Production and financing outfit Invicta Entertainment has set up its headquarters in Berlin to produce films in the $1m-$10m range for the international market.

With an in-house development team and access to private equity for development and production, Invicta will have the ability to acquire, develop and produce projects at will.

Commenting on the choice of Berlin as the location for the new outfit's base, producer Darryn Welch said: ' Berlin and its practical geographical setting enables unexpected synergy in the film industry that we plan to adopt for our productions.'

Apart from being a partner last autumn on A Mark Entertainment's Hitchcockian thriller Night Train by M. Brian King and Flightplan screenwriter Peter Dowling's Stag Night, Invicta has recently wrapped production on Rasselas Lakew and Davey Frankel's The Athlete, a biopic about the world's most famous marathon runner Abebe Bikila, for delivery by this spring.

In addition, the company was involved last year in Peter Sehr and Marie Noelle's German-Spanish-French co-production The Anarchist's Wives, starring Nina Hoss, Juan Diego Botto and Jean-Marc Barr, which is currently in post-production.

Invicta's production slate includes the intense thriller Cruel Nature about a group of escaped convicts who take refuge at a farmhouse where the residents are far from welcoming, and the psychological drama Blanks, both scheduled for an April/May production start.

Furthermore, Invicta is preparing the period biopic Fever directed by Bruce Beresford, and the film noir drama This Side Of The Looking Glass, starring Brendan Fraser, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ian Holm, to be directed by Oren Moverman (screenwriter of I'm Not There).