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
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
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