New feature projects from the UK, Spain, Denmark and France are among 12 films being presented to key potential financiers at the "Contact Berlin" financing platform being held at this year's Berlinale from February 9-10.
The line-up of projects include:
The Body In The Yard (AGAT Films & Cie, France)
The Bum's Rush (Hero Films, UK)
Details (Gota Film, Sweden)
Headrush (Zanzibar Productions, Ireland)
Little Sisters (Oscar Films, Scotland)
Loup, Y-Es-Tu' (AGAT Films & Cie, France)
The Mistery Of Galindez (Tornasol, Spain)
Pas Si Simple (Extravaganza, France)
Rondo (Saga Films, Belgium)
Templar Blood (Calypso Films, Germany)
Under The Stars (Zeitgeist, Denmark)
Wondrous Oblivion (APT Films, UK)
The twelve projects were selected on the basis of their capacity to attract gap financing from banking sources or world sales companies, or take advantage of some of the financial incentives available in Europe.
In addition, the selection centred on projects which are expected to go into pre-production or start principal photography this year and where 30%-40% of the budget still needs to be raised.
The pitching sessions are being preceded by case study workshops of feature films - the UK production Doctor Sleep from Kismet Film Company and the Kinderfilmfest's opening film Minoes from the Netherlands' Bos Bros - which have succeeded in attracting either gap financing or "off-balance" sheet money into their financial structures.
In addition, invited speakers including Claudia Droste-Deselaers (Filmstiftung NRW), Frank Hübner (ApolloMedia), Rüdiger Schmidt (European Investment Bank), and Mohammed Yussef (Invicta Film Fund) will address such issues as the availability of gap financing models in Europe, tax schemes in Europe, and Germany's financial and studio facility offers.