The Meeting Point of the International Film Industry in February

The European Film Market (EFM) is a business centre during the Berlinale film festival where over 8000 buyers, producers, agents, distributors, exhibitors and financiers are given the opportunity to meet at the first major film market of the year. The mission of the EFM is primarily to provide a network platform, whether you are a budding producer planning to make your first film, or you are already a well-known filmmaker seeking buyers. There are organised events, panels, screenings, and talks during the EFM.

Harnessing the energy of Berlin and the passion for film, the European Film Market is the business epi-centre of Berlinale, which is one of the most important international film festivals in the world and the largest publicly attended film festival. It is the first date in the industry’s calendar and is regarded as an early indicator for the new film year.

Discovering new and emerging talents is one of the main purposes of the EFM, where international producers and financiers will work together to match partners with handpicked projects during an intensive two and a half day event.

American Independents in Berlin

American Independents in Berlin is an initiative organized by the EFM, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) and Sundance Institute. The screening series “IFP Selects” and “Sundance at EFM” showcase the best in new US independent movies, to over 1500 international buyers. The dedicated lounge on the second floor of the Martin-Gropius-Bau gives independent filmmakers a venue to meet and promote their projects.

In addition to the regular market screenings, the EFM will present a new programme of high-quality television series at the Market on Monday and Tuesday, February 9th and 10th. With a focus on Europe, these market screenings will highlight series from Germany, Scandinavia and the UK as well as North America and trends from around the world.

EFM Series

The EFM Series is a bold new initiative from the European Film Market and the Berlinale Co-Production Market, the Series is a platform for producers, broadcasters, buyers and distributors to meet, network and get down to business.

EFM Industry Debates

EFM Industry Debates is an initiative of the Hollywood Reporter, Screen International and Variety, bringing together international experts for three panel discussions focusing on current and future issues facing the industry.

Meet the Docs

Meet the Docs is a powerful platform created by the EFM and the European Documentary Network (EDN) to facilitate networking among buyers, sellers, directors and producers of documentary films.

LOLA at Berlinale is the EFM’s presentation of films long listed in the categories of feature, children’s and documentary film for the German Film Awards (aka LOLA). The series is a joint project of the Berlin International Film Festival, German Films and the German Film Academy.

The Berlinale Talents Market Hub

At the Berlinale Talents Market Hub, the EFM visitors will get a first look at the 40 films developed during the Berlinale Talents Project Labs, presented by ten leading distributors at their stands in the Martin-Gropius-Bau. This initiative is in cooperation with the Berlinale Talents and is sponsored by Canon.