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MEDIA gets ready for the Berlinale: films, roundtables and an EFF on sustainability

The 70th edition of the annual Berlin International Film Festival will take place from 20 February to 1 March 2020. Creative Europe MEDIA will be once again present at the festival with some titles of MEDIA-supported films but also to organise and host roundtables and discussions with stakeholders.

Stills of the 16 films supported by MEDIA and present in the Berlinale
European Commission - Stills of the 16 films supported by MEDIA and present in the Berlinale

This year, 16 films supported by MEDIA will be presented at the festival, and one of them will be competing for the Golden Bear.

The titles, per category, are:


Berlinale Special:

  • Pinocchio by Matteo Garrone (Italy, France) was supported for its distribution.


  • Digger by Georgis Grigorakis (Greece, France) received a grant of €32.700 for development.
  • Pari by Siamak Etemadi (Greece, France, the Netherlands, Bulgaria) was also supported in developement with €30.000.
  • Otac ('Father') by Srdan Golubović (Serbia, France, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina) received €30.000 under the MEDIA development scheme.
  • Semina il vento ('Sow the Wind') by Danilo Caputo (Italy, France, Greece) was supported with over €40.000 for its distribution.

Generation 14Plus:

Generation KPlus:



  • Gunda by Victor Kossakovsky (Norway, US) was funded with €36.000 at the development phase.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino:

Berlinale Series:

  • Freud by Marvin Kren (Austria, Germany, Czech Republic) was supported both under the development scheme (€50.000) and under the TV programming scheme (€500.000).

Creative Europe MEDIA invested over €1 million in these 16 films. 

MEDIA events at the Berlinale 2020

In addition to the supported films, Creative Europe MEDIA will be present in Berlin to engage with the audiovisual industry through various roundtables and meetings.

The main discussion will take place in the context of the European Film Forum, taking place on Monday 24 February from 2 to 4.30pm. The debate will focus on sustainability and the green strategies that can be implemented to mitigate the environmental impact of audiovisual productions.

More information about the EFF

It’s also worth highlighting the roundtable dedicated to gender balance and diversity in the next MEDIA programme. The meeting will gather invited stakeholders and aims to explore what specific measures could be introduced in the next programme set to run from 2021 to 2027 and what could be implemented by national and international funds. On the same topic, MEDIA will present together with Collectif 50/50 a new report on parity among film critics in Europe, following a study done in partnership. 

Berlinale Co-Production Market

The 17th Berlinale Co-Production Market (22-26 February) brings together about 600 international producers, film distributors, financiers, sales agents and many other representatives from the industry to discover high-quality international projects, new trends and find business opportunities.

The co-production market is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA with € 140.000, via the access to markets support-scheme.

Berlinale Talents

250 outstanding creators from the fields of film and drama series are joining the Berlinale Talents, the annual summit and networking platform. The programme features master classes and panel discussions with top-notch experts; project labs and a variety of networking events.

The Berlinale Talents goes collective in 2020 and under the tagline “Together Forever – Never Apart” will look at proven and experimental community models in different creative fields.

Berlinale Talents is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA wtih € 268.000, via its training support-scheme.

Shooting Stars

10 promising young actors from across Europe have been selected to be part of the Shooting stars, the flagship programme of the European Film Promotion (EFP).

Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Alicia Vikander or Maisie Williams were amongst previous Shooting Stars.

The Shooting Stars are presented to the film industry, public and international press during the opening weekend of the Berlinale through a series of high profile events, culminating in the presentation of the Shooting Stars Awards at the Berlinale Palast.

Meet the 2020 Shooting Stars!

Shooting stars is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA with € 84,500 via the access to markets support-scheme.

Sino-European Forum & Pitching

Organised by Bridging the Dragon, a MEDIA-funded initiative, and the European Film Market, this event aims to provide a platform to connect the Chinese and European film industries. Find out more.

Bridging the Dragon is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA up to € 60,000 via the access to markets support-scheme.