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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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AFM Sessions Day 3 :Speakers from AMC, Bleecker Street, Screen Intl., Variety & More

The AFM Sessions’ three morning panels on November 2, 2023 brought together thought leaders to discuss Distribution, the power of Faith & Family content today; and Music for Film & TV all speaking at the Hilton Santa Monica Hotel.    

Jeremy Kay of Screen Daily, Kent Sanderson of Bleecker Street / DECAL, Scott Shooman of AMC Networks, and Jere R. Hausfater - Esq, Attorney / Executive Producer Photo credit: Dan Steinberg 


New Distribution Patterns Shaping Release Trends, Pacific Stage (11:30am – 1:00pm) 


Jere Hausfater, Esq. Attorney / Executive Producer 

Kent SandersonPresident, Acquisitions and Ancillary Distribution, Bleecker Street & Co-President, DECAL (owned by Bleecker Street and NEON) 

Scott ShoomanHead of Film, AMC Networks 


Jeremy Kay, Americas Editor, Screen Daily 


Select Quotes from Speakers: 

Kent Sanderson said;

“Because now there are far fewer rules in the world of theatrical, we build strategies for each film individually.” 


“It has been a very long time since box office was the primary revenue driver for movies. What box office does is make a movie feel like a movie … it increases its value in the eyes of consumers. The box office is less important than the fact that movie theaters make movies feel like movies.” 


Scott Shooman said;

“Indies have a much more fluid, flexible way of looking at windowing.” 


“What we’re going through now is a little bit of a re-education and re-calibration of what people are willing to spend money on.” 


“We are in the single movie business and we want to make every film feel valuable.” 


“The flu pandemic in the 1910s turned into the roaring 20s, and we’re going through a little bit of that now. Experiences are valuable, people consume content now more than they ever have in history.” 


Jere Hausfater said:

“Make a movie for everyone, make a movie for someone, don’t make a movie for no one. If you’re not making a movie for everyone … then make a movie for a very defined demographic.” 


Faith & Family: Satisfying the Growing Global Audience Demand for Uplifting Content, Pacific Stage (9:30am - 11:00am) 


Cindy BondFounder & CEO, Mission Pictures International, LLC 

Kevin DownesCo-Owner, Kingdom Story Company  

Paul LauerCEO, One Door Studios / Motive Entertainment  


Steven GaydosVariety  


Select Quotes from Speakers: 


Kevin Downes said:

“If you’re making a movie for an audience, you have a better shot at success than if you make it somewhat vague.” 


“The why has to be significant. It doesn’t matter necessarily how much bible is in the movie … the why has to be big.” 


“You want to continue to raise the bar. Not just in your craft, but in your release and in your marketing.” 


Paul Lauer said:

“We all know how powerful word of mouth is. There’s no more connected community or ecosystem than the faith-based community.” 


10:00am - Harnessing the Power of Music for Film, Malibu Stage (10:00am – 11:30am)  Presented in Partnership with Universal Music Group 


Cristina MayMusic Director, Producer 

Garo SetianCreative Director 

Jeff CardoniComposer for Film & Television 

Ryan SvendsenMusic Director, Producer 

Satya Fuentes, Music Creative 


Kris Le-RoyMusic Licensing Executive, Universal Production Music 


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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
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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 
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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