EXCLUSIVE: This year’s edition of the market will utilise the renovated Monica Film Center and the Arclight at the Santa Monica Place shopping centre.
Period drama stars Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville and The X Files’ Gillian Anderson as Lord and Lady Mountbatten.
EXCLUSIVE: Bleiberg Entertainment has sold out Michael Almereyda’s psychological thriller starring Peter Sarsgaard led by a deal with StudioCanal for the UK and Rialto in Australia and New Zealand.
Films include Maniac Cop, produced by Nicolas Winding Refn, and The Discovery, starring Nicholas Hoult and Rooney Mara.
NOVEMBER 12 UPDATE: In a significant development at AFM that illustrates its ambitions, the distributor confirmed it has picked up US rights to the British wunderkind’s crime thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: US, France, Australia, Germany among deals; Mercury Plains, Iggy Pop thriller ink sales.
EXCLUSIVE: AFM attendees have been in talks over a potential YA film or TV adaptation of another Scandinavian property to take the book world by storm.
EXCLUSIVE: Financier Michael Gianfriddo of Dominant Entertainment and capital markets expert Greg Gantman of GLG Capital have launched a strategic partnership to provide asset-based alternative financing for the entertainment and media industries.
First project will be Trent Haaga’s 68 Kill, based on the crime novel by Bryan Smith.
While China’s high-level forays into Hollywood have dominated the conversation all week, the view at ground level at a quiet AFM is of a market in fundamental flux where lower tier companies are locked in a fight for survival.
EXCLUSIVE: North American deal for action-adventure starring Game Of Thrones, Kon-Tiki stars.
EXCLUSIVE: In its second bold statement of intent at AFM, the Los Angeles-based sales company has introduced 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea to the market, a rival project to Bryan Singer’s recently announced version of the timeless Jules Verne classic.
Gaumont and Wild Bunch pact with online giant.
The Exchange handles worldwide rights to the rom-com at the AFM.
Learning To Drive collaborators reuinte on tennis comedy.
AFM horror title sells to Middle East, South Korea and more.
EXCLUSIVE: 2 Nights Till Morning, Panama among in-demand titles.
Studio teams with YouTube stars on day-and-date launch
Cohen Media Group has acquired all North American rights from Beta Cinema at AFM to Lars Kraume’s historical drama.
Participant CEO David Linde among those to address challenges during AFM finance conference.
EXCLUSIVE: The Jokers inks deal with WestEnd for Jeremy Saulnier thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: The company has taken Chinese remake rights to the Mexican hit.
Double Dutch International (DDI) has struck a $50m P&A fund with the private wealth management firm.
The Little Film Company has come on to handle worldwide sales on The Perfect Physique and is in talks with AFM buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: Alchemy takes Mischa Barton [pictured], Tara Reid, Paz De La Huerta titles.
EXCLUSIVE: Radiant Films International has struck at the market with Klockworx for Japanese rights to two titles on its slate.
New York-based The Vladar Company has been talking with buyers on a trio of new titles led by mixed martial arts documentary The Hurt Business.
The president of China Film Co-Production Corporation told an AFM panel on Friday that local producers want collaboration with American and international counterparts in order to make better films that can travel.
EXCLUSIVE: LA production outfit takes rights to Iraq war story.
EXCLUSIVE: Metro International takes over from Elle Driver on Juliette Binoche drama.
The studio has picked up US rights to Liam Neeson starrer The Commuter and Our Kind Of Traitor starring Ewan McGregor.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has closed key territories on Pan Nalin’s recent Rome audience award winner Angry Indian Goddesses heading into Sunday’s market premiere screening.
The partners have hired Ted Geoghegan to direct the follow-up to his acclaimed SXSW 2015 selection We Are Still Here. MPI has begun talks with international buyers at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Double Dutch International (DDI) has closed several key territories at the AFM on A.R.C.H.I.E. starring Michael J Fox.
Myriad Pictures and Das Films have signed an exclusive deal with US-based Dance Network on the upcoming dance feature Heartbeats that Myriad is selling at AFM.
The latest piece of key casting has dropped into the Watergate spy thriller that Sierra/Affinity is selling at the AFM.
Todd Olsson has joined International Film Trust as a sales consultant and Kenner Bolt has been appointed to the newly created position of director of acquisitions.
EXCLUSIVE: Ron Gell has introduced three faith and family-friendly titles here under the Pure Flix Quality Flix banner and reports a number of early sales.
Joanne Lee and JR Smith have been promoted to director of acquisitions positions at IM Global and Weihan Zhang has been promoted to senior manager, sales and acquisitions Asia.
Director aims for “innovative, emotional and life affirming approach” to icon’s life.
CEO Brian O’Shea at the Los Angeles-based sales company has promoted Nathaniel McCormick to evp of worldwide distribution.
EXCLUSIVE: US sales outfit launches Antti J.Jokinen thriller at AFM.
Jason Statham is back in the market in Untitled Kurt Wimmer Project, a thriller collaboration between Statham and Steven Chasman’s SJ Pictures and China-based Road Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: Canadian financier puts Ukrainian plight on agenda with Spotlight Pictures drama; other investments possible.
EXCLUSIVE: Seoul-based sales agent M-Line Distribution has signed an agreement to handle all graduate films from the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA), one of South Korea’s leading film schools.
EXCLUSIVE: Trans actress Mya Taylor developing TV series about her transition.
US and Canada-based distributor Syndicado has extended its deal with Zurich-based documentary and TV producer, sales agent and distributor First Hand Films.
The Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles is coinciding with the AFM to showcase Israeli films and TV shows during the market for the first time.
Uwe Boll’s Event Film has been enticing buyers at AFM with the noir thriller Death Valley.
EXCLUSIVE: Grindstone picks up gangster crime-drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Cargo Entertainment and Radiant Films are shopping Lost In The Sun at AFM.
Ignition Media Finance to lend producers 20% of budgets during pre-production.
The studio has announced at AFM more than 20 output partners as it builds its international network and revealed further details of the films that will be offered to distributors including Toronto pick-up Hardcore.
EXCLUSIVE: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo lead in talks to star as iconic UK soul singer.
Plus… Fortitude International begins sales on Android; AFI FEST sets Johnny Depp on-stage conversation; The Strand acquires The KindWords … and more.
The actress has joined Liam Neeson on the Watergate thriller that Sierra/Affinity represents at the AFM.
Game Of Thrones regular Carice van Houten has joined Aaron Paul on the drama that Myriad Pictures has introduced to international buyers at the market.
EXCLUSIVE: MFI reveals first pre-sales on Cate Shortland’s third feature.
EXCLUSIVE: France, Spain, Italy, Australia among territory deals on well-received Danish drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Ambitious UK distributor adds Colonia, Man Down.
EXCLUSIVE: Sequel due to hit French screens in December.
EXCLUSIVE: Les Miserables star joins new cast on Everything Carries Me To You.
EXCLUSIVE: Vancouver-based Thunderbird Films continues its push into sales and announced at AFM it has acquired worldwide rights to the comedy Entanglement starring Thomas Middleditch and Jess Weixler.
EXCLUSIVE: Pantelion has begun talks with international buyers here on the teen sex comedy Sundown starring Camilla Belle, Teri Hatcher and Sara Paxton.
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has picked up international rights to Gokseong.
EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group also has Schwarzenegger revenge drama 478 on offer at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based Green-Light International has come on to handle sales at the AFM on the Pierce Brosnan thriller Urge.
Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired North American rights from Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks to Wicked Flying Monkeys.
Raven Banner Entertainment are selling the film at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: The red-hot star will play a WWII photographer stranded on a Pacific Island in Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade, which Radiant Films International has introduced to AFM buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: Anick Poirier and her sales team swing into the AFM with worldwide rights to Xavier Dolan’s first English-language project The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan starring Jessica Chastain and Game Of Thrones heartthrob Kit Harrington.
Chris Peckover’s Sydney-set home invasion thriller to shoot early 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Claflin, Freddie Highmore, Paul Bettany attached to feature adaptation.
Myriad Pictures’s genre label will finance and handle worldwide sales on the thriller to star Lena Headey.
The British comedian will star in the Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Flying Tigers Entertainment and GFM Films animation that GFM is touting at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Brian Welsh to direct drama about lead up to D-Day landing.
EXCLUSIVE: Violin prodigy Alix Vaillot [pictured] stars as a musician battling blindness.
EXCLUSIVE: Breaking Glass has secured worldwide rights heading into AFM on the action drama starring a bevy of UFC superstars.
EXCLUSIVE: Last Call for Nowhere sold to Neue Visionen for Germany and Frenetic for Switzerland.
US-based Boundless Pictures founder Courtney Lauren Penn and co-founder Brandon Burrows have launched subsidiary label Firebrand to handle elevated-genre pictures budgeted up to $10m.
Arclight Films has announced the start of principal Photography in Perth, Western Australia, on A Few Less Men and a slew of key pre-sales.
The deal with sales agent Bleiberg Entertainment will see the companies partner on an episodic series based on the fantasy thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor acquires The Benefactor, Backtrack, The Pack and Anguish.
EXCLUSIVE: Company also boards documentary The Climb.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit Kaleidoscope boards family animation.
Sony Pictures Worldwide has acquired a large swathe of territories from The Exchange to the Luke Treadaway drama including the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Scandinavia and Latin America.
Montreal-based Caramel Films and Hollywood’s Mednick Productions have cast Josh Hartnett in the police thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Premiere Entertainment Group arrives at the market with worldwide rights to UK-based Sterling Pictures’ WWII action film Chosen starring Harvey Keitel.
Korea’s Finecut has picked up John H Lee’s upcoming war movie Operation Chromite, starring Liam Neeson as General Douglas MacArthur.
Golden Network will be at the AFM with a trio of Jackie Chan films including action comedy Railroad Tigers and adventure comedy Kung Fu Yoga.
German sales outfit Beta is reporting huge buyer interest in Look Who’s Back; also launching Hevn.
Seoul-based sales agent M-Line Distribution has picked up new titles from Lee Joon-ik and Lee Sung-gang and sealed a Japanese deal on Kang Hyo-jin’s Wonderful Nightmare [pictured].
The Oscar winner will play murdered Beverly Hills high-flier Ron Levin alongside Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton on the project that Good Universe introduces to buyers this week.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) has come on to fully finance and co-produce the thriller that FilmNation is introducing to buyers at the market.
JK Simmons will star in the ensemble comedic drama that Nadine de Barros and her sales team are introducing to AFM buyers this week.
Sierra/Affinity has bulked up its market slate with international rights to the spy thriller from Scott Free Productions, Playtone, Cara Films and MadRiver Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated Bouchareb explores plight of parents who lose children to ISIS.
Glen Basner and his team have added a second prestige title to their market slate in the form of Shane Carruth’s all-star adventure-drama.
Duncan Jones will direct Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgard in the sci-fi thriller he has waited 12 years to make.
Samuel L Jackson, Michael Cera and Mel Brooks have joined Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Flying Tigers Entertainment and GFM Films’ animation.
EXCLUSIVE: Jason Moring and his team continue to assemble a roster of high-quality animation and have picked up worldwide rights to the Awesometown Entertainment feature heading into the market.
The film reunites Beta with Child’s Pose producer Ada Solomon and Aferim! director Radu Jude.
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Simpkins stars in the supernatural thriller that impressed critics and audiences when it premiered over the summer at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Canada.
The agreement will include Open Road’s Sleepless Night starring Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx and Dermot Mulroney.
German distributor also acquires Martyrs.
US-based Angel Grace Worldwide (AGW) starts sales at the AFM this week on Isn’t It Delicious from Skyline-NYC Productions and Empekay KayJayKay Productions.
Roland Joffé will direct Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and Vince Vaughn in The Archbishop And The Antichrist, which the sales agent introduces to international buyers this week.
Wim Wenders will direct the romantic thriller from Paris-based financier Backup Media with Cameron Lamb set to produce through Lila 9th Productions.
On the eve of AFM the distributor has picked up US rights from Myriad to the dramedy with Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried attached to star.
EXCLUSIVE: Company will also launch new films from Lee Tamahori, Bouli Lanners and Sylvie Verheyde at AFM.
Independent to launch sales at AFM on film about iconic UK band.
Hong Kong-based All Rights Entertainment will kick off sales on the $45-55m Goldove Entertainment action thriller also starring Christopher Plummer, Carrie Anne Moss and Tyrese Gibson.
Producers reps The Thing Is… are representing worldwide rights to Bruce Webb’s British youth drama/thriller Social Suicide and Claude Green’s The Doo Dah Man.
EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of the market CEO Brian O’Shea has added international rights to a horror feature produced by the team behind Oscar winner The Lives Of Others.
EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles-based sales agent has added the Toronto Midnight Madness selection to its market roster and will commence talks with buyers this week.
EXCLUSIVE: Cabin In The Woods star joins supernatural thriller.
The studio has picked up the US and majority of world rights from Voltage Pictures to the completed thriller starring Bella Thorne, Ioan Gruffudd and Chandler Riggs.
EXCLUSIVE: Mimi Steinbauer and her team will introduce buyers in Santa Monica to the action thriller starring Beau Knapp and Stephen Moyer.
EXCLUSIVE: Creatives behind Buried, [REC] (pictured) and Kidnapped join for English-language thriller.
Timeless Films and Ambient Entertainment announce cast for upcoming animation.
Biggest slate to date also includes Planetarium, Money’s Money and Overdrive.
HanWay Films to sell A Prayer Before Dawn at AFM; shoot to begin April 2016.
Nick Meyer and his team will commence international sales next week on the Billy Bob Thornton dark comedy sequel that Miramax and Broad Green Pictures will co-finance and co-produce.
Natalie Dormer of Mockingjay and Game Of Thrones will star in the thriller that the Los-Angeles-based company will introduce to buyers at the market next week.
EXCLUSIVE: Fatal Attraction director boards script from Captain Phillips writer Billy Ray.
The actor has joined Nicolas Cage on Pure Dopamine’s market-bound thriller that Arclight represents for worldwide sales.
The US distributor licensed rights from Bleiberg Entertainment’s Compound B and will release via its Turbo label next year.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit in step with documentary about the young Britain’s Got Talent finalists.
EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles-based sales company has licensed rights excluding Italy from Italy’s Frenesy Film to the drama and will commence sales at the AFM before heading to Ventana Sur in Argentina in December.
The sales company is gearing up to introduce buyers next week to DEFY Media and Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s sci-fi.
The film stars Stephan James who will next be see as Jesse Owens in Race and marks the feature debut of Jay Z and Kanye West videos collaborator Director X.
Michelle Rodriguez will star in the title role of noir crime thriller Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale opposite Sigourney Weaver.
Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures are co-financing and Protagonist will introduce the love story to buyers next week.
EXCLUSIVE: Alison Brie and Gretchen Mol have joined Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina on the drama that Voltage is bringing to the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ sales company is Santa Monica-bound with a trio of new titles led by The Man Who Was Thursday.
The studio has licensed North America and most of the world on Michael Mann’s upcoming Christian Bale starrer excluding select territories that Los Angeles-based Insiders will introduce at the AFM next week.
Raven Banner has acquired international rights to the recent Sitges world premiere.
Halston Sage, Logan Miller and Kian Lawley have joined Zoey Deutch on the coming-of-age film that Good Universe will introduce to buyers at the Santa Monica market.
EXCLUSIVE: The Witch exec readies horror from writer-directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steve Konstanski.
Another AFM sales title has fallen into place as it emerged on Tuesday that Ryan Reynolds is in final negotiations to star in the comedic drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Genre sales outfit takes five to AFM including supernatural horror picked up by Icon for UK.
Ben Kingsley and Josh Hutcherson will star in the political thriller for Parts & Labor, Creative Alliance and Scythia Films.
The Los Angeles-based sales company will introduce international buyers to Andamar Entertainment’s $21m drama at the Santa Monica market next week.
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Weller to score boxing drama with Independent, BBC Films, Barry McGuigan on board.
Young adult romance stars Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
EXCLUSIVE: International buyers will get their chance to bid on the $45m Russell Crowe adventure next month, which now has a February 2016 start date in Morocco and South Africa.
EXCLUSIVE: SC Films boards 3D family-animation from Monty Python icon ahead of AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has teamed up with Bullet Entertainment to handle international sales on the thriller starring Jaimie Alexander and Wes Bentley.
Malachi Smyth’s sci-fi thriller topped the latest Brit List.
EXCLUSIVE: Beverly Hills-based Ehud Bleiberg and his team will launch international sales at the AFM on the ensemble comedy starring Patrick Stewart and Cheryl Hines.
Robbie Little has acquired worldwide sales rights to Kerstin Karlhuber’s directorial debut drama ahead of the market in Santa Monica next month.
EXCLUSIVE: Heading into AFM, Yarek Danielak’s Los Angeles-based production and sales company has entered into a key strategic partnership.
Cornerstone Films to oversee international sales and distribution.
Goldcrest boards thriller from iconic comedy-horror director.
The star of Everest and Sicario will narrate Unchained: The Untold Story Of Freestyle Motocross, which Brian O’Shea’s The Exchange will introduce to worldwide buyers at AFM next month.
AFM top brass announced on Thursday that more than 400 films will screen at the Santa Monica market including 80 world and 324 market premieres.
Double Dutch International will introduce buyers at AFM to the Trilight Entertainment family feature that also stars Kim Coates.
Topics including human rights and empowering the next generation of creative women will be covered at the event, taking place during the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales on sci-fi thriller to begin at the AFM.
Christian de Gallegos will head the new division, which will debut at the AFM with a slate including Imperium, Custody and Antibirth.
Sales companies from 18 countries around the world will be first time exhibitors at this year’s American Film Market.
This year’s AFM programme will offer new conference sessions on China and festivals and speakers including Glen Basner, John Sloss, Cassian Elwes and the president of China Film Co-Production Corporation.
Scott Eastwood stars in the action drama, set to debut at AFM.
Photos from Screen’s 40th birthday celebration at AFM.
Director Sean Baker and co-star Mya Taylor on the making of their innovative, worthy awards contender Tangerine.
With her first production Infiltrator in the bag, Good Films producer Miriam Segal has ambitious plans for her slate in 2016.
With writers such as Bridge Of Spies’ Matt Charman on their books, former CAA agents Matt Rosen and Jeff Silver have LA-based management firm Grandview off to a flying start.
Korean producer Kang Hye-jung of Filmmaker R&K discusses her long collaboration with director husband Ryoo Seung-wan — including their local box-office smash Veteran — and the challenges of finding new Korean directing voices.
SCREEN SUBSCRIBERS: The major digital players like Netflix and Amazon will be much discussed at this year’s American Film Market, as will shifts in the independent financing model and the decreasing number of hot titles.
The Welsh director of cult hit The Machine talks to Jeremy Kay ahead of the AFM about his latest film, a supernatural horror starring Katee Sackhoff.
The managing director of the American Film Market talks to Jeremy Kay about new initiatives for AFM 2015 and why next year’s event will have a heavier focus on screenings.