Berlin, a showcase for Basque cinematographic production
Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.
Berlinale, the year´s first major cinema event, begins tomorrow. Until February 19, more than 399 films will be screened, and the festival will bring together more than 22,000 professionals from 120 different countries. Berlin will also be the meeting point for producers, distributors and exhibitors from all over the world, with one of the most prominent film industry fairs organized in the framework of the festival: the European Film Market (EFM).
For the second consecutive year, the fair will become a showcase for Basque cinema and several Basque producers will attend the event under the brand Basque Audiovisual. As in other international fairs, Basque Audiovisual will have its own stand at the most relevant meeting point of the Berlinale, and will represent the Basque film industry before professionals, companies and agents from all over the world. This is an important opportunity for Basque producers to find sources of funding channels, to establish collaborations and to create business ideas by strengthening their presence in the sector.
Basque Audiovisual will also present in Berlin a catalog of 26 projects. EFM can be an interesting meeting point of great interest for Basque producers when it comes to establishing contacts, strengthening their position in the industry or negotiating rights for the projects presented.
In total, the catalog brings together projects from 19 producers: Arena Comunicación, Basque Films, Doxa Producciones, Esrec, Fascina Producciones, Gariza Films, Irusoin, Lamia Producciones, Lotura Films, Old Port, Píxel, Somuga, Se&Sra., Dibulitoon Studios, Txalapart, Txintxua Films, Kanaki Films, Caravan Cinema LTD and Kinoskopik. Most of them will attend the fair these days.
Basque Audiovisual is the brand that promotes the Basque audiovisual sector, is backed by the Etxepare Basque Institute and the Cluster EIKEN. The brand will go to Berlin thanks to Zineuskadi, the Public Platform of the Audiovisual Sector of Euskadi, joining forces in the internationalization of Basque audiovisual production, a sector that bases its international strategy on being present in the most important events for the global audiovisual industry, such as the Berlin International Film Festival.