Quiet TIFFCOM Wrap Foreshadows AFM

Many Companies Holding Announcements Until U.S. Event

TOKYO -- The 7th edition of TIFFCOM, the Tokyo International Film Festival's content market wrapped up on Thursday with many companies looking to sign contracts at next week's American Film Market for the titles they've been negotiating over since booths opened on Tuesday.

The number of pre-registered visitors to the market, held on the 40th floor of the Roppongi Hills complex in central Tokyo, was up slightly on last year to 4133, and around 1,000 people actually came through the doors on the first day, Oct. 25.

T-Joy, a subsidiary of Toei, made one of the few announcements, saying they had a successful market debut selling Karate Girl to Thailand, India, Malaysia and Brunei by the end of TIFFCOM.

Echoing sentiments expressed at the Pusan International Film Festival's Asian Film Market, held earlier this month in Korea's second largest city, many companies are now holding important announcements regarding country and territory sales until the American Film Market, held in Santa Monica, California from November 3-10. However, this year's edition of the PIFF market did produce more regional sales for smaller films than its Japanese competitor did.

-- Steven Schwankert contributed to this article.