European Film Market Sees Uptick in Buyers, Attendees

Nearly 6,700 industry folk are scheduled to attend the EFM, which runs concurrent to the Berlin fest.

COLOGNE, Germany -- Berlin's European Film Market will be busier than it's been in years, if attendee figures released by the EFM Tuesday are any indication.

Nearly 6,700 industry folk are scheduled to attend the EFM, which runs concurrent to the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 10-20), more than 1,400 of them buyers.

"It's clear the industry is still in crisis, you can't say we are back to the years of plenty," said EFM director Beki Probst, "but you are starting to see a recovery. If companies used to send five people and during the crises they sent one or two, they are sending three this year."

More than half of 1,000 films screening at this year's EFM are market premieres. A total of 400 firms from 54 countries will be shilling their wares in Berlin this year.

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