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Reporting from Berlin on the 68th edition February 15 -25, 2018
Our team of festival ambassadors and reporters bring you the dailies from the Berlin Film Festival and European Film Market and keep an eye on past editions archives.

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Adventure by Mississippi river starts here! - "Happy Log" released in USA on DVD!!

    "Happy Log" an adventure/family feature by Gary R. Thieman has been released both digitally AND on DVD in the US!  On the verge of depression following the murder of his father, Cory, a nervous, guilt-ridden 12-year-old “altar boy”, is coaxed  by his adventurous best friend, Ben, to prove their manhood by embarking on their first overnight fishing trip out in the wild on the Mississippi Bayou’s Wolf River; but their trip goes awr...

Roxane Mesquida, Richard Edson and Julie Delpy join cast of “Burning Shadow” from filmmaker Alex Nahon

The film will mark the feature directorial debut of Nahon, co-screenwriter of “2 Days in New York” (directed by Delpy). Nahon has also shot campaigns for Macy’s and music videos for artists such as Lykke Li and Adan Jodorowsky. Specifics of the plot are currently under wraps but it is dark noir with sci-fi undertones and has been likened to the works of David Lynch and David Cronenberg. Filming is set to start in late Spring. Roxane Mesquida Her credits include:...

Norwegian entries: From the Balcony and The King’s Choice selected for Berlin’s Panorama

      Norwegian directors Ole Giæver and Erik Poppe return to the Berlin International Film Festivals Panorama sidebar.     Norwegian writer-director-actor Ole Giæver has become a Berlinale favourite: for the third time will he participate in the Panorama sidebar of the Berlin International Film Festival (between 9-1...

Panorama 2017 Programme Complete: Powerful European Auteur Cinema

Three Surprising Indie Gems from China and Hong Kong / Brazil Well-Represented with Five Films   With the invitation of 24 further feature films, the selection for the Panorama 2017 programme has been completed. 51 works from 43 countries have been chosen for screening in the section, including 21 in Panorama Dokumente and 29 feature films in the main programme and Panorama Special. 36 of these films will be celebrating their world premieres at the Berlinale, while the programme also feat...

EFM 2017 Line up from Celluloid Dreams


EFM Horizon : Virtual Reality, Computer Games, Startups, New Technologies and Innovations @ EFM

The film industry of the future, with the newest technological developments, trends that provide a glimpse of things to come and evolving business models, is the focus of a total of five innovative events united under the newly created label “EFM Horizon” and made possible with the support of Audi. The platform, which encompasses the formats “Propellor | Speednic”, “EFM Startups”, “VR NOW Con Business Mixer”, “Game <3 Cinema” and &ld...

Self-criticism of a bourgeois dog premiers at EFM

  (OT: Selbstkritik eines bürgerlichen Hundes)   GERMAN PREMIERE Director: Julian Radlmaier, Germany, 2017, 99 Minutes, Aspect ratio: 1,37:1, Sound format: 5.1, original language & subtitles: German/ English   Self-criticism of a bourgeois dog (Germany, 2017) is a political comedy with magical twists. The first full-length feature film by director Julian Radlmaier, who also plays the leading role, will celebrate its German premiere at the section Perspektive Deutsc...

Forum 2017: Special Screenings

  The Forum now completes its programme with a series of Special Screenings which unearth cinematic gems and engage with film history.    Moroccan director Ahmed Bouanani (1938-2011) faced difficulties of all kinds in trying to get his vision across. Although he himself was only able to complete one feature, he paved the way for the first generation of artistically ambitious filmmakers in his country, whether as a pioneer in working with archive material, as a trailblazer...

TriCoast @ EFM 2017

      AMELIA 2.0           Futuristic female suspense.   A desperate husband, offers up his wife's dying brain to be the first consciousness downloaded into a robotic replica. Amelia 2.0 fights political controversy, emotional turmoil, and her right to exist.   &nbs...

EFM2017 Line up from Bleiberg Entertainment

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“Books at Berlinale”: Twelve New International Novels Ripe for Screen Adaptation

On February 14, film producers attending “Books at Berlinale” will have the chance to discover twelve new literary works that lend themselves perfectly for adaptation to the screen. The selected novels will be presented at a pitching session in the framework of the Berlinale Co-Production Market. At a get-together following the session, the invited producers will be able to join in conversation with respected, internationally active literary agents and representatives of publishing h...

EFM 2017 Line Up from Devilworks


EFM Line up from ITN

      MOONTRAP: TARGET EARTH 90 min. Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi. HD. 2016. Complete.  Cast: Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave), Charles Shaughnessy (The Nanny), Damon Dayoub (Stichers, NCIS), Cara AnnMarie (Containment), Chris Newman (Batman vs. Superman)   Synopsis:  A long forgotten ancient spacecraft discovered on Earth. Investigations carried out by Scout transport her to the ...

Groundbreaking film the bomb with live performance by The Acid to screen in Berlinale Special

Creators Smriti Keshari and Eric Schlosser will take the international premiere of their film on the paradoxes of nuclear deterrence to Berlin   The bomb is a 55-minute experimental multimedia film that immerses the audience in the strange, compelling, and unsettling reality of nuclear weapons. The Berlin screening will feature a live performance of the score by electronica band The Acid. the bomb exists at the intersection of art, politics, and technology and places the viewer in the...

Berlinale 2017: Competition and Berlinale Special Are Complete – Master Directors, Newcomers, and Stars Galore

The Competition and Berlinale Special of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival are now complete. 18 of the 24 films selected for Competition will be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears. 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival.   The Berlinale Special will present recent works by contemporary filmmakers, documentaries, and extraordinary formats, as well as brand new series from around the world.   Berlinale Special Galas will be held at the Fr...

EFM Line up OneEyedFilms

        Inicuo: The Brotherhood / Dir Alex G Alegre / Mexico / 87’ / 2016 Horror    Scream Fest / Morbido Film Fest / Oaxaca Film Fest  Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre   "Interisting... Inteligent... well worth it” Letterboxed   After a voyage of self discovery Federico creates a new religious cult. Aided by his followers, he kidnaps Fernando, a ...

EFM: Harvey Keitel in "BROOKLYN GUNS" Teaser Premiere!

    First promotional footage now available for this gritty New York crime thriller at EFM!  NOW IN POST PRODUCTION   LONGLINE   A violent criminal, recently released for a murder he committed at just 17-years-old, travels overseas and moves to Brooklyn. Though his relatives try to keep him on the straight-and-narrow, he soon immerses himself in a dangerous gangster underworld and his love for neighborhood girl ...


      An inspiring portrait of a cinema icon, Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking examines the different facets of Zanuck's life and career, from his family legacy to his successes and challenges. It features a wide range of interviews, including extensive conversations with Zanuck himself.  Also featured are interviews with such Hollywood notables as:  Steven Spielberg...

Abramorama has partnered with Sword Rowe Capital to establish a Filmed Content and P&A Fund.

 The fund will target music driven films as well as other genres building on Abramorama’s experience in targeting niche markets. The initial fund will enable Abramorama to become involved in projects at an earlier stage, to help create, as well as market and distribute.  With the flexible funding in place, Abramorama will partner with content owners, music focused digital entities, bands, management companies, and record labels, to mine the visual content they have assembled over...

EastWest-Filmdistribution premieres The Chronicles of Melanie by Viestur Kairish

The Chronicles of Melanie by Viestur Kairish Original Title: Melanijas hronika   2016, Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland; Biography, History; 120 minutes Original Language: Latvian Subtitles: English Cast & Credits   Synopsis   The 14th of June 1941, Soviet-occupied Latvia: Without warning, the authorities break into the house of Melanie and her husband Aleksandr and force them to leave everything be...

The Final Selections for the Berlinale Classics Section

The Final Selections for the Berlinale Classics Section – Classics by Woody Allen, James Cameron, James Ivory and George A. Romero on the Big Screen   Five of the seven restored versions screening in Berlinale Classics will be celebrating their world premiere in Berlin. In addition to the films from Germany, Israel and Mexico (see press release from December 12, 2016), the section will include four additional restored versions of international classics, by Woody Allen, James Cameron...

“EFM Industry Debates” Line up

“EFM Industry Debates” 2017: Promises and Reality of Digital Distribution, Challenges and Opportunities in the Arab Film Industry and Innovations in Film Sales and Marketing                            In the tenth year of their existence, the “EFM Industry Debates” (February 10 to 12) will once again bring together high-calibre international ...

Forum Expanded – The Programme is Complete

The Forum Expanded curatorial team has now completed the 2017 selection. 44 artistic works from a total of 21 countries have been invited, including 28 films of various lengths, 15 installations and a performance. The opening of the group exhibition at the Akademie der Künste at the Hanseatenweg already takes place on February 8, one day before the start of the Berlinale. 13 video and sound installations are being shown there, once again supplemented by film screenings from February 10 onwa...

Virtual Reality, 8K and Asia focus at Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin

Virtual Reality, 8K and Asia focus at the largest trade show for the performing arts TV industry: Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin welcomes international experts and stars from  11 – 15 February 2017 in Berlin   It is the largest annual coproduction market for the international performing arts TV and media industry: Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin connects around 400 experts in film production, distribution and broadcasting, as well...

“Drama Series Days” 2017: New Venue, Expanded Programme

“Drama Series Days” 2017: New Venue, Expanded Programme / Series Events for Berlinale Market Attendees at Legendary Zoo Palast   The “Drama Series Days”, a joint initiative for series content co-organised by the industry platforms European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents, are set to celebrate their third annual edition this year. Building on the great success of the previous years, a third day has been added to the programme for 20...



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Berlin 2016: The dailies from the Berlin Film Festival brought to you by our team of festival ambassadors. Vanessa McMahon, Alex Deleon, Laurie Gordon, Ole Schulz Lia Fietz, Aida Amasuno Martin, Martin Petrov and Bruno Chatelin...
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October 30, 2015 Deadline for film entries for the festival (feature length films)
November 17, 2015 Deadline for film entries for the festival (short films)
January 6, 2016 Application deadline for accreditations
February 2, 2016 Programme Press Conference at the "Federal Press and Information Office"; access with invitation only
February 11, 2016 Opening Ceremony of the
66th Berlin International Film Festival
February 11-19, 2016 European Film Market
February 13-18, 2016 Berlinale Talents
February 14-16, 2016 Berlinale Co-Production Market
February 20, 2016 Closing & Award Ceremony of the
66th Berlin International Film Festival
February 21, 2016 Berlinale Publikumstag




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