European Films Crossing Borders -- Berlin -- Feb. 6-9, 2008


Berlin 2007February 6th and 7th (seminar) + 8th and 9th (market coaching) 2008

Early Fee (25% Fee Reduction) Deadline: December 14th, 2007
Deadline for applying: January 8th, 2008
Deadline for final selection of participants: January 10th, 2007

Number of trainees accepted: 15

Our main objective is to encourage the circulation of European films outside their countries of origin, since European movies still face difficulties in crossing borders.

Working methods:

  • To provide European professionals of the audiovisual industry with key industry practices, in order to enable them improving the quality and potential of their audiovisual projects in order to promote and sell their films in a competitive international film market place;
  • To enable participants to meet key experts and players of the audiovisual industry in a very intimate atmosphere (working groups), during one of the major international film festivals;
  • To gather professionals from all over Europe, get them to know each other, and encourage collaborations and networking;
  • To implement the knowledge acquired by participants through the market coaching at the EFM (European Film Market) during the Berlin International Film Festival.


Structure : 2 days of workshop (lectures, working groups and one-to-one meetings) + 2 days of market coaching (at the EFM of the Berlin International Film Festival)

Target: 15 European film industry professionals per seminar:

Working language: English.

Selection criteria: The applicants will have to demonstrate relevant knowledge and experience of the industry and submit a project executive summary (feature film, creative documentary for theatrical release or TV, animation for theatrical release). The project should be in an early stage of development (treatment or first draft of the script) and demonstrate high quality, viability, strong international dimension and circulation potential.


February 5th, 2008

19.30 h Accreditations

20.00 h Welcome Cocktail with

Inauguration by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, President - Instituto Buñuel (SGAE) and

Practical advices: "The benefits of the European Crossing Borders Workshop for me and my project" presented by Brigitte Veyne, Head of Training and Senior Project Manager of EFCB - Fundación Autor, Spain.

February 6th, 2008

09.00 h Presentation of Participants & Projects, explanations of the expected achievements.

09.30 h "Your film in the international Marketplace and the Film Festival Circuit"

Claudia Landsberger, Managing Director - Holland Films, Netherlands; President - EFP

10.30 h Coffee Break

11.00 h "The Art of Pitching"

Sibylle Kurz, Expert in Pitching and Communication skills - Pitching.de, Germany

12.00 h "Survival Guide for the Berlin International Film Festival"

Claudia Landsberger, Managing Director - Holland Films, Netherlands; President - European Film Promotion and Sonja Heinen, Head of the Berlinale Co-Production Market - Berlin International Film Festival, Germany

13.30 h Lunch Break

15.00 h Introduction to the methodology of the working group sessions

15.15 h Working group sessions I. Participants are given access to the different tutors to discuss their project with them and get advice on the necessary steps to develop their project further: Festivals and Markets, Pitching, Co-production markets.

In parallel, one-to-one sessions with Renate Roginas, Project Team Leader -EU Programme PHARE, Romania

18.15 h Film Screening (Case Study Day II)

20.30 h Dinner Cocktail launched by "VILLA KULT", the international circle for culture & arts, Berlin.

February 7th, 2008

09.15 h Case Study

10.15 h Coffee Break

10.45 h "Marketing your script, talent and communication tools" by

John Durie, Co-founder - Strategic Film Marketing, United Kingdom

11.45 h European financial support for development, production and distribution from MEDIA and EURIMAGES by

Cornelia Hammelmann, Managing Director - MEDIA DESK Deutschland, Germany and Jan Vandierendonck, Executive Secretary - Eurimages - Council of Europe, Belgium

12.45 h Lunch Break

14.15 h "Legal and financial aspects of co-production" by

Wolfgang Brehm, Co-founder and Attorney-at-law, Brehm & v. Moers, Germany

15.15 h "Dealing with Sales Agents and with Buyers" by

Thorsten Ritter, Marketing Director - Bavaria Film International, Germany

16.15 h Working Group Sessions II: Marketing, Buyers and Sales Agents, Legal aspects, Pitching.

In parallel one-to-one sessions with Renate Roginas, Project Team Leader - EU Programme PHARE, Romania

19.15 h Introduction to the methodology of the market coaching during 2 days on February 8th and 9th with "Happy Hour" meetings at 5 pm by Brigitte Veyne, Head of Training and Senior Project Manager of EFCB - Fundación Autor, Spain.

Wrap up session and Diploma (Pitching Final session)

February 8th and 9th, 2008

Location: EFM (Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin)

09.15 h Market Coaching (3 coaches with 5 participants each one).

17.00 h Happy Hour

(The program can be subject to changes)


Berlin 2008 - Registration Fee Includes

With accomodation (4 nights and breakfast)*:
Early Fee: Until December 14th, 2007 - 600€
Late Fee: After December 14th, 2007 - 800€

Without accomodation (4 nights)
Early Fee: Until December 14th, 2007 - 285€
Late Fee: After December 14th, 2007 - 380€

Price including:
- 4 nights including breakfast in an Hotel (if you choose the fee with accomodation)
- Training Fees and Didactic Material
- Lunch for 2 days
- Coffee Breaks for 2 days

Helpdesk and Information

Contact Person: Mrs. Brigitte Veyne

C/ Bárbara de Braganza, 7
28004 Madrid
Tel: +34 915 03 68 50
Fax: +34 915 03 68 76

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