Record number come to AFM this year


The American Film Market has clocked an all-time attendance record this year, having registered 8,343 attendees, a 1.6% increase from 2006, organizers said.

Jonathan Wolf, IFTA executive vp and managing director, also noted a 3% uptick in acquisition executives. In total, 1,628 buyers from 65 countries registered for AFM 2007, compared with 1,573 buyers and 61 nations last year.

And there were more buyers than ever from the U.S. (up 10% from 2006), France (up 12%), the United Arab Emirates (up 67%) and the U.K. (up 10%).

However, several key territories showed a decline in buyer level, with Germany (down 6%), Hong Kong (off 10%) and Australia (down 9%) highlighting the fall.

Organizers also pointed to the fact that exhibitor-affiliated participants (including executives, producers, talent and guests) jumped from 3,888 last year to 4,021 this year.

This year marks the fourth straight that AFM "has reached full capacity" in the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and Le Merigot Beach Hotel, where 430 companies from 30 countries are exhibiting.

More than 900 screenings of 537 films in 34 languages were scheduled during AFM, while 16 panels with more than 100 executives discussing the latest global industry trends have taken place.

AFM 2008 is scheduled for Nov. 5-12.