Cannes Film Festival Review

Chinese, Latin American participation rising

Attendance at the Cannes Market is booming, according to organizers.

After three days the market has seen 11,800 registered attendees. Organizers expect that figure to rise to 12,000 by the end of the market.

As previously forecast, the Chinese presence has grown substantially — organizers say by 40% to make it the fifth largest national group this year. Latin American executives also grew to represent 4% of all market participants.

In total there are executives from 117 countries and territories, compared to 109 in 2013. For the first time, the market has seen the presence of participants from Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria, Burma, Brunei and Laos.

By job function film producers are the largest contingent. Producers account for 29% of the total, followed by theatrical distributors with 21%, sales with 11%, and VoD and new media with 4%.

A total of 1,900 buyers are in Cannes to acquire films and projects.

The 5,200 films offered this year include 3,100 completed titles, 810 documentaries, and 144 films in 3D.

By nationality, some 44% of the titles hail from Europe; 18 % from the U.S.; and 18% from France.

Buyers are offered a total of 1,450 screenings, 79% of which are world premieres, in the market’s 37 screening rooms.

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