Renowned Delhi photographer Sohrab Hura’s 17-minute film The Coast will have its world premiere at the virtual edition of the Berlinale’s Forum Expanded section.
Hura is only the second Indian photographer after Raghu Rai to be part of the global photography collective Magnum Photos.
The 16th Edition of Forum Expanded selection consists of shorts, medium-length films and features, and will screen 17 films as well as art installations. In the Shorts program, a total of 20 titles will compete for the Berlinale prizes this year. European Film Market runs from march 1 to 5, 2021.
Hura’s short film The Coast, is part of photobook of the same title, a larger project The Lost Head and the Bird, which explores “the frightening post-truth world, with a focus on the socio-political environment in India.”
“As the country has gradually slipped into growing polarization and violence, Hura noticed that his parents were becoming victims of disinformation. He felt the need to express his observations and unease through his own visual language, and the project was first released as a short film (which in addition to Hura’s photographs, also uses an archive of found and researched images). The photobook is its most recent iteration, and while the film and the book use different approaches, they both explore storytelling through visual elements,” said Olga Yatskevich in Collector Daily. “The photobook is its most recent iteration, and while the film and the book use different approaches, they both explore storytelling through visual elements.”
The Coast opens with an absurd short story that leads into a sequence of images taken along the Indian coastline. The Coast centers around the character of Madhu, who has lost her head – literally. Her head was stolen by her lover, and other characters includes a fortune-teller, an idiot photographer — and story is retold 12 times in The Coast, photobook.
The Coast can be watched by the Press and EFM Industry during Berlinale EFM 2021 beginning March 1.
Hura’s earlier film Bittersweet focuses on the filmmaker’s mother—diagnosed with acute paranoid schizophrenia—and her dog, Elsa. A search for meaning and closure, and a means of questioning and discovering the banalities of everyday life.
Amidst the pandemic, Berlinale Talents creates a space for encounters, networks and exchanges during the European Film Market. Berlinale Talents has selected 205 film professionals – 113 women, 84 men and 8 who preferred to not state their gender – from 65 countries. Placed under the theme of “Dreams,” this 19th edition will take place between 1-5 March.
As the first part of this twofold Berlinale 2021, chosen Talents as well as a host of guests and the public are invited into a virtual forum which will showcase the unending possibilities and dream worlds of film: an opportunity to begin building and sharing a global vision for the cinema of the future. The initiative draws not only on the utopic potential of dreams – crucial to so many of us these days – but also brings into sight the many fascinating parallels between the nocturnal film sets we visit in our sleep and the dream-machine that is cinema.
Together the 205 Talents will participate in a 5-day virtual programme featuring tailor-made events with internationally renowned experts holding workshops and talks, some of which are open to the public via berlinale-talents.de.
All the World at Home
This year, set-designer Uli Hanisch (The Queen’s Gambit, Babylon Berlin) will transform the HAU Hebbel Theatre am Ufer into a digital set, allowing Berlinale Talents to convert the distance between the homes of participants from 65 countries and the HAU Theatre into an “SDream,” or an augmented meeting point. “It’s just like being in a dream: Talents, audience and guests will be in Berlin and elsewhere at the same time. The alleged opposition between ‘Real’ and ‘Virtual’ is consumed by our optimistic ‘Everywhere’ for this edition of Berlinale Talents – a programmatic dream journey, which gives new form to our vision for a creative world without boundaries,” in the words of Berlinale Talents heads Christine Tröstrum and Florian Weghorn. The complete programme, including events for the film industry, talks and live-workshops open to the public will be published mid-February.
205 Selected Talents
Not only streaming, sdreaming! Together with 205 invited participants (from 65 countries, selected from a pool of 3,000 applicants), Berlinale Talents is committed to scouting out new paths for a creative industry in the midst of radical change. Talents bring the basic ingredients for such an endeavour: each with their individual strengths and hopes, they come from 13 disciplines and with about 10 years of professional experience under their belts. And all firmly believe in the transformative potential of a community that did not wait for a crisis to actively address challenges and works to ”dream on.” For the first time in 2021, the group includes emerging curators of festivals, innovative VOD-platforms and communal cinemas that shape the future of the audience experience from Indonesia to Mexico. 55% of participants this year define themselves as female, a top value that waits to be replicated industry-wide, as so many applications unmistakably called for. And a broader trend: the social engagement of Talents goes far beyond their films. As creative entrepreneurs they are strongly committed to fairer working relations and equal pay, they are founding film collectives and cinema associations to strengthen their position, and they advocate in favour of indigenous communities, against climate change and for the queer community. But above all else, all 205 Talents are daring daydreamers, about whose work you can find out more at www.berlinale-talents.de.
9 Talents live in or come from India
Tathagata Ghosh, director and screenwriter. His short “Miss Man”, which tells the story of a gay man in a rural village, whose father wants to marry him off to the daughter of a relative, travelled the international festival circuit, garnering several accolades; his short “The Demon” is currently streaming on MX Player and Cinemapreneur and will soon release on Disney+Hotstar.
Cinematographer Paromita Dhar, interested in (Post)Migration, lensed “Birha” (Absence) which premiered in Busan International film festival, IDFA and Yamagata in 2018-19, furthermore DoP on award-winning documentary project “Behind the Tin Sheets” about construction workers in Bangalore
Tanaji Dasgupta is a producer, writer and actor. He has co-written and produced “The Hungry” (dir: Bornila Chatterjee), which premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival and was acquired by Amazon Prime Video, and produced “Cat Sticks” (dir: Ronny Sen), which premiered and won the Jury Honorable Mention at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival, and was acquired by MUBI.
The Indian selection is complemented by three Indian filmmakers living and working abroad
The Indian director and selected Berlinale Talents Doc Station 2021 participant Kinshuk Surjan, who lives between Brussels and Bhopal, his bachelor graduation film POLA won the Indian National Student Film Award for Best Film and Best Script in 2013 and the master graduation film DE FLANDRIEN won the Flanders Audiovisual Fund’s VAF WILDCARD
Bedatri Datta Choudhury, a US-based film critic who writes for publications such as Buzzfeed, Forbes, Reverse Shot, IndieWire, and Vice
US-based director and screenwriter Shuchi Talati, whose most recent work “A Period Piece,” about an afternoon of period (i.e. menstruation) sex, was selected for SXSW 2020.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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
The 51st edition of International Film Festival of India, which is taking place from 16-24 January 2021 in Goa, will capture the new narratives that have emerged in cinema today, said Chaitanya Prasad, Additional Director General, Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. Amidst COVID-19, the IFFI Team has been working hard collaborating and curating films for the festival.
“We are trying to get or capture the new narratives that have emerged in cinema today, whether it is storytelling, storytellers, new business models or the use of technology. Today it is content versus technology, technology versus creativity, and creativity versus audience taste. And what we are looking at is a kind of a convergence model which is emerging. I think it is a very bold step as far as the International Film circuit is concerned because we are trying to bring forth a balance between the virtual and the real,” said Prasad in his special address at the Curtain Raiser of IFFI 2021, held during CII Big Picture Summit.
The Festival will take place in a hybrid mode, informed the Additional Director General, Directorate of Film Festivals. “It’s a very bold move on part of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting which has given us a go ahead to organize this festival in a hybrid form. Now, the hybrid form means that we would have certain segments which would be in the virtual category, and there would be certain segments which would be in the physical mode,” he added.
Prasad said that he was elated at the overwhelming response the organizers received for the 51st edition of IFFI. “We are absolutely overwhelmed by the kind of response that we have received in terms of delegate registration that has come to us from different parts of the world and the kind of participation that we have seen because we thought it would be difficult to get things moving.”
The 9-day IFFI, which is also oldest in Asia, will showcase the works of a wide variety of filmmakers across the world with masterclasses and knowledge series in accordance with the norms set under the COVID-19 safety protocol.
“Indian Panorama has its own quality and platform of Indian cinema. But as far as World Cinema is concerned, this year we’ve been overwhelmed by the number of films that have come for the India Premiere, the world premiere, and the International premiere, etc.
He announced that the upcoming edition of IFFI roughly about 224 movies will be screened. “Of this, about 47 movies would be in Indian Panorama section, 26 in the feature section, 21 in the non-feature section, while the remaining are for the world cinema section,” Prasad said.
“It’s been a great experience putting the jigsaw puzzle together and we are absolutely inspired by the kind of response that we have received from all stakeholders across the world,” he added.
Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said the 51st International Film Festival of India in Goa would be organized in a ‘hybrid manner’. People would be able to witness the festival online while the opening and closing ceremonies would be organized at the location with a smaller audience.
Javadekar said that the inaugural ceremony of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be held on January 16th in Goa. He said, the ceremony will be held in a hybrid mode wherein the inaugural and closing ceremony will be held in physical mode while the remaining part of the festival will be conducted in virtual mode.
Javadekar also announced the selection of 23 Feature and 20 non-feature films in Indian Panorama for the 51st IFFI to be held in Goa in January 16-24. In the Feature films section, 23 films are selected that include Kripal Kalita directed Assamese movie Bridge, Hindi Films Saand Ki Aankh and Chichhore, Govid Nihlani’s English movie Up Up & Up, Nila Madhab Panda’s Odia movie Kalira Atita, Marathi Movie Prawaas, Sanskrit Movie Namo and Malayalam Movie safe directed by Nila Madhab Panda.
Saand Ki Aankh, directed by Tushar Hiranandani and featuring Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar, will be the opening movie for the Panorama section at the festival, which will also see the screenings of Vetri Maaran’s Asuran, Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore among others. The list of films, selected by a jury headed by filmmaker-writer John Mathew Matthan, also includes Bengali film Avijatrik Kannada film Pinki Elli? Malayalam film Trance (Malayalam) among others.
In non-feature films, 20 films were selected that include Ankit Kothari’s Gujarati movie Panchika, Bimal Poddar’s Bengali movie Radha, English movie Ahimsa-Gandhi : The power of powerless directed by Ramesh Sharma and Manipuri movie Highways of Life directed by Maibam Amarjeet Singh.
Ventana Sur, organised by the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) and the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, brings together all different players from the audiovisual industry to promote international co-production.
With the present pandemic, the 12th edition of Ventana Sur will take place in a hybrid format, comprising of both digital and theatrical screening. This edition will be held from 30 November to 4 December. For the first time since its inception, the largest film market in Latin America will expand to four other countries in the region (São Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Bogotá and the Mexico City) as well as three nations in Europe (Madrid Rome, Paris). Mexico is one of the territories that will host physical screenings of films selected for Ventana Sur 2020
Through its different sections, such as Primer Corte, Copia Final, Blood Window, Animation! and Proyecta, Ventana Sur promotes Latin American content of all genres (Fiction, Docs, Animation, Fantasy, Latin American Queer) and formats, providing a wide range of business possibilities and promotion, unique in the region. It also helps and promotes connections and co-productions between Europe and Latin-America.
Major of the activities will be organised online, including screenings, meetings, networking events and conferences. Ventana Sur will provide buyers with digital screenings of more than 100 Latin-American and 50 selected European films. Ventana will also organise theatrical screenings of 70 of those films, including Latam and European movies, at the same time.
More than 2,000 professional from around the world will participate this year, including more than 250 buyers and sellers. They will meet online with content producers at business conferences, pitching sessions and one-on-one meetings.
“I’m looking forward to working constructively together with the experienced and competent EFM team,” says designated European Film Market director Dennis Ruh
Berlinale’s European Film Market (EFM), has announced Dennis Ruh will be its new head taking charge of the market. He will be replacing outgoing EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol who will take new position as director of the European Film Academy.
Starting on September 15, Dennis Ruh will initially work side-by-side with the departing EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol. On November 1, 2020, Dennis Ruh will take over as director of EFM.
Dennis Ruh has been involved in the international film industry for over 12 years. Most recently, he was responsible for cooperation with international film festivals as department head at German Films, and in this position managed all substantial festivals with affiliated trade fairs and industry events. He is widely internationally networked and highly familiar with the international distribution business.
“With Dennis Ruh, we have gained a well-connected industry expert to head the EFM. We both see him as a committed and forward-thinking individual, and we’re looking forward to working together,” say the Berlinale directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian.
“The EFM is very well-positioned. It’s an integral part of the film business cycle and an important driving force for the industry. I want to continue its successful tack within the challenging market setting, and further expand strategic development and positioning. I’m looking forward to working constructively together with the experienced and competent EFM team,” says designated EFM director Dennis Ruh.
37-year-old Ruh studied cultural sciences, audiovisual communication, social science and history in Bremen, Germany and Valencia, Spain. During his studies, he began working for the Oldenburg International Film Festival in 2008, where he was in charge of programming, sponsoring, marketing and personnel, and became a co-director in 2011. He also worked for Independent Partners Distribution from 2010 to 2012.
In 2012, he switched to German Films, the German organisation for international promotion and distribution of German films. There, he was the department head for international festival relations, and the point of contact for producers developing festival and distribution strategies. He is a regular guest lecturer on promoting young talent at German film schools, and reports on the foreign appraisal of German films.
“It was a fantastic and an incredibly enriching experience for me to make a contribution to further expanding the Berlinale, especially the Berlinale Talents and then the EFM, over the past twelve years. I leave the festival with a lot of good memories. I wish to thank everyone in the festival management for their faith in me, and I am pleased that the future will offer new opportunities to continue working together”, comments Matthijs Wouter Knol.
The 2021 EFM will take place in a hybrid format. In addition to the regular booth areas, screenings will continue to take place in the central cinemas in close proximity to the market. Online screenings will also be available.
Various online offers are also being expanded and newly developed, covering the comprehensive EFM platform programme. A five-day conference is planned from February 12-16, 2021, with its programme concentrating the platforms “EFM Producers Hub”, “EFM Horizon”, “EFM Landmark”, “DocSalon”, “Berlinale Series Market” and “Berlinale Africa Hub” for all market visitors, and providing an overview of the most important trendsetting innovations.