After almost a decade with an official contact point, American indies are back at the European Film Market, the professional sidebar event of the Berlin International Film Festival, which opens this Thursday, February 9. While American indie films have always been a part of the program in Berlin and American sales companies have taken offices at the Market, there has been an absence of a physical presence for American indie filmmakers, with films both in the Festival or screening exclusively at the Market. This is sharp contrast to the other national film institutions present, mainly because of the lack of funding from the U.S. government to promote such initiatives overseas. However, this year, the European Film Market welcomes back American Independents In Berlin, a lounge and contact point, organized by the Independent Feature Project (IFP) and the Sundance Institute. The indie nook will be at the historic Martin Gropius Bau, the main venue for market activities. More than 50 US Indies will be showcased in the sections “IFP Selects” and “Sundance at EFM” to the over 1500 international buyers, programmers and festival reps assembled in Berlin.
With this partnership the EFM sets forth a long tradition with the American independents by adding a new meeting point and numerous additional screenings. EFM Director Beki Probst said, “Through our nine-year collaboration with the Sundance Institute we’ve presented a selection of strong films, and now we’re combining this with the American Indies selected by IFP in our new market initiative. It’s a fitting mix and an important expansion of our offering for EFM exhibitors, buyers and participants.” Further and detailed information about the EFM can be found on the website: www.efm-berlinale.de