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AFM had fewer buyers

Film mart saw record number of companies

No wonder AFM 2006 seemed on the slow side: There was growth in the number of sellers but a marginal drop in buyers.

AFM organizers said Monday that the number of attendees rose to 8,208 this year, up 2% from last year’s 8,014, and that it remains on course to achieve the record 8,400 previously forecast. Data spans all categories including exhibitors, buyers, industry badges, press and guests.

Supply-side growth saw a record 435 companies from 36 countries with a 2% higher participant total of 3,888. Number of films screening rose 10% from 534 to 592.

But the number of buyers slipped from 1,585 to 1,573, and the number of distribs they represent was down from 685 to 677 — both decreases of 1%.

Biggest growth areas on the demand side came from East European and Latin American regions.

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