Art and Experience: A few days before its end, the Marché is breaking a new record in attendance with 12,324 participants.
As usual, the most important delegation is the USA (2,113 participants), followed by France (1,801 participants) and the UK (1,186 participants).
The biggest increase comes from Asia and especially from China (+ 21%, 600 attendees), Japan (+13%, 309 attendees), Korea (+9%, 286 attendees) and India (+26%, 204 attendees). Other important growths noted came from Canada and Italy.
In total, the Marché hosted 118 countries for this 2017 edition. Afghanistan, Honduras, Macau, Mali, Ouzbekistan are new countries participating at the Marché. Kenya is back after several years of absence.
There were 910 films this year (of which 710 premieres) with a total of almost 1,500 screenings. 3,820 films were on the market on sale.
Worth noting is that, following a steady increase in recent years, the number of documentaries for sale has reached 650, 110 more than last year. This reflects the success of Marché documentary initiatives, including the second edition of the Doc Day and an extension of the Doc Corner.
85 VR films at NEXT made 5,300 viewings, including tickets delivered for VR experiences and for the 30-seat VR NEXT Theater.
The Village International expanded this year with five new pavilions from Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Lagos, Vietnam and Armenia.
“We are so pleased with the attendance we obtained for our new Frontières platform at the pitching sessions and the Goes to Cannes. The Doc Day also was a great success; the two conferences were packed to listen to high-profile speakers. I also want to underline NEXT which raised a huge interest from the professionals who were able to discover almost a 100 new VR films ; from the point of view of the VR exhibitors they were able to meet far more industry players than ever before in Cannes.” says Jérôme Paillard, Marché du Film executive director.