Please click here for the Festival's Technical Guidelines 2022

1. Selection of Films

The EFM reserves the right to prioritise films that:

  • are submitted by EFM Exhibitors
  • have their market premiere at the EFM 2022
  • are selected by the Berlin International Film Festival

Films are excluded from participation in the EFM 2022 if they:

  • were produced before January 1, 2020
  • have already participated in the EFM or in the Berlin International Film Festival in previous years
  • infringe upon legal judgements or international conventions

Please note:
Films that have been screened at the 2021 Cannes Marché du Film or produced before January 2021 will be scheduled based on the availability of screening slots.
Films that were screened at both the 2021 Cannes Marché du Film and the 2021 American Film Market are ineligible for participating in the EFM 2022.

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 10, 2021 on the EFM website . To submit a film to the EFM it is required to purchase an 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 2022 is December 23, 2021. Entries arriving after the deadline will be scheduled based on the availability of slots.

There will be only online screenings at the EFM 2022. Online screenings will be scheduled in online cinemas and are accessible during a time window of 120 minutes. 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 in 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 Wednesday, February 9 – Thursday, February 17, 2022.

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.

4. Screening of Films

All screenings will be published in the EFM Screening Schedule. The online screenings will be scheduled in global time, so the schedule is based on the local time of the viewer. To access online screenings an Online Market Badge is required. Each screening is available within 120 minutes after the scheduled time.

The EFM cannot be held responsible for delays or cancellations of screenings if the technical data provided by the participant is incomplete or inaccurate.

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.

EFM provides an online screening service in a secure environment limited to EFM participants. The DRM (Digital Rights Management) which encrypts the provided content is adopted.

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

VoD Screenings

The EFM offers VoD screenings accessible from Feb 22 until March 8, 2022. EFM VoD Screenings will be available 24/7 within these two weeks.

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.

5. 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.

6. Screening Fees

Online Screenings

Please click herefor detailed pricing and the online options.

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)

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.

8. Cancellations

A screening that has already been registered may only be cancelled in writing to

If the cancellation is received:

- after Jan 31, 2022, the full screening fee will be charged.

9. Uploads for Online Screenings

9.1 Deadline

All films must reach us no later than January 26, 2022.

The final deadline for films arriving after January 26, 2022 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..

9.2 Upload

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. Should you wish to upload your film at a later date, you can do so at any time via the link on the “My Account / My Film Entry & Uploads” page. All deadlines and express handling fee regulations also apply to the video uploads for Online Screenings.

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, 2022).