Attendance up for Cannes' Marche du Film

Buyers, overall participation both show 5% increase

PARIS -- With just two weeks to go before the world's biggest film market and festival kicks off in Cannes, the Marche du Film is already boasting a 5% jump in participation compared with last year's market, organizers said Tuesday.

Latin American countries are particularly eager this year with a 12% increase in attendance from those territories for the 2010 event.

The number of buyers expected at this year's market also rose 5% compared with 2009. First-timers to the market include Qatar, Niger, Ethiopia, Mozambique and the Dominican Republic.

Screenings are also on the rise, with close to half of them digital and a notable number in 3D.

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The Marche du Film will also be more technologically advanced this year, with a new iPhone app based in Cinando's database.

Producers from across the globe will also be out and about along the Croisette with more than 2,000 already signed up, a 10% increase from last year. Six hundred producers will take part in this year's Producers Network events.

The Marche du Film will be putting documentary filmmaking in the spotlight and will host a brunch on Tuesday, May 18h bringing together world-renowned directors including Frederick Wiseman, Rithy Panh and Stephen Kijak.

The Marche du Film's logo will be integrated on the famous Palme d'Or prize, representing the synergy between the festival and the market.

The March du Film runs May 13-22 in Cannes.