AFM Finance Conference

Friday, Nov. 4
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. AFM Finance Conference
Venue: Fairmont Miramar Hotel (Starlight Ballroom), 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
Cost: $85 (includes continental breakfast and two conference sessions)


Saturday, Nov. 5
9:30 a.m. “Pitch Me!”
2-3:40 p.m. Panel: “What’s the Difference: Buyers Rep … Sales Rep … Producers Rep?” Panelists: Jonathan Dana, prexy, Angel City Entertainment; Barbara Mudge, head of international sales, Focal Point Releasing; Harris Tulchin, chairman, Harris Tulchin & Associates; Peter Wetherwell, prexy, Magus Entertainment; Laurie Woodrow, prexy, Trans-Pacific Media Consultants. Moderator: Lorin Brennan, prexy, Gray Matter
4-5:40 p.m. “Gimme Shelter: Making Movies in the U.K.” Panelists: Chris Auty, managing director, the Works Media Group; Ken Dearsley, partner, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary; Peter Hoffman, chairman, Seven Arts Pictures; Stephen Margolis, managing director, Future Film Group; David Parfitt, producer; Hal Sadoff, head of indie/international film department, ICM; Alison Small, head of information, U.K. Film Council. Moderator: John Alan Simon, producer

Sunday, Nov. 6
11 a.m.-1:40 p.m. “Foreign Co-Production” Panelists: Luke G. Jones, producer rep and film finance consultant (U.K.); Len Pendergast, Independent Film Financing (Canada); Amotz Zakai, Echo Lake Prods. (U.S.). Moderator: Joanna Lucchesi, senior VP, HSBC Private Bank
2-3:40 p.m. “Indie Budget, Major Talent: SAG’s New Low-Budget Contracts Help Bridge the Gap.” Panelist: Peter Dinklage, actor. Moderator: Paul Bales, exec director, SAGIndie
4-5:40 p.m. “The Art of Creating Compelling Films With Slim Budgets” Panelists: Allen Daviau, ASC; Michael Goi, ASC; Steven Mason, ASC; Hiro Narita, ASC; Steven Poster, ASC; Paul Ryan, ASC; Nancy Schreiber, ASC. Moderators: George Spiro Dibie, ASC; Bob Fisher, journalist

Monday, Nov. 7
11 a.m-12:40 p.m. “Outside the Comfort Zone: Getting Your Screenplay Produced by Any Means Necessary” Panelists: Doug Jung, screenwriter; Christian Taylor, writer-producer-director; Lee D. Zlotoff, writer-director. Moderator: Elias Davis, writer
2-3:40 p.m. “Scoring High: Optimizing Test Screenings as a Research Tool.” Panelists: Kevin Goetz, head of screenings and qualitative research, OTX; Catherine Hardwicke, writer-director; Michael London, producer; Donald Petrie, director. Moderator: Elias Merhige, director
4-5:40 p.m. “Music in Movies: Insider Secrets for Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck.” Panelists: Alf Clausen, composer; James Gunn, writer-director; Bob Townsend, prexy, Varese Sarabande Records; Sandy DeCrescent, music contractor. Moderator: Dennis Dreith, composer/administrator, Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund

Tuesday, Nov. 8
11 a.m.-12:40 p.m. “India: The New Frontier for International Productions” Panelists: Patrick Crowley, producer; Anand Desai, DSK Legal; Thomas Nickel, ARRI Film & TV; Dileep Singh Rathore, producer-line producer, OTR Prods. Moderator: Mike Goodridge, U.S. editor, Screen Intl.

All AFM panels take place at Le Merigot Hotel (Pacific Room): 1740 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Cost: $35 per panel

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