AFCI is pleased to announce the dates of the Third Annual AFCI Week: March 30-April 3, 2020. This multi-day, exclusive event open to AFCI Members and Affiliates includes networking opportunities with high-level industry decision makers in the entertainment and production industries,, educational opportunities targeted at enhancing business practices and prime opportunities for lead-generation

AFCI Week 2020 will again include the Physical Production Power Brunch and Meet the Execs (Business-to-Business Industry Day). Event details will be updated as venues and partners are confirmed.

AFCI Week 2020 will be based at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, located at the intersection of La Cienega and Beverly Boulevards. The Sofitel is providing AFCI with a block of rooms available at the pre-tax rate of $204/night. This rate extends to rooms booked with check in on Sunday, March 29th through check out on Saturday, April 4. Stay tuned for booking instructions.

Sponsorship opportunities for this major event are varied and range from advertising in the AFCI Week program (distributed at major events) to full week sponsorship with speaking opportunity at the Physical Production Power Brunch. If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Marj Galas, SVP Membership & Industry Relations at A full sponsorship deck is available here.


Monday, March 30, 2020 – Professional Development Day 1

The first two days of AFCI Week 2020 will be focused on professional development. Members are invited to roll up their sleeves and engage with other members and select industry experts who will be brought in to present on specific topics.

There is a very bright spotlight on diversity in the screen industry at present, and rightly so. Respect for people regardless of age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, ability and sexual orientation is at the forefront of initiatives globally. AFCI’s partnership with TIME’S UP Entertainment on its screen sector report (release date late early 2020) is a reflection of this.

AFCI is proud to partner with leading Intimacy Coordinator, Amanda Blumenthal (EUPHORIA, PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS, SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER).

Amanda has been involved in gender and sexual advocacy work since college, serving in leadership positions in groups including Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Sex Positive Los Angeles, and was a sex and relationship coach prior to becoming an intimacy coordinator.  She is the founder of Intimacy Professionals Association (IPA).

AFCI will also run a detailed session focusing on 18 key areas that productions expect Commissions to be well versed in – a knowledge of their territory’s infrastructure, incentives, crew depth, tax implications for foreigners, banking and finance issues, safety standards, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act concerns and more. This in-depth presentation has been co-created by AFCI and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Over the two days there will also be a series of member-to-member presentations so members can learn from one another and gain deeper insight into how other territories are responding to critical issues. Topics for discussion include the surge in content and the need for workforce development/training and infrastructure (studios and alternate studio space). These are issues facing every territory.

Tuesday March 31, 2020 – Professional Development Day 2 + Member General Assembly + Industry Reception

Tuesday will be the second of a two day professional development program. Please see the overview of Day 1 for a sense of the content which will be offered across the two days.

The AFCI Member General Assembly is an opportunity for the full membership body to meet new Board and AFCI members, connect with the staff and broader AFCI Week team and be informed about organizational initiatives for the year ahead.

Topics covered will include industry partnerships, membership expansion, up-and-coming research projects, Cineposium 2021, AFCI Awards and the new online Members-only Community. There will also be ample time for Q&A by the membership.

Tuesday evening there will be an Industry Reception with executives from both the film and television sector. All attendees will have name badges to make for ease of networking.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - Meet the Execs

Meet the Execs (formerly Business to Business Industry Day is an exclusive event open only to AFCI film commission members. During the day, up to 8 executives are invited to speak in a relaxed interview style environment, after which there is a Q&A with the audience. Executives discuss their career, the company’s projects, changes in the industry landscape, what resources they most value from a commission and also have the opportunity to share any up and coming project leads with the audience. Contact information is shared with the audience who then have the ability to connect with speakers after the event.

Senior Executives from the following companies have previously participated in this event:

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - Physical Production Power Brunch + Global Lounge

The 3rd Annual Physical Production Power Brunch

Venue: The Sofitel at Beverly Hills

An exclusive invite-only Brunch discriminately curated by AFCI and The Hollywood Reporter to honor physical production executives.

This event places you alongside the current senior physical production executives from Studios, mini-majors, OTT companies and major production companies across both film and television. A seated affair designed to enable meaningful engagement and create new relationships, the event kicks off with an hour pre-brunch to network with attendees.

AFCI’s Global Lounge

Industry – this is your chance to talk locations, incentives and infrastructure with Commissions and supporting organizations from around the globe.

Venue: this event is not open to the general public. If you are interested in attending please email AFCI at

Time: afternoon

Industry professionals are invited to attend the Global Lounge. 

This event is an exhibition and networking opportunity enabling Members and Affiliates to promote their region or services directly to industry insiders. In 2020 AFCI will partner with key associations and organizations to ensure a high calibre of attendees including: Commercial Producers, Short Form Content/Digital Producers, Game Developers, Locations Managers and Independent Producers. AFCI Members and Affiliates are invited to send names to AFCI to be added to the door list.

This is a unique informational and networking opportunity for:
Independent Producers and Line Producers
Commercial Producers
Short Form Content Creators
Digital Producers
Game Developers
Location Managers
Industry Executives
and others wanting up to date intelligence on the global industry, and a chance to meet, face-to-face with local, interstate and international film office representatives.

Friday, April 3, 2020 - TBA

AFCI is currently planning the 2020 AFCI Week program. Please check in for updates over the coming months.


* Professional Development


* Full Week Experience

2nd film commission office staff member: $1,000
3rd and subsequent staff members: $500 each

For further information or inquires, please contact Marjorie Galas |