#AFM American Film Market/The Guide, The Distributors, The Money

02Nov09

Much of LA becomes consumed with the buying and selling of features this week as 8000 gather at the American Film Market which kicks off W 11/4 and runs through W 11/11 concurrently with AFI Fest. Ground zero is the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel where 400 distributors are getting ready to rumble.  As the distributors are there to sell, the first half of AFM belongs mostly to the buyers.  You need a full market badge ($895) for access to the upper floors during this time, but its free to linger to the lobby and lounge by the pool putting together target lists which many do in prep for half badge face time ($345) starting Su 11/8.  Day badges $275.  To see the market in action check out these videos from Film Specific’s Stacey Parks, UpsideDownTV’s Johnny Neurotic and Variety’s Michael Jones.

Here is the list of IFTA members where you can dig deep for contact information, slate and budgets. You can also pick up free in the Loews lobby the AFM directory in the bumper copies of Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Screen International and The Business of Film.

111 Pictures Ltd. View Profile
2929 International View Profile
Adriana Chiesa Enterprises SRL View Profile
Alfred Haber Distribution, Inc. View Profile
Alpine Pictures, Inc. View Profile
American Cinema International View Profile
American World Pictures View Profile
Arclight Films Pty. Ltd. View Profile
Artist View Entertainment, Inc. View Profile
Asylum (The) View Profile
Atlas International Film GMBH View Profile
Atrium Productions KFT View Profile
AV Pictures, LTD. View Profile
Bleiberg Entertainment View Profile
Bob Yari Productions View Profile
Bold Films International View Profile
Boll AG View Profile
Brainstorm Media View Profile
Camelot Distribution Group View Profile
Capitol Films, a Pangea Media Group, Inc. company View Profile
Cinamour Entertainment View Profile
Cinema Arts Entertainment View Profile
Cinema Management Group View Profile
Cinemavault Releasing View Profile
Cinesavvy, Inc. View Profile
Cinetel Films, Inc. View Profile
City National Bank View Profile
CJ Entertainment View Profile
Clandestine Service View Profile
Classic Media View Profile
Comerica (Jared Underwood) View Profile
ContentFilm International View Profile
Cori Distribution Group View Profile
Crystal Sky Worldwide Sales LLC View Profile
Curb Entertainment International Corporation View Profile
DeAPlaneta View Profile
Distant Horizon Ltd. View Profile
Distribution Workshop View Profile
E1 Entertainment (Lara Thompson) View Profile
Ealing Studios International View Profile
Echo Bridge Entertainment View Profile
Emperor Motion Pictures (Albert Lee) View Profile
Epic Pictures Group, Inc. View Profile
Essential Entertainment View Profile
EuropaCorp View Profile
Fabrication Films View Profile
Fidec View Profile
Film Department ($200mm for 4-5@$10-45mm) View Profile
Film Finances, Inc. View Profile
Filmax International View Profile
Filmexport Group SRL View Profile
Fintage House View Profile
First California Bank View Profile
Focus Features View Profile
Foresight Unlimited View Profile
Fortissimo Film Sales View Profile
Freeway Entertainment Group, BV. View Profile
Fremantle Corporation (The) View Profile
FremantleMedia View Profile
Fries Film Group View Profile
Gaiam Americas, Inc. View Profile
Gaumont View Profile
GK Films View Profile
Goldcrest Films International, Ltd. View Profile
Golden Network Asia Limited View Profile
Green Communications View Profile
Handmade Films International View Profile
HanWay Films (Ti Haslam) View Profile
Harmony Gold View Profile
Hollywood Wizard View Profile
Huayi Brothers Media Corporation View Profile
Hyde Park International (w Abu Dabi, $250mm) View Profile
ICB Entertainment Finance View Profile
ICON Entertainment International View Profile
IFM World Releasing Inc. View Profile
IM Global (Stuart Ford) View Profile
Imageworks Entertainment International, Inc. View Profile
Imagi Studios View Profile
Imagination Worldwide, LLC View Profile
Independent Film Sales View Profile
Intandem Films PLC View Profile
International Keystone Entertainment View Profile
K5 International GmbH View Profile
Kathy Morgan International (KMI) View Profile
Keller Entertainment Group View Profile
Kimmel International View Profile
Koan Inc. View Profile
Lakeshore Entertainment Group, LLC View Profile
Liberation Entertainment, Inc. View Profile
Lionsgate View Profile
Little Film Company, The View Profile
Mainline Releasing View Profile
MarVista Entertainment View Profile
Maverick Global View Profile
Media 8 Entertainment View Profile
Media Asia Distribution, Ltd. View Profile
Miramax International View Profile
Moonstone Entertainment View Profile
Morgan Creek International, Inc. View Profile
Moviehouse Entertainment View Profile
MPCA (Motion Picture Corporation of America) View Profile
Myriad Pictures (Kirk D’Amico) View Profile
NeoClassics Films Ltd. View Profile
New Films International View Profile
New Horizons Picture Corp. View Profile
New Line Cinema Corporation View Profile
New Zealand Film Commission View Profile
Nonstop Sales View Profile
Nordisk Film A/S View Profile
North By Northwest Distribution View Profile
Nu Image/Millenium (Danny Dimbort) View Profile
Odd Lot International (3-4@$5-60mm each) View Profile
Omega Entertainment Ltd View Profile
Paramount Vantage International View Profile
Park Entertainment Ltd. View Profile
Pathe Distribution View Profile
Peace Arch Entertainment View Profile
Peak Global Entertainment View Profile
Pueblo Film Group View Profile
QED International View Profile
Quantum Releasing LLC View Profile
Regent Worldwide Sales L.L.C. View Profile
RHI Entertainment Distribution, LLC View Profile
Screen Australia View Profile
Screen Capital ($100mm for 10@$15mm each) View Profile
Screen Media View Profile
Showcase Entertainment, Inc. View Profile
Sierra Pictures (Nick Meyer) View Profile
Six Sales Entertainment Group, S.L. View Profile
SND View Profile
Spotlight Pictures, LLC View Profile
Starz Media View Profile
Stevens Entertainment Group View Profile
StudioCanal View Profile
Summit Entertainment, LLC View Profile
Svensk Filmindustri, AB View Profile
Tandem Communications View Profile
Taurus Entertainment View Profile
Telepool View Profile
TF1 International View Profile
Troma Entertainment (Lloyd Kaufman) View Profile
U.S. Bank View Profile
UFO International Productions View Profile
UGC Editions View Profile
UK Film Council View Profile
Union Bank, N.A. View Profile
Vision Films, Inc. View Profile
Voltage Pictures View Profile
Weinstein Company, The View Profile
Wild Bunch View Profile
Works International, The View Profile
Worldwide Film Entertainment LLC View Profile

On the Variety & THR list of AFM targets are Akin Gump ($600mm for 60 films), Endgame (3-5@$10-40mm), Exclusive Media ($100mm for 2-3 films), Incentive Filmed Entertainment ($100mm for 10@$15mm each), Liddell (3-4 films@$5-20mm each), Magnet Media (Jeanette Buerling & Magie Monteith), Natural Selection ($100mm for 20 films@ $5mm+ each), Overnight Prods (3@$10-40mm), Sheppard Mullin ($65mm), Social Capital (2-3@$2-20mm each), Stroock Stroock ($5-100mm), Tic Tock (2-3 films@$10mm each), WestEnd Films (Maya Amsellem & Eve Schoukroun), Winchester Capital (3-4 films@$10-40mm each), plus those in bold above.

Some are speaking at the AFM seminars:

F 11/6 9-12:30
AFM Finance Conference

with Media Rights Capital, Hyde Park Entertainment, NatGeo..
Fairmont Miramar, 101 Wilshire
2008 Videos

F 11/6 4-5:30
FILMART/HK Co-Production Partners

with Screen International, Distribution Workshop, Imagi Studios
Le Merigot, 1740 Ocean
2008 Videos

Sa 11/7 9-12:30
Pitch Me!
Producers for Bee Season, Capote, Nurse Betty
Fairmont Miramar, 101 Wilshire

Sa 11/7 9:15-5:30
Distribution U
9:15 Breakfast/Introductions
10:15 Fans, Friends, Followers – Scott Kirsner
11:15, Break
11:30, New World of Distribution I – Peter Broderick
12:30, Lunch with Adam Chapnick, Distribber.com, Thomas Mai, Festival Darlings, Jon Reiss, Thinking Outside of the Box (Office), Adrian Belic, Beyond the Call, Genghis Blues, Justine Jacob, Ready Set Bag
2, New World of Distribution II – Peter Broderick
3, Case Studies/Anvil!, Good Dick
4, Booksigning/Thinking Outside the Box (Office)
4:15-5:30, Pitch Workshop
USC, Davidson Conference Center, 3415 South Figueroa

Sa 11/7 2-5:30
Produce and Sell Your Film with Dov S-S Simens
Topics include: Theatrical Deal Memo Points, 7 Major Revenue Sources, Profit Participation Scenarios, Cable/TV/DVD Licenses, Publicity & Festivals, On-Demand vs PPV, Global Revenues, Foreign Sales, Private Placements, Investor Offerings, Gross vs Net, Split Rights & 50-50 Deals, Production-Distribution Agreements, plus Producer’s Workbook/Directory
Fairmont Miramar, 101 Wilshire

Su 11/8 11-12:30
Changing Indie Distribution Strategies

Ted Mundorff, Landmark Theatres, Jon Reiss, Think Outside the Box (Office)
Le Merigot, 1740 Ocean

Su 11/8 2-3:30
DIY Distribution Playbook

with Adam Chapnick, Distribber.com, Matt Tyrnauer, Valentino, Sacha Gervasi, Anvil!, Scott Hamilton Kennedy, The Garden, Lisa Smithline, Trouble The Waters
Le Merigot, 1740 Ocean
2008 Videos

Su 11/8 4-5:30
SAG/A Filmmaker’s Resource

Le Merigot, 1740 Ocean

M 11/9 11-12:30pm
WGA/Writing for the Genre World
Mick Garris, Larry Cohen, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White, Stephen Susco
Le Merigot, 1740 Ocean

M 11/9 2-3:30
DGA/Online Piracy
Brad Beutlich, DtecNet, Darcy Antonellis, Warner, Jonathan Dayton, Little Miss Sunshine, Andrew Horton, Mark Monitor, Alann McNeil, Deluxe’s Web Watch
Le Merigot, 1740 Ocean

M 11/9 4-5:30
PGA/Package and Finance Indies Oversees
Aurora Productions, Akin Gump, Endgame Entertainment, The Film Department, Paradigm
Le Merigot, 1740 Ocean

Tu 11/10 11-12:30
Indie Marketing with Ondi Timoner, We Live In Public…
Le Merigot, 1740 Ocean

Tu 11/10 2-3:30
WIF/New Hollywood Movie Studio & Social Networking

Le Merigot, 1740 Ocean

Tu 11/10 4-5:30
ASC/Film or Digital
Le Merigot, 1740 Ocean

Sa 11/7 – Tu 11/10 9:30-5
Favorite Film Pitch
Le Merigot, 1740 Ocean

For newbies, there are AFM first-timers guides on working the market at:
IFTAFilmSpecific, and IndieGoGo.

As for AFM Hotels, many were booked by 10/2 but feel free to try:
– Georgian, 1415 Ocean 90401 ($242-384) 310-395-9945
– Ocean View Hotel, 1447 Ocean 90401 ($224-272) 310-458-4888
– Hotel California, 1670 Ocean 90401 ($260,299+) 310-393-2363
– Hotel Shangrila, 1301 Ocean 90401 ($319-489) 310-394-2791
– Le Merigot Marriott, 1740 Ocean 90401 ($365+) 310-395-9700
– Viceroy, 1819 Ocean 90401 ($348+) 310-260-7500
– Fairmont Miramar, 101 Wilshire 90401 ($324+) 310-576-7777
– Hotel Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean 90405 ($459+) 310-581-5533
– Sheraton Delfina, 530 Pico 90405 ($267-320) 310-399-9344
– Doubletree, 1707 4th 90401 ($270-$282) 310-395-3332
– Holiday Inn, 120 Colorado 90401 ($248-258) 310-451-0676
– Hotel Carmel, 201 Broadway 90401 ($175-232) 310-451-2469
– Ambrose, 1255 20th Street 90404 ($192-227) 310-315-1555
– Best Western, 1920 Santa Monica Blvd 90404 ($170) 310-829-9100
– Shutters, One Pico 90405 ($575+) 310-458-0030
– Huntley, 1111 Second, 90403 ($350) 310-394-5454
*There is a shuttle for the AFM hotels, parking lots and screenings.

Film Catalogue/445 screenings, 73 premieres including:
American Sunset (Global Universal) – Corey Haim, Frank Molina
Blue Seduction (Global Universal Pictures) – Estella Warren*
Bobby Fischer Live (Amadeus)
Chloe (StudioCanal, budget $10-25mm) – Julianne Moore
Dorian Gray (Ealing Studios, budget $10-25mm) – Colin Firth
From Time to Time (Ealing Studios, budget $5-10m) – Maggie Smith
Get Low (K5) – Bill Murray
Glorious 39 (The Works International) – Julie Christie
Harry Brown (HanWay) – Michael Caine
Hawaii A Voice For Sovereignty (ITN)
Junkyard Dog (Epic) – Vivica Fox**
Kill Speed (Epic) – Nick Carter, Tom Arnold**
Life During Wartime (Fortissimo) – Ally Sheedy & Paul Reubens
Love & Other Impossible Pursuits (Essential Ent) – Natalie Portman
Mama I Want to Sing! (Vision Films) – Ciara & Billy Zane
Mao’s Last Dancer (Celluloid Dreams) – Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Cheng
Rounds (Global Universal) – Billy Drago, Mark Attenza
Saint John of Las Vegas (E1) – Sarah Silverman & Steve Buscemi
Snowmen (MPower) – Ray Liotta, Christopher Lloyd
Stay Cool (American Cinema) – Wynona Ryder, Hilary Duff
The Making of Plus One (New Films) film market wheeling and dealing
The Meaning of the 21st Century (WWFilmEnt, bud $3-5m) – Michael Douglas
The Next Three Days (Mandate Intl) – Russell Crowe
*no screening, ** got picked up by Independent Feature Films

And more:
– AFI Fest – free tx to screeningsred carpet events, details here
– IBM/USC Imagine The World in 2050 invite-only event
TromaDance Film Festival press conference
– 8th Samurai screening at the Consul General of Japan

Events that recap AFM:
– 12/1 Distribution U, San Francisco
– 12/8 DMW/Variety’s Future of Film, Sheraton Delfina

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