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The 2016 edition of the Marché du Film has closed with a record 11,900 registrations

This marks a three percent increase on the 11,500 badge holders registered with the market arm of the Festival de Cannes in 2015, as well as a new attendance record for the world’s largest film industry gathering.

There were significantly more Chinese badge holders this year (total 494 participants); with the number up 32 percent on 2015.There were also notable increases from Brazil which was up 39 percent (total 147 participants).

Growth in numbers could also be seen across Asia and Latin America, with Italy increasing significantly from Europe.

Almost 4,000 producers were part of the Marché, a significant increase (11%) compared to last year.

In terms of films, 985 features, including 790 Marché premieres, unspooled here for a total of 1,426 screenings.

1,050 additional projects were being offered to buyers, bringing the total number of films on sale to 3,450.

“We are delighted to have welcomed so many market-goers to Cannes this year. From new territories participating in the Village International, our global melting pot for filmmakers, to having more space and an expanded program at NEXT, our pavilion dedicated to the future of cinema; as well as new premises for our expanded Doc Corner program, which included the first ever Doc Day, we have had much to celebrate at this year’s Marché du Film,’ says Jerome Paillard, Executive Director of the Marché du Film.

Indeed, this year, a slew of new territories joined the Village International for the first time, adding to the cultural and filmmaking diversity on show within the market. This included Israel, which hosted a pavilion with a wide-ranging program of events and Catalonia, which was also one of a number of regions in Spain presenting filmmaker incentives at a booth in the Palais. Egypt, Sri-Lanka, Eurimages and The Cairo International Film Festival also hosted pavilions for the first time.

The Village hosted two China pavilions this year, including one from the China Film Foundation and its subsidiary, the WutianMing Film Fund, which is dedicated to supporting the next generation of Chinese talent.

Building upon the successful Cannes China Summit from 2015, there was also a wide range of China events staged by the Marché this year, including a Co-Production Day, with China, and the presentation of eight next gen filmmakers at the New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum pitching sessions. These young filmmakers were trained through the program in Beijing and then here in Cannes, before making their pitches on two successive days.

The Goes to Cannes program, meanwhile, served as a showcase within the Marché for works-in-progress from an expanded eight territories. These were presented in partnership with festivals from as far afield as Dubai and Panama. Other new partners for this popular showcase included the Annecy Animated Film Festival and Market.

As part of this year’s Producers Network program, which hosted579 producers, a slew of films from Palestine were presented in partnership with the organization Future Logic, which has been created to help develop Palestinian cinema.

The Producers Workshop program was also hit with a record number of attendants.

The total of 404 producers marked an increase of seventeen percent with THE number of Asian participants doubling this year.

New trends were also embraced by the Marché. The market cast the spotlight on virtual reality films, which were presented at the Next VR Cinema, a first-ever market screening theatre specifically designed for VR collective screenings by the Marché.

For 2016, the Marché also entered into a number of new partnerships, including WITH the Ford Film Foundation and its JustFilms division, which is dedicated to making films that support justice and equity. Ford partnered on the Doc Day initiative for this edition of the market.

The Marché started a partnership with the Fantasia International Film Festival and the Frontieres Co-Production Market with which it is partnering on a three-city genre initiative, which will include a two-day genre event here in Cannes next year.

“Our new partners have truly added to the depth and breadth of our program this year and helped make our industry programming lineup diverse, informative and of the moment,” said Julie Bergeron Head of Industry Programming. “Thank you every one.”

“We look forward to welcoming you all next year, and seeing you in in the meantime on our global industry platform Cinando, and, of course,  on the global festival and mark