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American Film Market Dailies 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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Chiara Gelardin and Claire Taylor join London Headquarters of Rocket Science





Rocket Science, the newly-launched multi-faceted venture from Thorsten Schumacher, has today announced dual appointment of key executives in its London headquarters, as the company continues to expand its UK offering.


Claire Taylor and Chiara Gelardin will be heading International Sales of all titles on the company’s slate, with future plans to work across production, development and financing on both the film and TV side, as the business expands and its departments evolve. Implementing an integrated vision for the company, the hires have been made without title structure, as a strategic move to build the company around individual specialisms and centrality of its business needs.


The announcement comes as Rocket Science makes its market debut at this year’s AFM, with titles including Nick Hornby adaptation, Juliet,Naked; Saoirse Ronan-starrer On Chesil Beach; and Old Man And The Gun starring Robert Redford and Casey Affleck.


Thorsten Schumacher, Founder of Rocket Science, said: “I have been privileged to work with Chiara and Claire for a long time, and the team feels dynamic and efficient, fitting perfectly into the company’s collaborative nature. With her strong legal and business expertise Chiara will naturally be across all areas of the business with me. Claire’s broad creative and curatorial skills with filmmakers also make her a natural fit to take a central role across our film and TV ventures. It goes without saying that they both are extremely well liked and respected in the industry and their deep relationships have always impressed me. I couldn’t be happier to have them on board.”


Claire Taylor and Chiara Gelardin bring a wealth of experience to Rocket Science having previously acted as Director of Sales and Distribution, and Director of International sales at HanWay Films. While there, they worked across titles including Steve McQueen’s Shame and Academy Award nominees Brooklyn, Carol and Anomalisa. Prior to this, Taylor was part of the London sales arm at Pathé, working across financing and international distribution, while Gelardin assumed the role of Business Affairs Executive at Recorded Picture Company.


Recently launched by Thorsten Schumacher as a multi-faceted venture engineered for production, finance, sales and distribution, Rocket Science’s current sales projects include Dominic Cooke’s film adaption On Chesil Beach and Nick Hornby adaptation, Juliet, Naked, with Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd in talks to star.


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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
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540+ films screened
100+ world premiers 
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50+ thought leaders speaking
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Our AFM Newsletters run each day with three bumper pre roll editions and a wrap edition:  

2019 Complete Coverage


Pre roll newsletter N° 1 
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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
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