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BERLINALE 2022 EFM

The Berlinale Series Market unveils its selection

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- The new season of the market features a slate of discussions focusing on the current trends in series, while the Berlinale Series Market Selects label returns with 17 series in total

The Berlinale Series Market unveils its selection
Josephine Bornebusch, the director of Harmonica, which is taking part in Berlinale Series Market Selects

The eighth edition of the Berlinale Series Market will unfold digitally as part of the European Film Market (EFM) from 14-16 February. As in previous years, the programme includes talks, showcases by international production companies, streaming platforms and series-focused events, online screenings and, under the Berlinale Series Market Selects label, a curated selection of high-quality series being traded on the market.

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EFM director Dennis Ruh underlines: “The Berlinale Series Market has developed into an integral part of the EFM, reflecting the growing diversification of our exhibitors’ sales and promotional portfolios. What we offer here helps us create more visibility for serial content. Successfully introduced last year, the Berlinale Series Market Selects label has contributed significantly to this. I am especially pleased to note that we will be able to present a very international, varied selection this year. Through the conference programme, we will also offer our professional audience the chance to take a look at current developments in the industry.”

As for said conference programme, the focus will be on the current trends in the series business, and the opening panel, “MISSION: EUROPE. How Local Markets Muscle Up”, will delve into the varying perspectives of streamers, local TV stations and producers when it comes to European streaming business strategies. Well-known directors Lone Scherfig and Daniel Burman will present their series The Shift and Yosi, the Regretful Spy, respectively (see the news), and they will also take part in a conversation that traces their path from film directors to series makers.

Furthermore, a round of talks entitled “When the Power Shifts – A New Era for Producers?” will discuss the ever-greater demand for investment commitments in local markets by major streaming services, which already exist in France, for example, and will also ask how this could alter the role of production companies in the series sector. Also, the issue of inclusion will be addressed, and for the first time, the Berlinale Series Market is co-hosting a two-part series of talks with Series Mania debating whether and how talented individuals with disabilities are represented and included in the series industry, both in front of and behind the camera, and to what extent they are able to contribute their own stories and perspectives. Subsequent to this initial discussion in Berlin, the topic will be further explored in a conference format in Lille.

Regarding the showcases, “Up Next: Germany” presents current and upcoming series projects from Germany, including the comedy Greenlight – German Genius (see the news), the action series Kleo, the German-Israeli thriller Munich Match and the documentary series Reeperbahn Special Unit 65.

Moreover, for the second year running, Berlinale Series Market Selects is presenting 13 shows hailing from four continents. Furthermore, the short-form programme features four series, three of which are French productions.

Here are the titles taking part in Berlinale Series Market Selects 2022:

A Woman’s Fate
Creators: Adriana Falcão, Jô Abdu, Martha Mendonça, Nelito Fernandes
Director: Leonardo Nogueira
Production company: Globo (Brazil)
Broadcaster: Globoplay
World sales: Globo

Black Wedding
Creators: Nemanja Ćipranić, Strahinja Madžarević
Showrunner: Ivana Miković
Director: Nemanja Ćipranić
Production company: Firefly Productions (Serbia)
Broadcasters: Superstar TV, Radio Television of Serbia
World sales: Firefly International

Divided We Stand
Producers: Gabriela Sperl, Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann, Miriam Klein
Writers: Jens Köster, Kim Zimmermann, Gabriela Sperl, Michael Klette
Director: Dustin Loose
Production companies: Gabriela Sperl Produktion for W&B Television, in collaboration with Wilma Film for ARD, MDR and ARD Degeto for Das Erste (Germany)
Broadcasters: ARD, MDR, Das Erste
World sales: Beta Film

False Flag S3
Creators: Maria Feldman, Leora Kamenetzky, Amit Cohen
Director: Oded Raz
Production company: Spiro Films (Israel)
Broadcaster: Keshet 12
World sales: Keshet International

The Fear Index
Writers: Paul Andrew Williams, Caroline Bartleet
Director: David Caffrey
Production companies: Left Bank Pictures, in cooperation with Sky Studios (UK)
Broadcaster: Sky
World sales: NBCUniversal Global Distribution

Harmonica
Creators: Josephine Bornebusch, Jonas Karlsson
Director: Josephine Bornebusch
Production company: Warner Bros International Television Production (Sweden)
Broadcaster: Viaplay
World sales: Nordic Entertainment Group

Identification
Creators: Vladlena Sandu, Nikita Ikonnikov
Showrunners: Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov
Director: Vladlena Sandu
Production company: 1-2-3 Production (Russia)
Broadcaster: Premier
World sales: 1-2-3 Production

Oh Hell
Creator: Johannes Boss
Showrunner: Simon Ostermann
Directors: Simon Ostermann, Lisa Miller
Production company: Good Friends Filmproduktions GmbH (Germany)
Broadcasters: Magenta TV, Warner TV Comedy
World sales: Warner TV International

Recipes for Love and Murder
Creators: Karen Jeynes, based on a novel by Sally Andrew
Showrunner: Thierry Cassuto
Directors: Christiaan Olwagen, Karen Jeynes
Production company: Both Worlds Pictures (South Africa)
Broadcasters: MNET, Acorn TV
World sales: Global Screen

The Silence
Creators: Marjan Alcevski, Miodrag Sila, Nebojsa Taraba, Dalibor Matanić
Showrunners: Miodrag Sila, Nebojsa Taraba
Director: Dalibor Matanić
Production companies: Drugi plan and HRT in co-production with Beta Film, Star Media, OLL.TV, ZDF/ARTE (Croatia/Ukraine/Germany)
Broadcasters: HRT, OLL.TV
World sales: Beta Film

Storm Lara
Creator: Daan Gielis
Director: Kadir Ferati Balci
Production company: A Private View (Belgium)
Broadcaster: Streamz
World sales: Keshet International

Trom
Creator: Torfinnur Jákupsson
Showrunner: Torfinnur Jákupsson
Directors: Kasper Barfoed, Davið Óskar Ólafsson, Peter Ahlén (co-director)
Production companies: REinvent Studios, KYK Pictures (Denmark/Faroe Islands)
Broadcasters: Viaplay, DR
World sales: REinvent International Sales

Vanda
Creator: Patricia Müller
Writers: Patricia Müller, Carmen Jimenez
Director: Simão Cayatte
Production companies: SPi SA, Legendary Television, La Panda Productions (Portugal)
Broadcaster: OPTO SIC
World sales: Legendary Television

Short-form block

About Last Night (season 2)
Creator-writer-director: Matthieu Longatte
Production companies: Studiocanal Original, BDF Films (France)
Broadcaster: Canal+
World sales: StudioCanal

Diana Boss
Creator: Marion Seclin
Showrunners: Marion Seclin, Niels Rahou
Director: Niels Rahou
Production company: La Belle Télé (France)
Broadcaster: France tv slash
World sales: France tv distribution

Outlaw
Creators: Malthe Jagd Miehe-Renard, Babak Vakili
Director: Laurits Flensted-Jensen
Production companies: Strong Productions, Splay One (Denmark)
Broadcaster: DR
World sales: DR Sales

Parliament (season 2)
Creator/showrunner: Noé Debré
Directors: Emilie Noblet, Jérémie Sein, Noé Debré
Production company: Cinétévé (France)
Broadcaster: France.tv
World sales: France tv distribution

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