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.

Logo of Kickstarter

Kickstarter and Berlinale Talents join forces in a network partnership to promote film professionals around the world and help them to bring projects to life. Talents and alumni with interest in crowdfunding receive exclusive mentorship by the Kickstarter team. Their campaigns are highlighted on our curated partner page and shared in the social media channels of Berlinale Talents and Kickstarter.

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 The Meet the Expert sesion with Dan Schoenbrun and George Schmalz.
The Meet the Expert sesion with Dan Schoenbrun and George Schmalz.

EFM Market Hub

The Berlinale Talents Market Hub, in partnership with VFF collecting society for film and TV producers, is the landmark of Berlinale Talents at the EFM. It is also the starting point for „EFM Discovery Tours“ led by Sydney Levine. Talents and industry representatives meet face to face to discuss projects.

Talents Database Browse on-site at the Hub through the online profiles of this year’s 250 Talents, the more than 6.000 Talents alumni and the 40 outstanding projects selected for the Project Labs and Talent Project Market.

Talents Alumni Services Producers, directors, sales agents and distributors who attended the past three editions can book market screenings for a reduced fee. All films made by alumni directors are tagged in the EFM screening online schedule.

Project Labs Presentations

30 film projects are being 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 industry professionals such as producers, funders and distributors. All 30 Project Lab participants have already proven their skills by writing and directing films that have successfully screened at festivals in their home countries as well as internationally.

Browse projects and participants of the Project Labs 2017

VFF Talent Highlight Award

Producers and investors should not miss the pitching session at the Talent Project Market. The EUR 10,000 VFF Talent Highlight Award is donated by the VFF Collecting Society for Film and TV Producers. As part of the Berlinale Co-Production Market, a jury presents the award to the most promising feature-length fiction project in terms of its viability and international market potential.

Drama Series Days

This joint initiative of the Berlinale’s industry platforms 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. Master classes and workshops at Berlinale Talents are part of the Drama Series Days. A curated selection of series will be presented within the framework of Berlinale Special Series.

EFM Meet the Docs

Meet the Festivals Get direct access to top documentary festival programmers and market representatives. more

Meet the Distributors In this daily session, four documentary distributors present their company profiles and talk about the kind of documentaries they are looking for. more

Meet the Docs Talks Documentary professionals from Europe and the USA discuss the differences between the documentary markets on both sides of the pond. more

Meet the Docs: Conversations These panel sessions, each curated and organized in collaboration with an international documentary festival partner, spotlight a current issue of documentary filmmaking and the industry. more