Martina Bleis has been head and project curator of the Berlinale Co-Production Market since 2015 with additional responsibility for its publications and public relations work.
She was born in 1972 in Walsrode, Germany and studied applied cultural sciences in Lüneburg. In addition to completing her MA, she is also a graduate of the EAVE Producers Workshop, a training programme for the professional development of producers in Europe.
While studying, she gained experience in both film festivals and film production in Hamburg. She has been involved in the Berlin International Film Festival since 2001, initially working in the organisation of panel discussions and for Berlinale Talents. In the autumn of 2003, she was part of the team responsible for founding the Berlinale Co-Production Market whose co-directorship she took on in 2015 and for which she has borne sole responsibility since 2019. In addition, she consults as a curatorial advisor and a mentor – in particular for up-and-coming producers and directors developing feature film projects – for international training and coproduction initiatives.