The Berlinale Co-Production Market is the curated project and networking platform for around 600 experienced producers and financiers active in the international co-production business.
Each year, the Berlinale Co-Production Market introduces a selection of 35 high-quality feature film projects, eight series projects, 12 novels available for adaptation and five outstanding production companies with a particularly interesting profile. Following specific structural and aesthetic criteria, and making use of an extensive knowledge of the market, the experienced team sifts through hundreds of highly promising applications to find the projects that are at the optimum stage to benefit from being connected with potential partners from other countries. The projects’ producers are supported in their co-production and financing strategies, receive in-depth advice and are then brought together with interested and suitable partners in pre-scheduled meetings on site.
Alongside the one-on-one meetings, there are also targeted networking events (for example, for producers and casting directors), hands-on case studies and discussions as well as information sessions on current and relevant subject matters for producers. The programme is complemented by informal networking opportunities which make the Berlinale Co-Production Market a sought-after meeting place and exclusive forum for all international producers and financiers with co-production experience at the Berlinale.
At the Berlinale Co-Production Market, 600 selected participants from the international film industry value the opportunity to discover both artistically interesting and commercially promising new projects from various genres with the view to participating in their production.
A total of 1,300 one-on-one meetings are carefully planned for the selected projects and companies. With individual priorities taken into account, each feature film project meets its 30 top matches. Via this targeted matchmaking by the Berlinale Co-Production Market team, connections are forged which have given rise to numerous successful festival and commercial films. In the first half of 2018 alone, 11 such productions appeared at festivals including the Berlinale and Cannes.
In addition, selected book and series projects are each presented at their own pitching events. The rights’ holders and producers meet with interested (co-)producers and financiers at the "Books at Berlinale" and "Co-Pro Series" respectively.
The Berlinale Co-Production Market is a part of the EFM. Its main partners are MDM – Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Union.