Further details of the first Berlinale Co-Production Market (BCM), which will be held during next year's festival from Feb 8-9, emerged this week.
Producers have until Dec 12 to submit feature film projects for consideration for the market, which will be held at the Talent Campus venue Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
BCM project manager Sonja Moerkens told ScreenDaily.com that between 30-40 projects with budgets ranging from Euros 2m to Euros 8m and at least 30% financing in place will be presented to 150 film financiers, TV commissioning editors, distributors and representatives of public film funding bodies.
A Market Catalogue will be sent out to potential co-producers at the beginning of next year and one-to-one meetings between the producers and potential partners arranged ahead of the event along the lines of similar events held in Rotterdam and Mannheim. In addition, the Market will also host roundtable discussions on new film financing models and the situation in the European Union accession countries.
Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick commented: "The experiences of previous years have shown there is a need for a forum for co-productions. We would like to promote constructive and intensive exchange between filmmakers and financiers at the Berlinale and also complement the activities of the European Film Market."
A bridge will also be built between BCM and the Berlinale Talent Campus through the creation of the Talent Project Market, which will allow 30 Campus participants to observe the co-production market's wheeling and dealing for a whole day on February 9.
Those Talents selected for the Project Market will have their projects published in the BCM Catalogue and receive individual coaching from leading industry figures on the presentation of their projects. In addition, five of the 30 Talent projects will be given a public pitching to the BCM participants.