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Italo AFM buyers off

German presence shows signs of recovery

Amid ongoing tensions with Mifed over rescheduling, Italian buyers at AFM have decreased by 10%-15% since the last market in February, early AFM registration numbers indicate according to Jonathan Wolf, exec VP of AFM organizer the Independent Film and Television Alliance.

AFM’s decision to move the mart to November forced Mifed to change its dates next year and link up with the Venice Film Festival.

“Knowing the issue in Milan, we just accept it,” Wolf said during an AFM opening day press conference Wednesday.

Additional international figures emphasize some national and global trends.

The German presence, up by 10% on February’s AFM mart, is showing signs of recovery, buoyed by the DVD market and distrib growth.

Despite some softness in Latin America, the number of Brazilian buyers is also up 10% this market, as currency problems are less dire than they have been in the recent past.

Second only to the U.S. in the number of buyers at AFM, Japan sent a slight increase in shoppers, and India, which had four buyers here during the last market, has nine registered thus far.

According to Wolf, Turkey had the highest increase at 30%.

Though many territories are in recovery, it’s still a tough international market, hamstrung by reduced TV sales in many territories and by burgeoning online piracy.

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