EFM Industry Sessions Programme

Please note that the information currently given below refers to the previous EFM in February 2023.

With this edition's motto 'Shift Happens', the EFM Industry Sessions provide keynotes, conversations, think tanks, workshops, presentations and community building formats as well as networking opportunities covering all sectors of the industry.

Within the Event Schedule you will also have the option to filter according to your personal interests for the EFM: 'producers', 'distribution', 'documentary', 'series', 'diversity & inclusion', 'sustainability', ‘audiences’ and ‘animation’.

All Market Badge holders will have access to the EFM Industry Sessions taking place in our new location, the Documentation Centre in three minutes walking distance from the Gropius Bau.


EFM Industry Sessions

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Programme Preview / Event Schedule

To help you navigating our EFM Industry Sessions programme, find an overview of our formats below. All details are listed in the extended EFM Event Schedule.


With our EFM Industry Sessions talks we aim to help navigating the ocean of new pathways, information, approaches and players on the horizon. Follow to be in the know, gain insights in times of transformation, and build market intelligence while the whole industry is entering a new landscape – Shift happens! Our various talk formats include keynotes, presentations, provide background data, offer case studies to learn from, and activate debates for and with the audience.

Find all Talks in our pre-filtered Event Schedule here.

Workshops & Think Tanks

EFM workshops and think tanks allow selected industry professionals to approach most-pressing topics of our industry in safe settings. 2023 formats will address the subjects of Sustainable Leadership, the Future of Markets, Audiences and Virtual Production amongst others. Stay up to date on the conversation by registering for our EFM infoletter and you’ll receive the most important findings of the EFM Industry Sessions in your inbox just after the market. Reports of workshops and think tanks will become available later as part of our EFM resources.

Find all Workshop & Think Tanks in our pre-filtered Event Schedule here..


The EFM continues its investment in mental health in the media industry. Following last year's think tank report 'Shaping Change', this year we invite all EFM participants to enter the Room of Stillness and find time for rest, reflection and recharging while participating in the bustling film market.

Room of Stillness

With a hectic, busy schedule full of sensory input, we invite you to take a breather in-between meetings, to arrive into your body, let go of the buzz and center yourself to meet the day and refresh before your next encounter.
In the phone and laptop free Room of Stillness at Documentation Centre, EFM participants can find a safe space every day from 10am to 7pm to stand or sit and rest in quietness.

Monday for Mindfulness in the Media Landscape

Break the cycle of packed business days, recharge and revive by joining our mid-market Monday for Mindfulness in the Media Landscape.
Find our Room of Stillness within the Documentation Centre with one of three guided 30-minute mediation sessions on Monday, February 20 (12pm, 2pm and 3pm). Come as you are, ready to unplug and exhale fully. No special equipment needed.

Pitches & Presentations


11 international startup entrepreneurs are invited to present their innovative ideas and practical tools for solving industry challenges - this year with a focus on development & production, and marketing & distribution. To get in touch with our 2023 EFM Startups, join the pitch presentations on Sunday, Feb 19 at 3.30 pm at the Documentation Centre or book a one-on-one meeting at the Gropius Bau. For more information visit the EFM Startups website.


A specialised pitching event featuring an exclusive selection of drama series projects looking for international co-production and financing partners.


Join thought-provoking presentations, project pitches and screenings of work-in-progress projects at Producers & Projects Hub, located on the 2nd floor of Gropius Bau!
Here, we also host presentations of selected producers such as by our Countries in Focus.

Showcases & Rough Cut Presentations


Discover up and coming serial content from renowned global production & distribution companies and the latest fare from international festivals in Berlinale Series Market’s Showcase Presentations. For detailed information, check out the Berlinale Series Market website.


Discover the Documentary Rough Cut Presentations at EFM - in their second year, yet in their first year in-person! The Presentations are designed for documentary projects and creative documentary series nearing completion, looking to showcase their rough cut to potential sales agents, festival programmers, gap financing partners and all interested filmmakers.
Each presentation is composed of up to four projects presented in the form of a pitch and a short excerpt of the film material. Following that, the film teams will be happy to meet you in the networking area beside.

Find all Showcases & Rough Cut Presentations here.

Consultations & One-on-Ones


Our consultations facilitate discussions between participants with projects at all stages and key-figures from the fields of sales/distribution, financing/funding, marketing & impact producing and co-production. Taking place from Feb 17-20, in between 2 and 4 pm, each hour-long session connects you and 4 others with one industry expert. Pre-registration will become available within the Event Schedule.


Forge connections with top festival programmers and market representatives, discuss current projects and gain insights into the programming and editorial focus of the respective festival. You can book up to three of the 10-minute long one-on-one meetings taking place from Feb 17-20, in between 11 am and 12 pm. Pre-registration starts in February and will be available in the EFM Event Schedule.


Renowned research producers offer walk in consultations on archival expertise at the Archive Market. You are welcome to meet our international archives delegates and archival researchers in the one-on-one consultation sessions on Feb 21, at the Café Connect within the Documentation Centre.


Take part in consultancy and shared-knowledge gatherings with ACE-Experts from Friday, Feb 17, to Tuesday, Feb 21. Producers can ask experts for advice on various topics and are invited to exchange knowledge amongst each other in those sessions, that are specifically tailored for producers' needs.The consultancy sessions will be extended to Far East Asian regions for the first time in cooperation with our partner Bridging the Dragon.

You can pre-register for Consultations & One-on-Ones here if you are registered for the EFM with an (Online) Market Badge and logged into your account.

EFM Podcast

EFM Morning Brief

During the EFM, make sure to tune in to our EFM Morning Briefs, released daily at 8 am CET, providing you with all the information you need to start your day at the market - compact and convenient. 10 min to keep you up to speed with the latest news provided by our daily guest correspondent from one of the major trades, followed by our "what's on for today" to help you navigate our conference programme and spot the EFM’s highlights.

Industry Insights – The EFM Podcast

In addition, Industry Insights – The EFM Podcast features long episodes that complement our on-site programme with an in-depth analyses of the film industry’s current challenges and strategies in order to tap into the most dynamic debates. Covering the most pressing strategic industry topics such as digitising the business and diversity & inclusion as well as social, environmental and economic sustainability and the power of community building, you can constantly stay informed as we publish new episodes regularly throughout the year.

Mix and Mingle (Online)

Informal networking events with a jolly approach: meet up with friends – old and new – share a laughter and hang-out in a relaxed atmosphere online before the Market starts.
Tuesday, Feb 7 & Monday Feb 13 at 7pm CET.
Click here to join the Mix and Mingles via zoom.
Meeting-ID: 889 4285 2127
Kenncode: 502241