Berlinale: Press Releases

Press Releases 2006

European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Jan 13, 2006:
Berlinale Co-Production Market presents its new projects

The Berlinale Co-Production Market has announced its selection: 44 projects from 24 countries will be presented at the third Berlinale Co-Production Market (12 - 14 February 2006).

This year’s selection again spans a wide range of international feature film productions with budgets between one and twelve million euros of which 30% must already be in place. Young directing talents such as Stefan Arsenijevic, Paula Hernandez and Tony Pemberton, as well as new films by established directors such as Jon Amiel, Alex de la Iglesia and Vadim Jean are participating this year.

Besides the official selection, for which there were over 300 entries, three projects have been chosen for presentation in the Rotterdam-Berlinale Express, a partnership with CineMart Rotterdam. Based on the World Cinema Fund’s recommendation, one other project will also take part in the World Cinema Market section. And in partnership with the Berlinale Talent Campus, 17 projects are to be presented this year in the Talent Project Market. They were picked from 227 submissions by an international jury.

In Berlin the producers of these projects will meet with potential co-producers and financial backers at individual prescheduled talks. In addition there will be a theme-oriented programme at which producers and backers will be able to inform themselves based on case studies about new financing and marketing strategies for films. The new Producers’ Lounge will provide a setting for informal exchanges and also for participants of the Berlinale Co-Production Market to invite other accredited guests.

Once again the Berlin House of Representatives is both a partner and the venue of the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Its location directly across from the new home of the European Film Market ensures the best possible logistics for visitors of the trade who want to attend both events. The main partners of the Berlinale Co-Production Market are MDM - Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and MEDIA programme of the European Commission.

The third Berlinale Co-Production Market can look back on positive developments: 21 projects which were presented in the past two years have already been realized. Like last year, former projects are also screening in the Festival programme of 2006. One of these films is Big River by Atsushi Funahashi, running in the Forum. Funahashi made the acquaintance of his producer, Mohammed Naqvi, at the Talent Project Market in 2004; he also met his Japanese co-producer from Office Kitano in Berlin.

Official Selection of Projects for the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2006:

- Aria Films, Dust Dog by Gareth Roberts, Great Britain

- Barry Films, Wannabe (Director: tba), Switzerland

- Belafilm, Installation of Love by Maja Weiss, Slovenia

- De Luwte Filmprodukties, Allez, Eddy! by Gert Embrechts, The Netherlands

- DViant Films Inc./Coop99, Me by Barbara Albert, USA/Austria

- Echo Lake Productions LLC, 105 Degrees and Rising by Jon Amiel, USA

- Isabella Films Ontwikkeling, The Aviatrix of Kazbek by Ineke Smits, The Netherlands

- Lagarto Cine, Lluvia | Rain by Paula Hernandez, Argentina

- Les Films d’Ici, The Park by Arnaud des Pallieres, France

- LJ Film, My Friend and His Wife by Shin Dong-Il, Republic of Korea

- Lychnari Productions/Twenty Twenty Vision, Small Crime by Christos Georgiou, Cyprus/Germany

- M&M Productions, Doctor Struensee by Charlotte Sieling, Denmark

- Metro Communications, Montedidio | God’s Mountain by Avi Nesher, Israel

- Morena Films/Estudios Picasso, Blinkers by Alvaro Fernandez Armero, Spain

- Negativ s.r.o., Protektor by Marek Najbrt, Czech Republic

- Nimbus Film, Flame & Citron by Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark

- Producciones Odeon, 3.3 by Eva López-Sánchez, Mexico

- Rohfilm GbR Berlin, Buddha’s Little Finger by Tony Pemberton, Germany

- Salty Features, The Brutal Language of Love by Dover Kosashvili, USA

- Spillefilmkompaniet 4 1/2 as, Kongen av Bastøy | King of Devil’s Island by Marius Holst, Norway

- TAB Film GmbH, Efraim Longstocking & the Cannibal Princess (Director: tba), Germany

- The Mob Film Company, The Bell by Vadim Jean, Great Britain

- Tornasol Films, The Oxford Murders by Alex de la Iglesia, Spain


- Eran Riklis Productions, Lemon Tree by Eran Riklis, Israel

- Icon Film/ Art & Popcorn, Love and Other Crimes by Stefan Arsenijevic, Germany/Serbia

- Submission Films, Stay by Wiebke von Carolsfeld, Canada

World Cinema Market:

- Norma Productions, Zion and His Brother by Eran Merav, Israel

Talent Project Market (Project Representatives at the Talent Project Market):

- Magic Minerals (Author, Director: Bobby Abate), USA

- Parpados Azules (Producer: Luis Albores), Mexico

- Keep Smiling (Author, Director: Rusudan Chkonia), Georgia

- James’ Run – The Shabu Crackdown (Author, Director: Alfredo Covelli), Italy

- La Sangre Brota (Author, Director, Producer: Pablo Fendrik), Argentina

- Tiny Dancer (Author, Director: Eva Husson), France

- Bena (Author, Director: Niv Klainer), Israel

- Does it Hurt? – The First Balkan Dogma (DOP, Co-Producers: Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov), Bulgaria

- The Symbiosis Project (Author, Director: Peter Modestij), Sweden

- Point of Reference (Author, Director: Minh Nguyen-Vo), USA/Vietnam

- Kristy Kazinski: Lesbian Nerd (Author, Director: Cassandra Nicolaou), Canada

- The Villain (Author, Director, Producer: Anil Rao), Great Britain

- A Plane for My Soul (Author, Director: Maythem Ridha), Great Britain/Iraq

- A Recipe for Hendrik Hadders (Author, Director: Melinda Jansen, Producer: Reinier Selen), The Netherlands

- Janani - The Mother (Director, Producer: Dipankar Sen Gupta), Bangladesh

- Queen Victoria (Author, Director: Maya Vitkova), Bulgaria

- Short Distances (Producer: Maria Zamora), Spain

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January 13, 2006