Companies in Berlin fall from 430 to 408

European Film Market topper Beki Probst on Friday offered an upbeat assessment of this year’s film bazaar, which closed in Berlin last week.

Despite the global financial crisis, Probst said the “market activity remained stable” with the number of companies and accredited participants both down slightly from last year while the number of buyers held steady at 1,073.

Some 408 companies (430 in 2008) from 55 countries presented films and projects to more than 6,300 accredited participants (6,443 in 2008) in the Martin Gropius Bau exhibition hall and in the new EFM Marriott Offices at Potsdamer Platz. Nearly 100 companies took part in the market for the first time. Of the 700 films screened, 522 were market premieres.

Probst said the three EFM Industry Debates organized with the Commerzbank, Variety and other business publications were especially well received, with some 600 participants attending the events, which focused on opportunities and possible solutions for the film industry during the financial crisis.

The EFM also introduced the Meet the Docs initiative. Launched in conjunction with the European Documentary Network, the service was aimed at professionals with a focus on documentary film.

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