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All about AFM 2021 Sessions

admin   November 1, 2021

AFM will feature over 150 speakers and again taking advantage of its online market to showcase voices from around the world that can’t always be present in Santa Monica

The American Film Market (AFM) has announced new speakers and sessions along with its full programming lineup set for AFM 2021 Online, which will run for five days, November 1 to 5.

AFM 2021 Online will commence with the opening session – The Independent Film Ecosphere – Present and Future, featuring Liesl Copland, EVP, Content and Platform Strategy, Participant, Jonathan Kier, Co-President, Upgrade Productions, Brian O’Shea, CEO, The Exchange, Julia Weber, Head of International Sales & Acquisitions, Global Screen – A Telepool Brand, and moderated by Stephen Galloway, Dean of Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. The first Finance Conference of the market, bridging the production insurance gap, will follow with speakers Steve Hays, Founder and Managing Member, 120dB Films, Peter A. Marshall, Managing Principal, Media Insurance, Epic Insurance Brokers, Nick Spicer, Partner, XYZ Films, and moderator Jill Goldsmith, Co-Business Editor, Deadline.

While the AFM doesn’t officially start until Monday, November 1, four buildings on the AFM Campus – the On Demand Theatre, Industry Offices, LocationEXPO, and MyAFM – are now open for pre-market screenings, project previews and scheduling meetings.

AFM will feature over 150 speakers and again taking advantage of its online market to showcase voices from around the world that can’t always be present in Santa Monica. Additional sessions and speakers joining AFM’s two online stages and previously announced conferences, panels, workshops, podcasts and presentations. Some of the highlights are follows.

  • AFM’s Pitch Conference will feature Producer & Agent, Cassian Elwes (MudboundDallas Buyers Club), Elevated Film SalesJeffrey Greenstein, President, Millennium Media, Monica Levinson, Independent Producer, (Borat Subsequent MoviefilmCaptain FantasticBrian BanksWander Darkly), and Lee Jessup, Screenwriting Career Consultant & Coach
  • Black Filmmakers at the Crossroads to Success (presented in partnership with AAFCA) will feature Cassandra Butcher, CMO and Co-Creative Director, BRON Studios, Anikah McLaren, EVP, Narrative Film, Participant, Samantha Racanelli, SVP, Film Development & Production, Endeavor Content, and Gil L. Robertson IV, Co-Founder, African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA).
  • Changing the Narrative: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Film (presented in partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Studies) with Iram Parveen Bilal, Filmmaker, Madeline Di Nonno, President & CEO, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Christopher Kahunahana, Producer, Writer, Director, and Alysia Reiner, Actor, Creator, Producer.
  • Demystifying the SPLATAM Market (presented in partnership with NALIP) featuring Liliana Espinoza, Projects Director, NALIP, Sonia Gambaro, Vice President of Television, 3Pas Studios, Georgina Gonzalez, Director of Development in the SPLATAM team, Gaumont Television, and Frida Torresblanco, Braven Films. 
  • Global Streaming & the Future of Entertainment in Asia with Rick Ambros, International Media and Entertainment Consultant & Producer, Rohit Jain, Managing Director South Asia & Networks – Emerging Markets Asia, Lionsgate, Sameer Nair, CEO, Applause Entertainment India, William Pfeiffer, Executive Chairman, Globalgate Entertainment. 
  • How Streamers Approach Independent Content with Adam Koehler, Manager of Acquisitions, IFC Films, Brent Lang, Executive Editor Film & Media, New York Bureau Chief, Variety, Berry Meyerowitz, President, Quiver, Brian Stevenson, CEO and Founder, The Chromata Consulting Group, and Jennifer Vaux, Head of Content Acquisition, Roku.
  • How to Profit with Micro-Budget Features featuring Tim Molloy, Editor-in-Chief, MovieMaker Magazine, Matt Grady, Founder, Factory 25, Matt Miller, President, Vanishing Angle, and Deon Taylor, Founder, Hidden Empire Film Group
  • In the Market for Authentic Transgender Films (presented in partnership with GLAAD) with Alex Schmider, Associate Director of Transgender Representation, GLAAD and Tre’vell Anderson, Journalist.
  • International Film Market: Consumption of Black Culture, Rejection of Black Stories (presented in partnership with the NAACP) featuring Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife Group, Kyle Bowser, SVP Hollywood Bureau, NAACP, Darnell Hunt, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, UCLA, Johnny Jones, Executive Director of Worldwide Marketing Content, Warner Bros. Pictures, Gabriel Lerman, Board Member, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and Tirrell Whittley, CEO, Liquid Soul
  • Limited Budget Features with Huge Profit Potential featuring Brian Beckmann, CFO,Arclight Films, Luane Gauer, Head of Acquisitions, Protagonist Pictures, Michael Heimler, Head of Production and Finance, Black Bear Pictures, Jeremy Kay, Americas Editor, Screen Daily, and Kent Sanderson, Acquisitions and Ancillary DistributionBleecker Street 
  • New Perspectives on Horror featuring Darren Lynn Bousman, Director, (Spiral, Death of Me, Saw II/III/IV), Patrick Ewald, CEO, Epic Pictures, Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions, Shout! Factory, Jasmine Johnson, SVP, Development, Crypt TV, and Annick Mahnert, Manager, Acquisitions, Raven Banner Entertainment
  • Producing Movies for Networks and Platforms featuring Charles Cooper, President/Producer, Front Street Pictures, Gene George, President, Tesera Entertainment, Larry Grimaldi, SVP, Development and Production, MarVista Entertainment, Brad Krevoy, CEO, Motion Picture Corporation of America, and Chevonne O’Shaughnessy, President, American Cinema International
  • Producing Standout Documentary Features featuring Kevin Iwashina, Head of Documentary, Endeavor Content, Anna Godas, CEO, DogWoof, Ross Dinerstein, Founder and CEO, Campfire Studios, Dan O’Meara, EVP of Nonfiction, NEON and Co-Head, Super LTD, and Helen Huang, Acquisitions Consultant
  • The Casting Effect: How Talent Choices Impact Every Phase of Production featuring Milan Chakraborty, Head of Film, Marginal MediaWorks, Jennifer Kawaja, President, English Scripted, Sienna Films – a Sphere Media Company, Nat McCormick, EVP, Worldwide Distribution, The Exchange, Renee Tab, Founder and President, Sentient Entertainment, and Richard Botto, Founder and CEO, Stage 32
  • The Export Success of Black Cast Films from Africa featuring Pascal Schmitz, Head of Development, AAA Entertainment, Tracey-Lee Rainers, Story Consultant, Stiletto Entertainment, Sunni Faba, Script Writer, Nnegest Likké, Writer/Director, Mayenzeke Baza, Head of Distribution, AAA Entertainment

The full lineup and schedule of sessions to date can be found at https://sessions.americanfilmmarket.com/


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India’s Sameer Nair to share insights at AFM

admin   November 1, 2021

The film and entertainment markets in Asia has always been top in the radar of AFM all these years and it is interesting to find two prominent Indian entertainment executives lead the discussion

India’s Sameer Nair (CEO, Applause Entertainment) and Rohit Jain (MD, South Asia and Networks, Emerging Markets Asia, Lionsgate) are set to share their vision on ‘Global Streaming and The Future of Entertainment in Asia’ at the American Film Market 2021 Online edition.

AFM runs from November 1-5, 2021 at the four buildings on the AFM Campus – the On Demand Theatre, Industry Offices, LocationEXPO, and MyAFM – which are now open for pre-market screenings, project previews and scheduling meetings.

AFM On-Demand platform will be open for recorded conference session views and market screenings till the end of the year.

The film and entertainment markets in Asia has always been top in the radar of AFM all these years and it is interesting to find two prominent Indian entertainment executives lead the discussion on the content creation and streaming platforms. More than 50 streaming apps are jostling for attention and the market is dominated by MX Player, Disney Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, ZEE5, SonyLiv among others.

American consultancy firm Bain & Company has estimated Long-form video (LFV) in India is poised to grow to 650 million users by 2025.  India’s online video user base is now estimated above 350 million people.

India’s video streaming market is likely to touch USD 12.5 billion by 2030 from about USD 1.5 billion in 2021 on the back of access to better networks, digital connectivity and smartphones, according to a report by RBSA Advisors. The streaming market is estimated at $4 billion in 2025.

This panel discussion on Global Streaming and The Future of Entertainment in Asia at AFM Online 2021 is presented in partnership with the Asian World Film Festival. (3 November 9 to 10.30 AM PST.  9.30 PM to 11 PM IST)

Media and Entertainment veteran Sameer Nair, CEO Applause Entertainment (Aditya Birla Group) is an icon and Applause Entertainment has already created a dominant position in the India’s storytelling ecosystem with premium original digital drama series and international formats. 

Rohit Jain

Rohit Jain who spearheaded the India launch of streaming platform Lionsgate Play is confident that India will be among the top five markets for Lionsgate in the next five years. Lionsgate Play is backed by Starz, a premium global streaming platform and is currently available in 56 countries.

Global streaming has changed the consumption, distribution, financing, and production of entertainment across the globe, and in particular in Asia, where international OTTs are scrambling to tap into hundreds of millions of potential new customers. As international and local language content increasingly travels the world, digital media companies from the US, China, India and pan-Asia will take center stage. This pointed blurb on the discussion is likely to generate interest and pointed tips on where entertainment in Asia is headed.

Applause Entertainment has over two-dozen digital drama series lined up in 2021. Applause’s array of shows include Criminal Justice, City of Dreams, Hostages and The Office on Disney Hotstar, Mind the Malhotras and Rasbhari on Amazon Prime Video, Hello Mini, Mannphodganj Ki Binny and Bhaukaal on MX Player, Scam 1992, Iru Dhuruvam, Your Honor, Undekhi and Avrodh on Sony LIV and Hasmukh on Netflix.