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1. Selection of Films

The EFM reserves the right to prioritise films that:

  • are submitted by EFM Exhibitors (stand and office holders)
  • have their market premiere at the EFM 2021
  • are selected by the Berlin International Film Festival (Competition, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Forum Expanded, Generation, Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Berlinale Shorts, Berlinale Series)
  • were produced after the 1st January 2020

Films are excluded from participation in the EFM 2021 if they:

  • have already participated in the EFM or in the Berlin International Film Festival in previous years
  • were produced before the 1st July 2019
  • infringe upon legal judgements or international conventions

Please note:
Films that have been screened at the 2020 Cannes Marché du Film will be scheduled based on the availability of screening slots.
Films that were screened at both the 2020 Cannes Marché du Film and the 2020 American Film Market are ineligible for participating in the EFM 2021.

Legal Note:
EFM organisers refrain from any qualitative evaluation of the films screened but reserve the right to exclude works that promote violence, racism or sexism, as well as films that are pornographic, prone to disturb the public order, or may be offensive to religious beliefs.

2. Film Entry

Films can be entered from November 11, 2020 on the EFM website (www.efm-berlinale.de). Films can be screened online on our website during the market. All screenings will be published in the EFM Screening Schedule. To submit a film to the EFM it is required to purchase a Online Market Badge or create an account on the EFM website and request access to the online film entry form. The entries will be considered in order of arrival.

Deadline for submitting a film for a screening at the EFM 2021 is February 05, 2021. Entries arriving after the deadline will be scheduled based on the availability of slots.

Online screenings will be scheduled in one of our virtual cinemas and are accessible during a time window of 120 minutes after the start of the screening. Only officially confirmed EFM content will be streamed provided that both, the entrant and the EFM organisation approve of the content. Approved online screenings will be embedded on the website of the respective film (included in the official EFM Screening Schedule).

3. Scheduling of Films

The EFM reserves the right to schedule films as it sees fit, however, we will make an effort to accommodate scheduling requests.

Online screenings will take place from Monday, March 01 – Friday, March 05, 2021.

The EFM gives priority to full-length feature films and documentaries.

Programmes of short and medium-length films (under 45 minutes)

  • will be presented on the last two screening days of the EFM
  • will be grouped in sessions.

Promo Reels and Series are not considered as short films.

For all technical questions concerning promo screenings, please contact .

4. Screening of Films

The organisers of the EFM cannot be held responsible for delays or cancellations of screenings if the technical data provided by the participant is incomplete or inaccurate. This is true especially for faulty information on the running time.

Image and sound recordings of any kind at screenings of the European Film Market are not permitted. Any infringement can lead to civil and criminal legal action.

In light of the necessity to protect from piracy, every participant ensures that he will not steal intellectual property, in accordance with copyright laws and with respect to the resultant rights.

For any additional security measures concerning screenings, please contact us at .

5. Access to EFM Screenings

EFM Market Screenings are only accessible with a n Online Market Badge.

Online Screenings

Online screenings will be scheduled in global time, which means that the schedule is based on the local time of the viewer. To access online screenings an Online Market Badge is required. An online screening is available within 120 minutes after the scheduled time.

Special Screenings

In certain instances, the sales company may request to limit access to their screenings or not to be listed in the EFM Screening Schedule. Please contact if you want to restrict access to your screening or if you need further information.

6. Trailers

For each film booked at the market, authorised participants have the opportunity to upload one (1) trailer to the EFM website via their personal account for streaming on the EFM platforms. Only trailers of officially confirmed EFM films will be streamed provided that both, the entrant and the EFM organisation approve of the content.

Approved trailers will be embedded on the “Film Details” web page of the respective film (included in the official EFM Screening Schedule), and will be accessible to all EFM and Berlinale Co-Production Market Participants. The trailers will be available from the end of January.

7. Screening Fees

Online Screenings

Screenings for EFM Exhibitors

up to two screenings per film

MAR 2021 MON 01 - FRI 05
Film €80
Promo Reel €150

Screenings for all other companies

up to two screenings per film

MAR 2021 MON 01 - FRI 05
Film €250
Promo Reel €400

Berlinale Series Market Screenings
Only for "Series Market Selects" Screening

(screening per two episodes and up to two hours)

MAR 2021 MON 01 - FRI 05
Series Market Selects €80

Online Screening for not selected Series

(up to two screenings per two episodes)

MAR 2021 MON 01 - FRI 05
Regular Series €250

8. Means and Conditions of Payment

Screenings must be paid in advance after the receipt of an invoice.

We accept payments by

  • bank/wire transfer (all bank charges at the expense of the payer)
  • credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express)

In the case of non-payment by the invoice due date and despite a payment reminder, the EFM reserves the right:

  • to charge a penalty of 20% of the total amount due
  • to cancel the respective screening/s with immediate effect. In such case, the client remains in debt to pay the full invoice amount.

9. Cancellations

A screening that has already been registered may only be cancelled in writing.
If the cancellation is received after the 15th February 2021the full screening fee will be charged.

10. Uploads for Online Screenings

Films for EFM Online Screenings have to be delivered digitally by uploading the film file through the link on the “My Account” page after the submission. All films must be uploaded no later than the 16th February 2021. For films uploaded later than the 16th February 2021, an Express Handling Fee of EUR 50 per film will be charged additionally to the screening fee. The Express Handling Fee cannot be avoided by informing us that the material will be uploaded after the deadline. The final deadline for films uploaded after the 16th February 2021 is five days prior to their first programmed screening.
If the final deadline has been exceeded, we reserve the right to cancel the screening. In case of such a cancellation, the full screening fee will be invoiced.

File Upload

Once the upload is completed, your data will be processed and encrypted. The processing can take some time. In the next step you can check your processed file, change the thumbnail preview picture – or, if necessary, upload a new version of your film. In a last and important step, expressly approve the finished file.

Please note:

  • - Audio, video and subtitles must be contained in a single file and the file size should not exceed 10 GB.
    - Please submit HD material in the mp4 format (H.264, AAC, Stereo).
    - Please encode your video data with a constant bitrate and either 24, 25 or 30 progressive frames per second.
    - The file name must not include any special characters or blank spaces. Please do not, for example, use any file names like “myfilm! @&%$§ *().mp4”.
    - Please submit an English subtitled version (except if the film’s original version is English).

The following settings for file compression are suggested:

  • - Size / aspect ratio: 1920 x 1080 px / 16:9 HD
    - Video codec / bit rate: H.264 high profile / 10.000
    - Audio codec / bit rate: AAC / 320 Kbit/s, sampling rate 48 kHz

If your film is available in a different file format, a conversion to H.264 is recommended. Files can be converted by the open source (GPLv2) software "HandBrake" for example, which is available for all major operating systems.

By submitting the EFM film registration form, the participant agrees that, for organisational purposes, the Berlinale retains the uploaded trailers and the film files for the online screenings until the end of the EFMs current edition (effective date: March 31, 2021).