A debate is under way on whether the influx of 3D pics and the growing digitalization of screens in Latin America has been a boon or a setback for indie pics.
Indie film at the upper end of the feeding chain is booming in Russia.
With homevid dying and TV sales still scarce, Italy continues to be a market where theatrical is absolutely crucial.
The out-of-work truck driver finds a job driving for the film industry. A carpenter is retrained to build film sets. A security company about to close its doors finds a way to survive providing…
"We're finding foreign indie films tougher and tougher in the U.K. as the marketplace is so small but the cost of release is so high," says Vertigo Films topper Rupert Preston. "Local films we like."
Korea's theatrical business mirrors the U.S. biz -- box office is rising while admissions are slightly down compared to last year.
For FilmNation prexy Glen Basner, AFM has already begun.
The biggest trend at the Japanese B.O. this year has been the rise of Hollywood 3D pics -- and the scramble of local exhibs and producers to cope.
A look at what panels and sessions are slated for the conference
Indie distributors' market share dropped 19% in Spain through Sept. 30.
While Graham King's new domestic distribution venture aims to shake up the release market and go head-to-head with the studios, the company won't necessarily be making headlines at the AFM.