The 67th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) opened its doors this week. 25 films supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme have been selected for different sections of the Berlinale programme. Also during the Berlinale, the European Film Forum will look at how European audiovisual works can benefit from big data and other hot topics.

screenshots from the 8 MEDIA supported films competing for the Golden and Silver Bears

Eight MEDIA-backed films are in this year's competition for the Golden and Silver Bears:


  • Ana, mon amour by Călin Peter Netzer , Romania / Germany / France
  • Beuys by Andres Veiel, Germany
  • Django by Étienne Comar, France
  • Félicité by Alain Gomis, France / Senegal / Belgium / Germany / Lebanon
  • Pokot (Spoor) by Agnieszka Holland, Poland / Germany / Czech Republic / Sweden / Slovakian Republic
  • Return to Montauk (Rückkehr nach Montauk) by Volker Schlöndorff, France / Germany / Ireland
  • Teströl és lélekröl (On Body and Soul) by Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary
  • Toivon tuolla puolen (The Other Side of Hope) by Aki Kaurismäki, Finland / Germany

Two other MEDIA co-funded films will be screened out of competition:

In total, 25 films supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme are participating in the overall Berlinale programme. These films received more than EUR 1.7 million support, mainly for film development and distribution outside their home country. See the rest of the films participating in other sections in Berlinale

Creative Europe MEDIA events alongside Berlinale

European Film Forum

The European Film Forum (EFF) of 2017 will take place alongside the Berlinale and will focus on Big Data and how European works can benefit from technology. Roberto Viola, Director-General of DG CONNECT (European Commission) will open the event with a keynote speech on Promoting the use of data and automated tools for European audiovisual works. Refer to the programme for more details.


The European Film Forum will be followed in the afternoon by a MEDIA showcase which will feature sessions on: documentaries in the age of post-truth, women in film industry, or AR/VR and interactive content.

Two new training initiatives are among the project showcased: the VR Accelerator and the Biennale College – Hybrid. The first one is a “train the talents” initiative for writers, developers and creative producers of content creation and storytelling for Virtual Reality. The VR Accelerator will explore different innovative training methods such as agile development, design thinking or rapid prototyping. The second one, the Biennale College - Hybrid aims to provide the filmmakers and creative professionals with the skills to fully engage with 360° interactive immersive future.

Other MEDIA-funded side events at Berlinale

Creative Europe MEDIA also partners with events which take place during the Berlinale: the Berlinale Co-Production Market, the Berlinale Talents and the Shooting Stars.

Berlinale Co-production Market

The 14th Berlinale Co-production Market will take place from Sunday 12 February until Wednesday 15 February. It brings together international producers, film distributors, potential funders, sales agents and many other representatives from the industry to discover the most promising pre-selected projects and companies, financing opportunities and new trends, and to network internationally.

The coproduction market is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA up to EUR 130 000, via the “access to markets” support-scheme.

Refer to the full programme for more details.

Berlinale Talents

The Berlinale Talents will take place from Saturday 11 February until Thursday 16 February. This annual networking   platform supports 250 talents (writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, actors, editors and others) in their first steps of their career. The Berlinale Talents Summit includes a programme of master classes and panel discussions with top-notch experts. On the opening panel, the president of the International Jury, Paul Verhoeven, returns to Berlinale Talents to discuss his most recent film, Elle.

This year’s theme of the Berlinale Talents is “Courage: Against All Odds”

Berlinale Talents is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA up to EUR 270 000, via its “training” support-scheme. Read full programme for details.

Shooting Stars

These awards put a spotlight on Europe's 10 best young actors. They are presented by European Film Promotion (EFP), which celebrates its 20 years anniversary this year.

10 prominent young actors from across Europe are selected by a jury of experts from a broad list of potential candidates nominated by the member organisations of European Film Promotion. The shooting stars are presented to the film industry, public and international press during the opening weekend of the Berlinale (February 9 – 19) through a series of high profile events, culminating in the presentation of the Shooting Stars Awards at the Berlinale Palast.

The 2017 Shooting Stars are: Zofia Wichłacz (Poland), Louis Hofmann (Germany), Alessandro Borghi (Italy), Hannah Hoekstra (Netherlands), Tudor Aaron Istodor (Romania),  Maruša Majer ( Slovenia), Esben Smed (Denmark), Victoria Guerra (Portugal), Karin Franz KÖRLOF ( Sweden) and  Elina Vaska (Latvia).

Among previous Shooting Stars: Daniel Craig, Ludivine Sagnier, Maria Bonnevie, Rachel Weisz,  Carey Mulligan,  Alicia Vikander or Cécile de France.

Shooting stars are supported by Creative Europe MEDIA up to EUR 94 200 via the access to markets support-scheme.

MEDIA-backed films featured in other sections

Berlinale Special

  • Below the Surface by Kasper Barfoed, Denmark / Germany
  • Le jeune Karl Marx (The Young Karl Marx) by Raoul Peck, France / Germany / Belgium
  • Masaryk (A Prominent Patient) by Julius Ševčík, Czech Republic / Slovakian Republic


  • Centaur by Aktan Arym Kubat, Kyrgyzstan / France / Germany / Netherlands
  • I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck, France / USA / Belgium / Switzerland
  • Pendular by Julia Murat, Brazil / Argentina / France
  • The Wound by John Trengove, South Africa / Germany / Netherlands / France



  • Die Häschenschule - Jagd nach dem Goldenen Ei, Germany
  • (Rabbit School - Guardians of the Golden Egg) by Ute von Münchow-Pohl
  • Piata Loď (Little Harbour) by Iveta Grófová, Slovak Republic / Czech Republic / Hungary
  • Richard the Stork (Überflieger - Kleine Vögel, großes Geklapper) by Toby Genkel, Reza Memari, Germany / Belgium / Luxemburg / Norway
  • Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993) by Carla Simón, Spain
  • Uilenbal (Owls and Mice) by Simone van Dusseldorp, The Netherlands