The 68th edition of Berlinale will feature some of the current best European and international films, including 18 EU supported films via the Creative Europe MEDIA programme. An edition of the European Film Forum will also be held alongside the festival on 19 February. The Forum will focus on "The future of MEDIA: connecting Europeans through films".

Amongst the 18 films MEDIA supported films that will be screened in Berlin, 6 are competing for the Golden Bear in the main competition. These films received € 895,000 EU funding through the development, international co-production funds or distribution schemes of MEDIA programme.

Competition

Berlinale Special

Panorama

  • Game Girls by by Alina Skrzeszewska, France / Germany
  • Land  by Babak Jalali, Italy / France / Netherlands / Mexico / Qatar
  • Lemonade by Ioana Uricaru by Romania / Canada / Germany / Sweden

Generation 14plus

  • Cobain by Nanouk Leopold, Netherlands / Belgium / Germany  

Generation Kplus

NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema

European Film Forum - "The future of MEDIA: connecting Europeans through films"

Monday 19 February 2018 (10:00-13:00), Ritz-Carlton, Potsdamerplatz 3, Berlin

Stories are powerful ways of connection. They build bridges among cultures and societies. Films, in particular, reflect the challenges faced by our societies. Their role has often been to pave the way for progress, tolerance, acceptance and inclusion. Through creativity and artistic freedom, the cinema industry has helped to raise awareness on important issues. Ultimately, films can touch each individual with powerful messages and thus encourage citizen engagement in society.

The European Film Forum will cover topics such as cultural diversity and how Europe's quality films can better reach audiences. The need of strengthening the competitiveness of Europe's cinema sector will also be debated, in particular given the growing importance of promotion and marketing. 

Proeminent filmmakers and stakeholders from the industry, as well as high-level policy-makers both will give their perspectives on these matters and will share their vision on the future of the MEDIA programme. Speakers include the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, but also award-winning filmmakers like Cristian Mungiu, Ildiko Enyedi and Radu Mihaileanu. Full details on the programme and speakers are available on this page.

The event is web streamed here.

The conference will be followed by an event co-organised with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and a showcasing presenting projects funded by Creative Europe MEDIA.

European Institute of Innovation and Technology: Powering Europe's Audivisual Innovators

Monday 19 February 2018 (14.30 > 15.45), Ritz-Carlton, Potsdamerplatz 3, Berlin

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is considering ways to unlock the potential of cultural and creative industries, by establishing an EIT Innovation Community on creative industries. In this context, this event will explore ways of bridging the gaps between technology and the content sector, in particular audio-visual industry.

More details on the programme and speakers are available on this page.

Showcasing Creative Europe MEDIA

Monday 19 February 2018 (16.00 > 18:30), Ritz-Carlton, Potsdamerplatz 3, Berlin

MEDIA-supported projects will be featured in sessions focusing on: 'Reaching wider audiences through digital 'and 'Connecting audiences through inspiring stories'.

 Find out more on this page

Creative Europe MEDIA-funded side events at Berlinale

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

Berlinale Co-Production Market

The 15thBerlinale Co-Production Market (17-21 February) brings together about 550 international producers, film distributors, financiers, sales agents and many other representatives from the industry to discover high-quality international projects, new trends and find business opportunities.

The co-production market is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA up to € 130,000, via the access to markets support-scheme.

Berlinale Talents

250 outstanding creators from the fields of film and drama series are joining the Berlinale Talents, the annual summit and networking platform. The programme features master classes and panel discussions with top-notch experts; project labs and a variety of networking events.

With the theme "Secrets", the Berlinale Talents focuses this year on the messages behind the cinematic stories and images, and on unexplored paths into the film business.

Berlinale Talents is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA up to € 270,000, via its training support-scheme.

Shooting Stars

10 promising young actors from across Europe have been selected to be part of the Shooting stars, the flagship programme of the European Film Promotion (EFP).

Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Alicia Vikander or Cécile de France were amongst previous Shooting Stars.

The Shooting Stars are presented to the film industry, public and international press during the opening weekend of the Berlinale (February 15 – 25) through a series of high profile events, culminating in the presentation of the Shooting Stars Awards at the Berlinale Palast.

The 2018 Shooting Stars are: Alba August (Sweden), Michaela Coel (United Kingdom), Matilda De Angelis (Italy), Eili Harboe (Norway), Irakli Kvirikadze (Georgia), Franz Rogowski (Germany), Matteo Simoni (Belgium), Jonas Smulders (The Netherlands), Reka Tenki (Hungary) and Luna Wedler (Switzerland).

Shooting stars is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA up to € 84,500 via the access to markets support-scheme.

Sino-European Production Seminar 2018

Organised by Bridging the Dragon, a MEDIA-funded initiative, and the European Film Market, this event aims to provide a platform to connect the Chinese and European film industries. Find out more.

Bridging the Dragon is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA up to € 60,000 via the access to markets support-scheme.

Background

Creative Europe MEDIA programme plays a crucial role in supporting Europe's audiovisual sector through the development, promotion and distribution of thousands of films/TV series as well as support to training programmes, film festivals, cinema networks or distribution platforms. Since 1991, the EU has been investing over €2.5 billion in European content, creativity and cultural diversity, helping European talents to work together across borders.

The European Film Forum is a structured dialogue between policy makers and audivisual stakeholders. This dialogue takes place notably during Film Festivals, under different formats (such as conferences, roundtable discussions and workshops).

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