16 MEDIA-backed projects have been selected at Berlinale

16 MEDIA-backed projects have been selected at Berlinale.  

The 70th annual Berlin International Film Festival is scheduled to take place from 20 February to 1 March 2020, and within this year’s programme 16 MEDIA-supported films have been selected. 

These features were granted funding via various Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme schemes including, amongst others, Development: Slate Funding and Development: Single Project. 

Three films that have gathered a lot of press are Irradiated, Pinocchio and Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness. Irradiated is a documentary feature, directed by Rithy Panh, selected for the Official Competition, that focuses on the aftermath of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge. Pinocchio, by Matteo Garrone, which will have its International Premiere at the festival. The Tale of Tales director bases his live-action adaptation on Carlo Collodi’s original novel. Coming straight from victory at Sundance, winning the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness, directed by Massoud Bakhshi, will screen. 

Creative Europe MEDIA invested over €1 million in these 16 films. Details below of the films in their respective Berlinale programme categories below and here:

Official Competition

  • Irradiated (Irradiés), directed by Rithy Panh - received €50,000 development funding

Berlinale Special

  • Pinocchio, directed by Matteo Garrone - received distribution support


  • Digger, directed by Georgis Grigorakis - received €32,700 development funding
  • Pari, directed by Siamak Etemadi - received €30,000 development funding
  • Father (Otac), directed by Srdan Golubovic - received €30,000 development funding
  • Sow the Wind (Semina il vento), directed by Danilo Caputo - received €40,000 distribution funding 

Generation 14plus and Generation Kplus

  • The Earth is a Blue Orange, directed by Iryna Tsilyk - received €40,000 co-production funding
  • Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness, (Yalda, la nuit du pardon), directed by Massoud Bakhshi - received €50,000 co-production funding
  • Pompei, directed by Anna Falgueres, John Shank - received €60,000 development funding
  • Schoolgirls (Las ninas), directed by Pilar Palomero - received €30,000 development funding
  • Monty and the Street Party (Mugge & vejfesten), directed by Anders Morgenthaler, Mikael Wulff - received €42,700 development funding


  • FREM, directed by Viera Cakanyova - received €19,000 development funding
  • Uppercase Print (Tipografic majuscul), directed by Radu Jude - received €29,000 development funding


  • Gunda, directed by Victor Kossakovsky - received €36,000 development funding

Perspective Deutsches Kino

  • Garage People (Garagenvolk), directed by Natalija Yefimkina - received €20,000 development funding

Berlinale SERIES

  • Freud, directed by Marvin Kren - received €50,000 development funding and €500,000 under the TV Programming scheme