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American Film Market Plans In-Person Event in Fall

The American Film Market is set to return with an in-person market in Santa Monica for its 43rd edition this Fall. With the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel returning as a conference venue, the 2022 AFM will run from Nov. 1 to 6, the Independent Film & Television Alliance said on Thursday. The market, which […]

AFM: John Cena Action Comedy ‘Freelance’ Sells Wide

Proving there is always an international market for full-octane action, global buyers have jumped aboard Freelance, a new action-comedy from Taken director Pierre Morel set to star The Suicide Squad/Peacemaker actor John Cena. Stuart Ford’s AGC International closed pre-sale deals for the upcoming film with major independent buyers across Europe and Asia, including with Splendid […]

AFM: Russian Distributor Arna Media Stocks Up With ‘Duchess of Malfi,’ ‘Black Demon’ (Exclusive)

Arna Media, the new Russian distribution company launched by Capella Film executive Nadezda Motina, has stocked up on new features ahead of its official launch next year. Motina signed deals for multiple pre-sales titles at last week’s American Film Market, picking up rights across Russia and the CIS territories for period drama The Duchess of Malfi […]

AFM Goes Old School as Action, Star-Driven Titles Rule

There was a sense of 1990s nostalgia at the 2021 American Film Market. Technically this year’s AFM, with its Zoom meetings, on-demand screenings, virtual keynotes and discussions, was cutting-edge. But the projects on offer and the stars attracting the most attention at AFM 2021 felt very old school. Capstone’s Silent Night, a dialogue-free thriller set […]

AFM: Upgrade Productions Looking to Capitalize on ‘Squid Game’ Effect

Over the years, Matt Brodlie and Jonathan Kier have racked up the frequent flyer miles. Brodlie, as senior vp of international content for Disney+ helped build a development slate of series for the streamer across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Before that, Brodlie managed the local-language film department at Paramount Vantage, oversaw local-language […]

AFM 2021: First Bloom Films on Making Female-Focused Movies

Last year, actor-producer Katherine Waddell and writer-director Em Johnson set up First Bloom Films, an independent production company with a clear social objective: to increase the participation of women in the movie business, in front of and behind the camera. A year on and First Bloom arrives at the 2021 American Film Market with its […]

AFM: Millennium Boss on Casting ‘Expendables 4’ and Small-Screen Plans (‘Rambo’ TV?)

An ever-present market flagbearer (a flag perhaps clutched by a bruised and bloodied hand), action film overlord Millennium Media appears to have emerged from the coronavirus pandemic even more battle-hardened than usual. The indie studio may have seen a Milli Vanilli biopic with Brett Ratner go up in smoke earlier this year, but the wheels […]

AFM: Norwegian Disaster Film ‘The North Sea’ Going to China, Australia

Buyers worldwide continue to board The North Sea. The Norwegian disaster movie, set on a North Sea oil drilling platform, racked up multiple presales for TrustNordisk unveiled during the American Film Market (AFM). The company closed deals with distributor Rialto for Australia and New Zealand rights, with DD Dream for China, with Neo Films for […]

AFM: Yaniv Raz on Directing Emus and John Cleese for ‘The Great Emu War’

It started as a joke. Years ago, Australian-born stand-up Monty Franklin stumbled across an entry on Wikipedia about the Great Emu War. Now all-but-forgotten, the incident refers to a month in 1932 when the Australian government, in an attempt to curb the wild population of emus chomping on farm crops, enlisted a battalion of World […]

AFM: Black Filmmakers Look to Capitalize on International Demand for More Diverse Stories

Diversity has been a Hollywood buzzword for several years now, but the real challenges faced by filmmakers from minority or marginalized communities in getting their stories made and seen came into sharp focus at a series of panels at the American Film Market (AFM) this week. The success of non-U.S, non-English-language content, like Netflix’s Korean […]

AFM: Will the Box Office Bounce-Back Help Indies?

For the independent film industry, the re-opening of theaters worldwide has been your classic good news/bad news type situation. The good news, according to the latest figures from box office analyst Comscore, is that movies are back. Comscore reported that the domestic ticket revenue for October hit $638 million, making it the best month since […]

Biopic of Italian Designer Roberto Cavalli in Works (Exclusive)

Roberto Cavalli, the Italian fashion designer renowned for his stretch jeans and animal prints, is getting the biopic treatment, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Filmmaking duo Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi have optioned Cavalli’s life rights from the man himself, with their Iervolino Lady Bacardi Entertainment banner having acquired the rights to his autobiography Just […]