With the return of EFM in physical form, all digital aspects developed for epidemic editions, such as online screenings, are expected to be incorporated into the physical version in 2023.
The EFM Industry Sessions are being held at a new location, the Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, and Reconciliation, which is a short distance from the Gropius Bau.
The Berlinale Series Market will be more tightly linked into EFM, with its conference, screenings, and talks taking place around Potsdamer Square.
As the designated “Countries in Focus” this year, filmmakers from the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia will get the chance to introduce themselves, their works, and the film industry of their nations.
The Ukrainian Institute is collaborating on a finance panel called Producers Presentations, which will take place at the EFM along with the Project Pitches of the Odesa International Film Festival.
The difficulty of taking audience demands into account throughout production, distribution, and multiplatform releases will be discussed by a think tank during conference.
In addition to the presentation and the numerous matchmaking sessions at EFM, there will be an investment forum for the first time, where the start-ups will exhibit their concepts and products to potential investors.
In the EFM Industry Sessions site, there will also be a “Room of Stillness” to provide all market visitors with a mobile-free and work-free atmosphere to wind down and de-stress.
This year’s Berlinale Series Market has an especially strong line-up of showcases from many countries, including specific events such as a Spanish showcase with contributions from Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia, an All3media showcase revealing brand-new series, and a conversation with Universal International Studios president Beatrice Springborn.
The EFM will not offer accreditation to those working for official Russian national or state-controlled institutions, businesses, or media, as well as those who support the regime.