Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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 Badges permit access to Buyer Breakfasts, the Buyers Lounge, Exhibitor floors, most screenings and AFM transportation.
No. As long as the company is an active Buyer, accreditation is maintained and it applies all current employees of the company.
Before October 10, Buyer Badges are $495 per person. After October 10, Buyer Badges are $545 per person.
All accreditations requests must be submitted by October 9, 2015. No accreditations will be done during the AFM.
Industry Badges permit access to Exhibitor floors, the Filmmakers Lounge, one year membership to AFM365™, most screenings and AFM transportation.
More days equals more opportunities and more connections. If you are pitching a project or script, the last 3 to 4 days are the most effective for exploratory conversations with distributors and sales companies (Exhibitors.). More recommendations can be found in How to Work the AFM.
No. For a complete list of badge options and dates see Attendee Packages & Prices.
No. The Buyers lounge is only for accredited Buyers. Attendees have access to the Filmmakers Lounge located at the Le Merigot Hotel.
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.
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.
Attendees may register in advance or on-site. It is suggested that you pre-register for discounts and convenience. Pre-registration will close on November 2 at 11:59pm GMT.
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 www.americanfilmmarket.com/attendee/services for more details.
The AFM Shuttle Service. is free and available to all.
November 4 - 11, 2015
November 2 - 9, 2016
November 1 - 8, 2017
If you are a Platinum Pass or Executive Pass Plus holder, you have ticketless entry to all AFM Conferences.The Industry Pass Plus offers ticketless entry to four AFM Conferences beginning on Saturday. Conference tickets can also be purchased separately. For more information visit Attendee Packages & Prices
To access the AFM Conference Series, attendees can purchase an A La Cart ticket for a specific Conference or a badge package that includes ticketless entry. For further information go to Attendee Packages & Prices
To be considered to pitch on stage, you will need to submit a 2-minute video pitch. For further details go to www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/conferences.
These are discussions about specialized areas of film production and distribution. Access varies depending on the session. For a full schedule go to www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/roundtables-conversations.
Producers Forum Questions
This is a knowledge-based program exclusively for experienced producers. Details can be found at www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/producers-forum.
See the Producers Forum page www.AmericanFilmMarket.com/producers-forum.
All AFM Photo Badge holders, except Press, may access the Producers Forum through a Rush Line on a space available basis. The Rush line closes at 3:05pm daily.
No. Once eligibility has been confirmed, your acceptance into the program is always maintained.
No. As long as you have been approved for the program and have purchased a qualifying badge, there is no additional cost.
No. All participants for the Producers Forum must be pre-qualified. Guests are not permitted.
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 13.
Costs to exhibit with space start at $3,900. Exhibition Options:
- Mini-Booth Exhibitor: Located on the 3rd floor of the Santa Monica Beach Hotel, mini-booths are 52 sq.ft. The total cost is $3,900 and includes (2) Exhibitor Photo Badges.
- Exhibitor With Office: Company pays a $3,500 exhibition fee that includes three (3) Exhibitor Photo Badges. In addition to the fee, the office rental costs start at $6,626 for a 330 sq.ft. office on the 2nd floor of the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.
- Exhibitor Without Office: Company pays the $3,500 exhibition fee includes three (3) Exhibitor Photo Badges. A company registered as an Exhibitor Without Office cannot screen in AFM theaters.
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.
Exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities are available for companies that provide services or products to the entertainment industry. See Sponsor information.
Most screenings are open to anyone with an AFM badge.(Press is excluded).
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 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, see IFTA Member Directory.
AFM365™ is the American Film Market’s online community. It is a valuable tool to connect with other Attendees before and during the show to make inquiries, set meetings, promote projects & services and seek partners. After the show, use AFM365™ to maintain new relationships and connect with Attendees you might have missed.
Of course! With AFM365™ You can connect with most AFM participants before, during and after the show.
Sometime the registration system encounters a problem with verifying that a company is an approved Buyer.
If this occurs, contact our registration department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-310-446-1082.
Industry Attendee Forms can be submitted by fax or mail. Email forms are not accepted to protect credit card privacy.
MAIL: AFM, 10850 Wilshire Blvd., 9th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90024
To register by mail or fax, Attendees can print the Industry Attendee Forms (PDF) which include the Conference Form. The forms can be found by clicking any REGISTER button on the AFM website.