(October 12, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA) It is the biggest deal when it comes to film deals and the American Film Market (AFM®) yesterday announced its initial list of films screening this year. On the schedule are 71 World Premieres and more than 250 Market Premieres. The AFM runs from November 2 t0 9 in Santa Monica. More titles will be confirmed as the market approaches. The American Film Market is where the business of independent motion picture production and distribution gathers for eight days of deal‐making on films in every stage of development and production. The AFM® also offers hosts conferences, networking opportunities and parties.
One of the World Premieres is the animated musical Charming 3D (SC Films International) featuring the voices by Demi Lovato, Ashley Tisdale, and Avril Lavigne, who is the voice behind Snow White in a retelling of the classic children’s tale. Other films include the sci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday (SND M6 Group) with Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, and Willem Dafoe; another animated feature Ballerina (Gaumont) featuring the voices of Elle Fanning and Dane DeHaan; and Swing State (VMI Worldwide) starring Taryn Manning, Billy Zane, Sean Astin and Angela Kinsey.
Films making their market debut at the AFM include: coming-of-age drama Coming Through the Rye (Bleiberg Entertainment), starring Alex Wolff and Chris Cooper; Lady MacBeth (Protagonist Pictures) starring Florence Pugh; Rod Smith’s Eat Local (GFM Films) starring Charlie Cox, Mackenzie Crook, and Dexter Fletcher; James Franco’s In Dubious Battle (AMBI Distribution); And Punching the Clown (Octane Entertainment) starring Henry Phillips, J.K. Simmons, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman; Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest (HanWay Films), which screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, and Bill Nighy; fall-festival favorite, Brimstone (Embankment Films) starring Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, and Kit Harrington; the Anne Hathaway feature Colossal (Voltage Pictures); The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One (XYZ Films) starring Kellan Lutz; Academy Award-nominated Fernando Trueba’s The Queen of Spain (Myriad Pictures) starring Penelope Cruz; and the hand-drawn animation feature Ethel & Ernest (Little Film Company), with voices by Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway.
The AFM® is usually attended by some 8,000 industry leaders from more than 80 countries and serves up more than 500 screenings of more than 300 films. It is also host to the industry’s largest Conference Series and is the pivotal destination for filmmakers, producers, writers, distributors, financiers, industry executives, talent, the international media and all those who provide services to the worldwide motion picture industry. Speaking of talent, Alec Baldwin, Gerard Butler, Bryan Cranston, Penelope Cruz, Elle Fanning, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Demi Lovato, David Oyelowo, Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Noomi Rapace, and J.K. Simmons are just some of the names expected at this year’s market.
The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance® the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television industry.