The major US talent agencies and a coalition of more than 30 leading sales agents in the independent film industry will meet starting November 9 for an online marketplace that is timed to match the American Film Market (AFM). The five-day market will be structured to give global buyers access to screenings, early footage, presentations by filmmakers, and other fundamental features of a film market.
Talent agents, sales representatives, and financiers are currently putting together an extensive list of sales packages and finished films. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Similar to the virtual market in Cannes, the companies work together and use digital platforms to offer buyers and sellers a universal experience. Screenings and presentations by filmmakers are scheduled for a variety of time zones due to the remoteness of the market.
Robert DeMora dies: costume designer For Bette Midler, ‘Risky Business’ was 85 years old
Companies partnering for this initiative include 30WEST, AGC Studios, Altitude, Anton, Archstone Entertainment, Bankside, Blue Fox, Brickell and Broadbridge, CAA Media Finance, Capstone Pictures, Charades, Cornerstone Pictures, Dogwoof, Endeavor Content, The Exchange, FilmNation, Foresight, Stieglitz, Hanway Films, Highland Film Group, ICM International und Independent Group, Independent Film Company, Lionsgate, Mad River Pictures, Miramax, Mister Smith, MPI Media Group, participant, Pathe, Protagonist Pictures, Radiant, Rocket Science, Sierra Affinity, Solstice Studios, The Solution Entertainment, Storyboard, StudioCanal, STX Entertainment, UTA Independent Film Group, VMI Worldwide, Tension Pictures, West End Films, Wild Bunch International and XYZ Films.
The group worked with AFM on the dates, but the AFM organizers are also setting up their own market and events, as Cannes did earlier this year.
Rena Ronson, partner and co-head of the UTA Independent Film Group, told us, “We agreed the schedule with AFM to support the independent film industry. We wanted to keep it as consistent as it would be if we were all in Santa Monica during this time, which is where the event usually takes place. “