The 6th Berlinale Co-Production Market has announced that submissions are now open for new film projects for the 2009 market (Feb. 8-10).
The deadline for submissions is Oct. 30, 2008. Projects must have secured a minimum of 30% of their required financing and be suited to co-production in order to qualify.
The Berlinale Co-Production Market supports selected projects in searching for production partners. Producers meet on location with potential co-producers, financiers, sales agents and international distributors, as well as with broadcasting and funding representatives.
During the first five years of the Berlinale Co-Production Market a total of 69 films, 35% of participating projects, have already been completed
In 2008 the Berlinale, Cannes and Venice film festivals all featured films that had participated in the market in competition. Respectively they were Feuerherz by Luigi Falorni (Berlin), Delta by Kornel Mundruczo (Cannes) and Milk by Semih Kaplanoglu (Venice).
Ten other participating films were included in the programmes of larger festivals and opened at cinemas this year, including Flame & Citron by Ole Christian Madsen, Mongol by Sergei Bodrov and Krabat by Marco Kreuzpaintner.
Principal partners of the Berlinale Co-Production Market are the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) and the MEDIA-Programme of the European Union.