American Film Market 2022 sets new lineup and speakers – Deadline

The Independent Film & Television Alliance today unveiled new details about the lineup and speakers that will be featured at this year’s American Film Market.


AFM Sessions held at the Loews Beach Hotel in Santa Monica as part of the 43rd edition of the industry’s only independent sales market will feature more than 30 panels featuring more than 100 speakers from November 2-5, including thought leaders from the film industry Howard Cohen (Roadside Attractions), Ashley Stern (Picture Perfect Federation), Martin Moszkowicz (Constantin Film), Jeff Annison (Legion M), Jeffrey Greenstein (Millennium Media) and George Hamilton (Protagonist Pictures). Programming highlights include:

Finance: strategies for today’s VOD-dominated world

Maxime CottrayXYZ Films (VPE, Production and Finance), Peter GrahamMovies 120 dB (Main), Deirdre OwensCast & Crew (VP, Production Incentive Financing) and Jeremy KayScreen International (Americas publisher).

Predicting the future of independent cinema

David FanonChicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment/Screen Media Ventures (EVP, Cast/Chairman), Martin MoszkowiczConstantin Film (President and President), Ashley SternPicture Perfect Federation/Federation Entertainment of America (Chairman) and patrick fraterVariety (Asia Publisher).

Recovery of the theater market for independent films

Howard CohenRoad Attractions (co-president and co-founder), Jeffrey GreensteinMillennium Media (Chairman), Scott ShoomanIFC Entertainment (SVP, Acquisitions) and Diana LodderhoseDeadline, (International Feature Editor).

Demystifying the global VOD landscape

Nick IsaacGravitas Ventures (VP ​​of Sales), Pierre JaroweyVertical Entertainment (Partner / CEO), Jason PfardrescherWell Go USA (VP Digital Distribution), Kent SandersonBleecker Street/ DECAL (President, Acquisitions and Auxiliary Distribution/Co-President) and Stephanie PrangeMedia Play News (editor).

Inspiration is everywhere: access existing IP and adapt it to the screen

Margaret BoykinUbisoft Film & Television (VP Development, Film & Television), Charles HopkinsConcord Originals (Director of Development and Production) and James VanderbiltProject X Entertainment (CCO).

Independent features with big profit potential

Miranda BaileyCold Iron Pictures (CEO), Brian BeckmanArclight Films (CFO), george hamiltonProtagonist images (CCO) and Pip NgoXYZ Films (SVP Sales & Acquisitions).

The Producer/Sales Agent Dynamic

Clay EpsteinFilm Mode Entertainment (Chairman), Delphine PerrierHighland Film Group (COO), Mary Jane SkalskiEcho Lake Entertainment (president of production/producer), and Mimi SteinbaurRadiant Films International (President and CEO).

The Innovators

Jeff AnnisonLegion M (co-founder and president), Lindsey RameyWattpad WEBTOON Studios (head of global film), Richard BottoStage 32 (Founder) and Alexander FerrariIndie Film Hustle (Founder).

AFM programming will begin the morning of November 2 with “The Risk Takers” Finance Conference, featuring Jason Cloth (Creative Wealth Media/Bron), Basil Iwanyk (Thunder Road Pictures), Laura Lewis (Rebelle Media), Milan Popelka (FilmNation), and Erich Schartzel (The Wall Street Journal), as previously announced.

Participants will also be able to connect with film commissions, government agencies and production services companies from more than 30 countries, which collectively offer millions of dollars in production incentives, through AFM’s LocationEXPO. LocationEXPO exhibitors and partners hosting presentations for attendees include the Italian Trade Agency, the Polish Film Institute, the Northern Finland Film Commission and the Louisiana Entertainment Industry Development Bureau.

This year’s edition of AFM will take place at the Loews Hotel and in theaters across the city from November 1-6. More information on the current AFM program and speakers, as well as the list of exhibitors, can be found here and here, respectively. Check out the official AFM 2022 poster above.

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