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AGENDA

August, 25-28 | Los Angeles

Please be aware that our AFCI Week 2024 agenda is actively evolving and more speakers will be added. We advise you not to book external meetings until the agenda is fully confirmed on July 30th.
We invite you to check back periodically for the most current updates.

Morning refreshments will be available from 9 AM to 12 PM on Monday & Tuesday.
Afternoon refreshments will be available from 1 PM to 5 PM on Monday & Tuesday.
Full buffet lunch is available to Film Commissioners and paying event attendees, otherwise, we suggest you book Plateia Restaurant for lunch.

🟢 Open to all ticket holders
🔵 Exclusive session for AFCI Film Commission and Business Affiliate Members
🟠 Exclusive session for AFCI Film Commission Members Only

SATURDAY AUGUST 24

The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) Awards are presented annually to honor outstanding contributions to location scouting in the film and television industries.

The LMGI Awards will take place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills on Saturday, August 24th starting at 4:30pm. Tickets for AFCI Members are $195.00 (limit two) – a savings from the regular ticket price of $225.00. To secure your ticket click here.

SUNDAY AUGUST 25

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This session will provide an in-depth learning experience for film commissioners to improve skills specifically related to highlighting their regions and understanding the importance of place branding, marketing and film tourism. Presented by Resonance.

This hands-on workshop will provide an opportunity for producers to understand the application process required for tax incentive consideration. Film commissioners will learn what is needed from the producer’s perspective to ensure applications are submitted accurately and efficiently. 

Featuring:
Colleen Bell, Film Commissioner, CA Film Commission
Carrie Regan, Media Consultant & Strategist, Global Content Strategies
Joe Chianese, SVP & Practice Leader, Production Incentives, Entertainment Partners
Jeanette Volturno, Founding Partner, CatchLight Studios

An informal setting that will allow networking and connection. 

Sponsored by

MONDAY AUGUST 26 

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Senior studio executives discuss the global production landscape.

Featuring: 
MaryAnn Hughes, VP, Production and Investment Planning, The Walt Disney Company
Jay Roewe, SVP, Production – Global Incentives & Production Planning, HBO/MAX/WBD
Lee Rosenthal, President, Worldwide Physical Production, Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon Studios
Dylan Massin, EVP, Head of Production, Sony Pictures Television

Leading studio executives, Film Commissioners and Economists share views on economic impact of the production industry and its effect on global territories, communities in general, Film Tourism and ways to report and measure data to ensure advocacy and support from community and government.

Featuring:
Jonathan Olsberg, Executive Chair, Olsberg•SPI Limited
Paul Audley, President, FilmL.A.
Chris Fair, President and CEO, Resonance
Michael Walbrecht, Vice President, Public Affairs, Warner Bros. Discovery
Mohannad Al Bakri, Managing Director, Royal Film Commission Jordan

Panel Sponsor

Having a well-developed infrastructure makes a region a desirable destination for studio productions. Regional leaders and studio executives talk about the strategy a film commission should consider when enhancing their infrastructure, including when and where to build sound stages and other important factors that will make the region competitive.

Featuring:
Michael Moffett, EP and Founding Partner, Production Service Network (PSN)
Dan Brickman, Senior Vice President Production (Film, TV and Sports), 20th Century/Fox
Pavlina Zipkova, National Film Commissioner, Czech Film Commission and more to be confirmed.

For Film Commissioners and full paying ticket holders, lunch will be served on the roof terrace.

Join members of the Texas Association of Film Commissions as they discuss their shared history of cooperation, incentives and support for the film industry in Texas with major studio executives, line producers, location managers and infrastructure developers.

Featuring:
Fred Poston, Executive Director, Texas Media Production Alliance (TXMPA)
Elizabeth Avellan, Producer/Principal, EYA Productions & Troublemaker Studios
John K. Patterson, Producer, UPM, ‘Walker’, ‘Dallas’
Logan Cooper, Location Manager, ‘Fear the Walking Dead’, ‘Mo’, ‘Alita: Battle Angel’
Marty Jones, Head of Austin Studios, operated by Austin Film Society
Gabriella Geisinger , Locations Editor, Screen International/Editor, KFTV

Platinum Sponsor

Description coming soon.

Featuring:
Jonathan Olsberg, Executive Chair, Olsberg•SPI Limited

Producers, commercial producers and game producers discuss the challenges they face in bringing productions to life, and ways a film commissioner can work collaboratively to bring their vision to life. The panel will also explore the value of how games are utilising locations and incentives.

Featuring:
Shayne Fiske Goldner EVP, Production, Annapurna
Jean Prewitt, President/CEO, Independent Film/Television Alliance (IFTA)
David Michael Gonzales, Director of Government Relations, Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP)
Allison Whitmer, Film Commissioner, Montana Film Office
Erika Ewing, Director of Interactive Ventures and Games, Lionsgate
Kate Edwards, CXO & CO-Founder, SetJetters

Panel Sponsor

TUESDAY AUGUST 27

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A facilitated workshop with Film Commissions, studios, producers, students and other industry representatives. Harnessing the power of the global attendees the session will address current disruption scenarios. Key scenarios include AI, technology & the use of locations; diverse communities and workforce development; film friendliness – communities & governments. The data will be graphically presented during the session and the follow up report and data will be released to create AFCI’s first Insights Paper.

This panel addresses the growing significance of independent production in today’s cost-conscious environment. As demonstrated by recent franchise and tent-pole box office disappointments, millennials and Gen-Zer’s are showing a strong preference for original movies and TV shows over reboots. And with recent successes like ‘American Fiction’, ‘Civil War’, ‘Sound of Freedom’, and ‘Five Nights At Freddy’s’, independent producers are demonstrating their ability to deliver high-quality content efficiently.

Featuring:
Lisa Niedenthal, Head of Physical Production, Blumhouse
Kip Konwiser, President, Konwiser Brothers Media and more to be confirmed.

 

Sponsored by

Studio executives, independent producers & film commissioners discuss attracting unscripted, reality and stand alone productions into global regions.

Featuring:
Carrie Regan, Media Consultant & Strategist, Global Content Strategies
Lefteris Eleftheriou, Film Commissioner, Cyprus Film Commission
Jaime Falconer, Senior Production Accountant, RTR Media Canada
Nina Parikh, Director, Mississipi Film Office and more to be confirmed.

For Film Commissioners and full paying ticket holders, lunch will be served on the roof terrace.

AFCI Week closing remarks for members by Executive Director Jaclyn Philpott & Board Chair Marnie Gee.

This VIP invite only event for Senior Executives in Physical Production & Event Sponsors will bring together the Top Ten leaders and innovation in physical production as showcased in editorial in Variety Magazine the week before. Variety Magazine will interview three Television and three Film Executives before the networking cocktail session.

Featuring:
Jazz Tangcay, Senior Artisans Editor, Variety Magazine
Carolyn Giardina, Senior Technology, Entertainment & Crafts Editor, Variety Magazine

Supporting Sponsors

 

Media Partner

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28

Film Commissioners will engage in a walking tour of Sony Studios and MBS Studios Media Campus, with a break for lunch (own paid) in Santa Monica. Multiple buses will run concurrently and registration is required.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Jonathan Olsberg, Chair of Strategy Consultancy, Olsberg•SPI, is scheduling free, one-on-one mini consultations with film commissioners during AFCI Week to discuss regional growth strategies and any other topics that would be of interest.  

AFCI Week attendees are encouraged to sign up in advance and take advantage of this unique opportunity. The consultations will take place from Sunday, August 25th through Thursday, August 29th.

To set up your free consultation, please email Jonathan with your timing preferences.

AFCI WEEK 2024

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