The Copenhagen International Film Festival's (Aug 18-28)new industry Screenings programme has been given the stamp of approval byScandinavian sellers.

Trust Film Sales, NordiskFilm Sales and Angel Film have reported strong interest generated by the CopenhagenScreenings.

Ten new Danish films wereshown to 30 international buyers over a two-day period during the festival in apilot project now likely to continue.

This year Per Fly's Manslaughter was the main point ofinterest. Jannik Johansens Murk - a discreetthriller starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas - also drew attention.

Despite the warm weather, thefestival itself sold 22,000 tickets -nearly as many as last year and muchbetter than the result of the opening year in 2003. Around 70 directors andactors visited the festival, as did 200 journalists and critics.

In the coming months, thefestival will attempt to change its date out of the holiday month of August.Until now, however, it has been the only month that Copenhagen's exhibitorshave allowed the festival to use their cinemas.

In the coming months thelocal politicians of Copenhagen must also decide on renewing the subsidies forthe festival beyond the year 2006.