European film market gears up for online publishing

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The Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market (EFM) is gearing up for its next online edition, for which it has announced 35 promising feature film projects from 25 countries selected for its co-production market.

The EFM also unveiled details of the digital platform on which business will be conducted on Friday.

The Berlinale Co-Production Market selection includes works at various stages from global directors, most of whom are known on the festival circuit while several are Berlin regulars, such as Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir, who was part of the Berlin jury last year.

The prolific Jacir will present “The Oblivion Theory”; Turkish filmmaker Yeşim Ustaoğlu, who first appeared in Berlin, will present her new drama “Left Over”; Polish Oscar-nominated director Jan Komasa (“Corpus Christi”) to unveil “Shine of the Sun”; while New York-based Filipino filmmaker Isabel Sandoval, who caused a stir with transgender drama “Lingua Franca”, will talk about her follow-up feature “Tropical Gothic”.

Other notable achievements include new projects by Argentinian Benjamín Naishtat, known for “Rojo” and who teamed up with Maria Alché on “Puan”; Elite Zexer from Israel (“Sand Storm”) who are looking for partners for “Two Peas in a Pod” and Bruce McDonald from Canada (“Dreamland”) who have “Vic & Doc & Duke go to the Store” in the works.

The projects of 14 female directors and 13 male directors make up the 25 photos which form the core of the selection, some of which are co-produced. The full list of projects is available here.

Producers of the film will meet international co-producers, global sales agents, broadcasters, streaming platforms, distributors, representatives of public funds and financiers from around the world at more than 1,000 one-on-one meetings held at the film. ‘advance, according to a press release from the EFM.

The “Co-Pro Series” and “Books at Berlinale” selections will be announced in the coming weeks.

The EFM, which will take place online from March 1-5, as revealed Variety last month, also provided details on how its digital platform will be structured. Marlet screenings will be scheduled according to the pre-established schedule and will be accessible within a window of 120 minutes after the designated start time.

All market participants will determine their own time zone. The start time of the film will be based on the determined local time, ensuring, for example, that users in Australia, Central Europe or the West Coast of the United States can view specific screenings at the same time. local. “This projection format preserves the momentum of a presentation in the market,” the EFM statement said.

On the sales side, EFM’s global sales companies will showcase their current film lineups and upcoming titles on the platform’s digital booths, which will also serve as a vehicle for national promotion agencies and the plethora of other entities that normally participate. Accredited market visitors will have access to an EFM guide and digital booths with a company’s program and events, and will be able to connect with booth owners who can also use their preferred video conferencing systems for meetings.

In a separate news item from the EFM, the Berlinale also announced on Friday that “Dreams” will be the theme of its Berlinale Talents section, for which the digital section from March 1 to 5 is launching a high-tech virtual space designed by set designer Uli Hanisch (“The Queen’s Gambit”, “Babylon Berlin”) which transforms the real Berlin theater Hebbel am Ufer into a digital set, in order to allow the 200 Berlinale Talents selected “to convert the distance between the homes of participants from 65 countries” and theater as an “augmented meeting point”.

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