Getting the US screen sales event of the year on the cheap

You can attend the American Film Market online at a much cheaper price than a regular ticket.
Fountain at American Film Market

Raucous, overwhelming and desperately commercial, the American Film Market (AFM) is both the husky and the junkyard dog of screen sales. Tucked into AFM is a genuine respect for pragmatic thought and independent production.

In these weird times we have a chance to attend versions of the huge industry meets that are financially daunting, at least without flights and hotels. The AFM is no exception and the price may well be worth the wince. AU$460 is within range and most of us haven’t travelled to a conference since March last year. This conference is the King Hitter of Commerce.

Market veterans will know a lot of this, so will our next generation leaders who want to test their hunches and fragmentary insights. New knowledge is probably meta, more about the US point of view than their secret wisdom – but their approach and assumptions drives the global business, at least for now.

AFM starts on November 1 and runs to November 5, to somewhat inconvenient hours in the Southern Hemisphere.

Here are a few enticing sessions:

David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.