The American Film Market (AFM) will move its 2021 edition entirely online, the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) confirmed. AFM 2021 Online will be held from November 1 to 5, shifting one day earlier than its original dates. Registration for the five-day online event is now open.
AFM 2021 Online will feature industry offices, screenings, conferences, panels and workshops, the Networking Pavilion, LocationEXPO, and more. Event updates will be announced regularly via email, social media, and the American Film Market website.
“We wish we could welcome the global industry back to Santa Monica but travel regulations, increased concerns about coronavirus variants around the world, and government restrictions on the ground prevent us from moving forward,” said Michael Ryan, Chairperson at IFTA and Partner at GFM Films.
“However, IFTA is thrilled to host the market the industry expects - where no one will be excluded and all of our stakeholders can immerse themselves for five days dedicated to deal making, discovery, education, and reconnecting,” Ryan added.
Last year’s edition of the AFM also was celebrated online as uncertainty abounded around the Covid-19. The 2020 market drew a record 562 exhibitors registered from 48 countries. The United States led the way with 259 companies, followed by Italy (59), the UK (46), Russia (25), and Germany (20).