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American Film Market Dailies will be covering AFM 2023 running November 31 October - 5 November, 2023  Contact us for advertising options

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. 

2024: November 5 – 10

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






AFM Roundtables updates and program


AFM Roundtables are open-ended discussions that explore specialized topics and timely issues in an intimate setting. Unless noted, Roundtables are open to all AFM participants until full.


Wednesday, November 2
3:00pm – 4:30pm
AFM Orientation

Jonathan Wolf, Managing Director, American Film Market

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


Thursday, November 3
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Hong Kong: The Next Generation of Project Management for Production in Asia

In 2015, Chinese mainland’s box office reached US$6.78 billion, second only to the U.S. To access this giant market, co-production is one of the possible solutions. Hong Kong, with a strong talent pool of professionals and film veterans with full range of professional and industry services, will be your production projects’ strongest support. Renowned film experts and service professionals from Hong Kong will share their stories and secrets of success for managing production in Asia, including Chinese mainland.

Fred Wang, Chairman, Salon Films Group

Joseph Yeung, Executive Director, HLCG Film Guaranters, Ltd
Maria Lo Orzel, Founder/Producer, Studio Strada


Friday, November 4
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Shoot the Book! LA: French Publishers Present Original Literary Works with Film Adaptation Potential

Five Paris publishing houses – Albin Michel, Belfond, Dargaud, Denoël and Plon – will pitch titles selected by a jury of professionals headed by Howard A. Rodman, President, WGAW and comprised of Bob Bookman, Senior motion picture and television agent, Paradigm, Franklin Leonard, founder of The Black List and Andrea McCall, Senior Vice President, DreamWorks.

The Roundtable will be followed by a wine reception, where audiovisual rights licensors and producers can discuss the day’s events and future contacts.

Steven Gaydos, Vice President / Executive Director, Variety

Marie Dormann, Director of Subsidiary Rights & Derivatives Editions, Albin Michel
Alexandra Buchman, Rights Director, Belfond
Judith Becqueriaux, Rights Manager, Editions Denoël
Laurent Duvault, Film & TV Rights Manager, Dargaud
Nathalie Carpentier, Audiovisual Rights Manager, Plon


Saturday, November 5
3:00pm – 4:30pm
AFM Orientation

Jonathan Wolf, Managing Director, American Film Market

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


Saturday, November 5
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Making an Impact: How Telling LGBT Stories Can Pay Off 
Presented in partnership with Outfest.

Film and TV content featuring LGBT characters has become increasingly visible. LGBT stories simultaneously reflect and affect the culture and historical moment they are produced in. This Roundtable will discuss all the ways LGBT stories pay off, from box office gross and awards recognition, to the role of cultural impact and audience engagement. Our panel of industry executives and filmmakers will reveal how you will benefit by including an LGBT character in your next film.

Lucy Mukerjee-Brown, Director of Programming, Outfest

J. Todd Harris, Executive Producer, The Kids Are All Right
Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/Agent, Dallas Buyers Club
Melissa Coghlan, Producer, Below Her Mouth
Tina Mabry, Writer/Director/Producer, Queen Sugar; Mississippi Damned


Sunday, November 6
Networking and refreshments from 10:00am, Roundtable 10:30am – 12:00pm
The Passion of the Film: From Inspiration to Release

Barbara Mudge, President & Founder, Worldwide Film Entertainment

Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President, AFFIRM Films
Cindy Bond, Founder & President, Mission Pictures
Andrea Nasfell, Screenwriter, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone; Moms’ Night Out


Sunday, November 6
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Asian VOD

What are the revenue models and consumption patterns driving Asian VOD? Are TVOD and SVOD gaining ground in markets previously dominated by AVOD? What kind of content is being acquired by Asian VOD platforms and what kind of deals are being done? Who are the big players? What impact have Netflix and Amazon had since they launched in Asian territories?

Liz Shackleton, Asia Editor, Screen International

Fabio Lima, CEO, Sofa Digital
Belsasar Lepe, Co-Founder & SVP of Products & Solutions, Ooyala


Monday, November 7
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Distributing and Monetizing Feature Documentaries
Presented in partnership with the International Documentary Association.

Kevin Iwashina, Founder & CEO, Preferred Content

Alexandra Johnes, Producer, Special Projects
Lesley Chilcott, Director/Producer, Invented By Girls, LLC
Mike Runagall, Managing Director, Altitude Film Sales
Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO Worldwide Distribution, Vision Films



Tuesday, November 8
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Working with the U.S. Guilds

Matthew Gamarra, Senior Manager, Special Events & Independent Organizing, DGA
Darrien Michele Gipson, National Director, SAGindie
Kay S. Wolf, Independent Film Executive, Writers Guild of America, West



Roundtable Location:
Loews Hotel, AFM Studio – 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica  AFM Campus Map

Additional Information
Speakers are announced as confirmed on this page.
See Badges & Prices for more information about how to attend the Roundtables.
For Speaking Opportunities: contact Clay Pruitt.

Unless otherwise noted, access to all Roundtables requires a current AFM badge.



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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


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
AFM 2015:   Newsletters N° 1 I N°2 I N°3 I N°4 I N°5 I N°6  N°7 I N°8N°9 I N°10
AFM 2014:   Newsletters  N°1 N°2 N°3 N°4 N°5 N°6 N°7 N°8


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