Cannes' market to draw record crowd

Record number of attendees for Marche du Film

PARIS -- A record 8,000 film professionals from 93 countries have signed up for this year's Marche du Film, the Festival de Cannes' parallel international film market. This represents an 8% jump from the previous year.

Additionally, about 1,600 screenings already have been scheduled for the market. The Marche's attendance has jumped 40% since 2003.

This year, more than 300 companies will showcase their films in the Palais, while another 120 companies or so will be based in offices in nearby hotels or apartments.

The Producers Network will welcome 600 producers for the program's fifth edition this year and is planning the second annual "Producers Network speed-dating" for May 15. The event will bring together 16 French-speaking producers and 17 Ibero-American producers to talk about their projects.

The Marche du Film's interactive Web site,, will be in high demand once again. The site lists more than 8,500 companies whose profiles are updated on a daily basis, along with about 10,000 active film titles. New this year is a "Documentary Brunch," in which international directors, producers and distributors from the nonfiction genre will meet to network and talk about upcoming projects.

The market runs May 14-23 in Cannes.