Crunch won't crimp Rome's market side


The number of buyers at the Rome International Film Festival's market should approach last year's levels despite the economic crisis gripping the U.S. and Europe, the sidebar's manager said Thursday.

About 125 companies — including Wild Bunch, Fortissimo and Maximum — have confirmed they will be on hand for Rome's International Film Market, known previously as the Business Street. That's down from 170, but Sylvain Auzou said he expects late additions to increase the number.

"If we end up with the same number of buyers as last year ... I'll be happy," he said.

The total participants at the five-day event should remain at about 600 people, he said. (partialdiff)