September 16, 2022
With the forty third version of the American Film Market (AFM) set to open dwell in slightly below two months, the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) has introduced preliminary particulars in addition to two key hires for the 2022 present.
AFM will start in Santa Monica, Calif., on the Loews Beach Hotel and theaters all through town Nov. 1 and run for six days by way of Nov. 6.
So far, 225 firms have registered as exhibitors for the gross sales market, together with gross sales, manufacturing and distribution firms, in addition to worldwide commerce organizations, movie commissions and manufacturing service firms. Confirmed exhibiting firms embrace A24, Altitude Film Entertainment, Charades, CJ ENM, Contents Panda, Emperor Motion Pictures, Film Mode Entertainment, FilmNation, Gaumont, Gaumont, Global Screen GmbH, Hanway Films, Lakeshore, Lionsgate, Magnolia Pictures, MGM Studios, Millennium Media, Pathé Films, Protagonist Pictures, Screen Media, Sierra/Affinity, Studiocanal, Toei Company, Ltd., TrustNordisk, Unifrance, Voltage, WME Independent and XYZ Films.
“The early commitments and pleasure by firms all over the world to be in Santa Monica, together with the initiatives coming collectively, say that the business is again to enterprise,” stated IFTA’s president and CEO Jean Prewitt, in an announcement. “While enterprise fashions have clearly shifted, unbiased movie will eternally be constructed on discovery, collaboration, innovation and serendipity, making the necessity for annual face-to-face gatherings like AFM important to our business.”
Alongside the gross sales exercise, the AFM presents conferences and alternatives to community. The AFM Sessions’ opening Finance Conference — “The Risk Takers” — will convey main unbiased financiers, producers and executives Jason Cloth (founder and CEO, Creative Wealth Media), Milan Popelka (COO, FilmNation), Laura Lewis (founder, Rebelle Media), and Basil Iwanyk (founder, Thunder Road Pictures) to the stage the morning of Nov. 2. The AFM Sessions offered by Cast & Crew and Spcine will characteristic greater than 100 audio system throughout two phases contained in the Loews Hotel. The present schedule and audio system may be considered here.
In addition, the IFTA introduced new govt additions to its AFM staff. Matthew Thompson and Catherine Girard-Cobb have been appointed to the newly created roles of co-managing administrators of AFM, reporting to Prewitt. They be part of long-time IFTA VPs Jennifer Garnick and Robin Burt to develop and help the general imaginative and prescient, operations and manufacturing of the AFM.
Thompson, who brings 25 years of occasion administration and manufacturing expertise, will oversee the AFM attendee phase and is accountable for registration, inns, transportation, convention manufacturing and the networking platform MyAFM. He beforehand served as an occasion director and guide for purchasers together with Adweek, the Tribeca Film Festival, Nespresso and the Skirball Cultural Center.
Girard-Cobb, who will handle the AFM exhibitor expertise, together with registration, movie screenings, and furnishings and gear, is a 20-year occasion veteran. She has efficiently managed large-scale commerce exhibits and dwell and digital occasions most of her profession, most lately for London-based Clarion Events, Quartz North America and Bobit Business Media’s 20 annual market-specific occasions.
“Matthew and Catherine convey a wealth of mixed occasion expertise in keeping with the AFM,” stated Prewitt in an announcement. “Their abilities and insights complement our established and proficient staff and strengthen our means to satisfy the altering wants of our business as we glance to our in-person return this 12 months and the long run.”