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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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Breakthrough Entertainment & Black Fawn's THE HERETIC Brought Fright to EFM

Breakthrough Entertainment screened its latest edge-of-your-seat offering by Black Fawn Films, “The Heretic" at EFM yesterday in a private screening room - fully attended of buyers and media at EFM (European Film Market - Berlinale).     The Heretics features a young girl who is abducted by a man, after he claims that a cult is hunting her. His goal is to protect her until sunrise but while restrained, the young girl falls deathly ill. While her friends and f...

Studio 100 Film Signs multi-picture deal with cinema republic

International film sales company Studio 100 Film has signed an agreement with Cinema Republic for the rights to the second and third “Maya the Bee” CGI feature films and also to “Princess Emmy – The Movie”.  Cinema Republic has acquired the theatrical, TV and home video rights to all three movies for South Korea.  “Maya the Bee 2 – The Honey Games” will be completed by end of 2017; the third Maya movie is planned for end of 2019 and &nb...

"Leading Lady" - sweet romantic comedy for Valentine's Day from Summer Hill Films!

 Leading Lady Comedy, Romance, Drama In this “Notting Hill” for a new millennium, a beautiful British actress journeys to South Africa where she meets a cynical South African farmer and his quirky family and friends.   A beautiful, idealistic British actress and drama school teacher, Jodi Rutherford, journey’s to South Africa to prepare for the film role of her career.  There she meets a cynical South African farmer, Kobus Willemse, an...

Multiple sales for The comedy spoof Star Worlds

Covert Media has sold the comedy spoof Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue, to multiple major international territories at the European Film Market, it was announced today by Covert Media’s President of International, Liz Kim Schwan. The newest project from writer / directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Scary Movie franchise, Epic Movie, Vampires Suck), the film is produced by Covert CEO Paul Hanson (District 9, W. Ophelia) alongside Broken...

Napoleon Dynamite ' producer introduces who dunnit caper Carter & June

    The producer of the cult hit Napoleon Dynamite has a new feature film in tow, the action-packed, stick ‘em up, who dunnit caper Carter & June. Television’s familiar faces Michael Raymond-James (Jack Reacher, ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”, FX’s “The Walking Dead”), Samaire Armstrong (It's a Boy Girl Thing, ABC’s “Resurrection”), and Timothy Omundson (FOX’s “Lucifer” ABC’s “Galavant&r...

Jakob Lass talks about his film Tiger Girls | Berlinale 2017

Jakob Lass talks about his film "Tiger Girl" at the Berlinale 2017. Jakob Lass Born in Munich, Germany in 1981, he initially worked as an actor. At the same time, he applied to study directing, but was rejected by all the German film schools. After his short film Bademeister Paul started to win awards, he participated in the 2008 Berlinale Talents, studied at filmArche and from 2009 directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. In his first year th...

From Focus World and first-time director Julia Ducournau - named one of Variety’s ‘10 Directors to Watch for 2017’ - comes RAW!

  In this brand new clip, veterinary school student Justine plays a game of ‘Seven Minutes in Heaven’ with a bit of a twist. The one rule is that the participants - one covered in yellow paint, the other in blue - can only emerge from the closet when they are both entirely green, but green isn’t the only color on Justine’s below!   “Blue and Yellow Make Green” Clip:       Starring newcomers Garance Marillier, El...

Manuel Muñoz Rivas’s The Sea Stares at Us from Afar takes part in the Forum Section of 2017 Berlinale

  Spanish filmmaker Manuel Muñoz Rivas’s full-lenght film debut, The Sea Stares at Us from Afar, takes part in the Forum section of 2017 Berlinale. Its press screening will be held tomorrow, Wednesday 15th at 3:30PM at CinemaxX 6. In the film the legend of an ancient and forgotten civilization lies buried under a large expanse of dunes. For more than a century, a number of travelers have reached this remote and desolate territory looking for the traces ...

Berlinale 2017: “Newton” by Amit V Masurkar

Press & Industry Screening: Wednesday, 15 February, 11:15 - CinemaxX 6 Public screening Sunday, 19 February, 22:15 - Cubix 9       India // 2017 // 106 Min // Hindi, Gondi with English Subtitles (Berlinale Forum)   ...

Berlin Under the Sign of the Bear – 250 0000 Tickets sold for the Berlinale 2017 so far

Audience crowds at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival have once again been overwhelming. Halfway through the festival, again more than 250,000 tickets have been sold.   “We’re very happy that the Berlinale has drawn so many people into cinemas again this year. The passion for film shown by curious audiences who spend eleven days on a cinematic voyage of discovery, is really impressive. And the response to the new  EFM initiatives and events is extremely...

THE ERLPRINCE (Krolewicz Olch) A film by Kuba Czekaj will have its european premiere

THE ERLPRINCE by Kuba Czekaj director of BABY BUMP (2015) - Special mention QUEER LION award Following its award at the Gdynia Film Festival (Young Jury Award for Best Film) and its success at the Slamdance Film Festival, Kuba Czekaj’s new film, THE ERLPRINCE, will be screened in European Premiere at the BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL which takes place from 9 to 19 February 2017.   After the award-winning BABY BUMP screened at the Venice Film Festival – Biennale Col...

Digital Cinema at the 2017 Berlinale

    In the last few years, the films shown at the Berlin International Film Festival have increasingly been delivered and screened in digital formats. That trend continues in 2017 – almost all of the more than 2,500 screenings at the Berlinale and the European Film Market will originate from Digital Cinema Packages (DCP).   The Berlinale occupies a unique and innovative position compared to film festivals worldwide at this digital cinema frontier, which would not be poss...

FOR AHKEEM A film by Jeremy S. Levine & Landon Van Soest premieres in Forum today

  OFFICIAL SELECTION FORUM         FOR AHKEEM A film by Jeremy S. Levine & Landon Van Soest          DCP / HD - USA – 2017 - 90 min     Directed by: Jeremy S. Levine & Landon Van Soest Produced by: Weissman Studio, Transient Pictures, ITVS Original lang...

China Film Corporation Limited joins Iron Sky: The Ark

CHINA FILM CO. LTD.  JOINS IRON SKY: THE ARK   China Film Corporation Limited, Jiabo Culture Development Co. Ltd, Iron Sky Universe are producing in association with Pan Pan Pictures Co Ltd and Longevity International Enterprises Ltd the Chinese-Finnish-Canadian co-production ”Iron Sky: The Ark”. The film is expected to be shot in autumn 2017 in Beijing, China with a budget of $25 million, and will be directed by Timo Vuorensola, who directed both Iron S...

Heritage Films International presents LOST IN THE DARK: A feature film project by Australian producer Ben Whimpey

            Please email to set up a time to discuss this project further. We wish you a successful market!   ...

Paul Schrader's Film, FIRST REFORMED, Berlin World Market Premiere from Arclight Films And Killer Films

  Arclight Films And Killer Films Announce Berlin World Market Premiere and First-Look Imagery of The New Paul Schrader Film, FIRST REFORMED Starring ETHAN HAWKE and AMANDA SEYFRIED       Arclight Films and Killer Films are pleased to announce the latest feature film from Paul Schrader, the Writer/Director behind TAXI DRIVER, RAGING BULL, AMERICAN GIGOLO and AFFLICATION and his most recent DOG EAT DOG – an official Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and TIFF...

Bradford International Film Associates Ltd. will debut in Cannes Lies We Tell their first feature film

LIES WE TELL Andy McDermott, Bruno Chatelin and Malcolm Scott at the Ritz The Producers of 'Lies We Tell' a new UK thriller starring Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel were at Berlinale for a flying visit to meet with LA based sales agents Spotlight Pictures. The film, which is in the very final throws of post production is expected to be completed in time for the first market screenings at Cannes in May. Response to the film so far has been good with several territo...

Timothy Spall welcomed to the Berlinale Palast stage this year's the European Shooting Stars 2017

    European Shooting Stars 2017 at the Berlinale Palast Copyright Getty Images for European Shootings Stars   Tonight the renowed British actor Timothy Spall welcomed to the Berlinale Palast stage this year's ten up and coming young actors from all over Europe - the European Shooting Stars 2017. The prestigious programme - celebrating its 20th anniversary - is financially s...

Meet Marc Lepetit veteran german producer on the watch to new international challenges

CONTENT IS KING. BUT ALL HE WANTS TO TALK IS ABOUT KONG! I sat down with Marc and discussed VR and scripts for International audiencces. Fascinated by the prospects. I thank my good friend Jurgen Schau (former Sony colleague: he used to run Sony in Germany) Marc Lepetit (left, Bruno Chatelin, Jurgen Schau (right) Producer and director (UFAFiction Gmbh), VR and cross media expert find out more on Marc here. ...

Helping Films Get Made - Three Prizes and 1,200 Meetings at the Berlinale Co-Production Market

  Three monetary prizes were awarded to selected narrative film projects at the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 12 to 15).   On Sunday evening, the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, with an endowment of 20,000 euros, was awarded to The Wife of the Pilot (director: Anne Zohra Berrached), which Razor Film Produktion from Germany presented here. The prize money is intended as a development grant from the European film fund Eurimages. The three members of this year&...

Asian Brilliant Stars Successfully Launches its First Edition in Berlin

  The first edition of Asian Brilliant Stars launched on February 12th in Berlin. Three influent Chinese Talents received recognition for their recent works: Xu Haofeng won the Best Director Award for The Final Master, Jerry Ye won the Best Producer Award for The Wasted Times and Liu Zhenyun was awarded the Best Screenwriter for Someone to talk to. Numerous guests were present on the red carpet, including representatives of Berlinale (Kathrin Schafroth), European Film Market (Jana Wolff), ...

BERLIN: Bron Studios On Board to Produce and Finance FONZO

Bron Studios in association with Creative Wealth Media has come aboard to produce and finance FONZO, starring Academy Award® nominee Tom Hardy (The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road and upcoming Dunkirk) as the infamous Al Capone.    Written and to be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle), FONZO will be produced by Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert (Fences, Beatriz at Dinner, The Birth of a Nation); Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder (TAU) for Addictive Pictures and Academy Award® n...

Follow the fake news and the liberal party line on CNN!

    And in Berlin at the 67th Berlin Film Festival -- Cécile de France (Who is Belgian) played Django's troubled girlfriend in the festival opening film, Django, at Berlin 2017    Reda Kateb, French actor of Algerian background, played Belgian Gypsy Jazz musician, Django Reinhardt, with uncanny conviction backed up with generous doses of foot stomping "Le Hot Jazz"   &nb...

Don't expect a happy ending - thriller "And Then I Was French" now available worldwide!

      And Then I Was French Thriller Sensitive wallflower Cara exists quietly in her humdrum life until the appearance of charismatic Jay unlocks powerful desires within her. When Jay’s beautiful French lover arrives, Cara’s journey to self-discovery takes a dark and unexpected turn, with tragic consequences, as Karma rears its head once more. ...

First three days at Berlin: one line summaries

Alex Deleon in the Situation Room Films seen so far up to Sunday Feb.  12         1. Django: Marvelous!       2. in Dismal study of two deplorable families with killer kids. Strictly From hunger.       3. Body and Soul: Not bad dreamy Hungarian entry.       4. Fassbinder's World on a Wire: Prequel to The Matrix. but way  better without Keanu.     &nb...



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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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