AFM agenda

A rundown of the market panels and seminars

A rundown of the market panels and seminars. All take place at Le Merigot Hotel in Santa Monica, unless noted otherwise. (Panelists not final; all info is subject to change.)


  • 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    AFM Finance Conference (Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd.)

    Session One: New Sources of Equity for Financing Film: Wall Street Develops a Taste for Hollywood Moderator: John Burke, partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Session Two: Maximizing Your Distribution Rights

  • 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

    Hong Kong as an Asian Coproduction Center

    Panelists: Lee Beasley, head, media and entertainment, Wholesale Banking; Charmaine Koo, partner, Deacons; Han Sanping, g.m. China Film Group; Nansun Shi, exec director, Film Workshop


  • 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Pitch Me!

    Moderator: Stephanie Palmer, prexy, Good in a Room; Panelists: Peggy Rajski, producer, director; Sebastian Twardosz, vp, Craftsman Films

  • 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Location Expo

    Session One: North American States Moderator: Steve Fayne, partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Panelists: Dan Chugg, Alberta film commissioner; Jamie Cope, location services manager, West Virginia Film Office; Jamie Delatte, film commissioner, Louisiana Capital Area Film Commission; Tonya S. Holly, prexy, Alabama Filmmakers Assn.; Luis A. Riefkohl, exec director and film commissioner, Puerto Rico Film Commission; Christopher Stelly, economic development manager, Louisiana Film Office Session Two: National Perspectives Panelists: Jamal Alsharif, manager, Dubai Studio City; Dan Bolea, CEO, Fiji Audio Visual Commission; Carlene Tan, manager, industry development, Media Development Authority of Singapore


  • 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

    Who Backs Movies and Why

    Moderator: Michael Donaldson, Donaldson and Hart; Panelists: Cassian Elwes, WMA; Diane Weyerman, Participant productions

  • 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Practical Production Incentives: What You Think You’ll Get, What You Actually Get, and How to Make It Better

    Moderator: Jeff Begun; Axiom International, author (“Guide to U.S. Production Incentives”); Panelists: Jeff Geoffrey, partner, Blue Rider; Mike Upton, head of production, 2929 Entertainment


  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Writing for the Marketplace: How Trends are Determining Content

    Moderator: Billy Ray, writer-director (“Shattered Glass”); Panelists: scribes Doug Atchison (“Akeelah and the Bee”), Jessica Bendinger (“Bring It On”), Ted Elliot (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Tyger Williams (“Menace II Society”)

  • 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    House of Cards: Perspectives on Collapsing the Exhibition Windows

    Panelist: John Fithian, prexy, National Assn. of Theater Owners

  • 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Film Festivals!

    Moderator: June Shelley, chair, Women in Film Intl.; Panelists: Nancy Collet, director of programming, AFI Fest; Matt Dentler, film festival producer, South by Southwest; Eleonora Granata, USA rep/programmer, Venice Intl. Film Festival; Caroline Libresco, senior programmer, Sundance Film Festival; Jeremy Platt, artistic manager/head programmer, Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival; Rachel Rosen, director of programming, Los Angeles Film Festival; David Straus, co-founder, CEO,


  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Totems & Taboos: The Rules and Myths of the Int’l Marketplace

    Programmed by: the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, Los Angeles

    Moderator: John Alan Simon; Panelists: Chris Auty, managing director, the Works Media Group; Jane Barclay, managing director, Capitol Films; Kirk D’Amico, president and CEO, Myriad Pictures; Stuart Ford, president, First Look Intl.; Brad Krevoy, chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Corp. of America; Penny Wolf, exec VP, Peace Arch

  • 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Artful Movies on Shoestring Budgets

    Moderators: George Spiro Dibie, ASC; Bob Fisher, journalist; Panelists: cinematographers James Chressanthis, Richard Crudo, Allen Daviau, Francis Kenny, Denis Lenoir, Stephen Lighthill, M. David Mullen, Michael Negrin, Daryn Okada, Daniel Pearl, Wally Pfister, Robert Primes and Nancy Schreiber; Leon Silverman, prexy, LaserPacific Media Corp. and VP, Entertainment Imaging, Eastman Kodak Co. plus prexy, Hollywood Post Alliance; effects cinematographer David Stump

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