AFM preps conferences

Market has set five events for its Nov. 2-6 conference

The American Film Market has set five events for its Nov. 2-6 conference series covering finance, pitching, marketing, VOD and micro-budget production. Series will take place at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.

The conferences, which begin the third day of AFM, have been set for each day from 9:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at a cost of $200 for the series for AFM participants and $395 for those not participating.

It’s the second year in which AFM has programmed the seminars, formerly overseen by the orgs participating in each event. AFM managing director Jonathan Wolf said the seminars are aimed to provide a wide perspective and noted that each sold out last year, with attendance averaging around 800.”We are looking forward to building on the 2011 inaugural, sold-out event by exploring topics that are most relevant to global filmmakers,” Wolf said.

The finance and pitch conferences were offered last year. The pitch session will include volunteers from the audience pitching a panel of Hollywood decisionmakers, who will give unvarnished feedback on each pitch — saying what worked, what didn’t, and why.

The AFM has also unveiled its newly redesigned website, Americanfilmmarket.com, as registration for the market has opened.Past participants at AFM conferences have included Hyde Park topper Ashok Amritraj; Robert Hayward, chief operating officer of Summit Entertainment; Tobin Armbrust, head of production for Exclusive Media; Cassian Elwes; Jamie Patricof, founder of Hunting Lane Films; Tomas Jegeus, co-president of international for 20th Century Fox; Sony exec Eric Baum; and Jay Cohen, head of packaging and finance for Gersh.

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