Magazine article Screen International

Gender Diversity, Blockchain on Expanded AFM 2018 Industry Line-Up

Magazine article Screen International

Gender Diversity, Blockchain on Expanded AFM 2018 Industry Line-Up

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Roundtables to cover using IP to increase LGBTQ, what makes a horror film work.

Jean Prewitt

A state of the industry conversation between IFTA president and CEO Jean Prewitt and MPAA chairman Charles Rivkin will open the Global Perspective Conference during this year’s AFM.

The market, which runs from October 31-November 7 in Santa Monica, hosts an expanded industry programme that includes roundtables, workshops and spotlight events featuring industry experts.

The five-day Conference Series anchors the industry line-up and kicks off on November 2 with the half-day Global Perspective Conference, followed by two panel sessions involving high-level producers, financiers, buyers and distributors to discuss how the marketplace is evolving.

New to the line-up is a half-day conference dedicated to blockchain set for November 3 moderated by Pepperdine professor and Forbes.

The AFM roundtables will take place at Le Merigot Hotel, and cover such topics as: investing in gender diversity (presented in partnership with Reframe); using IP to increase visibility of LGBTQ characters (with Outfest); boosting a micro-budget (with Slamdance); what makes a horror film work (with Dread Central); and producing passion documentaries (moderated by KCRW’s Matt Holzman). …

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