AFM Makes Buyers Passes Free for 2020 Virtual Edition

admin   August 26, 2020

The American Film Market has announced that worldwide accredited buyers will receive complimentary credentials for AFM 2020 Online, taking place November 9 – 13, hosted by the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®).

Accredited Buyers will have access to the entire online campus, including screenings in the On Demand Theatre, Sales Company Booth pages, five days of live sessions with on-demand replays, LocationEXPO, MyAFM – the profile and connections platform, and a one year subscription to Cinando, the industry database. Buying companies that have not been previously accredited by AFM must apply for accreditation by October 23. After October 23, the Buyer registration fee is US$95.

“AFM 2020 Online is an exciting opportunity for us to fully embrace all of the world’s Buyers, especially those who would not have been able to make the trip to Santa Monica,” said Michael Ryan, IFTA Chairperson and Partner, GFM Films. “The rapid changes and challenges in the industry create an even greater need for the Independents to have these dedicated five days to reunite and conduct business. On behalf of the IFTA Board of Directors, we look forward to welcoming every Buyer to AFMonline in November.”

AFM has also opened virtual exhibitor registration. The fee to exhibit is US$495 and includes a bundle of features and services in addition to a dedicated Exhibitor Page. As with its live event, the AFM 2020 Online platform will present two distinct Exhibit spaces:

• Industry Offices will showcase sales,productionand distribution companies and international organizations.
• LocationEXPO® will present film commissions, facilities, and production services that help producers bring their films to life.

Registration for attendees is US$195. More details on sessions and networking features and events will be unveiled shortly.

For online registration and information, visit

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Berlinale 2021 Will be a Physical Festival; EFM in Hybrid Format

admin   August 25, 2020

Berlinale International Film Festival which is scheduled for February 11-21, 2021 will take place as physical festival and will not be an online event. However, the European Film Market is planned in both physical and virtual formats.

“Festivals and markets are places of encounter and communication. This applies to the public as well as to the industry. We see an important and unique feature of festivals in their lively relationship with the audience. In times of the corona pandemic, it has become even clearer that we still require analogue experience spaces in the cultural realm”, says the director duo of the Berlinale, Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian. “We are pleased that festivals with physically present audiences are slowly taking place again around the world, and we wish our colleagues much success.”

The implementation of the Festival and Market will take place in accordance with the then-applicable rules and regulations, thus ensuring the greatest possible security for all guests. Adjustments in the festival structure, the film programming and the total number of invited films will be defined by the festival management within the coming weeks.

Also, in 2021, the section Generation will only show feature-length films with a running time of at least 60 minutes – and no short films – in its two competition programmes Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus.

The official film registration starts on September 1st, 2020. You will then find the regulations on

Toronto Festival’s Industry Conference to Focus on Innovation, Emerging Media Landscape and Sustainability

admin   July 23, 2019

The Toronto International Film Festival’s esteemed Industry Conference will be taking place September 6–10, 2019, at the Glenn Gould Studio, is an electrifying five-day professional development opportunity for creative and business delegates, featuring over 150 international guest speakers.

TIFF’s Industry Conference – the HUB for business, learning, and networking at the Festival – returns this year, tackling relevant topics in an ever-evolving landscape. Welcoming over 5,500 delegates each year, the five-day conference will explore the global impact of the changing media landscape, with a focus on growing development and sustainable practices for creators and business practitioners.

“We are excited to bring together the international filmmaking community to provide a global snapshot of the state of the industry,” said Geoff Macnaughton, Director of TIFF Industry. “This year the Conference confronts some of the industry’s ongoing inequities, shines a light on new innovations, and provides tools for carving sustainable paths forward.”

The 2019 Conference will present in-depth and topical discussions, keynotes, workshops, and intimate networking opportunities for attendees. Over 150 film, television, digital media, and technology experts will be on hand to speak to this year’s core programming pillars: creative development, business, diversity, and equality.

The complete Industry lineup consists of 10 specialized programmes: Master Class, Moguls, Dialogues, Foundations, Doc Conference, TIFF Tech,Connections, Telefilm Canada’s RDV Canada Panel Series, Microsessions and Industry Happy Hours. The full schedule, including guest details, will be released in August at

Master Class

Inspiring onstage interviews with internationally renowned luminaries who reveal their influences and what motivates their creative work.


Enterprising leaders from across the film and television world share their influence and views on our evolving industry.


When there are more than two sides to the story. Dynamic panel discussions tackle current events and innovative business and creative models in the film industry.


An essential stream designed for newcomers in the industry. These multi-faceted, practical sessions provide the tools needed to elevate projects from concept to market.

Doc Conference

A full day addressing the creative and business sides of documentary, including the current landscapes for financing, production, and distribution.


A series of roundtable networking opportunities providing direct access to leading professionals.


Focusing on the convergence of the computer-technology and media industries, this stream aims to cultivate creative entrepreneurs and connect today’s innovators with tomorrow’s storytellers.

The Doc Conference, taking place September 9, is back for its 11th year with a lineup of stirring conversations that cover both the craft and business of documentary filmmaking. Speakers will be announced in August.

TIFF Tech returns for its second year, focusing on the convergence of the technology and media industries. This stream aims to cultivate creative entrepreneurs and connect today’s innovators with tomorrow’s storytellers. The 2019 iteration will address the industry’s concerns on data and privacy, and their impacts on intellectual property.

Telefilm Canada’s PITCH THIS! also returns this year, providing six filmmaking teams the opportunity to pitch their feature-film ideas to a live audience of industry delegates and a jury of development and production experts. The winning team will take home $15,000 to help bring their project to life. Teams will be announced on July 31, and the event will take place September 8.

Throughout the conference, TIFF will present curated networking events via the Breakfast at TIFF series, with events hosted by agencies from around the world. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the unique benefits hosts have to offer and connect with decision makers, producers, and potential business partners.

Online registration for TIFF’s Industry Conference is now open through August 23. For newcomers looking to get a taste of the Conference, a NEW DAY Pass will be on sale for $160 after the schedule announcement on August 16. To learn more about passes and price points, visit