News - Berlinale Co-Production Market

A Golden Bear and some Talks still online

The Berlinale Co-Production Market took place March 1-5. You can find info on all our Livestream events hereand some Talks are still online for CoPro Participants and Online Market Badge Holders, such as the Co-Production Case Study on the Golden Bear-winning BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude, which was a project at the Berlinale Co-pProduction Market 2020 and got made during the pandemic.

Other parts of the CoPro Programme, such as the Visitors Programme and the prescheduled One-on-One meetings with the selected projects, were reserved to pre-registered participants of the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

Projects on the road to success: Three awards and 1,300 meetings at the Berlinale Co-Production Market

At the 18th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market (March 1-5, 2020), 35 new feature film projects met with international co-production and financing partners. More than 1300 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 selected projects and companies can be seen here

The Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, endowed with 20,000 euros, went to the project The Oblivion Theory (director: Annemarie Jacir), presented here by producers from the companies Incognito Films from France, and One Two Films from Germany. The EUR 6,000 ARTEKino International Award went to Who Killed Narciso by director Marcelo Martinessi, produced by La Babosa Cine from Paraguay. The VFF Talent Highlight Award, endowed with 10,000 euros, was given to the project Tropical Gothic (director: Isabel Sandoval) from the USA, presented here by producer Carlo Velayo.

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 were presented at the "Co-Pro Series" Pitch.

“Books at Berlinale” 2021: From Page to Screen - Ten Outstanding International Books Will Be Presented to Film Producers

On March 4, the Berlinale Co-Production Market will present ten high quality books especially well-suited to screen adaptation at “Books at Berlinale”. At the pitch event, which was initiated in cooperation with the Frankfurter Buchmesse and has taken place annually since 2006, current new releases and bestsellers take the spotlight within the film world. The presentation of the books by publishers and literary agents will be moderated by Syd Atlas, and take place online this year.

Books from publishers, literary agencies and authors from Germany, France, Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Taiwan and the USA were selected from over 160 submissions to “Books at Berlinale”.

The “Books at Berlinale” selection 2021 can be found here.

“Co-Pro Series” 2021: Ten Outstanding Series Projects in Search of International Partners

From March 2 - 5 and for the seventh year running, the Berlinale Co-Production Market invites producers, editors, distributors and other series financiers to pitches and meetings at "Co-Pro Series". "Co-Pro Series" is curated by the Berlinale Co-Production Market and is simultaneously a component of the "Berlinale Series Market" programme (March 2-5).

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.

Berlinale Co-Production Market Brings Together 35 Feature Film Projects Online with International Partners

The focus of the 18th Berlinale Co-Production Market (March 1-5, 2021) is on 35 feature film projects from 25 countries. The producers will meet with international co-producers, world sales agents, broadcasters, streaming platforms, distributors, representatives of public funds and financiers from all over the world in more than 1,000 individual meetings organised in advance. The well-proven concept of the Berlinale Co-Production Market this time will be implemented in an online version.

For the official project selection, 19 feature film projects with budgets ranging from 750,000 to 4.5 million € were selected from 301 different submissions. These projects were presented by internationally experienced producers who are bringing along production support from their native countries, or have at least 30% of their proposed financing secured. In addition thereto, there are five projects in the “Berlinale Directors” section which are in the early stages of financing, and their directors have also exhibited very successful films at the festival. Another film project, Kabul Jan by Shahrbanoo Sadat, is looking for partners at both the CineMart Rotterdam and the Berlinale Co-Production Market as part of the “Rotterdam-Berlinale Express”. Altogether, 14 female and 13 male directors are responsible for these 25 projects, some of which are co-directed.

At the “Talent Project Market”, which is organised in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, ten newcomer producers will present their projects, which have been selected from a further of 165 submissions.

The selected projects and companies can be seen here.