Co-production market has three prizes including new Wouter Barendrecht Award in conjunction with Fortissimo Films.

A host of global auteurs, along with new voices, have been selected for The International FIlm Festival Rotterdam’s famed CineMart co-production market.

Filmmakers who have projects selected include Miss Lovely director Ashim Ahluwalia from India; Ukranian director of multi-award-winning The Tribe Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy; Argentina’s Benjamin Naishtat (History of Fear); Fellipe Barbosa (Casa Grande); American duo Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin, whose previous film Now, Forager played at Rotterdam; Dutch director Nanouk Leopold [pictured]; and Sacha Polak (Hemel). Full list of selected projects below.

CineMart is one of the industry’s first co-production markets, now in its 32nd edition. There are three awards — The Eurimages Co-production Development Award of €20,000, The Arte International Price of €7,000 and the inaugural Wouter Barendrecht Award of €5,000 which is awarded by CineMart in conjunction with Fortissimo Films.

CineMart runs Jan 25-28 as part of IFFR which runs Jan 21-Feb 1.

Five of the projects — Boyfriend (Ashim Ahluwalia), Cactus Flower (Hala Elkoussy), Rojo (Benjamin Naishtat), Luxembourg (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy) and Santa Y Delfin (Carlos Lechuga) were all previous recipients of funding via IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund (HBF).

Also, several CineMart filmmakers are presenting current projects at the 2015 festival — Slaboshpytskiy with The Tribe, Syllas Tzoumerkas with A Blast and Khavn with Desaparadiso.

Marit van den Elshout, Head of Industry and CineMart, commented “We are very happy with this year’s line-up. The programme is packed with incredibly talented filmmakers and projects with high potential. The projects offer a wide variety in storytelling, tone and cinematographic approach and present some great discoveries. All the projects are in the right stage to attach financiers and are ready for the international market. We cannot wait to connect these filmmakers with their right potential partners and assist them further in their development.”

 CineMart 2015

  • ANGEL by Koen Mortier, Belgium/Senegal/France - CZAR FILM / Tobina Films / Anonymes Films
  • LA BARRACUDA by Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin, US – Small Drama / Hot Metal Films / Blue Suitcase Productions
  • BOYFRIEND by Ashim Ahluwalia, India - Future East Film
  • CEUX QUI TRAVAILLENT by Antoine Russbach, Switzerland - Box Productions
  • COBAIN by Nanouk Leopold, Netherlands - Circe Films / Waterland Film
  • CUNNINGHAM by Alla Kovgan, France/US - Arsam International / Chance Operations
  • LOS DELINCUENTES by Rodrigo Moreno, Argentina - Compañía Amateur / Rizoma
  • LA FILLE DE L’ESTUAIRE by Gaëlle Denis,UK/France - Life to Live Films
  • GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN by Fellipe Barbosa, Brazil - TvZero / Gamarosa Filmes
  • THE GRAY BEYOND by Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, Chile/Japan - Jirafa Films / Wa Entertainment
  • HOLIDAY by Isabella Eklöf, Denmark – Dharmafilm / Beofilm
  • KODOKUSHI by Janus Victoria, Philippines/Malaysia/Japan - Paperheart
  • LUXEMBOURG by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine/Germany - Tandem Production / Garmata Film
  • THE MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA by Syllas Tzoumerkas, Greece/Netherlands - Homemade Films / PRPL
  • BAT, BUTTERFLY,MOTH. by Sergio Caballero, Spain - Corte y Confección de Películas / AM Films
  • ONLY THE DEAD HAVE SEEN THE END OF WAR by Khavn, Philippines - Kamias Overground
  • ROJO by Benjamin Naishtat, Argentina - Pucará Cine
  • SANTA Y DELFÍN by Carlos Lechuga, Cuba - Producciones de la 5ta Avenida
  • A SHINING FLAW by Erwin Olaf, Netherlands - Eyeworks Film & TV Drama
  • TONIC IMMOBILITY by Nathalie Teirlinck, Belgium/France/Netherlands - Savage Film / CTM Pictures
  • VITA & VIRGINIA by Sacha Polak, UK/Netherlands - Mirror Productions / Viking Film


  • CACTUS FLOWER by Hala Elkoussy, Egypt - Transit Films
  • HURRAH, WIR LEBEN NOCH! by Agnieszka Polska, Poland/Germany - Kijora Anna Gawlita / Museum of Modern Art Poland
  • MR. SING SING by Phil Collins, Germany/US - Shady Lane Productions