Originally intended to be held in person, the Independent Film & Television Alliance announced that, due to the new covid variants and travel restrictions, it’s moving the event to an online format and shifting its dates to November 1 – 5.

The American Film Market (AFM) will move its 2021 edition entirely online, the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) announced today.

AFM 2021 Online will be held Monday, November 1 to Friday, November 5, shifting one day earlier than its original dates. Registration for the five-day online event is now open.

The event’s organization had previously announced the event would take place in person, following an ease in restrictions in California back in June. Yet, the new coronavirus variants and increased travel restrictions have led to the decision to move it to the online world.

“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, IFTA and Partner, 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.”

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 AFM Website.