Deadline for Submissions: October 29, 2009
With immediate effect, the Berlinale Co-Production Market is again seeking promising feature film projects that it would like to assist to find co-production and co-financing partners at the Berlinale 2010.
Until October 29, 2009, experienced producers may submit projects that have budgets between two and ten million euros; at least 30% of the funding has to be in place. The projects must also be suited to international co-production.
At the 7th Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 14 to 16, 2010), the producers of the ca. 35 projects selected by then will meet with interested potential co-producers, financiers, sales agents, and international distributors. The Berlinale Co-Production Market team will put together a personalised schedule of meetings for each of the ca. 450 participants, a schedule that not only coordinates when each party is available, but above all makes sure the projects and partners found for each other are a good fit.
In this fashion, countless partners from different countries have been brought together, as can be seen in the many films from past Markets that premiered this year alone: Soundless Wind Chime (directed by Kit Hung), a co-production between Hong Kong and Switzerland, screened in the Forum of the Berlinale. Lebanon (directed by Samuel Maoz), produced by Israel, Germany, and France, just won the Golden Lion in Venice. In August, the Brazilian-French co-production The Famous and the Dead (directed by Esmir Filho) had its debut at the festival in Locarno; and the summer hit Mikro Eglima (Small Crime) by Christos Georgiou, a co-production between Cyprus and Germany, also evolved from the Berlinale Co-Production Market.
Among the most successful projects completed this year were Lost Persons Area (directed by Caroline Strubbe) and Amreeka (directed by Cherien Dabis); they respectively won the SACD Screenplay Award and the FIPRESCI Prize in Cannes.
Over 80 films have been realized since the Berlinale Co-Production Market was first launched in 2004 – in other words, 40% of the projects envisioned have already been completed. This includes films like Sergei Bodrov’s Mongol, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2008; Alexandr Sokurov’s The Sun; as well as the crossover success Lemon Tree by Eran Riklis, which was shown in the Berlinale Panorama in 2008 and has since been screened in over 20 countries.
Main partners of the Berlinale Co-Production Market have been the MDM –
Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (since 2004) and the MEDIA-Programme of the European Union (since 2005).
The project submission forms and selection criteria for 2010 are available at: www.efm-berlinale.de
September 14, 2009