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.
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: 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 latest piece of key casting has dropped into the Watergate spy thriller that Sierra/Affinity is selling 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.
CEO Brian O’Shea at the Los Angeles-based sales company has promoted Nathaniel McCormick to evp of worldwide distribution.
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.
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.
Director aims for “innovative, emotional and life affirming approach” to icon’s life.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Myriad Pictures’s genre label will finance and handle worldwide sales on the thriller to star Lena Headey.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Company also boards documentary The Climb.
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: 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.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated Bouchareb explores plight of parents who lose children to ISIS.
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.
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.
Wim Wenders will direct the romantic thriller from Paris-based financier Backup Media with Cameron Lamb set to produce through Lila 9th 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.
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.
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.