The state of the independent business, foreign investment, pitching and DIY distribution are among subjects up for discussion at the AFM seminars.

Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh, Media Rights Capital’s Modi Wiczyk, Little Miss Sunshine producer Ron Yerxa, and Landmark Theatres CEO Ted Mundorff will be among the speakers throughout the duration of the market.

Genre writing, film packaging, new media and social networking and piracy also feature prominently on the agenda.

The AFM runs in Santa Monica from November 4-11.