An event ahead of its time
When it first launched, the Marché du Film was an entirely new step for the film industry, creating an inspirational environment that encouraged professionals to up their business game. The conditions for working, screening films and meeting other professionals were much like the Festival itself: flexible and easy-going. People swapped business cards and projects took off.
Over the years, the Marché du Film and the Festival de Cannes formed two sides of a single coin to become a key global event for the world of cinema.
The Marché du Film today
Today, over 12,500 film industry professionals head to Cannes each year to present and discover almost 4,000 films and projects in development at 33 screening venues.
Fueled by this success, the Marché has expanded since the turn of the century. The Riviera and Lérins exhibition halls form a hub around the world-famous Palais des Festivals and the Village International has become the top venue for promoting films from all over the world.
2019: a record-breaking year
With 12,527 participants, the 2019 Marché du Film was the biggest ever.
Topping the list were attendees from the USA (2,264 participants), France (1,943 participants) and United Kingdom (1,145 participants). The Marché du Film welcomed 121 countries (compared to 114 countries in 2018), most of the new countries coming from Africa (Cameroon, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan and Tanzania).
As a leading global film industry organization, the Marché du Film takes a rigorous approach in adapting to the expectations of industry professionals worldwide and to emerging economic, technological and creative film trends.
Its overall aim remains unchanged since its early days: to help guarantee the flourishing growth of film.
The Marché du Film at large: Ventana Sur
The Marché du Film and the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) launched in 2008 Ventana Sur, which became the most important market of audiovisual content in Latin America.
This market brings together all the different players from the audiovisual industry to promote international co-production, financing and distribution of Latin American content.
In 2019, more than 3,000 people came to Buenos Aires and had the chance to buy and sell contents, consolidating the market as a strategic space for all industry participants.
Save the date: the 2020 edition will take place from 30 November to 4 December.