AFM sets conferences, seminars

Discussion of the indie film business opens five-day event

Relativity Media's Ryan Kavanaugh, Comerica Bank's Morgan Rector and Media Rights Capital's Modi Wiczyk will discuss the current state of the indie film business at the opening panel of the American Film Market's finance conference on Nov. 6.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's P. John Burke will moderate the session to be held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.

The conference will also include a session on foreign investment as a source of film financing, to be moderated by KPMG's Benson R. Berro, and a look at Hong Kong as a co-production partner programmed by the Hong Kong Development Council.

AFM's lineup of panels, programmed by the Independent Film & Television Alliance, consists of:

Nov. 7
-- "Pitch Me!," moderated by Peggy Rajski; panelists, Caroline Baron and Ron Yerxa.
-- "Produce & Sell Your Film with Dov S-S Simens," presented by Dov S-S Simens.

Nov. 8
-- "No Direction Home - Changing Indie Distribution Strategies," moderated by John Alan Simon; panelists, Chris Hyams, Ted Mundorff, Jon Reiss, David Shultz and Leslie Urdang.
-- "The DIY Distribution Playbook - What's Working Now, and What's Coming Next," moderated by Adam Chapnick; panelists, Sacha Gervasi, Jon Reiss and Matt Tyrnauer.
-- "Screen Actors Guild: A Filmmaker's Resource," moderated by Darrien Michele Gipson; panelists, Simon Abou-Fadel, Mark Friedlander and William Marshall.

Nov. 9
-- "Writing for the Genre World, moderated by Mick Garris; panelists, Larry Cohen, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White and Stephen Susco.
-- "Walking the Digital Plank: How to Out-Swashbuckle Online Pirates," moderated by Jonathan Dayton; panelists, Darcy Antonellis, Brad Beutlich, Alann McNeil and Barbara Mudge.
-- "Case Study: How to Package and Finance Your Independent Project Overseas," moderated by William Stuart; panelist, Tim O'Hair.

Nov. 10
-- "The New Rules of Indie Marketing," moderated by Michael Donaldson; panelists, Sacha Gervasi, Susan Jackson, Dennis Rice and Russell Schwartz.
-- "The New Hollywood Movie Studio: New Power for the Independent Filmmaker Found in the World of New Media & Social Networking," moderated by Peter Broderick; panelists, Thomas Mai, Marianna Palka and Nonny del la Pena.
-- "Film or Digital...That's the Question, Beautiful Images on a Shoestrong Budget," moderated by George Spiro Dibie; panelists, Richard Crudo, David Darby, George Spiro Dibie, Johnny Jensen, Denis Lenoir, Isidore Mankofsky, Donald M. Morgan, Michael Negrin, Daryn Okada, Antony Palmieri, Robert Primes, Roberto Schaefer and Nancy Schreiber.