News - Berlinale Co-Production Market
36 New Feature Film Projects Selected for 2018
At the 15th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 17 to 21, 2018) a selection of 36 promising feature-film projects from 29 countries will come together with a wide range of potential co-production and funding partners from around the world. In addition, the market will be presenting five respected production companies in the scope of their exclusive “Company Matching Programme”.
For the official project selection, 21 promising feature-film projects with budgets ranging from 750,000 euros to six million euros were chosen from a total of 326 submissions. They will be presented by internationally experienced producers and have all either already secured production funding from their native countries or have at least been able to cover 30% of their projected financing needs to date.
Ten newcomers to the world of international film production will also be presenting their projects at the “Talent Project Market”, which is organised in co-operation with Berlinale Talents. These attendees were chosen from an additional 142 submitted projects.
17 of the projects selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market have women at the helm, meaning female directors make up almost 50 percent. They include well-known directors such as Aisling Walsh (Maudie) and Anna Muylaert (The Second Mother, Don’t Call Me Son), who have already had films in the festival, Katrin Gebbe (Nothing Bad Can Happen) and Franka Potente, whose producers are looking for co-production opportunities for the actor's feature directing debut. Other prominent directors with projects at the market include Todd Solondz, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Koen Mortier, Boris Khlebnikov, and Andreas Dalsgaard.
The selected projects and companies can be seen here.
Two new films that were once presented here as projects have already been announced to screen in Competition at the Berlinale 2018, Figlia Mia by Laura Bispuri and Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot by Philip Gröning. More than 260 projects from previous editions have meanwhile been made and have been shown at festivals and in cinemas worldwide, many of them in the past year. In December, A Fantastic Woman by Sebastián Lelio has been shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
This autumn, previous projects, such as Zama by Lucrecia Martel, A Sort of Family by Diego Lerman, The Swan by Ása Hjörleifsdóttir, Sollers Point by Matt Porterfield, Killing Jesus by Laura Mora, premiered at the international festivals in Venice, Toronto and San Sebastián respectively. Earlier this summer, Good Manners by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra was awarded at Locarno, whileThe Cakemaker by Ofir Raul Graizer screened at Karlovy Vary.
Four films that were presented here at project stage, screened at Cannes 2017: Jupiter's Moon by Kornél Mundruczó (competition), Los perros by Marcela Said and La familia by Gustavo Rondón Córdova (Critics' Week), and La novia del desierto by Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato (Certain Regard).
In spring, Son of Sofia by Elina Psykou picked up the Best International Narrative Award at Tribeca 2017.
And seven films screened in the festival programme of the Berlinale 2017: Una mujer fantástica (A fantastic woman) by Sebastián Lelio, which won the Silver Bear for Best Script, featured as part of the Competition, (Hostages) by Rezo Gigineishvili was screened in Panorama, At Elske Pia (Loving Pia) by Daniel Borgman, Chemi bednieri ojakhi (My Happy Family) by Nana & Simon and Rifle by Davi Pretto, were shown in Forum. The winner of the best First Feature Award, Estiu 1993 (Summer1993) by Carla Simon as well as Mulher do pai (Nalu on the Border) by Cristiane Oliveira screened in Generation.
Find the complete list of realised films in the archive