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The 74th Berlin International Film Festival will take place from Feb 15 - 25, 2024 / EFM : Feb 15-21
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FilmHedge celebrates 4th anniversary with announcements at Berlinale


Founded in February 2020 by Audigent alum Jon Gosier, FilmHedge is a financial technology company that has spent the first few years of its life providing data analysis, underwriting, and risk-rating services that enable financiers to make better decisions as it relates to Film/TV financing and deal structuring. To date the company has primarily focused on productions in budgets in the USD$5 to $35 million-range, structuring loans up to $20M that could be financed internally or through partners using its data. 

In late-2022 the company closed on two credit partnerships totalling $100M. This back-leverage from investment banks and the company's other committed capital has allowed the company to lock in exclusive relationships with select producers working on forthcoming feature films, scripted series, and animated features. 

Meet with Ted Chalmers/Summer Hill Films at EFM

ATTEND EFM WITH SUMMER HILL!  Contact Us: Ted Chalmers President of Summer Hill Films 10645 N. Tatum Blvd., #200-130,  Phoenix, AZ 85028 USA +1-480-535-8711   Check out some exciting films from Summer Hill at AFM! We will be represented by Ted Chalmers at MGB 1st Floor, Stand #137 from Feb. 16 to 19. Ted can be contacted by clicking the meeting link below.  We look forward to meeting with you!   .. 


VIDEO: Teresa Cavina joins Malta’s Mediterrane Film Festival as new Artistic Director,

The second Edition is set for 22nd June - 30th June 2024 in Valletta, Malta ws invited to attend the superb launch reception of the Malta mediterannee film festival at the iconic Berlin Adlon Kempinski Hotel during Berlinale 2024 witnessing a passionate introduction by Malta Film Commissionner Johann Grech and by the newly appointed Festival Veteran : Teresa Cavina who joins as Artistic Director of the festival. Enjoy their (VIDEO) presentation and welcome speech...


VIDEO: The Inaugural Entertainment Finance Forum Berlin wrapped and was a huge success!

The Inaugural Entertainment Finance Forum Berlin was a huge success! Winston Baker would like to thank all of our speakers, attendees and partners (with a special thanks to for joining us!" The Winston Baker team: Katie Witkowski and Amy Baker Watch this short interview where Amy shares her satisfaction of a very successfull event, opening the way to a series of Berlinale events in the coming years.      ...


VIDEO: Interview with IMZ Avant Premiere Secretary General Max Beckham-Ortner

Capture%20d%E2%80%99%C3%A9cran%20%28256%29.png Bruno Chatelin got to speak with Max Beckham-Ortner: IMZ General Secretary, the organizer of the AVANT PREMIÈRE MUSIC + MEDIA MARKET 2024 in Berlin, during Berlinale. Max offered some time from his busy opening day as we wanted to understand and share the synergies with EFM attendees! Watch what he had to say and learn about the very successfull event which runs in paralell to EFM and is dedicated to live performing arts, music and ballet...     ...


First look photo from Felipe Vargas’ high-concept horror film Rosario starring Emeraude Toubia

first look photo from Felipe Vargas’ high-concept horror film Rosario starring Emeraude Toubia (Freeform’s hit TV series “Shadowhunters,” Amazon’s “With Love”), David Dastmalchian (Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer and The Dark Knight, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune) and José Zúñiga (Catherine Hardwicke’s blockbuster Twilight, Sony Pictures’ The Dark Tower). Production began late last year in Bogotá, Colombia ...


"Red Sky/Roter Himmel" by German director Christian Petzhold wins the Best Film award from the German Film Critics Association

Petzhold (the third one on top, from the left in this pic) is also a jury member of the international jury at the current Berlinale edition. The German Film Critics Association (Verband der deutschen Filmkritik e.V. VdFk) is an interest group of mainly film journalists and film scholars who are active in all fields of media. Established as “Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Filmjournalisten e.V.” in Düsseldorf on 15 February 1954, the association defends the con...


VIDEO Interview with Daniel Kötter Best Documentary Award Winner for Landshaft, from the German Film Critic Association

Daniel Kötter in collaboration with Sona Karapoghosyan Nune Hovhannisyan Eviya Hovhannisyan Armen Papyan Landshaft (2023, 96') Written and produced by Daniel Kötter Camera and editing by Daniel Kötter Landshaft sketches the psychogeography of a geopolitically charged landscape and its inhabitants between extractivism, war and displacement. In the form of a journey in eastern Armenia, the film follows human and non-human actors as they m...VIDEO


VIDEO Interview Andrei Cohn romanian director of Holy Week in Berlinale 74 forum selection

World premiere in Berlinale Forum section 133 minutes : Romania / Switzerland 2024 A film by Andrei Cohn with Doru Bem, Nicoleta Lefter, Ciprian Chiricheș, Mario Gheorghe Dinu, Ana Cioneta Leiba lives with his wife Sura and their son Eli in a village located within a Romanian landscape so beautiful it could be a painting. The Jewish family runs the village inn, a meeting point for travellers and the village community at the end of the 19th century. At first glance, the people that eat and dri...VIDEO


VIDEO FIRST LOOK: Film Mode Entertainment Announces the Berlin and EFM Premiere and First-Look Footage for MY DIVORCE PARTY

Gravitas Ventures, an Anthem Sports & Entertainment Company will release the comedy on digital and cable on demand on April 30th   A fresh take on a trusted genre, starring Rumer Willis (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The House Bunny, Empire), Michelle Meredith (The Morning Show, Kappa Kappa Die), Kimia Behpoornia (Reboot, Hacks, Atypical), Sarah Hollis (Kill Your Darling, 24) and Desiree Staples (Scrap, Take Me To Tarzana, Everyone is Doing Great) will be showcased ...


Berlin World Premiere Screening of Jade Pettyjohn, JoJo Siwa and Marcus Dunstan's #AMFAD ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DEAD

Highly Anticipated SlasherALL MY FRIENDS ARE DEAD From Cineverse and Roundtable Entertainment  Starring Jade Pettyjohn and JoJo Siwa, Directed by Horror Veteran Marcus Dunstan, Makes World Debut Screening in Berlin via Film Mode Entertainment   Two versions of the extreme, outrageous, fantastical horror film will be available for distributors across all territories, including a special version for TV Cineverse (CNVS), Roundtable Entertainment, and Clay Epstein&rsquo...


FIRST LOOK VIDEO: Andy Fickman's BLUE LIGHT Berlin Premiere, First Look Footage and Sales Galore

Terrifying New Horror Film, BLUE LIGHT, From Acclaimed Director Andy Fickman (Race to Witch Mountain, The Game Plan, Heathers: The Musical, She’s The Man), Achieves A Slew of Global Sales, and Makes EFM Market Premiere via Film Mode Entertainment   Fans of horror movies can brace themselves for a spine-chilling new film that is set to amaze audiences with a unique take on a trusted genre based on true and terrifying unexplained events, and a new hardcore ARG site, designe...


Falling Into Place nominated for Best Debut by The German Critics Circle

“Falling Into Place”, the debut feature from female writer-director Aylin Tezel is set to screen at the Glasgow Film Festival on March 2nd, 2024! The announcement comes hot off the heels of an incredible festival run, which saw Tezel pick up the FIPRESCI Critics Prize at Tallinn Black Nights 2023 and Young Director Award at the Bayersicher FilmPreis 2024. The film has also been nominated for Best Debut by the German Critics Circle, with the awards show set to be held at the Berlina...


Meet the Institute of Documentary Film delegates in Berlin

Institute of Documentary Film delegates Anna Kaslová Ex Oriente Film documentary laboratory and East Doc Forum Manager, and Ivana Formanová KineDok Manager are heading to Berlinale. They’ll be there from Saturday, February 17 till Thursday 22. Don’t hesitate to schedule a meeting. And don’t miss a screening of IDF Alumni film I’m Not Everything I Want to Be.   ...


First look image from the science fiction thriller The Astronaut starring Kate Mara

First look image from the science fiction thriller The Astronaut starring Kate Mara (A Teacher, The Martian, “House of Cards”), Laurence Fishburne (John Wick films, The Matrix trilogy) and Gabriel Luna (Terminator: Dark Fate, “The Last Of Us”). Produced by Brad Fuller (Paramount’s A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place Part II, Universal’s The Purge films) and directed by Jess Varley, Highland Film Group is handling international rights to the film which wrapped prod...


The EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS Here's to a great start at the berlinale

  f.l.t.r.: Margarita Stoykova (Bulgaria), Thibaud Dooms (Belgium), Valentina Bellè (Italy), Salome Demuria (Georgia), Éanna Hardwicke (Ireland), Katharina Stark (Germany), Suzy Bemba (France), Kamila Urzędowska (Poland), Džiugas Grinys (Lithuania) and Asta Kamma August (Sweden); Photo: Harald Fuhr The EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2024 - selected among outstanding up-and-coming talent from across Europe - have arrived in Berlin t...


Berlinale politics: disinvitation of AfD politicians for the opening and official protest on the red carpet

Politics was also invited on the red carpet with protest again AFD : after intense discussion in the cultural sector, in the press and on social media as well as within the Berlinale team about the invitations of AfD politicians, a right-wing extremist party, to the Opening of the Berlinale, the d:rectors of the Berlinale had decided to disinvite the five previously invited AfD politicians. Model Papis Loveday holding the  “No racism! No AfD!” sign ! Festival Manageme...


Strong presence in Berlin of filmmakers from Chile

Strong presence of the Chilean audiovisual industry to be expected at EFM, including seven talented national producers who are ready to take over Berlin, these producers are backed up by the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage of Chile. Their participation in the prestigious Berlin Film Festival and its industry are particularly important as it marks the first opportunity of the year where the Chilean delegation presents all projects for this 2024. Discover their project...


The Tiny House Project / Feb 17 – 19, 2024 “Talking about Israel and Palestine”

    The Tiny House “Talking about Israel and Palestine” invites everyone interested to engage in dialogue about the Middle East conflict and its impact on our society. The initiator of this project, which was launched in December 2023, is social entrepreneur and presenter Shai Hoffmann.   Shai Hoffmann is German-Jewish with Israeli roots. Together with the Palestinian Ahmad Dakhnous (Co-founder of the initiative “Connect! Syrian Diaspora”), he will acco...

VIDEO: Berlinale opening watch the red carpet and opening gala

Today, February 15, was the much expected start of the 74th Berlin International Film Festival celebrated in the Berlinale Palast. Minister of State for Culture and the Media Claudia Roth, Governing Mayor of Berlin Kai Wegner, this year’s Jury President Lupita Nyong’o, as well as the Festival Management Mariëtte Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian (here pictured on the red carpet) kicked off the Berlinale with a festive opening. During the Opening Gala, the International Jury&...


VIDEO : Press Conference of the opening film "Small Things Like These" by Tim Mielants

Berlinale opened with "Small Things Like These" directed by Tim Mielants and written by Enda Walsh, based on the 2021 novel of the same name by Claire Keegan  It is 1985 in the run-up to Christmas in a small town in County Wexford, Ireland. Bill Furlong toils as a coal merchant to support himself, his wife and his five daughters. Early one morning while out delivering coal at the local convent, he makes a discovery that forces him to confront his past and the complicit silence of...


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VIDEO: Berlinale 2024 Programme video Presentation

On January 22, 2024 the Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek and the Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian provided an outlook for the 74th Berlin International Film Festival. Watch the entire presentation of the selections ...


Shark Films for Shark Week and Beyond from TomCat Films

TomCat Films will be in Berlin this year for EFM from February 16 to Feb. 20.  Stand Number 137, on the 1st floor of the MGB.  Please contact Ted Chalmers to set up a meeting or click below:   Check out some exciting shark releases for international and Non-U.S. territories from TomCat Films!  FEATURED SHARK RELEASES:   COMPLETED. An explosion at a lab lets...




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