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List of 31 Most Important Film Markets Around the World

1. Asia Television Forum (ATF) (clickable link)

Asia Television Forum (ATF) is Asia’s leading programming market, where international content sellers meet with Asian buyers and partners to sell, buy and network.

2. Asian Film Market (clickable link)

Asian Film Market is a part of the Pusan International Film Festival, evolving further and shaping itself into a more convenient and business-friendly environment for all.
As the world is undergoing a global economic recession, we at Asian Film Market believe that the key to overcoming this crisis is greater international exchange and cooperation. We will spare no effort in organising the Market to contribute to the advancement of the film community.

3. Baltic Event (clickable link)

Baltic Event Co-production Market takes place during the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn, Estonia. The Market is open for the projects from the Baltic countries, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Scandinavia.

4. BANFF (clickable link)

Canada’s biggest TV market & festival. The Banff World Media Festival is the world’s most crucial television content creation event, and 2009 will mark the 30th anniversary of this annual forum of business and creative opportunities for those in television and new media.

5. DISCOP (clickable link)

DISCOP Organisation facilitates audiovisual content distribution and co-production business in 87 countries located in Central, Eastern Europe, Eurasia and Africa, with a combined population of 1,5 billion.
It produces TWO hotel suites-based annual markets:
DISCOP EAST is targeting Central, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, taking place during the third week of June.
DISCOP AFRICA is targeting Africa, during the fourth week of February.

6. East Silver Market (clickable link)

The market for documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe

7. En Corto Film Festival International Pitching Market and Doc Lounge (clickable link)

Expresión en Corto launches the first ever Forum for Cinematographic Co-production between the United Kingdom and Latin America, and the very first of its kind between the UK and Mexico. Some of the most important producers, directors, distributors, service providers and theatre owners from both countries will be teaming up during the International Pitching Market, which this year shall place a special emphasis on projects to be co-produced between the UK and Mexico.

8. Guadalajara Film Market (clickable link)

Guadalajara Film Market gathers outstanding film industry producers and buyers from around the world in an ideal setting for negotiations and sharing ideas. Aimed mainly at the Ibero-American market, this event has become one of the region’s most important given that it represents a far-reaching showcase for cinematographic productions in search of distribution or the possibility of a sale.

9. IFP Market (clickable link)

The IFP Market is a week-long showcase, held each autumn in New York, for new features, works-in-progress, shorts, and scripts. For independent filmmakers, it is the only market in the U.S. where one can present new film and television work-in-development directly to the film industry in a selective and professional atmosphere. For the film industry, it is a vital exhibition and discovery forum for new talent and a place to discover new films before they hit the festival circuit.

10. Latino Media Market (clickable link)

The Latino Media Market™ is a NALIP Signature Program for NALIP members with qualified projects in the following categories:
– Direct-to-DVD or low-budget film productions
– Documentary works-in-progress
– Feature development projects
– Non-scripted Television Series ideas

11. Marché Du Film (clickable link)

The Marché du Film takes place in parallel to the Festival de Cannes and is the most critical meeting of professionals of the film industry from all over the world where they buy and sell film rights, find co-producers and network.

12. Medimed (clickable link)

MEDIMED will present again an exclusive selection of documentary projects, and ready-made programmes, aiming to enhance the professional and creative exchange between the 12 MEDA countries and the 27 EU countries, encouraging the development, promotion and distribution of European and Mediterranean audio-visual works.

13. MeetMarket (clickable link)

MeetMarket* is the pitching initiative at Sheffield Doc/Fest, designed to match documentary makers’ most innovative project ideas with the UK and international buyers.

14. MIFA -International Animation Film Market (clickable link)

Located close to the International Animation Film Festival, the Mifa is the global animation event for co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing animation content across all platforms.

15. MIPJunior (clickable link)

MIP Junior is the world’s largest kids’ programming screening event and the leading international conference venue for kids and youth programming. Taking place two days before MIPCOM, MIP Junior provides a unique digital screenings platform to accelerate your business at MIPCOM.

16. MIPTV (clickable link)

Connect to the global entertainment content industry. MIP markets – The best events to do business, network and share insights with over 28,500 TV industry professionals.

17. MIPDOC (clickable link)

MIPDOC, the world’s largest international screenings market, is where all the best documentary and factual programmes are screened from around the world. Taking place ahead of MIPTV, MIPDOC provides a unique digital screening platform for financing, buying and distributing non-fiction programmes worldwide, while as acting as a bridge to accelerate your business at MIPTV.

18. Nordic Panorama Market (clickable link)

Filmkontakt Nord (FkN) has since its establishment in 1991 by the independent Nordic short & documentary film community been dedicated to the promotion of Nordic short films and documentaries internationally, in addition to the advancement of Nordic-international professional networks.

19. Shanghai TV Festival – The International Film and TV Market (clickable link)

For many years, the International Film and TV Market of the Shanghai TV Festival are recognised for its professionalism, internationalism, and pragmatism. The Market dramatically contributes to multinational cooperation and media partnerships. The International Film and TV Market of the Shanghai TV Festival will continue to provide professional services for its participants.

20. Sunny Side of the Doc (clickable link)
– the leading gathering space for documentary coproductions
– a showcase for 300 international key decision makers
– 2 000 professionals from 50 countries
– Four days of privileged meetings with commissioning editors, buyers and the documentary film market’s newest talent
– forums and workshops to understand the latest technological and financial issues facing the profession

21. AIDC (clickable link)

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) is the pre-eminent industry gathering for factual content creators, broadcasters and screen agencies. AIDC is an extended international Marketplace for the broadcast product.

22. The Doc Shop (clickable link)

The Doc Shop is Hot Docs’ documentary market running concurrently with the Festival and conference. This year, The Doc Shop goes digital, offering users an on-demand video library of 1500+ documentaries from which they can browse, select and view films at any one of the 40 on-site computer terminals.

23. Thessaloniki International Doc Market

The creation and operation of the Thessaloniki International Doc Market was an initiative of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival-Images of the 21st Century and was an innovation in the field of Greek film festivals. The primary purpose of the Market, annually co-organized with ERT A.E., is to bolster the commercial potential of contemporary documentaries presenting a vibrant, representative and eclectic sample of the year’s international documentary production and giving the opportunity to Greek and foreign directors to promote their work by coming in contact with the right people.

24. World Congress of Science & Factual Producers (clickable link)

The premiere event for factual broadcasters and producers who are informed and passionate about both their craft and industry.
A remarkable 2-to-1 producer-to-broadcaster ratio makes face-to-face meetings are easy, plentiful and productive.
Our member-run organisation makes for a relaxed environment and an involved community.

25. Toronto International Film Festival (clickable link)

26. Berlin International Film Festival (clickable link)

27. Doc Outlook-International Market (clickable link)

Doc Outlook-International Market (DOCM) has established itself as one of the most important international meetings for cinéma du réel.
Buyers and distributors used DOCM as a platform for acquiring film rights, and professionals took advantage of the various Co-production Market offerings, the seminars and panel discussions.

28. Palm Springs International Film Festival (clickable link)

29. American Film Market (AFM) (clickable link)

At the AFM you will… MEET over 400 production companies, SEE over 500 motion pictures, PREVIEW more than 100 world premieres, NETWORK with 8,000 industry professionals, FIND INSPIRATION in 1000s of new projects, LEARN at seminars from 100+ industry leaders, and DISCOVER where the industry will be tomorrow.

30. Comic-Con International (clickable link)

COMIC-CON is a growing force in the Sci-Fi and comic-book driven film genre. It brings together a considerable consumer audience and growing contingent of exhibitors and producers.

31. Sundance Film Festival (clickable link)


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