The 27th American Film Market (AFM), set to run 1 - 8 November in Santa Monica, CA will include 589 films, a 10% increase over last year's 534 films, according to organizers. The roster also features 384 market premieres, also the highest number to date, in addition to 54 films that are Official Selections at AFI Fest (which overlaps with AFM) are also represented at the market. In other news, AFM has launched a new online initiative. The new website,, hosts the "AFM Catalogue of Films," described by the organization as "a year-round industry resource, including projects in the early stages of development to finished films. The site is a directory of thousands of projects and films that users can search by genre, language, production and financing status, as well as obtain information on co-production opportunities." "Over the past three years the number of films screening at the AFM has increased 50% and the market will continue to grow to meet the needs of the expanding global independent film industry," commented Jonathan Wolf, EVP, Independent Film & Television Alliance and Managing Director, American Film Market in a statement. "Producers and distributors will now have instant access to an invaluable new tool with information on thousands of projects and films." For a full list of films, visit their website. [Brian Brooks]