News - Berlinale Co-Production Market
Promising Projects: Three Prizes and 1,500 Meetings at the Berlinale Co-Production Market
At the 17th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 22-26, 2019), 36 new feature film projects as well as five companies in the Company Matching programme met with international co-production and financing partners. More than 1500 individually requested one-on-one meetings were scheduled between the almost 600 participants.
The selected projects and companies can be seen here
The Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, endowed with 20,000 euros, went to the project There Are Two Kinds of People in This World by Onur Saylak, presented by the production companies Liman Film and b.i.t arts from Turkey. The EUR 6,000 ARTEKino International Prize went to The Melting, directed by Veerle Baetens. The VFF Talent Highlight Award, endowed with 10,000 euros, was given to the project The Last Paradise on Earth (D: Sakaris Stórá), presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market by producer Jón Hammer.
This year's Berlinale Co-Production Market also presents 12 selected books that lend themselves perfectly for screen adaptation, which were presented on Monday at "Books at Berlinale", and 10 brand new drama series projects, which are presented on February 25 and 26 at the "Co-Pro Series" Pitch.
“Books at Berlinale”: Twelve International Literary Works in Search of Film Producers
On February 24, at the “Books at Berlinale” pitching event, a co-operation with Frankfurter Buchmesse, the Berlinale Co-Production Market once again presented twelve exceptional works of literature that are particularly well-suited to adaptation for the screen. Books at Berlinale, which has been placing a spotlight on recent publications and bestsellers every year since 2006, gives film producers the opportunity to come into contact with renowned and internationally active publishers and literary agents who hold the film rights to the books in question.
This year, books from publishing houses, literary agents and authors from Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Sweden and Turkey were selected from over 170 submissions for “Books at Berlinale”. Eight of the twelve works featured in the selection were written by female authors.
The “Books at Berlinale” selection 2020 can still be found here.
“Co-Pro Series” 2020: Ten Selected Series Projects Seeking International Partners
On February 25 and 26, the Berlinale Co-Production Market invited producers, programming directors, distributors and other series financiers to the sixth edition of the exclusive pitch event “Co-Pro Series”, which was part of the “Berlinale Series Market” 2020 (February 24 to 26) at Berlin’s Zoo Palast cinema.
Ten selected drama series projects pitched to and met with co-production and financing partners among the 420 selected industry guests.
The "Co-Pro Series" selection can be found here.
36 International Feature Film Projects Selected for 2020
The 17th Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 22-26) highlighted 36 feature film projects from 34 countries, whose producers are looking for co-production partners. They met with international co-producers, representatives of film funds, world sales and TV broadcasters, distributors and financiers from all over the world in 1,500 pre-organised one-on-one meetings. In addition, five exceptional production companies were presented in the “Company Matching” programme.
For the official project selection, 21 feature film projects with budgets ranging from 750,000 to 5 million € were selected from 302 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. With eleven projects by female directors, the proportion here has exceeded 50% for the first time. A total of 15 female directors’ projects were represented in the overall selection, i.e. 41.7%.
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 total of 166 submissions.
The companies in the “Company Matching” programme with which the participants can also request individual meetings in order to exchange ideas on a structural level or on the basis of project slates, come from Argentina, Croatia, Denmark, France and South Africa.
The selected projects and companies can be seen here.
One of the previous Berlinale Co-Production market projects, Jojo Rabbit by Taika Waititi, was nominated for six Academy Awards 2020 and won for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Charlatan by Agnieszka Holland screened at the Berlinale 2020, as well as the series Freud.
Three of our previous projects have been screened in Venice 2019: Pelican Blood by Katrin Gebbe and Rialto (WT: Trade) by Peter Mackie Burns in Orizzonti, while You Will Die at Twenty by Amjad Abu Alala won an award at Giornate degli Autori.
Toronto saw two Special Presentations of our projects: Jojo Rabbit by Taika Waititi and Pelican Blood by Katrin Gebbe. Patrick by Goncalo Waddington screened in Competition at San Sebastian. Advantages of Travelling by Train by Aritz Moreno premiered in Sitges.
Two of our previous projects won awards at the Semaine de la Critique 2019: A White, White Day by Icelandic director Hlynur Pálmason, and Vivarium by Irish Lorcan Finnegan.
Passed by Censor by Serhat Karaaslan received the FEDEORA award at Karlovy Vary 2019 (East of the West). 7500 by Patrick Vollrath premiered at Piazza Grande in Locarno.
Three films that were once projects at the Berlinale Co-Production Market screened at the Berlinale 2019: The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea by Syllas Tzoumerkas and Divine Love by Gabriel Mascaro premiered in Panorama, while Photograph by Ritesh Batra showed in the Berlinale Special Gala section.
More than 290 projects from previous editions have meanwhile been made and have been shown at festivals and in cinemas worldwide.