Italy set to be “Country in Focus” at the European Film Market 2022
- Due to the organisational and infrastructural Covid-19 restrictions applied in recent months, Italy will now be the selected country at the 72nd edition of the festival
UPDATE (12 October): Originally planned for the upcoming Berlinale and due to the organisational and infrastructural Covid-19 restrictions applied in recent months, Italy will now be the “Country in Focus” in 2022 at the European Film Market of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival.
Italy will be the “Country in Focus” at next year’s edition of the European Film Market, unfolding within the Berlin International Film Festival 2021. An agreement confirming this decision has been signed in Berlin in the presence of the Minister for Culture Dario Franceschini, his German counterpart Monika Grütters, the Berlinale’s executive director Mariette Rissenbeek and, last but not least, the director of international relations at Anica and audiovisual desks coordinator at the Italian Trade Agency ICE Roberto Stabile.
Through this memorandum of understanding, the Berlinale undertakes to promote Italy in all sections of the EFM, organising in-depth sessions dedicated to our audiovisual system, to the incentives we have in place encouraging international collaborations and to all the other instruments that have been developed to ensure and facilitate the production and circulation of co-produced audiovisual works. "Italian cinema, which already played a lead role in Berlin, winning two prestigious prizes and representing the country tremendously across the various competition sections, will enjoy exceptional exposure in the festival’s next edition”, Minister Franceschini declared. “Thanks to the agreement between the Berlinale, Ice and Mibact, the European Film Market 2021 will place particular focus on our cinematography, supporting its international promotion and our access to foreign markets. It’s a further acknowledgement of the quality and vitality of Italian film, which tells universal stories to audiences around the world with elegance and originality”.
(Translated from Italian)
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