News - Berlinale Co-Production Market
Five previous projects screening in the festival
Meanwhile over 350 films and 20 series have been made after being presented and looking for partners at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. This year, as many as five of them have been selected to premiere at the Berlinale 2023:
20,000 Species of Bees by Estibaliz Urresola screens in Competition. The Siren by Sepideh Farsi and Matria by Álvaro Gago will be shown in Panorama. And Sea Sparkle, by Domien Huyghe as well as Tomorrow is a Long Time by Jow Zhi Wei are selected for Generation.
“Books at Berlinale” 2023: Eleven Books on Route to Adaptation
On 20 February, the Berlinale Co-Production Market at Books at Berlinale, in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse, will present eleven exceptional examples of literary material that lend themselves to adaptation. At the pitch event, which has been spotlighting new publications and bestsellers every year since 2006, film producers can get in contact with the film rights holders – renowned, internationally active publishers and booksellers. The presentation of the books by publishers and literary agencies will be hosted by Syd Atlas.
More than 190 books from over 30 countries were submitted for Books at Berlinale this year. The eleven chosen works come from publishers, agencies and authors in Austria, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The “Books at Berlinale” selection 2023 can be found here.
Berlinale Co-Production Market
Potsdamer Platz 11, D-10785 Berlin
"Co-Pro Series" 2023: Ten Selected Series in Pitch Event and Searching for Partners
On 21 and 22 February, the Berlinale Co-Production Market will be dedicated to Co-Pro Series: producers, editors, distributors and other series financiers will take part in the industry's highly renowned pitch event. Co-Pro Series is curated and organised by the Berlinale Co-Production Market and is also part of the Berlinale Series Market programme (Feb 20-22).
Ten top-quality series projects from Europe, Argentina and Canada are looking for suitable co-producers, distribution and broadcast partners, and financiers among the international industry. After the pitches, the producers of the projects will meet interested potential partners at a get-together and in individual meetings.
The "Co-Pro Series" selection can be found here, along with all selected projects of the Berlinale Co-Production Market
20 Year Anniversary of a Continuing Treasure Trove for Tomorrow’s Film Hits: At the Berlinale Co-Production Market, 33 Film Projects Will Meet International Co-producers
For the 20th Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 18-22), 33 film projects from 26 countries have been selected to find partners, in order to secure their financing and get produced as international co-productions in the next few years. 17 of the 33 projects are directed by women.
The official project selection consists of 17 fiction feature projects with budgets between 600,000 and five million Euros being chosen from among 302 submissions. Leonie Krippendorff, Natalia Smirnoff, Ioana Uricaru, Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Muayad Alayan and Gustavo Pizzi are just some of the names in directing that should arouse film lovers’ curiosity about their upcoming films.
In the Berlinale Directors Section, there are an additional three projects in the early stages of financing, whose directors – Caru Alves de Souza, Maria Solrun, Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha – have already shown successful films at the festival. Two film projects are looking for partners at both CineMart Rotterdam and the Berlinale Co-Production Market as part of the Rotterdam-Berlinale Express.
New in 2023 is the World Cinema Market section: in cooperation with the Berlinale World Cinema Fund, the WCF-funded project Los Ángeles by the two directors and visual artists Joaquín Cociña and Cristóbal León from Chile will be presented here.
In the Talent Project Market, which is organised in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, ten producers from all over the world who are still in the first decade of their careers will present their latest projects, having been selected from 166 submissions. They are also looking for international partners. In addition to feature films, there is also a documentary film project by the Swedish directing duo Lia Hietala and Hannah Reinikainen, who presented Always Amber in Panorama section in 2020.
The companies in the Company Matching programme come from Chile, Estonia, the Philippines, Ukraine, Austria and Luxembourg, and participants can request individual meetings with them to exchange ideas on a structural level, or on the basis of project slates.
The selected projects and companies can be seen here.
The Books at Berlinale selection will be announced soon.
Open Calls & Applications
Open: Producers wanting to participate in Books at Berlinale to see the Pitches and network with literary agents and publishers on Monday, February 20, can currently still sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org
Closed: Join without a project: Starting November 9 and with a deadline December 8, producers, financiers, sales agents, distributors, representatives of funds, TV channels and VOD platforms looking for projects, can apply to participate at the Berlinale Co-Production Market without a project.
Closed: Call for the Official Selection: Open from August 25 till September 30. Experienced producers from all over the world could 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.
Closed: Co-Pro Series: Drama series projects in development and financing stages were submitted for Co-Pro Series between August 25 and 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.
Closed: Till September 1, submissions were open 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
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.
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.
Five films that were once presented as projects are selected for the Berlinale 2023: 20,000 Species of Bees by Estibaliz Urresola in Competition, Matria by Alvaro Gago and The Siren by Sepideh Farsi in Panorama, and Sea Sparkle by Domien Huyghe as well as Tomorrow Is a Long Time by Jow Zhi Wei in Generation.
Two recent co-productions premiered in Sundance 2023: Slow by Maria Kavtaradze and When it Melts by Veerle Baetens. And Four Litttle Adults by Selma Vilhunen premieres in Rotterdam.
Another recent success in August 2022 was the Golden Leopard at Locarno for Rule 34 by Julia Murat, presented here as a project in 2019. Earlier in 2022, for the second year in a row, the Golden Bear at the Berlinale went to a former Berlinale Co-Production Market project: Alcarràs by Carla Simón. Three previous projects were Academy Award-shortlisted, and the animated documentary Flee was triple-nominated.
Further premieres in 2022 include the animated Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Pierre Földes at Annecy and Toronto, Blanquita by Fernando Guzzoni at Venice Orizzonti and Autobiography by Makbul Mubarak at Venice Orizzonti and Toronto Contemporary World Cinema.
Co-Pro Series projects Trom, Eldorado KaDeWe, and Good People are also among the recent successes.
2021 was also 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 the 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 350 feature film and 20 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