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AFCI is pleased to announce the return of in-person events in 2022, commencing with AFCI Week, June 27 - 29, 2022

This multi-day, exclusive event open to AFCI Members, Affiliates and sponsors includes networking opportunities with entertainment industry decision makers, educational sessions featuring thought leaders developing technologies and solutions addressing modern production challenges and prime opportunities for lead generation.

This abbreviated version of the previously held 5-day event will include a reception, Professional Development Day, the ever-popular Physical Production Power Brunch, a new version of the expo we’re calling the Location Lounge and plenty of face-to-face time with industry execs. For those who wish to stay in Los Angeles for an additional day, we’re planning a fun excursion on Thursday, June 30. This fourth day is completely optional.

For more information on the daily schedule, please see below. We'll be updating the schedule as speakers, activities and events are confirmed.

Location

AFCI Week 2022 will be based at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, located at the intersection of La Cienega and Beverly Boulevards. A room block extending from June 26 - July 2 with heavily discounted rates has been established for all AFCI members.

Booking details

Please contact Marj Galas, SVP Membership and Industry Relations, marj.galas@afci.org

Sponsorship opportunities

Please contact Marj Galas, SVP Membership and Industry Relations, marj.galas@afci.org

Location

AFCI Week 2022 will be based at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, located at the intersection of La Cienega and Beverly Boulevards. A room block extending from June 26 - July 2 with heavily discounted rates has been established for all AFCI members.

Booking details

Please contact Marj Galas, SVP Membership and Industry Relations, marj.galas@afci.org

Sponsorship opportunities

Please contact Marj Galas, SVP Membership and Industry Relations, marj.galas@afci.org

Event Schedule

DAY One

Professional Development Day

Check in 8:30AM
Program 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Lunch Sponsor:

Industry Networking Reception

6:30PM - 8:30PM

Networking Reception Sponsor:

Monday, June 27, 2022

The first day of AFCI Week 2022 is focused on professional development. Members are invited to roll up their sleeves and engage with select industry experts who will share their knowledge.

Topics of discussion include the surge in content and the need for workforce development/training and infrastructure (studios and alternate studio space). 

Industry Networking Reception

The Industry Network Reception will provide an opportunity for AFCI members to meet and mingle with select members of the industry in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Day Two option

DAY TWO

Meet The Executives Day

Check in 8:30AM
Program 9:00AM - 5:00PM


Lunch Sponsor:

Meet The Executives Day Sponsors Include:

TUESDAY, June 28, 2022

Meet the Execs is an exclusive event open only to AFCI film commission members. During the day, a curated group of executives are invited to speak to members in a relaxed interview style environment, after which there is a Q&A. 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.

DAY THREE

The Physical Production Power Brunch, presented in partnership with

Physical Production Power Brunch Sponsors Include:

8:30AM- 9:30AM: Networking 9:30AM - 10:30AM: Formal Brunch

Location Lounge
3:00PM - 7:00PM

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2022

Presented in partnership with The Hollywood Reporter, this event places members and sponsors alongside 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 the creation of new relationships, the event kicks off with an hour pre-brunch networking.

AFCI’s Global Lounge

A new twist on the expo format, this casual setting will allow film commissioners to meet with independent and commercial producers, line producers, game developers, location managers and other industry professionals to promote their locations, incentives, infrastructure and other resources.  Replacing booths will be information stations: commissioners are encouraged to bring brochures and business cards only.

DAY FOUR

Optional Tour Day

VENUE

TBD

Time: TBD

THURSDAY, June 30, 2022

For those interested and able to stay an additional day, AFCI will be providing transportation to several production sites, including a major studio. This day will be a great way to explore some Los Angeles landmarks with fellow members. Bring some money for lunch and souvenirs!

Price

*Only one registrant for an office may attend the Physical Production Power Brunch - additional staff are not able to participate in this event due to spacing limitations

** Business Affiliates are unable to attend the Meet the Executives Day. Pricing for Business Affiliates to attend AFCI Week is $1,500.00 per office member.

The Sofitel Hotel has provided a special rate and room block for AFCI Members. To obtain this rate and secure your registration, please contact Marj Galas at marj.galas@afci.org for instructions.

The registration cost of AFCI Week includes

Individual Member

$ 2,000.00

Two Attendees

$ 3,500.00

Three Attendees

$ 5,000.00

Four Attendees

$ 6,500.00

In the event there are closures mandated by the Los Angeles County Health Department that prevent AFCI Week from occurring, members will receive a refund or credit of their purchase. Additionally, in the case of a Los Angeles County Health Department mandated closure, the Sofitel Hotel will reimburse any member with a room booked directly with them in AFCI's room block.

*AFCI is not responsible for participant's airfare or hotel bookings. AFCI recommends participants book flights and hotel rooms directly through the vendors as vendors, over third-party discount sites, are more apt to provide refunds/reimbursements if a cancelation should occur.

6/27/22: Professional Development Day Schedule

8:30am –   Breakfast Sponsored by Amazon Public Policy

9:00am –   Opening Remarks By Eve Honthaner, President, AFCI 

9:15am – Keynote Speaker: Glenn Gainor, Head of Physical Production, Amazon Originals

Time TBA:  The Future of Production in a Post-Pandemic World

What’s driving the industry now… is it technology, incentives, infrastructure or a combination of factors?  How long will the current content boon continue?  When will the need for more infrastructure and more qualified crews be satisfied – if ever?  What’s on the horizon for virtual stages, new forms of distribution and the creation of new production hubs throughout the world?  This panel of experts will explore the changing face of production as the world continues to evolve and we move from pandemic to endemic.

Moderator: Glenn Gainor, Head of Physical Production, Amazon

Panelists: Jay Roewe, SVP of Production, Production Planning & Incentives, HBO, Joe Chianese, SVP, Production Incentives, Entertainment Partners, Noelle Green, Director, Production Management-Original Series, Netflix, Beth Depatie, VP of Production, UniFi Completion Guarantors

 

Time TBA:  Workforce Development

How are we ever to provide the continual and critical demand for more qualified and diverse crews?  Do we need more apprenticeship programs, government resources to support expert training, educational institutions to create focused curriculum and engage industry professionals to teach?  How do we support more independent training of underserved students and emerging filmmakers?  This panel of experts will discuss various ways to build a qualified and diverse below-the-line workforce that meets the industry’s current needs. 

Moderator: Eve Honthaner, President, AFCI

Panelists: Nancy Rae Stone, Deputy Director-Tax Credit Program, California Film Commission, Jonathan Olsberg, Executive Chair, Olsberg SPI, Adele B.Wilson, Executive Director, Streetlights, Karen Kraft, Producer/Executive 

Time TBA:   Fast & Easy Ways to Promote Your Film Office 

Whether it’s boosting your online presence, producing your own media content, outreach to local government and vendors, instigating local industry relations and/or generating project-specific publicity – this panel of experts will help you to put your film office on the map.  

Moderator: David Bloom, Freelance Journalist

Panelists: Erik Deutsch, President, ExcelPR, Philip Sokoloski, VP, Integrated Communications, FilmLA

Time TBA:   Creating Smoother Running Locations with Smarter Community Relations

This revealing session with community outreach experts and location professionals will explore innovative solutions for avoiding problems and keeping the peace when filming on location.   Topics will include GIS mapping technology for community conflict anticipation and avoidance.  Panelists will recommend specific action items for dealing with opposition in an age when everyone can garner attention with a single Tweet.

Moderator: TBA

Panelists: Guy Langham, Arturo Pina, Manager of Outreach and Education, FilmLA, Bill Bartels, Film Commissioner, Ventura County, Mandy Dillin, Supervising Location Manager   

Time TBA:  Safety on Location: Preventing a Disaster

As productions strive to create more elaborate and inventive stunts and effects while working under tight schedule and budget constraints, how can we maintain a safe set?  This panel will focus on how to prevent serious accidents from occurring, prepare for natural disasters and keep your cast & crew safe. 

Moderator:  TBA

Panelists: Ramiro Rodriguez, Deputy Fire Marshal, Cal Fire, Larry Zanoff, Weapons Assistant Manager, Independent Studio Services, Bill Smith, VP, Production Safety, Sony Pictures Entertainment

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