Film commissions

Submission for the 15th Zurich Film Festival

Film submissions for Zurich Film Festival 2019 are now open!

Films for the 15th Zurich Film Festival can be submitted via the platform Withoutabox. We are looking for cinematic discoveries from all over the World: Our competitions see first, second and third directorial works. In addition, we host an International Series Competition and we do also welcome submissions to our Non Competitive Sections.

Submissions categories

  • International Feature Film Competition
  • International Documentary Film Competition
  • Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria (Feature Films and Documentary Films)
  • Non Competition Features (Documentary Films and Fiction Films)
  • International Series Competition

Prize Money

The Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 25’000 cash prize will be awarded in each of the two categories International Feature Film Competition and International Documentary Film Competition and CHF 20’000 in the Focus Competition. The Golden Eye for Best International Series is endowed with a CHF 10’000 cash prize.

Submission fee

  •  Early Bird until March 31, 2019: € 50
  •  From April 1 until June 30, 2019: € 75

Find information regarding film submissions and entry requirements on our website. For technical questions regarding the use of Withoutabox, please contact Withoutabox Support.

Grants in support of film and audiovisual sector — Marche Film Commission

The contributions granted by the Marche region aim to promote the distinctive heritage, or rather the professional, artistic, cultural, historical, environmental, landscape, gastronomic and artisan heritage of the Marche through film.

 Eligible Projects cover the following three categories of audiovisual works:

  • FILM AND TV SERIES: fictional feature films or animated films made to be shown in cinemas; fictional or animated TV films; TV series (genre: fiction, documentary or animation).
  • DOCUMENTARY, SHORT FILM: documentaries made to be shown in cinemas; TV documentaries; fictional or animated short films.
  • FORMAT: web documentary, fiction or animation series; video clips; TV specials; innovative and experimental formats.

The total funding amount, €1,200,000, is divided up as follows:

  • €1,000,000 for the “Film and tv series” category
  • €100,000 for the “Documentary, Short film” category
  • €100,000 for the “Format” category

Contribution can be granted optionally:

  • under “de minimis” scheme
  • under exempt aid scheme

Contacts for more informations:
Stefano Recchi - Regione Marche
Telephone: +39 071 8062377
Email: -


TFL Extended – TV Series 2019

TFL Extended – TV Series 2019

TARGET PARTICIPANTS: International scriptwriters, directors, producers and story editors. The professional workshop is aimed at implementing the fundamental techniques and skills necessary to develop and produce successful TV Series projects.
Candidates must present a TV Series project at an early development stage.

DURATION: residential workshop in Turin from 12th to 15th April 2019.

FEE: 1.700 Euro per team of participants (max 2 participants).

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATIONS: March 8th, 2019, 12:00 p.m. CET (noon).

About TFL Extended – TV Series
TFL Extended – TV Series is a TorinoFilmLab training workshop addressed to teams of international professionals, who want to strengthen their techniques and skills to develop and produce a TV Series project.

TV Series production requires a mix of creativity, constant challenge and genuine sense of team spirit between writers, story editors and other stakeholders such as producers and broadcasters. The heart of the workshop is to offer to international professionals the tools necessary to develop their own original and ambitious TV Series projects.

TFL Extended – TV Series is open to up to 25 projects which will join an intensive 4-day-long workshop in Turin, from 12th to 15th April 2019.

The workshop is a combination of group sessions and master classes, aiming at implementing expertise and knowledge to create TV Series concepts and acquire a deep understanding of markets, audiences and broadcasters.

The staff of experts and trainers includes established head writers, story editors, showrunners and commissioning editors from all over the world.

One of the participants will be selected by the TorinoFilmLab team to benefit from a free accreditation to attend the Series Mania European Project and Talent Forum 2020 in Lille, France.

Who can apply?
TFL Extended – TV Series is open to professional International scriptwriters, directors, producers and story editors. The registrations can be submitted individually or in team (maximum 2 participants per team) and must be linked to a TV Series project at early development stage, which will be developed during group sessions with experts.

The working language of all the workshop, meetings and events is English; thus, a good knowledge of English is essential in order to participate.

Confirmation is based upon reviewing the materials submitted and approval of payment.

Participation fees
Workshop participation fee: 1.700 Euro per team of participants (max 2 participants).

Early bird registration fee: 1.500 Euro per team of participants (max 2 participants) for the first 5 projects to register by February 1st .

This amount covers workshop training. Participants must pay their travel, board and lodging costs.

TFL doesn’t offer any scholarship for these workshops, but in many countries public institutions make scholarships available for this kind of training.

How to apply?
Candidates must fill the online Application form and send the requested materials – to be submitted all together in one PDF:
- an updated CV for each participant (2 pages maximum)
- project’s logline (2 lines maximum)
- concept presentation (7.500 characters, spaces included)
- audiovisual approach documents (moodboard, etc.), if available

Submitted materials should be in English or have English subtitles/translation.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: March 8th, 2019, 12:00 p.m. CET (noon).

For more information please contact:

Bio to B 2019

The sixth edition of Bio To B will take place June 13th – 15th 2019 in Bologna, during Biografilm Festival.

Bio to B is a business-to-business networking event for industry professionals, which aims to support European documentary and fiction biopic productions.

It is an excellent opportunity to present your documentary or biopic, in production or rough cut, to a jury and to an audience of international sales agents, festival directors, commissioning editors, producers and accredited industry.

The sixth edition of Bio To B will take place June 13th – 15th 2019 in Bologna, during Biografilm Festival. During three days of networking, European cinema professionals will have the opportunity to meet, discuss and promote their respective work within an international context. Over the course of the event, there will be pitching sessions, panels, talks and the opportunity to set up one-to-one meetings. Bio To B is characterized by the presence of established film professionals: representatives from international sales companies, a selection of European distributors, international festival directors and programmers, commissioning editors and representatives from the major national TV channels of films and documentaries.

Bio To B selects 18 projects, either documentary or fictional biographies / biopics feature films (intended for theatrical release), European productions or co-productions which are in the final stages, either in production or rough cut. The final format of the film must be of a minimum duration of 50 minutes. At the end of the event an international Jury assigns three grants: Best European Project, Best Italian Project, Best Project from Emilia-Romagna.

Bio to B is pleased to confirm also this year the partnership with DOK Leipzig. Director Leena Pasanen will award a prize to one of the selected projects: an invitation at DOK Leipzig and its Industry Programme.

We are also proud to announce that the “Make It Real”- Bio To B Award 2019, dedicated to cinema professionals who have most distinguished themselves internationally in film production and distribution, will be presented to producer Diane Weyermann, as part of the special tribute that this year Biografilm Festival dedicates to the Canadian production company Participant Media on the occasion of its 15 years of activity.


“Piranhas” wins Best Script in Berlin and “Dafne” wins Premio Fipresci

“This prize is dedicated to the NGOs that save lives in the Mediterranean. To me, writing this film meant telling a truth, something that is becoming more and more difficult in our country. We talk about the invasion of migrants, but don’t mention the invasion of criminal capitals. We stop the bodies and we let poisonous money pass.” This is the declaration of Roberto Saviano, winner of the Silver Bear Best Script Award at the 69th Berlinale, along with Maurizio Braucci and director Claudio Giovannesi for Piranhas, based on his own novel. Besides the NGOs, the writer dedicates the award to the “masters of the streets, who save lives in the popular neighborhoods.”

Braucci adds: “Friendship is a fundamental ingredient for the success of a story and we indeed have worked under a regime of great friendship. This prize is dedicated to the young people living in the South who needs support, more than what they are receiving now. That’s why friendship is important, between Italy and the other countries.”

On stage, director Claudio Giovannesi thanks all those who collaborated at the film, Saviano for choosing him and the festival for selecting the film. He stresses that this prize is dedicated to Italy, “in the hope that art, culture, and education will be a priority again.”

Full list of awards:

Golden Bear: Synonyms by Nadav Lapid

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize: Grace à Dieu by François Ozon

Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize: Systemsprenger by Nora Fingscheidt

Silver Bear Best Director Prize: Angela Schanelec for Ich war zu Hause, aber…

Silver Bear for Best Actress: Yong Mei for So Long, My Son

Silver Bear for Best Actor: Wang Jingchun for So Long, My Son

Silver Bear Best Script Prize: Roberto Saviano, Maurizio Braucci and Claudio Giovannesi for Piranhas

Silver Bear for Best Artistic Contribution: Rasmus Videbaek for the cinematography of Out Stealing Horses

Best Documentary: Talking about trees by Suhaib Gasmelbari

Best First Film: Oray by Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay

Golden Bear for Best Short: Umbra by Florian Fischer & Johannes Krel

Silver Bear Short Film: Blue Boy by Manuel Abramovich

Audi Short Film Award: Rise by Barbara Wagner and Benjamin De Burca

VENICE PRODUCTION BRIDGE Venice Gap – Financing Market

The Venice Production Bridge is launching the Call for Projects for the sixth edition of the Venice Gap-Financing Market, which will take place from August 30th to September 1st, 2019, during the 76th Venice International Film Festival (August 28th – September 7th, 2019).

The Venice Gap-Financing Market is a platform for selected projects to support the European and international producers to secure financing for their projects (Fiction, Documentaries and VR Immersive Story Projects) through one-to-one meetings with potential and pertinent international professionals (producers, sales agents, distributors, financiers, broadcasters and funds). All the invited professionals are decision-makers.

This call is open to European and International projects for the following categories:

  • Film and Documentary: up to 27/33 feature films and international narrative or creative feature documentaries, including 3 Biennale College Cinema Projects, from all over the world will be selected. There is no genre limitation and animation feature films are welcome;
  • VR Immersive Story Projects: up to 10/12 VR projects from all over the world will be selected.

The 3-day event will present up to 45 selected European and International projects and VR Immersive Story Projects developed through the Biennale College Cinema Virtual Reality.

A tailor-made initiative of this kind requests a real confidentiality for the producers and the partners already in place and a first Project line-up will therefore be sent to selected potential financiers and professionals in order to allow them to register to this co- production market.

The catalogue detailing each film project will then be emailed to the registered professionals by the beginning of July 2019 to entitle them to request 30-minute one-to-one meetings with the producers of the selected projects. The Venice Gap-Financing Market will set up these meetings in accordance with the availability of the participants and meetings slots. Each participant will receive a personalised meeting schedule a few days before the event.

The Venice Gap-Financing Market terms and conditions are:


For Feature Films and Documentary projects

  • · The project must be a fiction feature film or a long feature documentary with a running time above 70 minutes and intended for theatrical distribution.
  • · The project must be looking for a maximum of 30% gap-financing and we will prioritize the ones looking for a European partner.
  • · There is no budget or genre limitation but each project must have secured 70% of its budget and must prove that this financing is in place. The film can be in development, partly or entirely shot.

The Project Team

  • · Directors must have previous directing experience (short films, features, TV movies, series).
  • · Producers must have a track record in production and international co-production

For VR Immersive Story Projects

  • · VR Immersive Story Projects can be in different formats: all formats of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) or 360 Dome projection.
  • · The VR Immersive Story Projects can be fiction, documentary, series or animation.
  • · The minimum length must be 10 minutes.
  • · The projects can be both original concepts and adaptations.
  • · There is no budget limitation. Each project should be preferably in a development phase, but films already partially or totally shot are also acceptable.
  • · All submitted projects should have secured at least 30% of their budget and must prove that this financing is in place.

The Project Team

  • · Directors must have previous artistic or directing experience in their field (short films, features, TV movies, series, visual arts, performing arts, sound, installation, performance…).
  • · Producers must have a track record in production and international co-production

The directors of first or second feature Films, Documentaries or VR Immersive Story Projects are invited to provide information on their curriculum vitae as requested in the online submission form, for the purposes of research and documentation.


Berlin International Film Festival

The Berlinale is a unique place of artistic exploration and entertainment. It is one of the largest public film festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe each year. For the film industry and the media, the eleven days in February are also one of the most important events in the annual calendar and an indispensable trading forum.
The Berlin International Film Festival enjoys an eventful history. The festival was created for the Berlin public in 1951, at the beginning of the Cold War, as a “showcase of the free world”. Shaped by the turbulent post-war period and the unique situation of a divided city, the Berlinale has developed into a place of intercultural exchange and a platform for the critical cinematic exploration of social issues. To this day it is considered the most political of all the major film festivals.
The Berlinale brings the big stars of international cinema to Berlin and discovers new talents. It accompanies filmmakers of all disciplines on their paths into the spotlight and supports careers, projects, dreams and visions.
Thanks to its numerous industry initiatives, the Berlinale is a significant driver of innovation and an important economic factor internationally as well as for companies in Germany and Berlin.

Find futher information and programm here:

2019 Sundance Film Festival Awards

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival drew to a close  with the annual awards ceremony, which was hosted by filmmaker and actress Marianna Palka at the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse in Park City, Utah.

Of the four Grand Jury Prizes given to competition films — the festival’s highest honors — each was directed or co-directed by a female filmmaker, reflecting last year’s Directing winners, who were all women. This year’s Grand Jury Prize winners include Chinonye Chukwu’s “Clemency” (U.S. Dramatic), Nanfu Wang’s “One Child Nation” (U.S. Documentary), Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir” (World Dramatic), and Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s “Honeyland” (World Documentary).

Check out the full list of this year’s winners below.

U.S. Dramatic

Grand Jury Prize – “Clemency,” director: Chinonye Chukwu

Directing – “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” director: Joe Talbot

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award – “Share,” screenwriter: Pippa Bianco

Special Jury Award for Vision and Craft – “Honey Boy,” director: Alma Har’el

Special Jury Award for Acting  – Rhianne Barreto in “Share”

Special Jury Award for Creative Collaboration – “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” director: Joe Talbot

U.S. Documentary

Grand Jury Prize – “One Child Nation,” director: Nanfu Wang

Directing – “American Factory,” directors: Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert

Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency – “Always in Season,” director: Jacqueline Olive

Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker – “Jawline,” directed by Liza Mandelup

Special Jury Award for Editing – “Apollo 11,” director: Todd Douglas Miller

Special Jury Award for Cinematography – Luke Lorentzen for “Midnight Family”

Audience Awards

U.S. Dramatic – “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” director: Paul Downs Colaizzo

U.S. Documentary – “Knock Down the House,” director: Rachel Lears

World Cinema Dramatic – “Queen of Hearts,” director: May El-Toukhy

World Cinema Documentary – “Sea of Shadows,” director: Richard Ladkani

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Grand Jury Prize – “The Souvenir,” director: Joanna Hogg

Directing – “The Sharks,” director: Lucia Garibaldi

Special Jury Award – “Monos,” director: Alejandro Landes

Special Jury Award for Originality – “We Are Little Zombies,” director: Makoto Nagahisa

Special Jury Award for Acting – Krystyna Janda in “Dolce Fine Giornata”

World Cinema Documentary Competition

Grand Jury Prize – “Honeyland,” directors: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov

Directing – “Cold Case Hammarskjold,” director: Mads Brugger

Special Jury Award for No Borders – “Midnight Traveler,” director: Hassan Fazili

Special Jury Prize for Impact for Change – “Honeyland,” directors: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov

Special Jury Award for Cinematography – “Honeyland,” Fejmi Daut, Samir Legume

NEXT Innovator Award

“The Infiltrators,” directors: Cristina Ibarra, Alex Rivera

NEXT Innovator Prize

“The Infiltrators,” directors: Cristina Ibarra, Alex Rivera

NEXT Audience Award



Puentes 2019

Two workshops bringing together producers from Latin America and Europe to work together with leading experts, potential financiers, distributors and sales agents from both continents

W1 in LAZIO REGION (IT), June 10 – 14, 2019
W2 in MONTEVIDEO (UY), November, 2019

PUENTES – Europe / Latin America Co-Production Workshop 2019:


Apply now and until February 20, 2019 for the PUENTES 2019 edition!

PUENTES is the most relevant and successful training programme for developing European-Latin American co-production as the track record of successful production shows: THE SHARKS (LOS TIBURONES), by Lucia Garibaldi & produced by Pancho Magnou (Montelona Cine, Uruguay) will premiere in Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

Some other recent examples of films developed at PUENTES are for example I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE (SUEÑO EN OTRO IDIOMA), by Ernesto Contreras (Best Picture & Best Original Screenplay & Best Cinematography & Best Original Score & Best Sound & Best Actor at Mexico’s 60th Ariel Awards 2018), THE HEIRESSES (LAS HEREDERAS) by Marcelo Martinessi (Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize & Silver Bear Best Actress & FIPRESCI Award & Teddy Readers’ Award at the Berlinale 2018, Premio Netflix Ópera Prima, Best Director at Latin America Fénix Film Awards 2018. The film has been nominated to represent Paraguay at Foreign Language Academy Awards race 2019), UN TRADUCTOR by Sebastián & Rodrigo Barriuso (Golden Goblet for Best Director at Shangai Film Festival 2018), and many more.

The above mentioned projects had been selected for the PUENTES – Europe / Latin America Co-Production Workshop, where the projects were developed over one year by the attending producers under the guidance of top notch consultants, working on the script development, the financial, co-production, marketing and distribution strategies and where the producers extended their professional network meeting key players of the industry in Europe and Latin America.

PUENTES is targeted at Latin American & European producers focusing on project development, 10 of which will be selected for the workshop. We are also open to receive the applications of other European professionals interested in working with Latin America (sales agents, financiers, distributors, festival programmers, co-production market representatives) or European producers focusing on career development (not bringing a specific project) . 4-5 of them will be selected to be an active part of the group.

The 14-15 selected participants attend 2 workshops. The first one will be held in Lazio Region, Italy (June 10-14, 2019) in partnership with FVG Audiovisual Fund, with the support of MIBAC (Ministero dei Beni Ambientali e Culturali). Workshop 2 will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay in November 2019, just before Ventana Sur in partnership with Mutante Cine, with the support of ICAU (Instituto de Cine y Audiovisual del Uruguay), Egeda, Montevideo Socio Audiovisual and Centro Cultural España. For 2019, PUENTES has received support from IBERMEDIA PROGRAMME that will allow us to provide scholarships to participants from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Thanks to a special partnership, all participants are able to attend VENTANA SUR (December 2019 – dates TBC, in Buenos Aires) after workshop 2.

The DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is Februray 20, 2019.

The selection will be made by a selection committee and will be published by April 10, 2019.

Selection interviews might be held via SKYPE.

If you wish to have further information, please contact:

The PUENTES workshop is made possible with the support of the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and with the recognition of the Directorate-General for Cinema of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.

The Italian Pavilion in Berlin

Berlin has been and will always be a punk city. Accordingly, the theme chosen for this year’s Italian Pavilion in the Martin Gropiu Bau at the European Film Market is the scratchy punk graphic design that has characterized the UK in the 1970s and Germany in the 1980s and 1990s. In particular in Berlin, after the end of the GDR, the young subcultures that were no longer forced to hide after many years of repressions, had the chance to go out to the streets and express freely. The conditions that the German capital offered were a true paradise for the so-called punk culture.

The new space develops between the bookshop and an area of the Central Hall Gallery at the ground floor of the Martin Gropius Bau. The Pavilion is made by Luce Cinecittà in collaboration with Anica and the contribution of the MiBACT – Cinema Directorate General, Mise and Ice. Partners are: APT-Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio -Centro Sperimentale-Doc it- Festa del Cinema di Roma – Fondazione Ente Spettacolo- Giornate Degli Autori – Italian Film Commission-Italy for Movies-Media Creative Europe Desk Italia-Mia-Rai Cinema-SNGCi- SNCCi – Unefa – Cinecittanews – 8 ½.