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January 12, 2009 3:08 AM
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Berlinale Co-Production Market Selects 36

The sixth Berlinale Co-Production Market has selected 36 film projects from 23 countries that will be presented from February 8-10, 2009. From 333 submissions, 22 projects are in the official selection, four projects will be presented at the "Rotterdam-Berlinale-Express" in cooperation with the CineMart Rotterdam, and 10 newcomer projects from the Berlinale Talent Campus participants will be presented at the "Talent Project Market." At the Market, the projects' producers will meet with interested potential co-producers and financiers in individual one-on-one meetings.

The budgets of the projects in the official selection range from 1 to 10 million Euros, of which a minimum of 30% is already in place. Additional vital selection criteria are a structure suitable to co-production and internationally experienced producers. Seventy finished films that have resulted from the first five years of the Market. In 2008, 17 of these participated in international film festivals and were released theatrically.

This year's new projects include works from Bille August and Erik Skjoldbjaerg, while the UK and Israel are the most largely represented countries, with three projects each.

The framework of the Berlinale Co-Production Market will revolve around current trends: Case studies on film financing options, "Country Tables" with "information on co-production possibilities with selected countries," "Theme Talks", in which participants and experts "exchange their thoughts on special fields of interest," and the "Speed Matchings". The Producers' Lounge will serve as an informal meeting place.

The market for literary adaptations "Breakfast & Books", a cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair, will also take place for the fourth time on February 10. At "Breakfast & Books", "representatives of publishing houses present bestselling and new publications whose film rights are still available to interested producers."


Selected projects of the 2009 Berlinale Co-Production Market

Two (Director: Oded Davidoff), 2-Team Productions, Israel

P+K (Director: Tova Magnusson-Norling), Anagram Produktion & Rock'n'Roll Film, Sweden

Snowhite (Director: Pablo Berger), Arcadia Motion Pictures, Spain

Goodnight (Director: Gregor Buchkremer), Busse & Halberschmidt Filmproduktion, Germany

Silence (Director: Baran bo Odar), Cine Plus Filmproduktion / Luethje & Schneider Film, Germany

Seasons of Tokyo (Director: tba), Entertainment Farm, Japan

Love Eternal (Director: Brendan Muldowney), Fastnet Films, Ireland

The Diary (Director: Bille August), Future Films, UK

She Is Not Crying, She Is Singing (Director: Philippe de Pierpont), Iota Production, Belgium

Abanibi (Director: Shemi Zarhin), July August Productions, Israel

On the Pripyat River (Director: Michale Boganim), Les Films du Poisson, France

English Lessons (Director: Pascal-Alex Vincent), Local Films, France

The Ardor (Director: Pablo Fendrik), Magma Cine, Argentina & Imval Producciones, Spain

The Book of Internal Grammar(Director: Nir Bergman), Norma Productions, Israel

Mary's Ride (Director: Thomas Imbach), Okofilm Productions & Hugofilm, Switzerland

The Wedding Party (Director: Jeremy Lovering), Origin Pictures, UK

Stormland (Director: Marteinn St. Thorsson), Pegasus Pictures, Iceland

Mrs P (Director: Marek Losey), Poisson Rouge Pictures, UK

The Repeaters (Director: Carl Bessai), Raven West Films, Canada

Spud(Director: Donovan Marsh), Rogue Star Films, South Africa

The Sign of the Elves (Director: Morten Tyldum), SF Norge, Norway

Bone (Director: Ryan Redford), The Film Works, Canada


Selected projects of the Rotterdam-Berlinale-Express

On the Plank (Director: Leila Kilani), Aurora Films, France

Zephyr (Director: Belma Bas), Filmik Production, Turkey

Pioneer (Director: Erik Skjoldbjaerg), Friland, Norway

Hunter (Director: Bakur Bakuradze), Salvador D Production Company & CTB Film Company, Russia


Selected projects of the Talent Project Market

Carjacking (Lars Blumers, Director/Author), France

Fe (Alejo Crisostomo, Author/Director/Producer), Guatemala

New Family (Elad Gavish, Producer), Israel

Cuando Llegues/When You Arrive (Gabriela Isas, Director/Producer), USA/UK

The Hanji Box (Amy Lo, Producer), USA

A Story of a Palestinian Gangster (Meike Martens, Producer & Azza El-Hassan, Director/Author), Germany/Jordan

Neither the Veil nor the Four Walls (Afia Nathaniel, Director), Pakistan

The Other End (Felipe Sholl, Director/Author), Brazil

Akyat-Baba, Paikot-Ikot (Margie Templo, Producer), Philippines

Exit 47 (Theresa von Eltz, Director), UK/Germany

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1 Comment

  • zannelex | January 12, 2009 7:51 AMReply

    Thanks for a great new layout -- back to the written word of lists is fab. I can quicly look at my interests and read on.

    Congrats, Eugene and Company.

    Zanne Lexow (member since the beginning)