Projects by Catherine Breillat, Kim Ki-Duk and Dagur Kari are among the highlights of larger-than-ever CineMart co-production market (Jan 25-29, 2004).

The market, which is organised in association with the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) (Jan 21-31, 2004), will showcase some 47 projects in various stages of development that are seeking international finance.

"It is a beautiful line-up. Our best ever," said CineMart chief Ido Abram. "It is a very Rotterdam list, a real mixture of top names and very talented newcomers."

Other name directors include Gyorgy Palfi (director of Hukkle), Lou Ye (Purple Butterfly), Jasmin Dizdar (Beautiful People), Srdjan Dragojevic (Pretty Village, Pretty Flame) and Jeong Jae-Yun (Take Care Of My Cat). The line up also includes Citta Invisibili, the first three films in a series on cities by established masters Goran Paskaljevic, Otar Iosselaini and Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

While most projects are still at script stage a handful are in production and attend in order to gather completion or post-production funding. They include Thom Fitzgerald's 3 Needles, Barlen Pyamootoo's Benares, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Tropical Melody and, a first for Cinemart, animated feature Blanche Neige La Suite by Belgian director Picha. Breillat's Une Vielle Maitresse is the most expensive at Euros8m, and comes to market with Euros4m and a sales company (Flache Pyramide International) already in place.

The line-up is also faithful to Rotterdam in that it includes new projects by previous CineMart discoveries Kari (whose first film was Noi The Albino) and Pierre-Paul Renders (Thomas In Love) and whose previous films have appeared in Rotterdam's Tiger competition: Sinisa Dragin (Every Day God Kisses Us On The Mouth) and Maria Speth (The Days Between). It also includes first-time directors, Miranda July and Shirin Neshat whose earlier art installations have appeared in the Rotterdam festival.

CineMart 2004 projects: film, director (producer or prod co) country

3 Needles Dir: Thom Fitzgerald (Emotion Pictures)Canada
The Abandoned Land Dir: Vimukthi Jayasundera (Unlimited) France/Sri Lanka
Les Amants Reguliers Dir: Philippe Garrel (Maia Films) France
Barca Dir: Tariq Teguia (Mandala Productions) France/Algeria
Benares Dir: Barlen Pyamootoo (Nord Express/Artcam Int) France/Mauritius
Better Things Dir: Duane Hopkins (Third Films) UK
Kamu's Desire Dir: Cathrine Kaseketi Musola (Zebra X Pictures) S Af/ Zambia
Blanche Neige La Suite Dir: Picha (YC Aligator Films) Belgium/France
Chinese State Of Mind Dirs: Emily Tang, Han Jie, Diao Yinan (Xstream Pictures) China
Citta Invisibili Dirs: Goran Paskaljevic, Otar Iosseliani, Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Rea Film) Italy
The Colour Of Water Dirs: Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth (The Ice House) Belgium
Comme Tout Le Monde Dir: Pierre-Paul Renders (Entre Chien et Loup) Belgium
Deaf, Dumb & Blonde Dir: Sara Driver (Exoskeleton) US/Argentina
The Executioner In Love Dir: Jasmin Dizdar (Osiris Produktion) UK/Germany
Factotum Dir: Bent Hamer (Bulbul Films/Starksales Inc) Norway/US
The Good Heart Dir: Dagur Kari (Zik Zak Filmworks) Iceland
Habitaciones Vacias Dir: Santiago Loza (Aeternam Films) Argentina/France
The Hunter Dir: Daniel Nettheim (Porchlight Films) Australia
If The Seed Doesn't Die Dir: Sinisa Dragin (Sinisa Dragin) Romania
Invisible Waves Dir: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Cinemasia) Thailand
Key To The Dream Dir: Sasa Gedeon (Negativ) Czech Republic
The Lonely Planet Dir: Jacob Tierney (Victorious Films) Canada
Madonnen Dir: Maria Speth (Pandora Film) Germany
Me, You And Everyone We Know Dir: Miranda July (Gina Kwon) US
Mientras Tanto Dir: Diego Lerman (El Campo Cine) Argentina
My Queen Caro Dir: Dorothee van den Berghe (Lumiere Producties/K2) Bel
Nao Por Acaso Dir: Philippe Barcinsky (O2 Filmes/Buena Onda Films) Brazil
The Paraffin Child Dir: Simone Horrocks (T.H.E. Films) New Zealand
The Porcupine Dir: Srdjan Dragojevic (Bluelight) UK/Serbia
Push Dir: Allard van der Werff (Kasander Film Company) Netherlands/UK
El Sol Verde Dir: Fernando Tallo (Lita Stantic Producciones) Argentina
Sonetaula Dir: Salvatore Mereu (Gianluca Arcopinto) Italy
Stray Dogs Dir: Marziyeh Meshkini (Wild Bunch) France/Iran
The Summer Palace Dir: Lou Ye (Dream Factory) China
Taepoong Taeyang Dir: Jeong Jae-Eun (LJ Film Co Ltd) South Korea
Taxidermia Dir: Gyorgy Palfi (Memento Films) Hungary/France
La Trahison Dir: Philippe Faucon (Kinok Films) France
Tropical Malady Dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Kick the Machine/AS Films) Thailand/France
Untitled Project Dir: Julia Loktev (Julia Loktev) US
Une Vieille Maitresse Dir: Catherine Breillat (Flach Film) France
De Vliegenierster Van Kazbek Dir: Ineke Smits (Van Huystee Film & TV) Neth
Weltmeister Dir: Florian Flicker (Coop99) Austria
Women Without Men Dir: Shirin Neshat (Essential Filmproduktion) France/Ger
WWW Dir: Faouzi Bensaidi (Gloria Films) France/Morocco
Yuri Dir: Kim Ki-Duk (LJ Film Co Ltd) South Korea/Germany
Les Zones Turquoises Dir: Jean-Christophe Klotz (Les Films du Poisson) France
Het Zwijgen Dirs: Andre van der Hout & Adri Schrover (Waterland Film) Neth