Berlinale: Co-Production Market

Berlinale Co-Production Market

Every year, the Berlin International Film Festival hosts the four day-long Berlinale Co-Production Market. 550 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 supports the participants from the beginning of the preparation phase.

"Talent Project Market"

At the "Talent Project Market" the ten selected Talents producers have the opportunity to present their projects to the participants of the Berlinale Co-Production Market and to gain additional first-hand knowledge from experts about international co-productions.

One-on-one meetings

  • With selected projects ("Project Selection"): Participants of the Berlinale Co-Production Market can request 30-minute one-on-one meetings with representatives of the projects in the official selection as well as with the "Talent Project Market" and television series makers in the "CoPro Series" selection, all of which are listed in the project catalogue.
  • With selected companies ("Company Matching Programme"): Further individual meetings can be requested with five 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 20 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.

"Country Sessions"
The "Country Sessions" 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 Matchings"
At "Speed Matching" events, participating producers can develop new contacts during informal five-minute meetings.

"CoPro Series"
On the third day of the Berlinale Co-Production Market around eight selected drama series projects seeking international co-production and financing partners are presented. Alongside the pitch and networking event, participants can also book individual meetings with series producers. "CoPro Series" is a part of the "Drama Series Days".

"Books at Berlinale"
Since 2006 "Books at Berlinale", in cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair, has been the world’s first content market for literary adaptations to be located at an A-List festival. At a pitch 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 & 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 Talent Highlight 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

Programme, Talent Project Market, Books at Berlinale
Kathi Bildhauer

Office Management, Logistics
Miriam Boixader

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