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SANTA MONICA/New format for LocationEXPO

AFM’s LocationEXPO is now the home for film commissions and production facilities to connect with the world’s producers and its new four-day format and location have been welcomed by all.
We’re looking forward to hearing about the new films that will be greenlit from the billions in production incentives that are available from the LocationEXPO film commissions”.
With these words, Jonathan Wolf, American Film Market’s managing director, commented the presence of over 100 film commissions at the second, renovated edition of LocationEXPO, to be held from November 3rdto 6th, at the Santa Monica Lowes Hotel, inside the 39thAmerican Film Market (31stOctober- 7thNovember).
The industry screenings and marketplace will be accompanied by AFM’s panel programming, anchored by its renowned five-day Conference Series which this year will open, on Friday November 2nd, with The Global Perspective Conference, a discussion between film industry leaders President/CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance®Jean Prewitt, and Chairman/CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America®, Charles Rivkin, on the major challenges and opportunities facing the film industry and how their organizations are addressing them.
The opening dialogue will be followed by two panel sessions that will bring together high-level producers, financiers, buyers and distributors to discuss business strategies and how the marketplace is evolving.
Also new to the lineup is a half-day Conference dedicated to Blockchain set for Saturday November 3rd, with presentations and discussions with companies that are transforming independent film financing, production, and distribution using this groundbreaking technology.
In addition, this year’s AFM Roundtables, which explore specialized and timely issues, will take place in a larger venue, the AFM Gallery at Le Merigot Hotel “more than 40 sessions that will engage international experts, leaders and visionaries on the topics most important to AFM’s global participants”, commented Jonathan Wolf.
Among these are Gender Diversity, the visibility of LGBTQ characters (Using Intellectual Property to Boost the Visibility of LGBTQ Characters), Why Do Some Horror Films Work While Others Don’t?– Presented in partnership with Dread Central; Boosting Your Micro-Budget– presented in partnership with Slamdance; Producing Passion Documentaries.
After the highly successful launch in 2017, the Writer’s Workshops will return to AFM and an array of Spotlight Events with topics ranging from Understanding Distribution in China toWorking with the U.S. Guilds will join AFM’s popular returning Conferences.

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