Overall attendance at theAFM reached an all-time high of 8,014, market organisers said this week.

Attendance is up 13% againstlast year's comparable figure of 7,064. The final tally of buyers is 1,583 from62 countries, with France, Brazil, Italy, South Korea and Hong Kong reportingsignificant rises in the number of buyers from their territories.

A record 419 companies areexhibiting at the market, up from 33 countries last year. Industry attendeestotaled 1,526, a 34% increase over last year's 1,139.

As previously announced, arecord 534 films are screening in 35 languages, including 382 market premieres.Last year's market staged 459 screenings.

The AFM is scheduled to runin Santa Monica until Nov 9.