European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Posted by Larry Gleeson

36 Attractive Feature Film Projects Searching for International Partners at the Berlinale Co-Production Market

At the 14th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 12 to 15, 2017) a selection of 36 promising feature-film projects from 29 countries will come together with a wide range of potential co-production and funding partners from around the world. In addition, the market will be presenting several respected production companies in the scope of their exclusive “Company Matching Programme”.

To aid the producers of the selected projects and companies, the Berlinale Co-Production Market team is organizing a total of approximately 1,200 one-on-one meetings with interested potential partners from a participant pool made up of 550 producers, world sales agents, broadcasters, distributors, film funds and financiers from all across the world.

For the official project selection, 20 promising feature-film projects with budgets ranging from 750,000 euros to eleven million euros were chosen from a total of 323 submissions. They will be presented by internationally experienced producers and have all either already secured production funding from their native countries or have at least been able to cover 30% of their projected financing needs to date.

In the scope of the “Rotterdam Berlinale Express”, three additional film projects will take part both in the CineMart Rotterdam and the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

Ten newcomers to the world of international film production will also be presenting their projects at the “Talent Project Market”, which is organized in co-operation with Berlinale Talents. These attendees were chosen from an additional 178 submitted projects.

Among the directors of the selected projects are familiar names such as Hans Petter Moland (In Order of Disappearance, A Somewhat Gentle Man, The Beautiful Country), whose films have already been featured three times in the official Berlinale programme, Agnieszka Holland, whose most recent film Spoor is celebrating its premiere at this year’s Berlinale, as well as further directors of Competition films from the past years, including for instance Lou Ye (Blind Massage), Celina Murga (The Third Side of the River), Anne Zohra Berrached (24 Weeks) and Laura Bispuri (Sworn Virgin).

In the category “Berlinale Directors”, three projects from directors whose previous films were shown at the Berlinale will be presented; though these productions are still in a very early stage of development from a financing perspective, they are considered so promising that they can already benefit from finding co-operation partners in order to ease their way to the big screen.

In addition to the meetings with potential partners, which are arranged individually to satisfy the concrete needs of each project, there are also three awards available: the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, worth 20,000 euros, the VFF Talent Highlight Award, worth 10,000 euros, and the ARTE International Prize, worth 6,000 euros, will all be given away at the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

The four already confirmed companies featured in the “Company Matching Programme” come from Germany, France, Israel and Norway. The 550 other participants can also request one-on-one meetings with them in order to exchange information on a structural level or on the basis of project slates and move towards exploring the possibility of long-term co-operation.

There are at least two films screening in the festival programme of the upcoming Berlinale which were presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market as projects in previous years and met partners: Una mujer fantástica (A fantastic woman) by Sebastián Lelio, which is part of the Competition, and Mulher do pai (Nalu on the Border) by Cristiane Oliveira, which is being shown in Generation 14plus.

The primary partners of the Berlinale Co-Production Market are the MDM – Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and Creative Europe MEDIA, a programme of the European Union.

The Berlinale Co-Production Market is a part of the European Film Market.
The Berlin House of Representatives, which is located right across from the European Film Market in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, will once again serve as a co-operation partner and main venue for the event.

Official project selection for Berlinale Co-Production Market 2017
(in alphabetical order by production company):

Where the Summer Went (D: Beatriz Sanchis), Animal de Luz Films, Mexico
Psychobitch (D: Martin Lund), Ape&Bjørn, Norway
7500 (D: Patrick Vollrath), Augenschein Filmproduktion, Germany
Irene (D: Celina Murga), Cepa Audiovisual & Tresmilmundos Cine, Argentina
The Ski Jumper Who Didn’t Want to Land (D: Hans Petter Moland), Chezville & Storyline Studios, Norway
Overgod (D: Gabriel Mascaro), Desvia Produções, Brazil
Clear Blue (D: Lindsay MacKay), Devonshire Productions, Canada
Man’s Fate (D: Lou Ye), Dream Factory, China & Chinese Shadows, Hong Kong, China
The Deer (D: Bogdan George Apetri), Fantascope, Romania
The Monster Within (D: Rodrigo Susarte), Forastero, Chile
Lost Country (D: Vladimir Perisic), KinoElektron, France, Trilema, Serbia & MPM Film, France
Benigno Cruz (D: Jorge Hernandez Aldana), La Pandilla Producciones, Venezuela & Lucía Films & Paloma Negra Films, Mexico
Eloe (D: Piotr Złotorowicz), Lava Films, Poland
Charlatan (D: Agnieszka Holland), Marlene Film Production, Czech Republic
A Film by Verner Holm (D: Jannik Johansen), Profile Pictures, Denmark
Blanquita (D: Fernando Guzzoni), QuijoteRampante, Chile
Paloma’s Wedding (D: Marcelo Gomes), Rec Produtores, Brazil
Waiting for an Angel (D: Akin Omotoso), Rififi Pictures, South Africa & Triptych Media, Canada
Dead Noon (D: Jeff Desom), Samsa Film, Luxembourg
Daughter of Mine (D: Laura Bispuri), Vivo Film, Italy

“Berlinale Directors” projects:
Ten Thousand Happiness (D: Johnny Ma), Image X Productions, China
Colour of the Skull (D: Sibs Shongwe-La Mer), Mille et Une Productions, France
Zorro (D: Ronny Trocker), Zischlermann Filmproduktion, Germany

“Rotterdam Berlinale Express”:
Girls of the Sun (D: Eva Husson), Maneki Films, France
Jumpman (D: Ivan I. Tverdovsky), New People Film Company, Russia
The Wife of the Pilot (D: Anne Zohra Berrached), Razor Film Produktion, Germany

“Talent Project Market” – projects and selected production talents (in alphabetical order by production company):
The Deposit (P: Eva Sigurdardottir), Askja Films, Iceland
MNK Boy (P: Aydin Dehzad), Kaliber Film, Netherlands / Turkey
Shock Labor (P: Maria Carla del Rio), Marinca Filmes, Cuba
The Bus to Amerika (P: Nefes Polat), Mars Production, Turkey
The Space Between (P: Angela Lee), Nifty Pictures, USA
Memoryland (P/D: Quy Bui), Pixelholic Media, Vietnam
Tomorrow is a Long Time (P: Jeremy Chua), Potocol, Singapore
Never the Bright Lights (P: Tonee Acejo), Quiapost Productions, Philippines
You Will Die at Twenty (P: Hossam Elouan), Transit Films, Egypt / Sudan
Breaking Surface (P: Julia Gebauer), Way Creative Films, Sweden

Company Matching (in alphabetical order by company):
Black Sheep Film Productions, Israel
Haut et Court, France
Mer Film, Norway
Weydemann Bros., Germany

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(Source: Berlinale Press Office)

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