Producer/actor Michael Douglas, director Renny Harlin and producer Ed Pressman will headline AFM’s March 4 filmmakers’ panel, which will kick off a four-day series of seminars centering on issues of independent filmmaking in the global marketplace.

Viacom Intl. prexy and CEO Frank J. Biondi Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies, to be held at noon at Santa Monica’s Miramar Sheraton. Biondi will address the role of the independents of the 1990s.

The executive will be introduced by American Film Marketing Assn. chairman William A. Shields, CEO of Trans-Atlantic Pictures.

Moderating the March 4 seminar (beginning at 8 a.m.), “Global Filmmaking: The International Perspective,” featuring Douglas, Harlin and Pressman, will be Carolco prexy and CEO Peter Hoffman.

On March 5, a session titled “Pan-European Distribution: Fact Or Folly?” will be led by a panel comprising international financial consultant Frans Afman, Sovereign Pictures chairman Ernst Goldschmidt, European Film Distribution Office prexy Dieter Kosslick, Italian Intl. Film head Fulvio Lucisano and Palace Group co-chairman Nik Powell. Moderating will be Bruce St. J. Lilliston, senior partner of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker’s entertainment-transactions group.

Money talks

Alive Films co-chairman Carolyn Pfeiffer, prexy of Independent Feature Projects West, will moderate a March 6 panel on “U.S. Independent Distribution: What’s The Future?” to be addressed by Samuel Goldwyn Co. prexy Meyer Gottlieb, New Line Cinema topper Robert Shaye, Miramax Films co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and MK2 v.p./general manager Rosine Handelman.

The final seminar, on March 7, will focus on “Capital Sources In The ’90s.” The panel will consist of investment bankers: Errol Cook, managing director of Wertheim Schroder & Co.; Michael Garin, senior managing director of Furman Selz; Yoshiro Kumaki, joint general manager of The Industrial Bank of Japan Ltd.; and Jeffrey Logsdon, v.p. of Seidler Amdec Securities. Largo Entertainment executive v.p. and CFO Joseph Cohen will serve as moderator.

The four AFMA forum sessions, each running 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., as well as the keynote address, are open to the public at a set fee.

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