Amazon, FilmNation, STX Speakers Added; 60 New Exhibiting Companies Announced
EXECUTIVES FROM AMAZON, FACEBOOK, FILMNATION, PARAMOUNT, PARTICIPANT MEDIA, STX AND MORE JOIN
AMERICAN FILM MARKET® SPEAKER LINEUP
Over 60 Exhibiting Companies from 15 Countries New for 2018
Los Angeles, CA – October 23, 2018 – The American Film Market® announced today additional speakers confirmed for its expanded programming of Conferences, Roundtables, Workshops, and Spotlight Events. This year’s market is taking place October 31 – November 7 in Santa Monica.
Joining The Global Perspective Conference are Milan Popelka, COO, FilmNation, John Friedberg, President of International Sales, STX Entertainment, Sasha Buhler, Head of Acquisitions, Constantin Film, Victoria Hadida, President, Metropolitan Filmexport, Syrinthia Studer, EVP, Worldwide Acquisitions, Paramount, and Jeremy Kay, U.S. Editor, Screen International. The Wall Street Journal’s Erich Schwartzel will moderate the opening discussion with film industry leaders Jean Prewitt President/CEO, Independent Film & Television Alliance® and Charles Rivkin Chairman/CEO, Motion Picture Association of America®.
Farhaad Virani, Amazon Studios, Eric Smith, Facebook, and Jonathan King, Participant Media have joined AFM® Roundtables. Ashok Amritraj, Hyde Park Entertainment, Miranda Bailey, Cold Iron Pictures, Scott Edel, Loeb & Loeb, and Casting Director/Producer Heidi Levitt have been added to AFM Conference sessions. See the full schedule and speaker list at americanfilmmarket.com/programs-events/.
AFM also announced today that at least 60 companies from 15 countries will be making their AFM debut as market exhibitors. These companies come from all corners of the globe, including Australia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Hungary, Hong Kong, Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The market is set to welcome over 400 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and overall participants from more than 80 counties.
A sampling of new exhibiting companies for this year includes; Bona Film Group, Digital Content LLC, GloriaFX, Gravitas Ventures, Loco Films, Locus Corporation, Mandarin Motion Pictures Distribution Limited, Match Point, North of Two, Pink Parrot Media, Riki Group, Tangren Cultural Film Group, Vedado Communications, Viva Communications Inc., and Youku.
About the American Film Market®
The American Film Market (AFM®) is the world’s largest motion picture business event. Over 7,000 industry leaders from more than 80 countries converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, conferences, networking and parties. Participants 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.
Unlike a film festival, the AFM is a marketplace – with over 200,000 square feet of exhibition space – where production and distribution deals are closed. In just eight days, more than US$1 billion in deals will be sealed – on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production.
Participants may view more than 500 screenings of 300+ films – 29 new films every two hours – the majority world or U.S. premieres. Titles range from big budget blockbusters that will be released by the major studios to lower budget art and genre films recognized at international film festivals.
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 22 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, and financial institutions engaged in production finance. Collectively, IFTA Members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year, generating more than $4.5 billion in distribution revenues annually. For more information on IFTA, please visit www.IFTA-online.org.