Santa Monica, CA – November 13, 2013
The 2013 American Film Market (AFM®) wrapped up its eight day run on Wednesday, November 13th with 779 new buying companies, a 3% increase and an uptick in overall buyers (1,624). The AFM Conference Series, which launched two years ago, spoke to audiences of more than 700 daily.
Exhibitor attendance was on par from last year with 357 exhibitors from 33 countries. Attendance among exhibitor-affiliated participants (including their executives, producers, talent and guests) concluded at 2,807, down 9% from last year.
The AFM screened 402 films with 327 Market Premieres, 76 World Premieres and a total of 627 screenings across the AFM Campus in Santa Monica.
The popular five-day AFM Conference Series showcasing sessions on financing, production, marketing, distribution and pitching, as well as other sessions throughout the market, featured global industry leaders including: Adam Carolla, Ryan Kavanaugh, Mark Burnett, Nicolas Gonda, Tobin Armburst, Paul Bales, Eric Brenner, Mark Canton, Cassian Elwes, and many others.
The inaugural AFM Producers Forum brought together experienced producers from around the world, to learn and network at the AFM. The sixteen forum sessions touched on a wide range of topics from co-productions in China, to working with U.S. guilds to the role of the producer, led by experts including: Joan Graves, Peter Shiao, Richard Baker, Adrian Ward, Joseph Cohen, Aaron Ryder, and Benedict Carver.