Rome market numbers up across board

Most numbers increase despite economic crisis

ROME -- The Rome International Film Festival's five-day market resulted in at least two dozen sales, festival organizers said Wednesday, adding that most of the raw numbers from the festival were stronger than last year, despite the worldwide economic turmoil.

The official report from the Mercato Internazionale del Film boasts of increases in the total number of market screenings (153, up from 142 last year), buyers (260 compared with 250 in 2007), sellers (97 compared with 40 a year ago) and the number of films available at the video libraries (90 compared with 83 last year).

As the market, which ended Sunday, wound down, buyers said that it had exceeded expectations.

More than two dozen, mostly Italian, films screened at the market have sold to distributors so far, the festival said.