Profile Berlinale Co-Production Market
The Berlinale Co-Production Market is a four-day event for about 600 international producers, sales agents, distributors as well as broadcasting and funding representatives who are active in international co-productions.
The 18th Berlinale Co-Production Market takes place from Saturday to Wednesday, February 13-17, 2021.
Each autumn, producers and financiers looking for projects can apply to participate.
The call for project submissions opens late August, and to apply to participate at the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2021 without a project is possible in November.
Head of Berlinale Co-Production Market Official Projects, Co-Pro Series, Press
Talent Project Market
Books at Berlinale
Lisa von Swieykowski
Finance & Administration
Partners & Visitor Programme
Office Management & Logistics
Potsdamer Platz 11
New Projects and Focused Meetings
In late summer/early autumn, production companies from around the world seeking co-production partners can submit their new feature film projects. By Christmas, the Berlinale Co-Production Market team selects the approx. 35 projects. The Catalogue is made available to all participants around mid-January.
Participants without a project can request 30-minute one-on-one meetings with the producers of the selected projects they are interested in as a potential partner. The best-matching meetings are set up by the Berlinale Co-Production Market team according to the availability of the participants during the given meeting slots. Each participant receives his own customised meeting schedule a few days before the event.
Intensive individual support in order to “make perfect matches” is part of the service offered by the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The team is ready to provide assistance.
Additional one-on-one meetings can be requested with 5 hand-picked, highly experienced international companies in the Company Matching Programme. These meetings are not centred around single projects, but offer room for structural exchange, for example to discuss business ideas, company strategies and potential common grounds for potential collaborations and international alliances.
Further to the one-on-one meetings, participants can find the latest hands-on information and make new contacts through the many networking opportunities during the market.
Panels and Case Studies on Berlinale films elaborate on current trends in co-production and financing opportunities and during Theme Talks, participants can exchange experiences with experts and colleagues on selected topics. At the "Country Sessions", experts provide information about production conditions and co-production opportunities in their particular country. During Speed Matching sessions, participating producers can make new contacts during successive, informal 5-minute meetings.
First launched in 2006 in cooperation with the Frankfurter Buchmesse, Books at Berlinale (next edition: 24th February 2020 at the Berlin House of Representatives, tbc) is the world’s first market for literary adaptations at an A film festival. Twelve selected books with a high potential for screen adaptation are presented by international publishers and literary agents. Interested producers can get in touch with them at the Networking Get-Together following the pitch.
Co-Pro Series (next edition: 16/17th February 2021 at Zoo Palast Cinema, tbc) aims to cater for an additional, growing field of interest of our participants: On the additional, fourth and fifth day of the Berlinale Co-Production Market, ten international drama series projects that are looking for partners are presented, and interested co-producers and financiers can meet them informally at a get-together, as well as in pre-scheduled one-on one meetings.
The Berlinale Co-Production Market was initiated to become a "home from home" for international producers and financiers attending the Berlinale.
Here they find what they usually look for at a festival: high-quality international projects, excellent business contacts and new opportunities for co-operations - an ideal platform for their networking and targeted matchmaking.
In addition to the individually tailored meetings and the producer-focused programme, the Berlinale Co-Production Market's Producers Lounge at the Berlin House of Representatives provides room for informal meetings.