Italian countryside, this endearing comic gem will capture your heart with its story of three beautiful young women looking for a better life in a new land. Lola, Carmen and Irena each find themselves at the doorstep of the magnificent "Villa Bella" in search of jobs as caretakers for a mischievous group of elderly men and the tolerant and wise female residents of the villa.. After an initiation of good-natured, practical jokes, mayhem and misunderstandings, the three women become devoted and beloved members of this rag-tag community. However, when the selfish director of Villa Bella reveals his intentions to sell the facility, the three resourceful women execute a plan to keep Villa Bella alive. This delightful charmer will take you on a funny and beautiful adventure and is certain to leave you with a smile.

 

Comedy, Inspirational 120 min. in Spanish, HD

 

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VILLA BELLA TRAILER

 

 

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ALMOST PARIS


 

A former banker, Max is put to test upon his return to his hometown. After reconnecting with his best friend, a failed baseball player and the high school crush he left behind he makes a vow to change his ways and give back to those he loves. He gets a new job as a loan officer to find himself in a position to decide about his own father's loan application. 

 

Will Max stay loyal to his firm or will he authorize the loan that would make an old promise and a dream of a trip to Paris possible? You will have to watch the

movie to find out but we can promise that everyone will come together in a magical ending that will make you feel like it's Almost Paris.

 

Awards:
World Premier, Tribeca Film Festival

Best First Time Director, Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, Big River Film Festival
(Savannah, GA)
Audience Choice Award, Beaufort International Film Festival (Beaufort, SC)
Best Screenplay, Wally Marzano-Lesnevich, Golden Door International Film
Festival (Jersey City, NJ)
Best Actress, Abigail Hawk, Golden Door International Film Festival (Jersey City,
NJ) 
Best Supporting Actress, Susan Varon, Golden Door International Film Festival
(Jersey City, NJ)  

 

1h 30m / Comedy, Drama / English

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ALMOST PARIS TRAILER

 

 

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CROSSROADS

Nominated for 7 African Movie Academy Awards


 

When Temi, the gorgeous wife of a high profile senator is robbed, four suspects are quickly apprehended and arrested. Although each detainee proclaims his innocence, Temi identifies each of the attackers along with her stolen property, seemingly resolving this classic open and shut case. But a senior detective, on the eve of his retirement risks his reputation when he suspects there is more to the story. High powered political intrigue clashes with gritty street violence and the prospect of deep corruption in this riveting mystery where one man fights to prevent the truth from becoming another casualty.

 

Thriller-Crime-Mystery / 100 mins. / Nigeria and Ghana in English / 4K

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CROSSROADS TRAILER

 
 

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The AFM is not a festival - it is the largest motion picture market in the world. 8,000 industry attendees, including producers, distributors, directors, agents, writers, lawyers & bankers. Over 540 films screened, most world or U.S. premieres.

$US3 Billion spent annually by participants to produce films
8,000+ industry professionals
2,000+ new films and projects
1,000+ production companies
400+ distributors
540+ films screened
100+ world premiers 
70+ countries represented
50+ thought leaders speaking
7 days of networking activities
1 beachfront campus that covers it all

Our AFM Newsletters run each day with three bumper pre roll editions and a wrap edition:  

2019 Complete Coverage

2018 FULL HIT STORY TOLD IN 8 EPISODES

Pre roll newsletter N° 1 
Pre roll newsletter N° 2  
Opening Newsletter N°3 
N°4 (November 2) 
N°5 (November 3)

N°6 (November 4)  
N°7 (November 6) 
N°8 (November 8) Closing

AFM 2017 Wrap & global  I N°8 I N°7 I N°6 I N°5 I N°4 I  OPENING N°3 I  Preview N°2 I N°1

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