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Successful 2019: Three Awards and 1500 Meetings

At the 16th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 9-13, 2018), 37 new feature film projects from 30 countries as well as five companies in the Company Matching programme met with international co-production and financing partners. 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 Alcarràs by Carla Simón, represented by the production company Avalon PC (Spain). The EUR 6,000 ARTEKino International Prize went to Adult, directed by Shira Geffen. The VFF Talent Highlight Award, endowed with 10,000 euros, was given to the project Bufis (D: Mahad Ahmed), presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market by Kenya-based producer Vincenzo Cavallo.

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 12 and 13 at the "Co-Pro Series" Pitch.

“Books at Berlinale”: Twelve International Literary Works in Search of Film Producers

On February 11, in the scope of “Books at Berlinale”, a co-operation with the Frankfurter Buchmesse, the Berlinale Co-Production Market will present twelve new and notable literary works that lend themselves perfectly to adaptation for the screen. At the pitch event, which has been showcasing promising new publications and bestsellers since 2006, film producers can come into contact with the renowned, internationally active publishers and literary agents who hold the rights to these works.

Selected from over 160 submissions from more than 30 countries, this year’s “Books at the Berlinale” includes works from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Spain, South Korea, Syria and Turkey.

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

“Co-Pro Series” 2019: Ten New International Series Projects Look to Team Up with International Partners

On February 12 and 13, the Berlinale Co-Production Market is inviting producers, programming directors, distributors and other series financiers to the fifth edition of the exclusive pitch event “Co-Pro Series”, which is taking place in the scope of “Drama Series Days” 2019 (February 11-13) at Berlin’s Zoo Palast cinema.

Ten selected series projects will be on the lookout for co-production and financing partners here among the industry guests.

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

37 New Feature Film Projects Selected for 2019

From February 9 to 13, 2019, the 16th edition of Berlinale Co-Production Market invites 600 international producers and financiers to come together to explore new partnerships. This time, 37 new feature film projects looking for co-production partners have been chosen to participate. In addition, five exceptional production companies will be presented in the “Company Matching” programme.

For the official project selection, 22 highly promising feature film projects were chosen from a total of 325 submissions, with budgets ranging from 750,000 to 6.5 million euros. These projects will be 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.

At the “Talent Project Market”, organised in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, a total of eleven up-and-coming producers will present their projects, which were selected from a further 226 submissions.

With a total of 20 female directors involved in the selected projects, the proportion of women included this year amounts to almost 50 percent. This includes female filmmakers from all parts of the world, such as Marcela Said from Chile (The Hunt for the Puma), Wang Yichun from the People’s Republic of China and Tallulah H. Schwab from Norway/The Netherlands (The Souls), who have all previously contributed feature-length films to the Berlinale programme, and last but not least, Berlinale prize winner Carla Simón, who previously participated in the Talent Project Market with her multi-award-winning debut project Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993) and is appearing with two projects as a director. There are also new projects waiting to be discovered from male directors like Stefan Ruzowitzky, Uberto Pasolini, Christian Schwochow, Boo Junfeng, as well as TEDDY AWARD winner Alex Anwandter.

The selected projects and companies can be seen here.

Releases last summer included Rojo by Benjamin Naishtat which won awards in San Sebastián, The Guest (L'ospite) by Duccio Chiarini, which premiered in Locarno, and the multi-award. winning La Noche de 12 Anos by Alvaro Brechner, which premiered at Orizzonti in Venice. Jumpman by Ivan Tverdovsky premiered in competition in Karlovy Vary, and Slam by Partho Sen-Gupta was shown in Tallinn.

Six films from the Berlinale Co-Production Market screened at Cannes 2018: Girls of the Sun by Eva Husson in competition, Rafiki by Wanuri Kahiu and Muere, Monstruo, Muere by Alejandro Fadel in Certain Regard, Samouni Road by Stefano Savona - which won the Golden Eye for Best Documentary - as well as Birds of Passage by Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego and El Motoarrebatador (The Snatch Thief) by Agustín Toscano in Directors Fortnight.

In February, A Fantastic Woman by Sebastián Lelio celebrated the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Three new films that were once presented here as projects screened in Competition at the Berlinale 2018, Figlia Mia by Laura Bispuri, Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot by Philip Gröning and 3 Days in Quiberon by Emily Atef - whihc meanwhile won 7 German Film Awards. And Becoming Astrid by Pernille Fischer Christensen was shown in Berlinale Special Gala.

More than 280 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