By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz November 6, 2012 at 7:30AM
The American Film Market (AFM®) and AFI FEST presented by Audi join forces and introduce a new AFI FEST screening program at this year’s market. Three AFI FEST films seeking international sales representation will be screened today, starting at 9:00 am. The program was jointly announced by Jonathan Wolf, AFM Managing Director and Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST.
The three festival titles that have been selected by AFI FEST to screen at AFM are: HERE AND THERE (AQUÍ Y ALLÁ) from writer/director Antonio Méndez Esparza (9:00 a.m. screening); NAIROBI HALF LIFE from director David Tosh Gitonga (11:30 a.m. screening); and STARLET from co-writer/director Sean Baker (2:30 p.m. screening).
“This was a natural progression in our long partnership with AFI FEST and provides these filmmakers an invaluable opportunity to screen for the world’s top sales agents,” said Wolf.
"The new screening program at the AFM has so much potential. It is going to give our AFI FEST filmmakers a chance to bring their films to the market to find representation; it's going to get their films directly in front of sales agents and buyers, and we hope that it will ultimately help these films get distributed internationally,” said Lyanga.
AFM and AFI FEST provide the only concurrent festival-market event in North America, connecting both art and commerce. The alliance affords films that are represented and/or screening at the market and festival unmatched marketing exposure. The partnership also provides AFI FEST filmmakers who visit AFM access to key decision makers from more than 400 of the world’s leading production and distribution companies.
A total of 27 films screening at AFI FEST will also be represented at this year’s AFM.
11 AFI FEST films will screen at AFM, including ABCs OF DEATH (Magnolia Pictures); ANTIVIRAL (IFC Films/TF1 International); COME OUT AND PLAY (Cananá Films); GINGER AND ROSA (The Match Factory); JOHN DIES AT THE END (Magnolia Pictures); KON-TIKI (Media Plan PR/HanWay Films); QUARTET(HanWay Films); SIMON KILLER (IFC Films/ Fortissimo Films); and ZAYTOUN (Pathé International).
16 additional festival selections will be represented at AFM including: A ROYAL AFFAIR (Magnolia Pictures); BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (IFC Films/The Match Factory); BEYOND THE HILLS (IFC Films); CAESAR MUST DIE (Adopt Films, LLC/Rai Trade); EAT SLEEP DIE (The Yellow Affair); HERE COMES THE DEVIL (MPI Media Group); HOLY MOTORS (Indomina); IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (Kino Lorber); IN THE FOG (Strand Releasing/The Match Factory); KID (Media Luna New Films); PIETA (Finecut); TABU (Adopt Films, LLC); THE HUNT (Magnolia Pictures); THE IMPOSSIBLE (Summit Entertainment); THE MOST FUN I’VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON (Continental Media); and WAR WITCH (Tribeca Enterprises/Films Distribution).
About the AFM
The business of independent motion picture production and distribution reaches its peak every year at the American Film Market, Oct. 31 – Nov. 7, 2012. The global film industry converges in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making on films in every stage of development and production, as well as screenings, conferences, networking and parties.
With 8,000 industry leaders from more than 70 countries, 700 screenings and the industry’s largest Conference Series, AFM is the pivotal destination for independent filmmakers, directors, distributors, financiers, industry executives, producers, talent, writers, the international media and all those who provide services to the worldwide motion picture industry.
The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®, the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television industry and the voice and advocate for the Independents worldwide. Visit www.AmericanFilmMarket.com and www.IFTA-online.org for more information.
About AFI FEST presented by Audi
The American Film Institute’s annual celebration of artistic excellence, AFI FEST presented by Audi brings the audience and the entertainment community together to explore the year in global cinema through the new works of film masters, moving image icons and breakthrough talents, and it is the only film festival of its stature that is free to the public. AFI FEST mixes nightly red carpet galas of Hollywood films with new auteur works from around the world, ensuring that an extraordinary array of foreign filmmaker voices is heard. Launching awards season each year, AFI FEST offers a crucial avenue of exposure to the entertainment community, while providing audiences with the very best of global cinema, right in the center of the movie-making capital of the world.
Celebrating its 26th year as a program of the American Film Institute, the festival has paid tribute to numerous influential filmmakers and artists over the years, including Pedro Almodóvar and David Lynch as Guest Artistic Directors, and has screened scores of films that have produced Oscar® nominations and wins including, most recently, THE ARTIST and A SEPARATION.
AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi will take place November 1 through 8 in the heart of Hollywood. AFI FEST is the only FIAPF-accredited film festival in the United States, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the annual Academy Awards®.