Startups focus and China collaboration among Berlin market initiatives.

This year’s European Film Market (Feb 5-13) in Berlin will strengthen its collaboration with China through a new, long-term partnership with network Bridging the Dragon, which was founded in 2014 and promotes cooperation between European and Chinese producers.

The collaboration will include round-tables and case-studies.

Also new to this year’s programme is EFM Startups, developed with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Startup Germany e.V., which will see ten local startup entrepreneurs connect with industry.

Alongside the new TV focus Drama Series Days, the programme will see the return of the EFM Industry Debates (Feb 7-9) with Screen hosting a panel on new possibilities for producers.

There will be further panels on the success of Chinese online platforms and the German TV series landscape.

Returning EFM formats include Meet the Docs, Berlinale Talents Market Hub and American Independents in Berlin.

“With our programme, we want to expand the EFM into new business fields, develop the synergies between the festival and the EFM, and sustain the EFM’s position as one of the most important film markets worldwide,” said Matthijs Wouter Knol, new director of the EFM.