The one-day event this coming weekend is being hosted by goEast in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Foundation and will be an opportunity for young filmmakers from Germany, Eastern and South-eastern Europe to present their story ideas and find potential partners to form a team which can then apply for the Foundation's Promotional Prize for Joint Film Productions next year.
The project market's 20 participants will also be able to forge contacts with visiting producers and TV commissioning editors during a series of workshops held as part of the goEast Young Professionals Programme at the festival.
In addition, the festival will be used as a launchpad for a new DVD label, goEast Edition, which has been created with distributor absolut Medien and the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper, to provide wider circulation for films from Central and Eastern Europe. The first titles selected for release include Benedek Fliegauf's Dealer and Srdan Golubovic's The Trap, which won the Best Director Award and the FIPRESCI Prize at last year's edition of goEast.
The International Jury, which is headed this year by German producer Eberhard Junkersdorf (The Tin Drum) and includes the actor Stipe Erceg (The Edukators) and Bulgarian film critic Bojidar Manov, have 10 feature films and six documentaries to view, including the Kinotavr 2007 winner Simple Things and the controversial Estonian-UK film Magnus.
The festival also includes an homage to Sergei Paradzhanov and a portrait of Benedek Fliegauf as well as symposium on documentary filmmaking in Southeastern Europe.
The competition line-up is as follows:
Feature film competition
All Will Be Well, dir: Tomasz Wiszniewski (Poland)
By The River, dir: Eva Nejman (Ukraine)
Cargo 200, dir : Aleksei Balabanov (Russia)
Dolina, dir: Zoltan Kamondi (Hungary)
I Am From Titov Veles, dir; Teona Strugar Mitevska (Macedonia/France/Slovenia/Belgium)
Katyn, dir: Andrzej Wajda (Poland) - out of competition
Love And Other Crimes, dir: Stefan Arsenijevic (Serbia/Germany/Austria)
Magnus, dir: Kadri Kousaar (Estonia/UK)
Patchwork, dir: Rustem Abdrashov (Kazakhstan)
Simple Things, dir: Aleksei Popogrebski (Russia)
Vaclav, dir: Jiri Vejdelek (Czech Republic)
Der Transsylvanische Holzfall, dirs: Georg Tiller, Claudio Pfeifer (Germany)
Gdanski Railway Station, dir: Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz (Poland)
Spell Your Name, dir: Sergei Bukovsky (Ukraine)
The Flower Bridge, dir: Thomas Ciulei (Romania)
The Last Bus Stop, dir: Zsuzsa Boszormenyi (Hungary)
The Mosquito Problem And Other Stories, dir: Andrei Paunov (Bulgaria/Germany)