American Film Market (AFM), a yearly film industry trade show through which an estimated $500 million in production and distribution deals are closed annually, will take place from Wednesday, November 2nd, to Wednesday, November 9th, at the Loews Santa Monica Beach and Le Merigot Hotels in Santa Monica.

Organizers estimate that 7,000 will attend the exhibition, which features only independent films.

The AFM, which features about 850 film screenings in 35 different languages, is open only to exhibitors and film industry acquisition and distribution executives, but each year the festival includes a number of free screenings of independent films open to Santa Monica residents and people who work in the film industry.

The public film screenings will take place at the AMC Santa Monica 7, 1310 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. Those interested in attending the public screenings must fill out a registration form at the American Film Market Web site, through which they will then be issued a pass to attend any of the public screenings.

About 44 films will be screened at the AMC Santa Monica. The films to be screened for Santa Monica residents have previously played at a film festival or have been screened for buyers.

The 800 films being screened that are not open to the public are making their world premiere to an audience of buyers, according to Jennifer Garnick, a spokeswoman for AFM.

Screening times for the public previews are 9 and 11 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, November 2nd and 3rd; 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Friday, November 4th; 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th; and 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, November 7th and 8th.

A full list of films and a registration form are available at,

Information, (310) 446-1000.