The 71st Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale 2021 – will take place in two stages. Hosted online from 1 to 5 March is the Industry Event, which includes the European Film Market (EFM), the Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund. Meanwhile, during the June Summer Special, Berlinale audiences will be able to attend live screenings of the selected films that have already been announced.
Catalan Films, the brand that promotes the Catalan Audiovisual industry worldwide developed by the Catalan Ministry of Culture's Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC), has organised a varied activities programme for the online EFM event, aiming to support, represent and promote the Catalan audiovisual industry, new Catalan productions, co-production opportunities, and the Catalonia region as a great place to film.
The festival has given a sneak preview of the titles in its programme. Co-production La Veduta Luminosa, directed by Fabrizio Ferraro (Eddie Saeta, Boudu/Passepartout), has been selected for the Forum section, which aims to showcase films that push the boundaries of convention and open up fresh cinematographic perspectives. The Catalan talent in this section continues, also featuring Barcelona-born Alvaro Gurrea's directorial debut Mbah Jhiwo/Alma anciana, produced by Rocío Mesa (My Deer Films).
In addition, two Catalan projects and three professionals from the Catalan audiovisual industry have been selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents. Finally, TV Series Los espabilados, by Catalan director Roger Gual (Movistar) have been selected to participate in the Berlinale Series Market Selects.
Catalan Films will set up a virtual stand at the online market, with representatives from both the Catalunya Film Commission and Europa Creativa Desk – MEDIA Catalunya. From here, the brand will be able to promote the Catalan audiovisual industry, highlight opportunities to film in the region and engage in international co-production endeavours, and turn the spotlight on the latest films emerging from Catalonia.
Catalan Films will also have its own screening room called Catalan Films Cinema, where it will screen 30 Catalan films seeking sales agents and distribution at festivals. This is a magnificent opportunity to share the richness and diversity of recent Catalan productions.
Catalan Films is also organising two online activities at the EFM to draw attention to the opportunities afforded by the Catalonia region.
Firstly, Catalonia will be one of the Country Session at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Catalan Films coordinator Mar Medir and Catalunya Film Commission manager Carlota Guerrero will present information on the co-production and filming opportunities available in Catalonia on Monday 1 March from 4 to 5 pm.
Secondly, Catalan Films, the Catalunya Film Commission and Europa Creativa Desk – MEDIA Catalunya will also be coordinating the online event Minority coproduction fund with Catalonia. Panel and case studies. The aim of the panel is to present the new line of funding for minority international co-productions that was launched in 2020 to foster creative, professional and artistic exchange between Catalonia and the rest of the world.
This will be followed by a round table featuring Mar Medir and Carlota Guerrero, who will explore two minority co-production case studies alongside Catalan producer Sergi Moreno (Lastor Media) and Myriam Sassine (Abbout Productions, Lebanon), co-producers of the feature film Costa Brava, Lebanon, by Mounia Akl; and Catalan producer Adrià Monés (Fasten Films) and Belgian producer Jean-Yves Roubin (Frakas Productions), who helmed the fictional full-length film Entre la vie et la mort, by Giordano Gederlini. The event will be moderated by Alex Navarro, coordinator of Europa Creativa Desk – MEDIA Catalunya and is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 3 March from 3.30 to 5 pm.
Outstanding presence of Catalan cinema and talent at the Industry Event
Catalan projects and talent will feature prominently at the online Industry Event, namely in the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents.
Fiction film Matria, the first by director Álvaro Gago, produced by Avalon P.C. and Ringo Media, is one of 35 feature film projects chosen from 25 countries to take part in the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The producers will have the chance to present their project to international co-producers, sales agents, TV networks, platforms, distributors and public fund representatives from around the world. Matria has gone through several development workshops, such as TIFF Filmmaker Lab, La Incubadora The Screen, MFI Script Lab, Abycine Lanza and L'Alternativa mentoring.
Meanwhile, producer Alba Bosch (Oberon Media) will take part with her project Los Tortuga, directed by Belén Funes, at the Talent Project Market, which is co-organised with Berlinale Talents and the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Here, ten up-and-coming producers will present their projects to co-producers and investors and receive advice from industry experts on how to gain footing in the international market.
Berlinale Talents has also selected director and producer Carlos Pardo (Dvein Films), film editor Dídac Palou, and director Pilar Palomero (Las niñas) to take part with her full-length film project La Maternal in the Scriptstation workshop.
Berlinale Talents is the talent development programme and networking platform that hand-picks 200 up-and-coming professionals from 65 countries from the upwards of 3,000 applications received.