Frequently Asked Questions
The AFM is not a festival so we do not accept film submissions. Only films represented by exhibiting companies may purchase screening times at AFM screening venues. You may contact one of the exhibiting companies for representation. The AFM will not recommend any company nor is it involved in these arrangements. To view a list of sales companies that are members of IFTA, visit http://www.ifta-online.org/member-directory.
Industry Badges permit access to Exhibitor floors, the Filmmakers Lounge, most screenings and AFM transportation.
Before October 18, Buyer Badges are $495 per person. After October 18, Buyer Badges are $545 per person.
Buyer Badges permit access to Buyer Breakfasts, the Buyers Lounge, Exhibitor floors, most screenings and AFM transportation.
Only pre-accredited Buyers may register for a Buyer Badge
No. Buyer Accreditation is a process that must take place before registering as a Buyer for the AFM.
Buyer Accreditation is the process of determining whether or not a company is a Buyer according to the AFM’s definition. AFM defines a Buyer as one of the following:
- A company which has contracted with one or more members of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) to distribute in at least one audio-visual medium, at least three motion pictures or television programs during the last three years.
- A company which has contracted with one or more members of IFTA for such company to sub-distribute (i.e. re-license) in at least one audio-visual medium at least three motion pictures or television programs during the last three years.
All accreditations requests must be submitted by October 11. No accreditations will be done during the AFM.
Any production or distribution company may exhibit at the AFM.
An Exhibitor office may be requested anytime until space is sold out. However, to participate in the first round of assignments, the Exhibition Agreement and deposit must be received by Friday, June 8.
Each company pays a $3,500 exhibition fee in addition to the office rental cost. The least expensive office is $5,825. Companies may also register as an “Exhibitor without office”. The $3,500 exhibition fee includes up to four (4) photo badges. However, only companies with offices may screen films at the AFM.
The AFM is held in a hotel and the rooms are set-up as offices. The offices are to be used for exhibiting only – there is no sleeping in the offices.
You may contact one of the exhibiting sales companies for representation. The AFM will not recommend any specific exhibitor nor is it involved in these arrangements. To view a list of sales companies that are IFTA members, visit http://www.ifta-online.org/member-directory.
Screening fees range from $215 for video to $1,080 for 35mm to $2,240 for 2K digital or 3D.
35mm, Digital 2K (DCP), 3D, HDCAM and HDCAM SR, Digibeta, Blu-ray and DVD (NTSC, Pal & SeCam). We do not offer 70mm, Betacam or VHS.
Exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities are available for companies that provide services or products to the entertainment industry. See “To Sponsor” above.
Santa Monica, California. The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is the AFM headquarters. Screenings take place at theaters throughout Santa Monica and Conferences are held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. See the AFM Campus Map.
The AFM is a marketplace where producers and distributors license films. The AFM is not a festival - there are no competitions or prizes. See AFI FEST to learn more about AFM's festival partner.
Yes. Please see How to Register under Attendee & Buyer Resources for more information.
Attendees may register in advance or on-site. It is suggested that you pre-register for discounts and convenience.
No. Conferences require a separate ticket.
The AFM offers discounted rates at official AFM Hotels for Registered Attendees. Reservations must be made through the AFM. Hotel reservations are only accepted with a corresponding badge order. Please see the registration page for more details.
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