Industry Events

Harnessing the energy of Berlin and the passion for film, the European Film Market is the business epicentre of the Berlinale. Every February the EFM welcomes over 8,400 producers, buyers, sales agents, distributors and financiers to the first major film market of the year. Berlinale Talents and the EFM team up in a strong partnership to provide Talents and alumni with services to do business.

Market Studio

Skilled distributors and sales agents can recognize a unique and innovative film and bring it to new audiences despite the great financial risks involved. Seasoned distributors, sales agents and producers share their insights into the multifaceted world of film distribution in Market Studio sessions. This Studio examines how distributors and sales agents can build their audience and marketing strategy as early as possible in the film production process. By using case studies, connecting to the European Film Market and actively meeting filmmakers working on new film projects, participants will expand their network and examine current models of film distribution in various parts of the world. The Market Studio offers emerging distributors and sales agents the chance to work with highprofile experts, to meet fellow distributors and to benefit from each other’s experiences and from the input given during the studio programme.

 Sigrid Limprecht at the Berlinale Talents Market Hub at the EFM
Sigrid Limprecht at the Berlinale Talents Market Hub at the EFM 1 / 7
Market Studio: Non-Conventional Distribution © Chiara Ferrau, Berlinale 2017 Market Studio: Non-Conventional Distribution © Chiara Ferrau, Berlinale 2017
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Market Studio: Non-Conventional Distribution © Chiara Ferrau, Berlinale 2017 Market Studio: Non-Conventional Distribution © Chiara Ferrau, Berlinale 2017
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Market Studio: Non-Conventional Distribution © Chiara Ferrau, Berlinale 2017 Market Studio: Non-Conventional Distribution © Chiara Ferrau, Berlinale 2017
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Market Studio: Non-Conventional Distribution © Chiara Ferrau, Berlinale 2017 Market Studio: Non-Conventional Distribution © Chiara Ferrau, Berlinale 2017
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Market Studio: Non-Conventional Distribution © Chiara Ferrau, Berlinale 2017 Market Studio: Non-Conventional Distribution © Chiara Ferrau, Berlinale 2017
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Market Studio: Non-Conventional Distribution © Chiara Ferrau, Berlinale 2017 Market Studio: Non-Conventional Distribution © Chiara Ferrau, Berlinale 2017
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Berlinale Talents Market Hub

The Berlinale Talents Market Hub is the home of Berlinale Talents at the European Film Market (EFM). Industry representatives learn more about the Talents and their projects and can attend the Market Sprints for quick intros. Talents and alumni can schedule meetings at the Hub to discuss their work and market trends. The Hub is also the starting point for EFM Discovery Tours that lead small groups of Talents through the machinery of the EFM, showing how best to do business. The Market Hub is a partnership with the VFF Collecting Society for Film and TV Producers.

 The Berlinale Talents Market Hub in partnership with Canon
The Berlinale Talents Market Hub in partnership with Canon 1 / 3
 Florian Weghorn and Marion Döring (EFA) at the Happy Hour at the European Film Market
Florian Weghorn and Marion Döring (EFA) at the Happy Hour at the European Film Market 2 / 3
 The European Film Market (EFM)
The European Film Market (EFM) 3 / 3

Project Labs Presentation

30 film projects, including one short series, are being further developed in three Project Labs. Five days of critical reflection on the projects’ content with experienced mentors and sessions on the art of presentation are at the core of the programmes. To round it all off, the participants present themselves and their projects to other Talents and to industry professionals such as producers, funders and distributors. Short Film Station supports the project development of ten innovative projects of the short form (nine shorts and one short series). Doc Station mentors ten feature-length documentaries, all at various stages of development, offering unique looks at the non-fiction world. Script Station showcases the global storytelling of ten feature-length fiction projects created by talented screenwriters and writer-directors. All 30 Project Labs participants have already proven their skills by writing and directing films that have successfully screened at festivalsin their home countries as well as internationally. After the presentations, guests will have the possibility to meet the Talents.

 Talent Fien Troch presenting her project during the Project Labs Presentation: Script Station
Talent Fien Troch presenting her project during the Project Labs Presentation: Script Station 1 / 3
 Talents presenting their projects at the Project Labs Presentations: Script Station
Talents presenting their projects at the Project Labs Presentations: Script Station 3 / 3

VFF Talent Highlight Award

Producers and investors should not miss the pitching session at the Talent Project Market, a collaboration with the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The EUR 10,000 VFF Talent Highlight Award is donated by the VFF Collecting Society for Film and TV Producers to a Talent project for its further development. Three of the Talent Project Market entries – nominated by an international jury – are presented on stage. The two runners-up also each receive EUR 1,000 nomination awards.

Drama Series Days

Drama Series junkies have lots of binge-worthy offerings to discover at the Berlinale. Drama Series Days is a joint initiative of the Berlinale’s industry platforms that welcomes creators, buyers, sales agents, producers, commissioning editors and financial backers of high quality drama series to discuss, present and promote new serial content and projects in development. Sessions at Berlinale Talents are part of Drama Series Days. Within the official festival programme, a curated selection of brand new series premieres onscreen at Berlinale Series

 The European Film Market (EFM)
The European Film Market (EFM)

Documentary

There is heaps on offer at the EFM for those working in documentary. DocSalon promotes exchange among buyers, sellers, directors and producers of documentaries. The DocSalon programme is oriented toward the future of documentary filmmaking and consists of three tailored event series. Meet the Festivals gives you direct access to top documentary festival programmers and market representatives with the opportunity to book short meetings to discuss your projects one-on-one. High Tea with Experts and SalonTalks give in-depth insights into the current and future documentary landscape and facilitate connections with leading experts (see www.efm-docsalon.com for more information and pre-registration). In addition, individual consultation and matchmaking provided by experts of the European Documentary Network as well as daily networking drinks will be offered at DocSalon.

Doc Station Urte Fink and Emanuel Licha of the Doc Station 2014 at the Project Presentation Day © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2014
Urte Fink and Emanuel Licha of the Doc Station 2014 at the Project Presentation Day © David Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2014

Producers

The EFM offers a playground of opportunities for Talent producers. EFM Producers Hub provides a professional working environment for producers to meet and do business with financiers and buyers. The Producers Hub features a programme of roundtables, presentations and talks. EFM Horizon looks to the future of film, media and entertainment, including the latest trends in VR/AR and online distribution. Under this umbrella, EFM Startups presents ten leading tech entrepreneurs from throughout Europe and Canada and connects them with the film and media industries. The Propellor FilmTech Hub focuses on the development of innovative business models for production, distribution and experience of films. And of interest to not only producers, Berlinale Africa Hub offers a range of panels and presentations with a focus on the creative industries of Sub-Saharan Africa.

 Talents at the talk
Talents at the talk "Africa: The Courageous Continent" at the European Film Market's Africa Hub © Bettina Ausserhofer, Berlinale 2017