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Press Releases 2015

European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Feb 09, 2015:
Off to a Strong Start: Three Awards and 1200 Meetings at the Berlinale Co-Production Market

Three cash prizes have now been awarded to selected projects at the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 8-10).

On Sunday night the EUR 20,000 Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, which was presented for the first time in Berlin this year, went to the project 3 Days in Quiberon, directed by Emily Atef which is presented by the German company Rohfilm. The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea directed by Syllas Tsoumerkas from Greece received a Special Mention. With this award, the Eurimages – European Cinema Support Fund wants to promote the project’s development.

Today two other, well-established prizes were awarded at the Berlinale Co-Production Market: the EUR 10,000 VFF Talent Highlight Pitch Award, which is provided by the VFF, a copyright association for film and TV producers based in Munich, went to the project Biencuidao. The project was presented in Berlin by its producer Gema Juarez Allen from Argentina and its director Abner Benaim from Panama. Since 2004, the VFF awards this prize to a promising work from the “Talent Project Market”, which is organized by the Co-Production Market in cooperation with Berlinale Talents. Besides Juarez Allen and Benaim, Macedonian producer Emilija Chochkova was nominated this year for the VFF Talent Highlight Pitch Award with her project The Secret Ingredient, as was French producer Guillaume de la Boulaye with his project One Thousand. They pitched their projects to participants of the Berlinale Co-Production Market and received a cash prize of EUR 1,000 each for their nomination.

The ARTE International Prize was established in 2011 and went this year to Los Perros, the new project by Marsela Said which is produced by the company Jirafa from Chile and the company Cinéma Defacto from France. With this prestigious prize - which is endowed with EUR 6,000 - ARTE honours an exceptionally creative project selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

At the 12th Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 8-10), the producers of the 36 selected film projects meet with potential co-production and financing partners. Within three days, more than 1200 individual meetings take place with a total of 500 participants. To date 190 films that have participated in the Co-Production Market have been completed - this year alone, five of them are screening at the Berlinale.

The main partners of the Berlinale Co-Production Market are the MDM – Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and Creative Europe MEDIA, a programme of the European Union.

Once again, the Berlin House of Representatives is the Berlinale Co-Production Market’s cooperation partner and main venue.

The Berlinale Co-Production Market is part of the European Film Market.

Press Office
February 9, 2015

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