2011 European Film Market Sees Increase in Attendance (Berlin)

The number of films screening at the annual trade fair is also up from last year.

Attendance figures are up across the board at the 2011 European Film Market, a welcoming sign that the crisis that rattled the international film industry may be receeding. 

The mid-market numbers released by the EFM Sunday show total attendance at 6,800 compared to last year's final figure of 6,450. Buyers are also coming back, with 1,532 attending, a 12% bump on 2010. 
Another positive sign is the number of films screening at the EFM, which is up nearly 10% to 731, suggesting more projects are closing financing and getting to market than was the case a few years back. 
But this raw data only tells part of the story. The real numbers to watch will be the prices paid for EFM titles and the box office those pick ups deliver around the world. 
The European Film Market runs through Feb. 18.