UK film Nowhere Special selected for Berlinale Co-production Market

22 feature film projects have been selected to participate in the 16th edition of the Berlinale Co-production Market, a four-day event that brings together over 500 international producers, sales agents, distributors and funding representatives active in co-productions.

Throughout the Berlin International Film Festival, the event sees more than 1000 one-on-one meetings arranged, tailor-made to the criteria of each individual project and designed to encourage the exploration of new partnerships.

The 22 projects chosen were narrowed down from 325 submissions and hail from 19 different countries. 

The UK is represented by Nowhere Special, produced by Red Wave Films and directed by Uberto Pasoloni whose previous credits include Still Life (supported by Creative Europe's Automatic Distribution scheme) and Bel Ami (supported by Creative Europe's Development and Automatic Distribution schemes and which screened at the 2012 edition of Berlinale). 

The co-production market is funded through the MEDIA sub-programme's Access to Markets scheme. Berlinale's official press release cites the immense success of the event, as reflected in last year's cohort, in which 16 films have subsequently screened at international A-list film festivals and in cinemas. One film has also been announced for this year's festival and is due to be shown in the Panorama section. 

The selection is completed by eleven projects to be presented at the Talent Project Market, organised in co-operation with Berlinale Talents (whose own selection was unveiled earlier this week), wherein emerging producers have the opportunity to showcase their projects. 

Berlinale prize winner Carla Simón, who previously participated in the Talent Project Market with her award-winning debut Summer 1993 (co-funded by Creative Europe through its Single Project development scheme, as well as its Sales Agent and Automatic Distribution schemes) is appearing this year with not one but two projects as a director. Her feature Alcarràs forms part of the Official Selection, whilst Each of Us, a collaboration with two other directors, will see her take part in the Talent Project Market once again. 

The selected projects are also eligible for some of the most sought-after prizes at the Berlinale Co-Production Market, such as the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award (€20,000), the VFF Talent Highlight Award (€10,000) and the ARTE International Prize (€6,000). The Berlinale Co-Production Market is organised in partnership with MDM - Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and Creative Europe.

The Berlinale Co-production Market runs from 9 to 13 February 2019.

For more information, visit the Berlinale Co-production Market website.