European Film Market expands: “EFM Landmark” offers an additional business platform for producers and film commissioners
(Berlin, Germany, August 20, 2019 – Special to US Times) There is one interesting thing that Auckland, Barcelona, Bavaria, Cracow, Finnish Lapland, Jordan, Lisbon, Lviv, New York, Oslo, Rwanda, Sardinia, Scotland, Split-Dalmatia, Valparaíso, Vladivostok, the Western Cape and Zurich and almost 300 other cities, countries and regions all have in common with the city region of Berlin-Brandenburg — they have an active film commission.
Increasingly, film commissions have become essential partners for producers, not only assisting them in their aims for the best locations for their film and drama series projects, but also offering an array of first-hand information regarding financing, co-production and shooting possibilities in the city or region they represent. Over the past 20 years, film commissions have become a key factor in the international film industry.
In 2005, a group of film commissioners devoted to the business of facilitating production activity constituted the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN). In cooperation with EUFCN, the European Film Market will host a new platform dedicated to bringing together producers and film commissioners under the name “EFM Landmark” (February 24 – 25, 2020).
“EFM Landmark” will offer plenty of options to present new trends, the tax rebates and incentives du jour, as well as changes in co-production funding opportunities andshowcases of the best locations for film and drama series to producers looking for the right fit. Additionally, an important aspect of “EFM Landmark” will be a matchmaking service on its two consecutive days.
Events will take place both in and around Gropius Bau, as well as in the Berlin House of Representatives, where the Berlinale Co-Production Market takes place. Like with all other business platforms at EFM, access to “EFM Landmark” is with a Market Badge only.
Matthijs Wouter Knol, EFM Director: “’EFM Landmark’ will add an infrastructure for the growing group of producers at EFM. In addition to visiting film commissioners at the stand where they do their one-on-one meetings during the week, ‘EFM Landmark’ events will help both producers and film commissioners to get a quick overview in two days of what’s cooking, what’s changing, who’s new and where to find unexpected gems that will help them speed up pre-production at the right location and forge collaborations.”
“We are very happy for this collaboration with EFM,” says Truls Kontny, EUFCN President. “For our association and for all European film commissions this collaboration is crucial and it’s a great opportunity to give visibility to our professionals and what they have to offer within their territories. It’s extremely important to have a physical space in such a huge international market where the industry can easily meet all our film commissions and learn more about our activity. Furthermore, this space will be the perfect location to assign our third European Location Award 2019: the award that EUFCN assigns every year to the best European location in a movie or TV series.”
Preparations for “EFM Landmark” will commence on October 1st, 2019.
More detailed information can be found at www.efm-landmark.com.
EFM Landmark (24-25 February 2020) — a joint initiative of the European Film Market, the Berlinale Co-Production Market in cooperation with the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN)— is a new platform focusing on film commissions, and as such on the branding of outstanding locations and the funding and co-production possibilities linked to them once selected as a shooting location. The two-day event will focus on bringing together film commissioners and producers, and will be developed as a professional platform for these groups in the upcoming years.
EFM Landmark pulls together the key elements that are essential for choosing the right location for your film: a stage to present the latest trends, schemes and developments, an overview of current funding and co-production support schemes (including tax incentives and cash rebates), networking opportunities, matchmaking tools, panels highlighting both best practices and lessons learned, pitch sessions and an array of film commissioners ready to help producers. Linking to co-production, the platform is a natural collaboration with the Berlinale Co-Production Market. As the European network for film commissions, the first edition of EFM Landmark is a cooperation with EUFCN.