CineMart, the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, has selected 39 projects for its 2008 edition, out of a record 550 entries. CineMart, celebrating its 25th anniversary, runs Jan 27-31, 2008 and comes with prize money of Euros 25,000.

The selections are low- and medium-budget features including new projects from directors Abbas Kiarostami, Sophie Fiennes, Cristi Puiu (two projects of a six-part series), Julia Loktev, Jafar Panahi, Koen Mortier, and Alex van Warmerdam.

CineMart is working with the South-African Broadcasting Corporation, National Film and Video Foundation and Binger Filmlab to present the collaborative South African project The Commandments, comprised of 10 sections.

(See full list of projects below.)

CineMart Manager Marit van den Elshout said: 'The record number of 550 project entries gave us an overview of the topical themes and developments that characterise today's independent filmmaking. We have selected powerful and promising projects that match with current demands of producers, buyers and funding bodies but also stay true to the Rotterdam spirit.'

She continued: 'The aim for the selection of the 25th anniversary of CineMart was a more focused and selective line up of projects. In order to give each project the exclusivity it deserves, we have brought down the number of projects to below 40 projects.'

CineMart is working with Arts Alliance Media to make the selected film-maker's previous work and information available on AAM's industry platform Vizumi Pro.

The 37th IFFR runs Jan 23-Feb 3, 2008. Films in the official festival selection that were born out of CineMart are Huseyin Karabey's Gitmek, Semih Kaplanoglu's Egg and Gregory King's A Song Of Good.

CineMart Selections 2008 (in alphabetical order)

7 Minutes in Heaven, Omri Givon, Transfax Film Productions, Israel
22nd of May, Koen Mortier, CCCP, Belgium
Aurora / Home Sweet Home, Cristi Puiu, Mandragora Movies, Romania
Ausencias, Milagros Mumenthaler, Ruda Cine/Bordu Films, Argentina/Switzerland
The Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly, Edwin, babibutafilm/Miles Films, Indonesia
Callgirl, Mikael Marcimain, Garagefilm AB, Sweden
Chants pour Gracchus, Pascale Breton, Aurora Films, France
Copie Conforme, Abbas Kiarostami, MK2 Productions, France/Iran
Dobberen - Vingerspel - Zandman, Cindy Jansen, SeriousFilm, Netherlands
Errors of the Human Body, Eron Sheean, ROH Film Gmbh/Axolotl Films, Germany/Australia
For Love With Best Intentions, Adrian Sitaru, Movie Partners in Motion FILM, HiFilm/4Proof Film, France/Romania
France, David Dusa, Sciapode, France
Francine, Brian Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky, Pigeon Projects, Canada/US
Friccion, Michel Lipkes, Mantarraya Producciones, Mexico
Human Race, Jorien van Nes, Submarine BV/KEYMAN Film, Netherlands
Iceman, Diao Yinan, Ho-Hi Pictures, China
Im Alter von Ellen, Pia Marais, Pandora Film Produktion, Germany
In What City Does It Live', Liew Seng Tat, Da Huang Pictures Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Le Jour des enfants, Stephane Vuillet, La Parti Production, Belgium
De Laatste dagen van Emma Blank, Alex van Warmerdam, Graniet Film/La Parti Production, Netherlands/Belgium
Land the Foggy Sea of Subic, Gyeong-Tae Roh, Teddy Bear Films co., South Korea/Cambodia
The Loneliest Planet, Julia Loktev, FaceFilm, US
Love is Not for Sale, Alexander Bashirov, Deboshirfilm/Cinema Nouveau/Amarton Filmide, Estland/Russia
Man in Tears, Fran Torres, Indio Films, Spain
Medianeras, Gustavo Taretto, Rizoma Films/Zarlek Producciones SA/Pandora Filmproduktion, Argentina, Germany
Milo, Berend Boorsma, Roel Boorsma, Fu Works, Netherlands
Offside, Igor Sterk, A.A.C. Productions, Slovenia
Las Oscuras primaveras, Ernesto Contreras, Agencia SHA, Mexico
Le Père de mes enfants, Mia Hansen-Løve, Les Films Pelleas, France
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, Sophie Fiennes, P Guide Ltd / Kasander (KTV BV), UK/Netherlands
Poem 1-4, Angela Schanelec, Nachmittagfilm Angela Schanelec, Germany
Return, Jafar Panahi, Jafar Panahi Productions, Iran
Return, Liza Johnson, 2.1 Films, US
Rhapsody, Gillies MacKinnon, Grand Pictures, Ireland
Room of Dreams, Sono Sion, PaxEterna Ltd./atRandom Inc., Japan
Les Steppes, Vanja d'Alcantara, Need Productions/Lumière, Belgium
Upperdog, Sara Johnsen, Friland AS, Norway
Venice, Miro Bilbrough, Dragonet Films/Firesign Productions, Australia/New Zealand
The Commandments, Various directors, South Africa:
a. Blood Down Claim Street, Norman Maake, produced by David Max Brown
b. Joseph, Gilli Apter, produced by Dan Jawitz
c. Gazelle 911, Jean Meeren, Zinaid Meeran, produced by Dan Jawitz
d. Marula Tree, Noziziwe Ginindza, produced by TOM Pictures
e. Hidden Garden, Tristan Holmes, produced by TOM Pictures
f. Belly Dancing and the Art of Catching Stars on Water, Akiedah Mohammed, produced by David Max Brown
g. Gees, Teddy Mattera, produced by Bridget Pickering
h. Lucky Lady, Niki Newman, produced by Bridget Pickering
i. Road to Kambula, Busi Ntintili, Khalo Matabane, produced by Cherglo Productions
j. The Other Son, Matthew Brown, produced by Cherglo Productions