AFM guiding highlights

A selected look at some of AFM's notable seminars

*All seminars take place at Santa Monica's Le Merigot Hotel and cost $35 per person to attend unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, Nov. 1
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
U.S. Theatrical Distribution:
The Producer's Holy Grail
Panelists such as William Morris Independent's Phil Alberstat, Lionsgate's Peter Block and writer-director Daniel Myrick discuss the ways filmmakers can increase their odds of landing theatrical distribution for their projects and evaluate the benefits (and pitfalls) of self-distribution. Programd by British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Friday, Nov. 2
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
AFM Finance Conference
The yearly finance conference brings together CEOs, financiers and filmmakers in two back-to-back sessions devoted to indie film finance. KPMG senior manager of federal tax services Benson Berro moderates the morning's second session, which begins at 11 a.m.
Location: Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Cost: $95 per person

4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Hong Kong: Your Preferred
Destination for Asian Co-production
and Gateway to China
Asian heavy hitters like producer Terence Chang, Edko Films executive director Bill Kong and Emperor Motion Pictures CEO Albert Lee explain
the benefits of co-productions from the Hong Kong perspective in this seminar, programd by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.      

Saturday, Nov. 3
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Pitch Me!
Peggy Rajski moderates this intensive session programd by IFTA in which 12 filmmakers pitch their project to a panel of agents, producers and executives and receive plenty of honest feedback.
Cost: $50 per person   

2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location Expo
This afternoon session (also programd by IFTA) features an array of film commissioners and representatives from around the world talking about the best way for filmmakers to take advantage of their respective tax incentives. Speakers from Singapore, the Bahamas, Fiji, Hong Kong and Hungary will dominate the national perspectives session from
2-3:30 p.m.; panelists from Alabama, Puerto Rico, Louisiana and West
Virginia will take the floor during the North American States session, which begins at 4 p.m.
Cost: $50 per person
Sunday, Nov. 4
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
What's So Fair About Fair Use?
Film Independent hosts this session about the legalities of using copyrighted material in feature films, documentaries and commercials. Panelists include Media Professional Insurance's Christi Deardoff, director Kirby Dick and DeWitt Stern Group's Winnie Wong.

Monday, Nov. 5
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Keeping Writers Onboard:
The Business Case
Famous scribes Miguel Arteta, Andrea Berloff, Jack Epps Jr. and Nicholas Kazan reveal why it's important for screenwriters to participate during every stage of the filmmaking process in this seminar programd by the WGA West. Screenwriter Howard A. Rodman moderates.

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Risky Business:
DIY Distribution in the Digital Age
The DGA brings together panelists including Truly Indie executive director Kelly Sanders and RES Magazine editor Rob Nilsson to discuss new business models in indie distribution. DGA director Bobby Roth moderates.

Tuesday, Nov. 6
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
iHollywood Mobile Conference
This two-part morning session is designed to help executives understand the growing market for film and video content on mobile devices and the best ways to monetize such services. The morning's first presentation, "Watching Film on the Go: Mobile and Wireless Opportunities for the Film Industry," runs from 9:30-10:30 a.m.; "Mobile Marketing and Advertising for Film Distribution" will follow at 10:45 a.m.
Location: Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Cost: $95 per person
2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
iHollywood Digital Conference
Tech experts such as Macrovision's Richard Bullwinkle,
Tandberg Television's Joe Franzetta and Thought Equity Motion's Kevin Schaff consider the outlook for digital filmmaking and exhibition, the prospects for digital television and the impact of home theaters and high-definition, among other topics, in
"Digital Technologies to Enhance Film Creation, Acquisition,
Distribution and Revenue," the first of the conference's two afternoon sessions. The second, starting at 4:15 p.m., is "Broadband Video Revolution: Using Social Networks, User-Generated Content and Internet Distribution to Sell Film," with panelist Ethan Applen from Imeem.
Location: Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Cost: $95 per person

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