The Berlinale Co-Production Market presents 36 feature-film projects
- The selection includes projects from former Berlinale filmmakers as well as from the CineMart Rotterdam
On 8 February, this year’s Berlinale Co-Production Market will fling open its doors at Berlin’s House of Representatives, located just across from the European Film Market at Martin-Gropius-Bau. The three-day event brings together 500 producers and financiers from all over the world who are looking for new projects and potential partners. In total, 36 new feature-film projects from 28 countries will be presented.
For its 12th edition, the Berlinale Co-Production Market received a total of 331 submissions. The selection criteria include that a project must already have 30% of its budget in place, which can range from €1 million to €6.5 million. Besides the 20 new feature films from the official project selection, there are three other ways in which producers can be invited to a project pitching at this highly popular platform. For the first time, directors who have previously featured in the festival programme with an earlier film can also participate, even if they do not yet meet the selection criteria. The four selected filmmakers in accordance with this scheme are Avinash Arun from India, who won the Crystal Bear for the Generation entry Killa in 2014; Hungarian director Ádám Császi, who presented Land of Storms [+see also:
interview: Adam Csaszi
film profile] in the 2014 Panorama; and Georgian-German duo Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, who started out with their debut, In Bloom [+see also:
interview: Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simo…
film profile], at the Berlinale.
There are also some well-known talents in the official selection, such as Ritesh Batra, a Talent Project Market participant who first presented his international box-office smash The Lunchbox [+see also:
film profile] at this industry event. Chile’s Marcela Said has already benefitted from a big boost at the Berlinale: after her Forum invitation for her documentary El mocito, she found partners for her first feature project, The Summer of Flying Fish [+see also:
film profile], at the Berlinale Co-Production Market.
Meanwhile, the CineMart Rotterdam is sending three directors and their projects to the industry event in Germany, via the “Rotterdam-Berlinale Express”. Among them are Benjamin Naishtat, who showed his History of Fear [+see also:
film profile] in competition in 2014, as well as Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (The Tribe [+see also:
film profile]). In addition, ten newcomers will get the chance to pitch their projects to potential partners at the Talent Project Market, which is organised in conjunction with Berlinale Talents. The networking platform is rounded off by the new Company Matching programme, which highlights five active, international producers from Ireland, Colombia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and South Africa who are looking for new collaborations; the initiative will facilitate in-depth exchanges on the structural level.
The complete Berlinale Co-Production Market project selection for 2015 is available to view here.
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