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Next Calls for Projects

Starting approx. in July and till September 1, submissions will beopen for the Talent Project Market in cooperation with Berlinale Talents. 10 projects will be selected for the Talent Project Market 2023. Find more information here

From late August till September 30, experienced producers from all over the world can submit their new feature-length fiction projects with a budget range from 1 to 20 million Euros, with at least 30% of financing (or the local production funding) already in place, for which they are seeking international co-production and financing partners. Ca. 20 of them will be selected and presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2023. Find details here.

Drama series projects in development and financing stages can be submitted for Co-Pro Series late August till October 15. A selection of 10 projects will be presented at the Co-Pro Series Pitch and Networking event. Check here how to submit drama series projects.

In November, literary agents and publishers can submit novels for Books at Berlinale, to be held in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse. Find out more here

Also in November and with a deadline early December, producers, sales, distributors, representatives of funds, distributors, TV channels and VOD platforms looking for projects, can apply to participate at the Berlinale Co-Production Market without a project.

Projects on the rise: Another Golden Bear, three cash prizes and 1,400 partner meetings at the Berlinale Co-Production Market

For the second time in a row, a previous project from the Berlinale Co-Production Market won the Golden Bear. With Alcarràs, Carla Simón and producer María Zamora followed in the footsteps of Radu Jude's Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, produced by Ada Solomon.

At the 19th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 12-16, 2022), 34 new feature film projects met online with international co-production and financing partners. More than 1400 individually requested one-on-one meetings were scheduled between the participants. Three monetary awards were presented to selected feature film projects: The Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, the VFF Talent Highlight Award and the ARTEKino International Award.

The Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, endowed with 20,000 euros, went to the project My Favourite Cake (directors: Behtash Sanaeeha & Maryam Moghaddam), presented here by producers from the companies Caractères Productions from France, and Honare Khiyal from Iran. The 6,000 euros ARTEKino International Award went to Girls Will Be Girls by director Shuchi Talati, pitched here by its producer Pooja Chauhan (Crawling Angel Films, India). Nominee awards of 1,000 euros each went to the producers Kobi Mizrahi (KM Productions) from Israel and Bárbara Defanti (Sobretudo Produção) from Brazil. The VFF Talent Highlight Award, endowed with 10,000 euros, was also given to the project Girls Will Be Girls. Nominee awards of 1,000 euros each went to the producers Kobi Mizrahi (KM Productions) from Israel and Bárbara Defanti (Sobretudo Produção) from Brazil.

The selected projects and companies 2022 can still be seen here

This year's Berlinale Co-Production Market also presents 10 selected books that lend themselves perfectly for screen adaptation, which are presented at "Books at Berlinale", and 10 brand new drama series projects, which are presented at the "Co-Pro Series" Pitch.

A Boost for 34 Attractive Feature Film Projects: Berlinale Co-Production Market Finds International Partners and Financiers for the Film Hits of Tomorrow

At the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 12-16), 34 new international feature film projects (by Golden Bear-winning and many other promising directors and production companies from around the world) were presented and brought together with 600 potential financing and co-production partners in individual pre-planned online meetings.

The official project selection chose 19 feature film projects with budgets between 500,000 Euros and 6 million Euros from a total of 295 submissions. In addition, there are four projects in the early stages of financing in the “Berlinale Directors” section, whose directors – Burhan Qurbani, Udita Bhargava, Radu Jude and the Iranian duo Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha – have already shown successful films at the festival. Another film project, Love on Trial by Koji Fukada from Japan, looked for partners as part of the “Rotterdam-Berlinale Express” at both CineMart Rotterdam and the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The percentage of female directors in these projects is 45,8 percent.

In the “Talent Project Market” organised in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, ten international producers from all over the world, still in the first decade of their careers, will present their latest projects. These were selected from a further 135 submissions and are also on the lookout for international partners.

The selected projects and companies can be seen here.

“Co-Pro Series” 2022: Ten Extraordinary Series Projects in Search of International Partners

For the eighth time, the Berlinale Co-Production Market invited producers, editors, distributors and other series financiers to pitches and meetings at “Co-Pro Series” on February 15 and 16. “Co-Pro Series” is curated and organised by the Berlinale Co-Production Market under the direction of Martina Bleis and is also part of the “Berlinale Series Market” programme (Feb 14-16).

Ten exceptional international series projects are in search of suitable co-producers and financiers. After the pitch, the project creators meet with interested partners.

The "Co-Pro Series" selection can be found here.

Books at Berlinale” 2022: Ten Chosen Books to Be Pitched For Film or Series Adaptation

On February 14, the Berlinale Co-Production Market, in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse, presented ten exceptional books particularly suitable for literary adaptation in "Books at Berlinale". At the pitching event, which has been presenting new publications, bestsellers and award winners every year since 2006, film producers can get in touch with the film rights holders - renowned, internationally working publishers and literary agents. The presentation of the books by publishers and literary agents was once again moderated by Syd Atlas, and took place online this year.

Books from publishers, literary agencies and authors from Brazil, Cameroon, France, Germany, Georgia, Israel, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom were selected from over 190 submissions to “Books at Berlinale”.

The “Books at Berlinale” selection 2022 can be found here.

CoPro Podcast Episode with Ewa Puszczynska

We had the pleasure to help prepare our colleagues' podcast, EFM Industry Insights.

For episode Number 6, we checked in with producer Ewa Puszczynska, who is not only a regular at the Berlinale Co-Production Market, but also known for Academy Award-winning Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, as well as recent Berlinale films like Kill it and Leave this Town by Mariusz Wilczynski (Encounters 2020) or as a co-producer of the Academy Award-nominated Quo Vadis, Aida?

Moderator Johanna Koljonen spoke with Ewa about her own, very personal approach to life as a producer and to the art of film. Find it here.

2021 was already an exciting year: After a Golden Bear in February for Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn by Radu Jude and three further co-productions at the Berlinale, five films screened at Cannes, of whichCompartment No. 6 by Juho Kuosmanen shared the Grand Prize of the Jury, three films screened in Venice. Wolf by Nathalie Biancheri was one of 3 previous projects showing at Toronto. Hinterland by Stefan Ruzowitzky won the Audience Award in Locarno. Two Co-Pro Series projects premiered in competition at Series Mania - Furia (Norway/Germany) and teh winner Blackport (Iceland/UK).

Two of our previous projects were shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best International Film in 2021:Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Zbanic, which also got nominated, and had premiered at Venice last year, and Charlatan by Agnieszka Holland, which was part of the Berlinale Competition 2020.

More than 330 feature film and 19 series projects from previous editions have meanwhile been made and have been shown at festivals and in cinemas worldwide.

Find the complete list of realised films in the archive