European Film Market already fully booked


COLOGNE, Germany -- Just over two months to go, and the Berlin International Film Festival's European Film Market is already booked solid.

The EFM said Wednesday that exhibitor space has sold out, with about 178 companies from 47 countries set to attend the 2008 event, which runs concurrent to the Berlin festival from Feb. 7-17.

"After successfully repositioning the market in 2006, we would now like to reinforce the EFM's status as a top global event for the film business and optimize what we offer to the international film industry," EFM director Beki Probst said.

In addition to the daily hustle of film sales, the EFM in 2008 will include a new series of "debates" presented by London-based digital distribution group Arts Alliance Media.

The AAM will host afternoon debates on Feb. 8-10 focusing on issues related to digital film distribution and sales. They will be held at the Marriott Hotel on Potsdamer Platz, where the EFM's digital screening rooms are located.

Other EFM 2008 highlights include the annual "Straight From Sundance" series of Park City buzz titles; a works-in-progress forum looking at in-development projects from Latin America and the "Books at Berlinale" series, which focuses on book-to-film deals and is sponsored by the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Berlinale's co-production market.