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Totiwos
09-23-2006, 03:09 PM
Has anyone been to the American Film Market? What's it like?

EJ Pennypacker
09-24-2006, 12:43 AM
Bill Martell frequents the place. Best off asking him.

EJ

Mac H.
09-24-2006, 02:09 AM
The Australian FFC (a funding agency) sends a rep to the AFM every year.

You can read their summaries here:

2005: www.ffc.gov.au/newsletter/newsletter_051215/AFMreport_2005.doc (http://www.ffc.gov.au/newsletter/newsletter_051215/AFMreport_2005.doc)
2004: www.ffc.gov.au/newsletter/newsletter_041215/afm_market_report.pdf (http://www.ffc.gov.au/newsletter/newsletter_041215/afm_market_report.pdf)

Yes, it is obviously biased towards Aussie projects, but should be informative if you've never been ...

Mac
(PS: You can go to the FFC site and get reports on Cannes and plenty of other film markets as well. I won't tell them that there are non-Aussies leaching off my tax payer dollars!)

Totiwos
09-24-2006, 01:36 PM
Thanks! I don't mind sneaking some Aussie assessments. I hope to one day contribute to the economy with a visit.

I'll have to contact Martell directly. I should have guessed he'd go.

wcmartell
09-25-2006, 08:06 PM
http://www.scriptsecrets.net/articles/afm2001.htm

kidcharlemagne
09-26-2006, 05:13 AM
Yes I've been there, once. Generally film markets are focused on selling/pre-selling finished or at least partially packaged films.

You'll find a mix of straight-to-video companies there along with US and foreign sales agents and distributors. Of course, there are producers floating around pitching sales agents etc so as a writer you could bump into useful contacts.

Just remember that the execs there are geared to sales/acquisitions so don't go expecting all the dev. execs from the usual suspect Hollywood prod. co's to be there.

I was there in 2004 and unless things have changed, unlike Cannes, it is completely devoid of any glamour. The big advantage is that because all the meetings are in one hotel you can really pack in the meetings because you don't have to leg it up and down the Croisette.

Totiwos
09-26-2006, 11:19 PM
Thanks for all of the thoughts. (Good to have you back, Bill.) The producer/director/co-writer of the film I worked on is talking about going. The film is completed; it won the audience award at our second festival earlier this month.