Film buyers and participants are expected to flock to the Cannes Market next week in record numbers, organizers said Wednesday.
Although the 4,216 registered participants fall short of last year’s 4,660 who attended Cannes, the usual 900 on-site registrations are expected to boost the numbers past the 5,000 mark for the first time, says Jerome Paillard, exec director of the Cannes Market. Additionally, Paillard said the current number of buyers will swell 10% to 2,279, with a dramatic surge making up the foreign contingent coming from Germany and Japan. About 1,966 buyers attended last year’s market.
Paillard credits the increase to the services offered. “In 1996, we started by producing a comprehensive market guide and the advent of one badge for both the market and the festival was very well received,” he said. “Since then we have been continually improving our services and offering new facilities to cater for all the needs of film professionals attending the market.”