German production outfit Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv (SKF), which co-produced Berlin competition title Black Ice, has unveiled a new slate of English language projects budgeted between Euros 5m-10m, including a historical drama based on the life of Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of printing.

'We are wanting to have more in-house development of projects working with writers from the outset and moving away from a minority to majority producer status on projects,' said SKF co-managing director Patrick Knippel.

Apart from the Gutenberg project which is being written by Norbert Maass, SKF is developing the historical thriller The Champan, written by Carolin Hecht, about the role of the Prussian diplomat Paul Georg von Moellendorf in opening up the Korean empire in the 19th century, and a Euros 8m-10m Canadian-German-Polish co-production Hidden, a historical drama to be directed by Agnieszka Holland.

In addition, SKF is beginning the financing for Andreas Marschall's mystery thriller Mirror Stare (working title) set in Berlin and Italy which has Sardinia-based Federico Demontis's Janas Pictures onboard as co-producer.

The slate also includes the family entertainment adventure film Buccaneer Girls and the fantasy film The Cold Heart based on the classic Wilhelm Hauff fairytale.

Finnish director Petri Kotwica's psychological thriller Black Ice has its international premiere in the Berlinale's Competition tonight.