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NEWS ARTICLE | 01 March 2021

MEDIA is present at the digital Berlinale: European Film Forum, films and side events

The Berlinale Film Festival has kicked off today with a digital edition of the Industry Event, where Creative Europe MEDIA will partake with a virtual stand, a European Film Forum, side events and films in competition.

Collage of films
European Commission

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 71st Berlin International Film Festival is taking place in two stages.

Industry Event

The first one, targeted to film professionals and media, will host the European Film Market, where the Creative Europe MEDIA programme will host its usual European Film Forum.

The Forum, taking place online on 2 March, will gather a line-up of speakers from the industry to discuss the future perspectives for the audiovisual sector in Europe; touching base on the Commission’s Action Plan to transform and empower the sector and new MEDIA programme. Additionally, MEDIA will organise roundtables around virtual reality, business digitalisation and diversity; and workshops to guide professionals in their future applications for funding

The Industry Event will run until 5 March, when the winning films will be announced. 9 EU-supported films and series will be presented at the festival and, notably, 3 of them compete for the Golden Bear prize. The titles, per category, are


Berlinale Series





The EU supported the development and co-production of these 9 titles with an investment of over EUR 750.000, awarded through the Creative Europe MEDIA programme.

Summer Special

The second round of the 71st Berlinale, “The Summer Special”, will take place in June 2021, which will open the films to the public and host the official Award Ceremony.

MEDIA-supported initiatives

Berlinale Co-Production Market

The 18th Berlinale Co-Production Market (1-5 March) is a five-day event for about 500 international producers, sales agents, distributors as well as broadcasting and funding representatives who are active in international co-productions.

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

Berlinale Talents

200 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.

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 Berlinale through a series of digital high profile meetings, culminating in the presentation of the Shooting Stars Awards at the Berlinale Palast that will take place later this year in June, during the ‘Summer Special’ stage.

Meet the 2021 Shooting Stars

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