Magazine article Screen International

Berlin, Eurimages to Award Co-Pro Prize

Magazine article Screen International

Berlin, Eurimages to Award Co-Pro Prize

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Berlinale Co-Production Market and European cinema support fund strengthen partnership with a development award worth $24,000.

The Berlinale Co-Production Market (Feb 8-10) and Eurimages is to ramp up their partnership during the 2015 Berlinale (Feb 5-15) by introducing two new initiatives promoting European film projects and producers.

The first is the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, which will be given to one of around 25 projects selected from the Berlinale Co-Production Market (part of the European Film Market).

The cash prize of $24,000 ([euro]20,000) will go to the producers of the winning project to support its development.

Eligible for the award are Co-Production Market projects that have been conceived from the outset as theatrical co-productions involving at least two eligible Eurimages countries. These co-productions may not, however, be solely financial in nature. Artistic quality and a project's chances of being realised as a majority European co-production are the main criteria for selecting the winner.

The prize is also awarded during co-production markets at festivals in Rotterdam, Sarajevo, Rome, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

The Eurimages Co-Production Development Award joins other cash prizes at the Berlinale Co-Production Market: the VFF Highlight Pitch Award and the ARTE International Prize.

The former, worth [euro]10,000 and provided by the VFF, a copyright association for film and TV producers, has been awarded to one of the projects selected at the "Talent Project Market" since 2004. …

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