Berlinale: European Film Market

European Film Market

489 exhibitors, 8,628 professionals from 100 countries, including 1,568 international buyers and 1,014 screenings of 748 films: The European Film Market (EFM) is one of the most important international film industry gatherings. Film buyers and sellers, producers, distributors and financiers as well as representatives of the global TV, Home Entertainment and New Media market get up-to-date on the latest productions and developments in the global film scene, negotiate film rights and make or foster business network.

The EFM has been making its home in the magnificent renaissance building Martin-Gropius-Bau, internationally known as one of Berlin’s premier art museums, and the deluxe modern Marriott Hotel at the Potsdamer Platz. The proximity (spatial and otherwise) to the festival gives the EFM important impulses and ensures that it stays one of the most dynamic marketplaces for international film that it is today.

European Film Market initiatives

Since 2012 American independent filmmakers have their own lounge at the Martin-Gropius-Bau at the EFM under the umbrella "American Independents in Berlin". Organised by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) and the Sundance Institute, around 50 US Indies are showcased in the sections "IFP Selects" and "Sundance at EFM" to the over 1700 buyers at the first international film market of the year. International buyers have the opportunity to get a first crack at new US-American independent productions.

See also: American Independents in Berlin

The series co-organised by the Berlinale, the German Film Academy and German Films presents, within the framework of the European Film Market, films that have been longlisted by the German Film Academy’s nominating commission for the German Film Awards (aka Lola). The screenings are open to accredited national and international professionals as well as members of the German Film Academy who are eligible to vote on nominations.

See also: LOLA at Berlinale

The EFM Industry Debates address current developments in the film and entertainment industry. They foster the exchange of views amongst industry professionals. The topics in 2015 were: China's Online Video Revolutionaries, Producing Today: The Loys and Challenges of Alternative-distribution, Ready to Take Off? High-end Drama Series Made in Germany.

See also: EFM Industry Debates

“Meet the Docs” is a central meeting point for buyers, sellers, directors, producers and distributors of documentary films. The initiative aims to boost networking and exchange in the documentary sector and has been organized every year since 2009 in cooperation with the European Documentary Network (EDN), which, with 1,000 members from around 60 countries, has worked on Europe-wide networking in the area of documentary film since 1996.

See also: Meet the Docs

In cooperation with Berlinale Talents, the EFM also features an initiative for the up-and-coming generation of market-goers: Under the title "Berlinale Talents Market Hub" - backed by Canon - ten selected distribution professionals from Berlinale Talents are present at Martin-Gropius-Bau with their own booth, which also serves as a contact and meeting point. In addition, 40 of the films developed during the Berlinale Talents Project Labs are presented to EFM visitors.

See also: Berlinale Talents Market Hub


European Film Market
Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin
phone +49 30 25920-666
fax +49 30 25920-699