Magazine article Screen International

Rome Sees Business Street Growth

Magazine article Screen International

Rome Sees Business Street Growth

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Industry events include co-pro forum, China Day, Argentina-Brazil focus.

The Rome Film Festival's (Oct 16-25) boutique market Business Street (Oct 17-21) has reported a record 25% increase year-on-year in international buyers, sales agents and producers, according to organisers. This should see a rise on the average number of industry accreditations of 750.

The market will welcome approximately 90 sellers and 283 buyers from more than 50 countries.

Attending sellers will include The Match Factory, Beta Cinema, Wild Bunch, Gaumont, Le Pacte, EuropaCorp, HanWay, WestEnd and Bankside.

Buyers include TWC, Magnolia, Film Movement, Memento, Senator, Soda, A Contracorriente, Metropole and Cineart as well as Asian buyers from Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Japan and Australia.

"This year we are looking at 20-25% year-on-year growth," confirmed Business Street head Massimo Saidel. "By the end of July we were having to turn people away."

Industry events

The market will feature around 80 market screenings as well as the return of sidebar Re-make It!, a selection of completed films with remake potential.

This year's industry events include a China Day on Oct 18 including panels, presentations and networking; and a market focus on Argentina and Brazil, with both countries bringing large delegations to the market to meet with local and international industry.

The Argentina and Brazil focus will include case studies and presentations from producers and representatives from South American organizations Ancine, Cinema do Brasil and INCAA.

Co-pro market

New Cinema Network (NCN), the festival's co-production market, will be held from Oct 19-21.

Highlights of the NCN include new projects from Gremlins director Joe Dante - a Rome-set love story between a werewolf and a vampire; an ambitious Chinese-Italian drama from Yim Ho; a new drama from Michael director Markus Schleinzer; and projects from Italian directors Alberto Fasulo and Giovanni Maderna.

Italian films

Also making a return to the market is the Italian films spotlight, Italian Films Boutique.

Films screening as part of the boutique include well-received Black Souls, biopic Leopardi and festival opener Soap Opera.

According to Saidel, the selection encapsulates a revival in Italian filmmaking: "The 20 curated films in IFB are all very good and diverse. …

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