Some 260 companies sign up for mart

BERLIN — The upcoming European Film Market in Berlin is expecting record numbers as the global film industry mobilizes for the first major bazaar of the year.

The EFM will host some 260 companies (from 46 countries), up from last year’s 254 firms, which set the mart’s record as it moved into its new digs in the airy mock-Renaissance Martin Gropius Bau.

The number of films screening at the EFM is up to 718 (from 59 countries), at least 10% more than last year, while buyers at the event have increased by more than 100 to some 850 from more than 50 countries.

Among the nearly 70 new companies are U.S. distribs Lonely Seal Releasing and York Intl., German producer Action Concept, the U.K.’s Ealing Studios and Icon Entertainment Intl., Canada’s Christal Films Distribution and Golden Age Film from Russia, as well as more than 30 publishers attending as part of the EFM’s Frankfurt Book Fair stand.

National film orgs from Serbia, Croatia, Georgia, Lebanon and Thailand also will set up shop at the EFM for the first time.

The EFM buzz has generated huge interest in the Berlinale, which was deluged with more than 4,450 submissions for this year’s edition.

The 57th Berlin Film Festival runs Feb. 8-18.

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