Packed for the Euro Film Market

Exhibitor space sold out ahead of Berlin's Feb. event

There's slightly more than two months to go, and the Berlin International Film Festival's European Film Market already is 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 festival 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 2008 EFM will include a new series of "debates" presented by London-based digital distribution group Arts Alliance Media.

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

Other EFM highlights will 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.