Billions of Dollars in Film Incentives and Leaders in International Film Finance Converge in Los Angeles at 31st Annual AFCI Locations & Global Finance Show

Billions of Dollars in Film Incentives and Leaders in International Film Finance 
Converge in Los Angeles at 31st Annual AFCI Locations & Global Finance Show


LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Apr. 18, 2016The Association of Film Commissioners International hosts its Locations & Global Finance Show, Thursday, April 21 – Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Los Angeles at the Marriott Burbank and Convention Center.

The 31st annual event is one of the industry’s most important location tradeshows and conferences. Attracting more than 3000 industry professionals that include production, finance, location decision-makers and AFCI Members; the Locations & Global Finance Show is one of the largest production location focused events in the film, media and television industry.

“AFCI Members in part represent more than $3 billion annually in funding support for media production while supporting the industry with an estimated global economic impact of over $88 billion each year,” says Kevin Clark, AFCI Executive Director. “The event is the opportunity for the Hollywood production community to connect with our members and other production adjacent exhibitors to learn more about available incentives and infrastructure resources from around the globe."

This year, AFCI has added the Global Finance Conference to complement the traditional Locations Show.  The paid registration conference will feature film finance leaders from China, Europe, India and Latin America presenting and discussing co-production opportunities in their respective territories and presenting an array of multiple funding sources.

“For the Global Finance Conference we’ve assembled some of the industry’s leading international film finance professionals to connect and encourage the film and television industry at large to communicate and participate in the international market,” says Clark.

The three-day event consists of two parts; the free traditional Locations Show, Thursday, April 21 – Saturday, April 23. The Global Finance Conference that requires paid registration is scheduled for Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22. Online and on-site registration is available for the event at

Highlights of the Locations & Global Finance Show schedule and seminars include:

The Locations Show Tradeshow Schedule:

Thursday, April 21                                          Friday, April 22                                           Saturday, April 23
12:00pm – 5:00pm                                         11:00am – 5:00pm                                  11:00am – 4:00pm

Global Finance Conference Schedule:

Thursday, April 21
10:30am – 11:00am                   
Opening Remarks - Bruce Hendricks, Co-Founder & President of Worldwide Productions and former President of Physical Production for Walt Disney Studios

11:00 am – 12:00pm
Accessing and Combining Europe’s Film Funds – featuring panelists: Hans Radu and Ulrich Michel, Noerr, LLP and Anja Metzger, Bavarian Film Commission –Bavaria

2:00pm – 3:15pm
Investing in China’s Film Industry – featuring panelists: Rob Cain, Partner, Lightsource Asia Media Group / President, Pacific Bridge Pictures; Attorney, Schuyler Moore, Stroock; Gary Kho,, CTO and Interim CEO, Wanda Studios Qingdao; and Aoni Ma, COO, Film Finances China (presented by Lightsource Asia Media Group)

4:15pm – 5:30pm
Navigating India’s Film Industry – featuring panelists: Rick Ambros, Partner, Lightsource Asia Media Group / President, Benchmark Studios; Vikramjit Roy, Head of India’s Film Facilitation Office (NFDC); Raghav Mani, Ernst & Young; and Arnold Peter, Founding Partner, Peter Law Group (presented by Lightsource Asia Media Group)

6:00pm – 7:30pm
Thursday Evening Mixer sponsored by Film in Georgia

Friday, April 22
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Keynote Address – Jason Reed, Executive Producer of ABC Networks’ “Of Kings & Prophets” followed by an on-stage interview with Peter Caranicas, Managing Editor for Variety

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Latin American Film Funds Legislation – featuring panelists: Steve Solot, President of Latin American Training Center; Robert Katz, Producer of the film, The 33; Dynamo Prodocciones producer, Tatiana Villacob; and Silvia Echeverri, Colombian Film Commission

4:00pm – 5:30pm
Around the World in 90 Minutes – a panel discussion on global incentive options featuring: Moderator, Joseph Chianese, Senior Vice President of Entertainment Partners and panelists: Catherine Bates, Head of Incentives, New Zealand Film Commission; Lisa Strout, Director, Massachusetts Film Office; Nick Mantiatis, Director, New Mexico Film Office; Tava Sofsky, Director, Oklahoma Film & Music Office; Bob Wong, Vice President & Acting Film Commissioner, Creative BC; Christina Velasco Lozano, Director, Mexican Film Commission; Olivier-Rene Vellion, CEO, Ile De France; Kattie Kotek, Executive Vice President, US Production, British Film Commission; Keti Bochorishvilli, Vice Minister, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia; Gary Kho, CTO &  Interim CEO, Wanda Studios Qingdao; Vikramjit Roy, Head of India’s Film Facilitation Office; Marshall Moore, Park City Film Studios; Shirley Davis, film producer and Richter Hartig, film producer.  (sponsored by EP Financial Solutions)

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday Evening Soirée sponsored by EP Financial Solutions with special entertainment from industry band, Second Sight (comprised of lead singer, Rick Benoit, Archives Supervisor at HBO; lead guitarist, Randy Ashburn, Global Media Director at Higher Vision; guitarist, Bruce Hendricks, Co-Founder at Dick Cook Studios; keyboardist, Jay Roewe, Senior Vice President, West Coast Productions at HBO; bassist, Bill Fay, Executive Producer/Producer (Hangover, 300, Independence Day, The Town, The Patriot); drummer, Gil Gagnon, President of Lumenas Studios.)

To learn more about the Locations & Global Finance Show, register and view the complete event schedule, visit

About the AFCI and the Locations & Global Finance Show:
The Locations & Global Finance Show is the industry’s most important global production locations event. Attendees and exhibitors come from over 30 countries to develop relationships, exchange information about the business of location filming, incentives and infrastructure.

About the AFCI:
Founded in 1975, AFCI is comprised of more than 300 film commissions in 45 countries on six continents; it is the leading resource on the planet for location shooting. AFCI Members are devoted to providing infrastructure and incentive support resources to the film and television industry that attribute to billions of dollars annually across the globe.



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