Market pushes record numbers

Paillard predicts more crowds, U.K. and Japan increase presence

CANNES — The Cannes Film Market looks set to be a bumper event this year, with 28% more movies screening and attendance up at least 12.5%.

Two days before Thursday’s opening, some 5,350 participants had already registered, compared with 4,757 at the same point last year.

Market exec director Jerome Paillard predicted the market would exceed all previous attendance records, including the 6,065 achieved in 2000.

The U.K. and Japan — which make up 12% of the total number of buyers — have a stronger presence this year, both up 8% from last year.

Newcomers in 2001 include Ecuador, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

A total of 210 companies from 41 countries will be organizing screenings.

There is a marked increase in the number of buyers from Korea. French buyers also will be out in force, accounting for 10% of the total, up from 8% last year.

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