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February 17, 2024

New project A WOMAN BUILD selected in 2024 Berlinale Co-Production Market.


The 21st Berlinale Co-Production Market announces its selection

The 21st edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market is set to showcase 34 new feature-film projects from 27 different countries. They will be unveiled and discussed during the event scheduled to take place from 17-21 February. The producers behind the projects will have the opportunity to engage with potential international co-producers, world sales agents, TV broadcasters, fund representatives, streaming platforms, distributors and various financing partners from around the globe. Notably, 17 of the selected projects are helmed by women, marking an encouraging trend, while the total number of submissions has risen to 318, indicating a slight increase compared to the previous year. The Berlinale Co-Production Market is an integral component of the European Film Market, slated to run from 15-21 February.

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Martina Bleis, head of the Berlinale Co-Production Market, commented: “Powerfully, and on a new level, these projects echo the issues that are currently occupying people’s minds: home and migration, parenthood and the fear of commitment, political and social conflicts – many topics are reflected in a number of projects with diverse approaches. Current political conflicts are sometimes examined through the lens of the past or, alternatively, in visions of the future. In addition to arthouse dramas and thrillers, the selection includes plenty of warmth and humour, and topics such as competition from artificial intelligence, the unexpected effects of climate change, intrigue in diplomatic circles and hand-tight family conflict are viewed from unusual perspectives. It will be extremely rewarding to see this material brought to the big screen.”

The official line-up comprises 18 fiction-feature projects that are partially funded, with budgets ranging from €600,000 to €5 million. Included in this selection are new ventures from noteworthy filmmakers such as Kateryna Gornostai, recipient of the Crystal Bear for Stop-Zemlia [+], and Antonio Lukich (Luxembourg, Luxembourg [+]), both representing Ukraine. Additionally, there are projects by Andrea Pallaoro (Monica [+]), Serbian actor-director Mirjana Karanović (A Good Wife [+]), and a collaborative effort by Chinese-Japanese directorial duo Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka (Stonewalling).

The companies participating in the Company Matching programme hail from France, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden and the UK. Participants have the opportunity to arrange one-on-one meetings with these firms, allowing for discussions on a structural level or regarding project slates, thus facilitating the exchange of ideas.

by Vassilis Economou (cineuropa)

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