A record 529 films are confirmed to screen at the 26th American Film Market (AFM), 2-9 November 2005, including a record 382 market premieres.

In addition, 45 films represented at the AFM are Official Selections at AFI FEST presented by Audi, including 43 of the festival’s 70 narrative features, and 2 of its 17 feature documentaries.

“This record breaking market is a testament to the strength of the independent film business around the world,” said Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President, Independent Film & Television Alliance and Managing Director, AFM. “The 45 films at both the AFM and AFI FEST show that the industry sees tremendous value in our festival-market alliance.”

As previously announced, a record 410 exhibitors will take part in the 2005 AFM, making it the largest market in the event’s history. Exhibitors will come from 33 countries, also a record. The 410 exhibitors represent a 15% increase from the 356 companies that exhibited at the November 2004 AFM. The increase is across-the-board, with 24 countries showing an increase in exhibiting companies.

There are 35 languages represented amongst the 529 films, also a record. A selection of notable titles screening at the AFM include:

American Gun with Donald Sutherland and Marcia Gay Harden (Pathé Pictures International) (U.S.); Ask the Dust with Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek (Capitol Films) (U.K.); Brooklyn Rules with Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Mena Suvari (KMI) (U.S.); Conversations with other Women with Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart (Fabrication Films) (U.S.); Duelist with Jiwon Ha and Sungki Ahn (The Core Studio) (KOREA); Ellie Parker with Naomi Watts and Chevy Chase (Dream Entertainment) (U.S.); Entre Ses Mains with Benoît Poelvoorde and Isabelle Carré (Pathé Distribution) (FRANCE); Familia with Sylvie Moreau and Macha Grenon (Christal Films Distribution Inc.) (CANADA); Fierce People with Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland (Lions Gate Films) (U.S.); I giorni dell’abbandono with Margherita Buy and Luca Zingaretti (Adriana Chiesa Enterprises) (ITALY); Jack-Fruit Thorn Kiss with Tran Hoi Anh Nguyen and Yen Ngoc Duong (Vietnam Media Corp.) (VIETNAM); New York Doll with Arthur “Killer” Kane and Bob Geldof; (Moviehouse Entertainment) (U.S.); October 17, 1961 with Clotilde Courau and Jean-Michel Portal (BAC Films) (FRANCE); The ‘OH in Ohio’ with Danny De Vito and Mischa Barton (Archlight Films) (U.S.); Perhaps Love with Takeshi Kaneshiro and Xun Zhou (Celestial Pictures Ltd) (HONG KONG); Saint Martyrs of the Damned with François Chénier and Isabelle Blais (Max Films International) (CANADA); Sud Express with Gerald Morales and Tino Guimaraes (Sogepaq) (SPAIN); Tsotsi with Presley Chweneyagae and Terry Pheto (The Little Film Company) (SOUTH AFRICA); Twelve and Holding with Conor Donovan and Jeremy Renner (Fortissimo Films) (NETHERLANDS); Unknown with Jim Caviezel and Greg Kinnear (GreeneStreet Films) (U.S.); The White Masai with Nina Hoss and Jacky Ido (Beta Cinema) (GERMANY).

For the full schedule, visit the AFM website.

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