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 2018
  • are selected by the Berlin International Film Festival (Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation)
  • were produced after January 1, 2017

Films are excluded from participation in the EFM 2018 if they:

  • have already participated in the EFM or in the Berlin International Film Festival in previous years
  • were produced before January 1, 2016
  • infringe legal judgements or international conventions

Please note:
Films that have been screened at the 2017 Cannes Marché du Film will be scheduled based on the availability of screening slots.
Films that screened at both the 2017 Cannes Marché du Film and the 2017 American Film Market are ineligible for participating in the EFM 2018.

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 public order, or may be offensive to religion.

2. 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.

A maximum of two screenings will be scheduled for each film. Upon request and availability, one of these screenings can be programmed on the first weekend of the market (Friday, February 16 - Sunday, February 18, 2018).

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 are not considered as short films.

3. 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 participants is incomplete or inaccurate. This is true especially for faulty information on the running time of the film.

Film and sound recordings of any kind at the European Film Market screenings are not permitted. Any infringement can lead to civil and criminal legal action and will result in the visitor being asked to leave the venue.

Film, digital, video or sound recordings that contain any content of an EFM screening as well as the recording device containing them can be confiscated. The devices can be returned upon the condition that the owner agrees to delete the recordings beforehand.

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.

If authorized persons record images and / or sound during an EFM screening, attendees comply with their possible inclusion in an image and/or sound recording and that these recordings may be broadcast or transmitted to third parties for the purpose of publication without any claim to remuneration.

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

Special Screenings

In certain instances, the sales company may request to limit access to their screening or not to list it in the EFM Screening Schedule.

For further information please contact:

4. Film Entries

Deadline for submitting a film for a screening at the EFM 2018 is December 21, 2017.
Film entries arriving after the deadline will be scheduled based on available slots.

5. Trailers

The EFM offers the possibility of streaming one (1) trailer on the EFM online platforms (website and mobile website) for each film screening at the Market. The authorised entrant can upload one trailer per film via their personal account on the EFM website. Only trailers of officially confirmed EFM films will be streamed on the EFM online platforms, provided that both the entrant and the EFM organisation approve of the content.

The 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 end of January until September 2018.

6. Screening Fees

Screenings for EFM Exhibitors Represented with a Stand or Office at the Martin-Gropius-Bau or the Marriott Hotel

FEB 2018 THU 15/ MON 19 - WED 21 FRI 16 - SUN 18
Cinema €450 / hour €600 / hour
Studio €350 / hour €500 / hour
Marriott Studio €300 / hour €400 / hour
Zoo-Palast Cinema - €550 / hour
Zoo-Palast Studio - €250 / hour
  • Promo Reel Screenings
FEB 2018 THU 15 - SUN 18 MON 19 - WED 21
Cinema €600 / hour €450 / hour
Studio €500 / hour €350 / hour

Screenings for all Other Exhibitors

FEB 2018 THU 15/ MON 19 - WED 21 FRI 16 - SUN 18
Cinema €1,350 / hour €1,800 / hour
Studio €1,050 / hour €1,500 / hour
Marriott Studio €900 / hour €1,200 / hour
Zoo-Palast Cinema - €1,650 / hour
Zoo-Palast Studio - €750 / hour
  • Promo Reel Screenings
FEB 2018 THU 15 - SUN 18 MON 19 - WED 21
Cinema €1,800 / hour €1,350 / hour
Studio €1,500 / hour €1,050 / hour

Drama Series Days Screenings at Zoo Palast

FEB 2018 MON 19 - WED 21
Cinema €450 / hour

360° VR Screenings

FEB 2018 FRI 16 - WED 21
VR Glass Cube €800 / hour

All screening prices are hourly rates. Each hour started will be charged at a full hour's price.
Prices are plus VAT of currently 19% (no VAT for companies with European VAT ID number; to avoid VAT non-European companies shall email a Tax Residence Certificate, or Certificate of Business Registration, or US IRS form 6166 e.g.)

7. 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); a transaction fee of 3% will be added to the total amount

In the case of non-payment of an invoice by the due date and despite the sending of 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

8. Cancellations

A screening that has already been registered may only be cancelled in writing.
If the cancellation is received after January 17, 2018, a cancellation fee of 15% of the screening fee will be charged;
if it is received after January 28, 2018, a cancellation fee of 50% of the screening fee will be charged;
if it is received after February 4, 2018, the full screening fee will be charged.

9. Formats

We accept:

  • D-Cinema DCP
  • 3D DCP (Real D)
  • ProRes 422 files
  • Blu-ray Disc (without any copy protection)
  • 360° VR

For detailed information please consult the Festival’s Technical Guidelines.

10. Dispatch and Return of Films

10.1 Deadline and Express Handling Fee

All films must reach us no later than February 2, 2018.
For films arriving later than February 2, 2018, an Express Handling Fee of EUR 250 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 arriving after the deadline.
The final deadline for films arriving after February 2, 2018 is five days prior to their first programmed screening, irrespective of the screening format.
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.

To avoid the Express Handling Fee for films screened at festivals held directly before the Berlinale (e.g. Sundance, Rotterdam, Gothenburg) we highly recommend:
a) to send us the data carrier of your film (hard drives or tapes) as early as possible and in good time before those respective festivals begin. We can ingest (upload) your film data onto our central storage system and afterwards your hard drive or tape can be shipped to the festival preceding the EFM/Berlin
b) to digitally transmit a copy of your film directly onto our central storage system through the Aspera file transfer service.

10.2 Digital delivery

DCPs and ProRes 422 files may be delivered by digital file transfer via upload to the Aspera servers of the Berlinale. The service is free of charge but you will need to have a broadband internet connection (> 50Mbit upstream). For more detailed information please consult the “Technical Guidelines” or contact our Film Office ().

10.3 Shipment address for Physical Drives

Films sent by courier or (air) mail should be addressed to:

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
European Film Market
Film Office
Voxstraße 3
10785 Berlin, Germany

Person of contact:
Roland Steiner
phone +49 30 259 20 858

The sender should inform the EFM by e-mail of the title of the film, the date and means of shipment, and the shipment number or airway bill number.

The costs of transport, including customs fees, insurance and the costs for return freight, must be borne by the EFM clients. Please note that the amount of duties is correlating with the total value for carriage that you declare. Please take further note that any charges for transport or customs fees invoiced to the European Film Market will be passed on to the print owner or sender with an additional 25 Euro administrative charge.

10.4 Return of Screening Material

Films which have participated in the EFM will be returned or forwarded to the next destination as per written instructions (e-mail, fax, letter) by the print owner alone, provided that the screening fee has been paid. All media that are not reclaimed within two months after the end of the EFM will be automatically destroyed.

10.5 Liability

The EFM is only responsible for the cost of storage and insurance of media while these are on the premises of the EFM in Berlin. In case of damage to or loss of a medium the EFM’s obligation is limited to compensating the owner only for the cost of replacing the damaged or lost components thereof (e.g. in the case of a DCP: for the data medium/HDD). In any such case the EFM must receive notification and damage report within two weeks after the medium has been returned.