On Monday, February 14th, three cash prizes were awarded to new feature film projects at the Berlinale Co-Production Market.
The Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, endowed with 20,000 Euros, went to the producers of Caractères Productions from France, and Honare Khiyal from Iran for their project My Favourite Cake which is directed by Behtash Sanaeeha and Maryam Moghaddam. The award is presented by the European film fund Eurimages to promote the development of the project. The jury members this year were world sales representative Sata Cissokho (France, Memento Films International), producer Maria Ekerhovd (Norway, Mer Film), and funding representative Pablo Perez de Lema (Spain, ICAA).
Carla Simón's Alcarràs, a previous Berlinale Co-Production Market project that won this award in 2019, is screening in this year’s Berlinale Competition.
The VFF Talent Highlight Award with the prize money of 10,000 Euros went to Girls Will Be Girls, directed by Shuchi Talati and pitched at the Berlinale Co-Production Market by its producer Pooja Chauhan (Crawling Angel Films, India). Nominee awards of 1,000 Euros each went to the producers Kobi Mizrahi (KM Productions) from Israel and Bárbara Defanti (Sobretudo Produção) from Brazil. The prizes are presented by the VFF – Copyright Agency of Film and TV Producers and promotes one promising young project from the “Talent Project Market” organised by the Berlinale Co-Production Market in cooperation with Berlinale Talents.
Girls Will Be Girls also received the ARTEKino International Award 2022, an award worth 6,000 Euros presented by ARTE to honour an artistically outstanding project from the Berlinale Co-Production Market.
During this year's 19th Berlinale Co-Production Market, the producers of the 34 selected feature film projects have been co-producers and financiers. Over 1,400 individual digital meetings with potentially suitable partners among the total of over 550 participants have been planned and coordinated in advance.
Ten books for screen adaptations and ten new series projects are also being presented. These are the focus of the pitch events “Books at Berlinale” and “Co-Pro Series”.
More than 330 films and 19 series that have sought partners at the Berlinale Co-Production Market in recent years have now been completed with two of them screening in the Berlinale programme this year.
Perhaps the most noteworthy entry is the animated documentary Flee by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, a former “Talent Project Market” project, which is currently nominated for three Oscars™ and has already made history.
The Berlinale Co-Production Market is supported by MDM - Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and the European Union’s programme Creative Europe - MEDIA. It is part of the European Film Market.