February 8, 2021
The 2021 edition of the European Film Market will take the form of an online market, providing a marketplace for film production sales and serves as one of the industry’s most important platforms for international sales agents, distribution companies, festival programmers and producers. In 2021, a year characterised by the pandemic, the EFM will once again provide this platform:
From March 1 to 5, 2021, the EFM will take place in the form of numerous online offers and events.
“International sales agents have filled their lineups for the start of the year and have an attractive variety of films on offer. Many films are also currently in production and ready for pre-sales. We want the digital EFM in 2021 to be an impulse for a new beginning in the international film industry,” says EFM director Dennis Ruh. “Since the EFM is an integral part of an international convention calendar, and therefore part of an economic system that includes events such as the Marché du Film in Cannes and the American Film Market in Los Angeles, a later date is not an option.”
The market’s focus will be on the presentation of new films, which will be made accessible to industry audiences in virtual market screenings. By announcing the film selection for the 71st Berlin International Film Festival – for the sections Competition, Berlinale Special, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Forum Expanded, Generation, Berlinale Shorts, Berlinale Series, Perspektive Deutsches Kino – the EFM will include a presentation of the festival’s film selection in addition to screenings booked at the market.
The online market screenings will be programmed according to the established screening plan and can be accessed within a 120-minute time window after the designated start time. All market participants determine their own time zone. The film starting time will be based on the determined local time, ensuring that users in e.g. Australia, Central Europe or the West Coast of the USA can view specific screenings at the same local time. This screening format preserves the momentum of a market presentation.
Presentation of market exhibitors
Once again, participants from all over the world are expected to attend the EFM. Global sales companies present their current film lineups and their upcoming films. Promotion agencies advertise films and talents from their countries, institutions provide information on funding options, and film commissions bring shooting locations and infrastructure into focus. These exhibitors will also be central to the digital market format. Market visitors receive access to the Participants Guide and the digital booths that contain the companies’ programme and events, and can make contact with the exhibitors. Exhibitors can use their preferred video conference systems for meetings.
EFM Industry Sessions: Comprehensive conference programme and EFM podcast
In addition, this year the market will also include a comprehensive conference programme: This will take place online on the EFM website (www.efm-berlinale.de) on all five days of the market as a cooperative programme by Berlinale Series Market, DocSalon, EFM Producers Hub, Berlinale Africa Hub, EFM Landmark, EFM Horizon and the Initiative Diversity & Inclusion, under the title EFM Industry Sessions.
The EFM Industry Sessions will reflect on current industry-relevant subjects in interactive talk formats, think tanks, workshops and masterclasses. Various networking formats will provide opportunities for targeted initiation of new business contacts. The EFM Industry Sessions will be framed by an opening and closing event. Some of the live streams will be accessible on demand after taking place.
The EFM will also see the launching of the new EFM podcast, which will present engrossing conversations year round between industry experts on current themes and developments.
The complete EFM Industry Sessions programme will be announced in February.
Access to the digital EFM
An Online Market Badge is required to access EFM online events and resources. Until January 31, film industry representatives may register for a fee of 89 Euros. After January 31, the registration fee is 134 Euros.
Selected EFM Industry Sessions will have limited participation and/or require pre-registration or an invitation. Market screenings can be limited to selected groups of market participants at the discretion of respective copyright owners.
February 8, 2021
Berlinale’s 2021 European Film Market (EFM) will debut “EFM Goes Global”. This initiative allows market participants in key film distribution territories outside Europe to view films from the official Berlinale selection in cinemas. The physical screenings will be set up in four selected “Market Hubs” during the EFM in March, enabling distributors to experience the films in a familiar cinematic atmosphere. EFM is set in a virutal format March 1-5 and the screenings will run concurrently.
The 2021 “Market Hubs” take place in the centres of global film trade: Tokyo for the Asian market, Melbourne for Oceania, São Paulo for South America, and Mexico City for Central America – all cities with a high density of national distribution companies. In the four cities, “EFM Goes Global” is cooperating with established industry partners such as festivals, cinemas and film institutions, which will provide local infrastructure support to the EFM.
Owing to the sustained travel restrictions worldwide and other measures required to combat the pandemic, as previously announced, the Berlinale will take place in two stages. The EFM will kick off as a virtual event from March 1 to 5, with “EFM Goes Global” now joining the programme as an analogue component.
“If distributors aren’t able to travel to Berlin this year, we want to bring the films to the distributors, and present them using the display technology they were created for: the big screen. ‘EFM Goes Global’ aims to support the successful international distribution of selected Berlinale titles. The initiative also makes it possible for smaller distribution companies from the respective territories to be included in the market. Another goal of ‘EFM Goes Global’ is to strive for more sustainability in the distribution business by avoiding air travel,” comments Dennis Ruh, director of the European Film Market.
Berlinale Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian adds: “I’m delighted that, in this unusual situation, the EFM has succeeded in maintaining the collective physical experience with this challenging and promising project. ‘EFM Goes Global’ gives the films of the Berlinale selection the opportunity to be shown in an actual cinema to a physically present industry audience.”
The “EFM Goes Global” partners in the four participating cities are:
Tokyo: The Tokyo International Film Festival, the film and television market TIFFCOM, the Film School of Tokyo, and Eurolive Cinema.
Melbourne: The Melbourne International Film Festival’s MIFF 37ºSouth Market, Palace Cinemas, and “The Kino” in Melbourne.
São Paulo: Mostra Internacional de Cinema em São Paulo (São Paulo International Film Festival) and Espaço Itaú de Cinema – Frei Caneca.
Mexico City: IMCINE (the Mexican Institute of Cinematography) and Cineteca Nacional de México.
February 8, 2021
The focus of the 18th Berlinale Co-Production Market (March 1-5, 2021) is on 35 feature film projects from 25 countries. The producers will meet with international co-producers, world sales agents, broadcasters, streaming platforms, distributors, representatives of public funds and financiers from all over the world in more than 1,000 individual meetings organised in advance. The well-proven concept of the Berlinale Co-Production Market – carefully planned meetings for a highly selective portfolio of projects – this time will be implemented in an online version.
The Berlinale Co-Production Market is a four-day event for about 500 international producers, sales agents, distributors as well as broadcasting and funding representatives who are active in international co-productions.
The selection includes much-anticipated new film projects by filmmakers such as María Alché and Benjamín Naishtat, Anthony Chen, Fernando Guzzoni, Jan Komasa, Marcelo Martinessi, Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon, Anna Muylaert, Isabel Sandoval, Fien Troch, Syllas Tzoumerkas and Yeşim Ustaoğlu. Seven of the directors represented in the selection have already presented projects at the Berlinale Co-Production Market in previous years, such as Matzembacher and Reolon’s Hard Paint in 2016, which was part of the “Talent Project Market” selection and won the TEDDY AWARD at the Berlinale two years later. The multiple award-winning films Rojo by Benjamín Naishtat, Sand Storm by Elite Zexer and Salt of This Sea by Annemarie Jacir were also looking for partners here before shooting.
For the official project selection, 19 feature film projects with budgets between 750,000 and 4.5 million Euros were selected from 301 submissions. In addition, there are five projects in the “Berlinale Directors” section which are in the early stages of financing, and their directors – Annemarie Jacir, Alanté Kavaïté, Måns Månsson, Bruce McDonald and Elite Zexer – have also exhibited very successful films at the festival. Another film project, Kabul Jan by Shahrbanoo Sadat, is looking for partners at both the CineMart Rotterdam and the Berlinale Co-Production Market as this year’s “Rotterdam-Berlinale Express”. Altogether, 14 female and 13 male directors are responsible for these 25 projects, some of which are co-directed.
The Berlinale Co-Production Market is funded by MDM – Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union. The Berlinale Co-Production Market is part of the European Film Market (EFM).
Online Market Badge is required to be part of the Berlinale Co-Production Market.
This year’s Berlinale Co-Production Market has also unveiled its selection of 35 features. Here’s the full list:
Left Over (Director: Yeşim Ustaoğlu), +90 Film Production & Ustaoğlu Film, Turkey
Wild Encounters (Director: Sarah Arnold), 5à7 Films, France
Sea Sparkle (Director: Domien Huyghe), A Private View, Belgium
Shine of the Sun (Director: Jan Komasa), Aurum Film, Poland
Matria (Director: Álvaro Gago), Avalon P.C. & Ringo Media, Spain
Handling the Undead (Director: Thea Hvistendahl), Einar Film, Norway
Land of Savages (Director: Fernando Guzzoni), Fabula, Chile
We Are All Strangers (Director: Anthony Chen), Giraffe Pictures, Singapore
The Business Women’s Club (Director: Anna Muylaert), Glaz Entretenimento & África Filmes, Brazil
My Soul Startled (Director: Syllas Tzoumerkas), Homemade Films, Greece
Who killed Narciso? (Director: Marcelo Martinessi), La Babosa Cine, Paraguay
Pussy Project (Director: Nora El Hourch), Manny Films, France
Holly (Director: Fien Troch), Prime Time, Belgium
Puan (Directors: María Alché & Benjamín Naishtat), Pucará Cine & Pasto, Argentina
Lava (Director: Youjia Qu), Rediance & Notation Film, China
Four Little Adults (Director: Selma Vilhunen), Tuffi Films, Finland
Matias (Directors: Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon), Vulcana Cinema & Avante Filmes, Brazil
Maysoon (Director: Nancy Biniadaki), Watchmen Productions, Germany
Milk Teeth (Director: Sophia Bösch), Weydemann Bros., Germany
Berlinale Directors Projects:
Two Peas in a Pod (Director: Elite Zexer), 2-Team Productions, Israel
Vic & Doc & Duke Go To The Store (Director: Bruce McDonald), BrancSeater Productions & Shadow Shows, Canada
England Made Me (Director: Måns Månsson), Fasad Production, Sweden
The Oblivion Theory (Director: Annemarie Jacir), Incognito Films, France & One Two Films, Germany
The Woman From the Sunken Island (Director: Alanté Kavaïté), Les Films d’Antoine, France
Kabul Jan (Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat), Adomeit Film, Germany & Denmark & Wolf Pictures, Afghanistan
Talent Project Market – Projects and Producer Talents
Tropical Gothic (Director: Isabel Sandoval), 7107 Entertainment (Producer: Carlo Velayo), USA
Oasis of Now (Director: Chia Chee Sum), Afternoon Pictures (Producer: Yve Vonn Lee), Malaysia
Fallen (Director: Damian Sainz Edwards), Autonauta Films (Producer: Viana Mylena González Delgado), Cuba
6th Finger (Director: Sheron Dayoc), Daluyong Studios (Producer: Alemberg Ang), Philippines
Glory B (Director: Konstantinos Antonopoulos), Faliro House Productions (Producer: Fani Skartouli), Greece
The Turtles (Director: Belén Funes), Oberon Media (Producer: Alba Bosch Duran), Spain
Mshki (Director: Diako Yazdani), Paraíso Production (Producer: Camille Genaud, France
Learning to Breathe Under Water (Director: Rebekah Fortune), Shudder Films (Producer: Jack Tarling), United Kingdom
Viva la Vida (Director: Ulla Heikkilä), Tekele Productions (Producer: Marja Pihlaja), Finland
Sleepless City (Director: Guillermo García López), Turanga Films (Producer: Lina Badenes), Spain
February 8, 2021
The Berlinale Co-Production Market on March 4 will present ten high quality books especially well-suited to screen adaptation at “Books at Berlinale”. At the pitch event, which was initiated in cooperation with the Frankfurter Buchmesse and has taken place annually since 2006, current new releases and bestsellers take the spotlight within the film world. The presentation of the books by publishers and literary agents will be moderated by Syd Atlas, and take place online this year.
Books from publishers, literary agencies and authors from Germany, France, Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Taiwan and the USA were selected from over 160 submissions to “Books at Berlinale”.
The spectrum of the chosen material ranges from thrillers, biographies and children’s books to love stories and dystopias. Among the books in the selection is the vivid and literally epic portrait of French resistance fighter Anne Beaumanoir (“Epic Annette”), for which author Anne Weber received the German Book Award in 2020. Other books included in this year’s selection are the absorbing Norwegian psychological thriller “Reptile Memoirs” by Silje O. Ulstein, and the stirring Dutch children’s and youth book “Notes to Pelle” by Marlies Slegers.
Film producers active or interested in the area of screen adaptation, as well as publishers and literary agents, can register for participation in the online presentation of the books by February 22 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of “Books at Berlinale”, a matchmaking event will take place on March 5 where selected representatives of publishers and literary agents meet film producers in individual online meetings.
“Books at Berlinale” will take place online on March 4 and 5 as part of the Berlinale Co-Production Market (March 1 – 5). Telefilm Canada is hosting the “Books at Berlinale” pitch, and the matchmaking event is organised in cooperation with the Netherlands Film Fund. As a conceptual partner of “Books at Berlinale”, the Frankfurter Buchmesse is also on board.
The Berlinale Co-Production Market (March 1 – 5, 2021) is funded by MDM – Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union.
The following books were selected for “Books at Berlinale” 2021 (listed in alphabetical order of the presenting companies):
Epic Annette (Anne Weber, Germany), Agentur Kroll, Germany
Fatherland (Nina Bunjevac, Canada), Am-Book, USA
My Name is Selma (Selma van de Perre, The Netherlands), De Bezige Bij, The Netherlands
Belle Greene – May No One Discover Your Secret (Alexandra Lapierre, France), Editions Flammarion, France
The Confetti Flight Path (Marie-Ève Thuot, Canada), Éditions Les Herbes rouges, Canada
Reptile Memoirs (Silje Ulstein, Norway), Oslo Literary Agency, Norway
Land of Snow and Ashes (Petra Rautiainen, Finland), Rights & Brands Agency, Finland
Notes to Pelle (Marlies Slegers, The Netherlands), Shared Stories, The Netherlands
The Man with the Compound Eyes (Wu Ming-Yi, Taiwan), The Grayhawk Agency, Taiwan
The Double Puzzle (Holly-Jane Rahlens, Germany), Verlag der Autoren, Germany
February 8, 2021
From March 2 to 5, 2021, the seventh edition of “Berlinale Series Market & Conference” will present a top-notch conference programme, international showcases, a curated selection of commercially promising series under the newly created label “Berlinale Series Market Selects”, and regular market screenings. Like at the EFM itself, the screenings and conference will take place digitally, and will be structured to suit the virtual format. The “Mix and Mingle” format within the online version of the “Berlinale Series Market & Conference” will also provide networking for series industry professionals.
Dennis Ruh, EFM director: “With the ‘Berlinale Series Market & Conference’ we’ve again created a ‘market within the market’ where everything revolves around high-quality series content. Series professionals, industry experts and buyers will find numerous opportunities to learn about current trends and trendsetting developments, to discover commercially promising series recommendations, and to see the first images from 2021’s most important series from Germany and other countries. All of it concentrated and located in one place – the EFM website.”
Conference programme highlights: impact storytelling and narrative trends
The digital conference on March 3 will be opened in cooperation with the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, main partner of “Berlinale Series Market & Conference”. The official Berlinale Series programme includes the new series It’s a Sin by legendary British series creator Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, Queer as Folk, Years and Years), and in his opening keynote conversation, he will talk about his wish to address complex subjects and make them accessible to a large audience.
In the masterclass “Social Impact Storytelling”, Maurício Mota (Wise Entertainment) will show how serial storytelling can change hardened perceptions and promote inclusion. Guy Bisson (Ampere Analytics) presents global narrative trends and current facts. In the discussion that follows, high-profile industry representatives will debate the influence of current world events on the detailed strategy of fictional content producers.
Series showcases from all over the world will complement the programme and present new productions and themes. Another high point will be the “Upcoming Series from Germany” selection, which gives insight into the newest German series: Para – Wir sind King (W&B Television, TNT Serie, WarnerMedia), Wild Republic (Lailaps Pictures / X Filme Creative Pool, MagentaTV / WDR / SWR / arte / One, Beta Film), Blackout – Morgen ist es zu spät (W&B Television, SAT.1 / Joyn, Red Arrow Studios International) and Terra Vision (WT) (Kundschafter Film / Sunny Side Up, Netflix). The complete programme will be announced in February.
Series available for online screening
The newly created special label “Berlinale Series Market Selects” highlights extraordinary series of high commercial potential within the “Berlinale Series Market” screenings. The selection – limited to 15 projects maximum – is made by the Berlinale Series committee. With a strong focus on new European productions as well as series from Australia, Russia and Canada, the twelve projects in total bearing the “Berlinale Series Market Selects” label exemplify the global and thematic diversity of the series market: Potential discoveries include crime stories and contemporary family constellations from Scandinavia; creator Albert Espinosa focuses on mental illness in the young adult series Alive & Kicking; and Keeley Hawes and Joanna Lumley grapple with smart houses and the bereavement process in Finding Alice. In the series Katakomben, from Germany, Munich’s surface and its underworld collide in explosive ways.
The “Berlinale Series Market & Conference” is a joint initiative of the European Film Market, the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents, and is organised in close collaboration with Berlinale Series. The “Berlinale Series Market & Conference” takes place in partnership with Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, and is funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
“Series Market Selects” 2021
Creator: Julie De Fina, Matthew Bate
Director: Jonathan Brough with Erik Thomson, Natalie Abbott, Rachel Griffiths
Production company: Closer Productions
Broadcaster: ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
World Sales: ABC Commercial
Episodes 1-3 of 6
When his latest outburst goes viral, volatile celebrity chef Easton West flees back to his hometown and tries to reinvent himself through an unlikely partnership with his 19-year-old pastry wunderkind niece.
Alfa (Grow), Denmark
Creator: Milad Avaz
Director: Milad Avaz with Lars Mikkelsen, Andreas Jessen, Sebastian Jessen
Production company: SF Studios Productions, Rocket Road Pictures
Broadcaster: TV2 Denmark, TV4 Sweden
World Sales: ZDF Enterprises
Episodes 1 and 2 of 8
A stockbroker remembers his family roots in organised crime and dives ever deeper into the world of Danish biker gangs. His ambition is only matched by the efforts of his brother, a drug enforcement officer, to save him.
Сны Алисы (Dreams of Alice), Russia
Creator: Anastasia Volkova
Showrunners: Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov
Director: Andrey Dzhunkovskiy with Alina Gvasaliya, Aleksey Rozin, Ekaterina Vilkova
Production company: 1-2-3 Production
World Sales: 1-2-3 Production
Episode 1 of 8
Teenage girl Alice lives in a small town where everything seems ordinary at first sight. She can’t wait to get away from it: the bullying at school, the fights with her mother – and the bloody premonitions that keep haunting her. But what if there is no way to leave?
Los Espabilados (Alive and Kicking), Spain
Creator: Albert Espinosa
Director: Roger Gual with Álvaro Requena, Marco Sanz, Sara Manzano, Aitor Valadéz
Production company: Movistar+ in co-production with Dynamo Audiovisual
World Sales: Beta Film
Episodes 1 and 2 of 7
Four teenagers escape from a psychiatric institution. With a detective on their heels, they take on life with their very own wit, humor and charm – challenging our conception of sanity.
Finding Alice, United Kingdom
Director: Roger Goldby with Keeley Hawes, Joanna Lumley, Nigel Havers
Production company: Red Production Company
World Sales: STUDIOCANAL
Episodes 1 and 2 of 6
The night Alice and her family move into the dreamhouse her husband Harry built, he has a fatal accident. His sudden death kicks up a storm of secrets, debt and suspicion which Alice is forced to confront in order to survive.
Katakomben (Echos), Germany
Creators: Jakob M. Erwa, Florian Kamhuber
Showrunner: Jakob M. Erwa, Florian Kamhuber
Director: Jakob M. Erwa with Lilly Charlotte Dreesen, Sabine Timoteo, Mercedes Müller
Production company: NEUESUPER
Broadcaster: ProSiebenSat.1, JOYN
Word Sales: Beta Film
Episodes 1 and 2 of 6
When a group of bored high-society kids meets the invisible lower class in the Munich catacombs, everything crashes.
Io ti cercherò (Standing Tall), Italy
Creator: Leonardo Fasoli, Maddalena Ravagli
Director: Gianluca Maria Tavarelli with Alessandro Gassman, Maya Sansa, Andrea Sartoretti
Production company: Publispei
World Sales: ZDF Enterprises
Episodes 1 and 2 of 8
An ex-police officer investigates into his estranged son’s alleged suicide. With the help of old allies and facing the demons of his past, he risks everything to keep the promise he made to his only child.
Mon Fils (Son of Mine), Canada
Creators: Michel D’Astous, Anne Boyer
Director: Mariloup Wolfe with Antoine L’Écuyer, Élise Guilbault, Patrice Godin
Production companies: Quebecor, Duo Productions
Broadcasters: Club Illico, TVA
World Sales: Oble
Episode 1 and 2 of 6
18-year-old Jacob’s life is shattered by the sudden onset of schizophrenia. His once-bright future is irretrievably shaken by this unforgiving mental illness. As is his mother Marielle’s life, who won’t give up on her son and is determined to help him to get onto the road of recovery.
Creators: Arne Berggren, Kristine Berg
Showrunners: Arne Berggren, Kristine Berg
Directors: Ken Are Bongo, Arne Berggren, Kristine Berg with Hanne Mathisen Haga, Stein Bjørn, Eila Ballovara Varsi
Production Company: Shuuto Norway
Broadcaster: A Media
World Sales: REinvent International Sales
Episodes: 1 and 2 of 8
A criminology student returns to her home town in Northern Norway to throw herself into the investigation of what turns out to be a serial killer case.
OVNI(s) (UFOs), France
Creators: Clémence Dargent, Martin Douaire
Director: Antony Cordier with Melvil Poupaud, Michel Vuillermoz, Géraldine Pailhas
Production company: Montebello Productions
World Sales: STUDIOCANAL
Episodes 1-4 of 12
1978. Didier, a brilliant space engineer, is assigned a new task after his rocket launch went awry: As the head of GEPAN, he has to solve the many mysteries of UFO sightings and lead his team of misfits to efficiency and success.
Pørni (Suck it up), Norway
Creator: Henriette Steenstrup
Directors: Gunnar Vikene, Charlotte Blom with Henriette Steenstrup, Nils Ole Oftebro, Gunnar Eiriksson
Production company: Monster Scripted
World Sales: TBA
Episodes 1-3 of 6
Pørni has two daughters, an irresponsible ex, a father and a nephew she took in after a family tragedy, a job in child welfare and a house and garden. Why would she have trouble finding time for herself – especially her love life?
Seeds of Deceit, Netherlands
Director: Miriam Guttmann
Production company: De Familie Film & TV
World Sales: Dogwoof
Episodes 1-3 of 3
Dr. Karbaat, a pioneer in artificial insemination, became subject to controversy when evidence accumulated that he used his own semen for the process. The documentary series portrays the shocking revelations and the people whose lives were affected by this.