Berlinale: Co-Production Market

Berlinale Co-Production Market

Every year, the Berlin International Film Festival hosts the two-and-a-half day-long Berlinale Co-Production Market. Five hundred experienced international producers, film financiers and film distributors as well as representatives from funding bodies, sales agents and TV channels come together to initiate international co-productions. The event takes place in the Berlin House of Representatives, directly opposite the Martin-Gropius-Bau, the venue for the European Film Market, which takes place at the same time.

Festival Director Dieter Kosslick describes the Berlinale Co-Production Market as a “kind of home for the international producers and financers attending the Berlinale.” Here they can find what they are looking for at a festival: high-quality international projects, good business contacts and new opportunities for cooperation.

Official project selection

In autumn, production companies from around the world can submit projects for which they are seeking co-production partners. The Berlinale Co-Production Market team selects about 25 high-quality projects suitable for co-production and presents them in the Project Catalogue. The catalogue is sent to all Berlinale Co-Production Market participants around three weeks before the festival.

Participants can then request one-on-one meetings with the producers of the selected projects. These individual meetings are organised by the Berlinale Co-Production Market according to the schedules of the involved parties. Each participant receives a personal meeting schedule.

The Berlinale Co-Production Market team led by project director Sonja Heinen supports the participants from the beginning of the preparation phase.

Talent Project Market

Around ten projects by Berlinale Talents participants are presented alongside the 25 projects in the official selection. At the Talent Project Market, the selected production or directorial talents have the opportunity to present their projects to Berlinale Co-Production Market participants and to learn more about international co-productions first hand from experts.

One-on-one meetings

  • With selected projects (Project Selection): Based on the Project Catalogue, participants of the Berlinale Co-Production Market can request 30-minute one-on-one meetings with representatives of projects in the official selection and the Talent Project Market
  • With selected companies (Company Matching Programme): Further individual meetings can be requested with three internationally renowned production companies specially chosen for Company Matching. Here, it’s not about specific film projects, but more about getting together and discovering common ground on the company level – for example similar company strategies and new business ideas that could lead to future cooperation and new forms of international alliances
  • With representatives from film funders (Fund Meetings): On the third day of the event, representatives from around 15 international film funding institutions will be available for 20-minute individual info meetings which can be booked in advance by the participating producers, subject to availability.

Case Studies
Case Studies on selected Berlinale films explore possibilities in financing and current trends in the field of international co-production.

Theme Talks
Theme Talks on current production and financing issues offer a chance to exchange ideas with experts and other participants in a relaxed discussion.

The Countries-in-Focus presentations consist of short, moderated interviews where experts provide information about conditions of production as well as funding and coproduction opportunities in one of ‘their’ countries.

Speed Matching
At Speed Matching events, participating producers can develop new contacts during informal five-minute meetings.

Books at Berlinale
Launched in 2006, Books at Berlinale was the world’s first market for literary adaptations affiliated with an A-festival.
At a pitching and get-together session, international publishers and literary agents present ten books which have excellent potential for film adaptation to interested producers.

Lunches & Cocktails
There is also a number of additional informal networking opportunities at the Berlinale Co-Production Market: lunches and cocktails offer participants further chances to meet and exchange ideas in a relaxed environment.

Within the scope of the Berlinale Co-Production Market, the following awards are presented:

  • Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, which goes to the producers of one of the projects selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market, endowed with 20,000 Euro. Eligible for the award are projects that have been conceived from the outset as theatrical co-productions involving at least two eligible Eurimages countries.
  • VFF Highlight Pitch Award, which goes to one of the projects selected for the „Talent Project Market“, endowed with 10,000 Euro
  • ARTE International Prize, which goes to one of the projects selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market, endowed with 6,000 Euro

Please find more information about awards at the Berlinale under Awards and Juries.

Main partner of the Berlinale Co-Production Market are the MDM – Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and Creative Europe - MEDIA.

You will find in-depth, up-to-date information on the website of the Berlinale Co-Poduction Market


Official Projects, CoPro Series, Press
Martina Bleis

Residency, Talent Project Market, Programme
Kathi Bildhauer

Finance & Administration
Miriam Agritelli

Office Management, Logistics
Miriam Boixader

Programme, Books at Berlinale
Henning Adam

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