CineMart, the co-production market of IFFR, acts as a highly experienced matchmaker in financing independent film projects in effective one- to – one meetings. CineMart also offers a programme for emerging producers: Rotterdam Lab, where they can expand their network and participate in workshops, speed dating sessions and other forms of training.
CineMart (International Film Festival Rotterdam)
Original title: Jacob's Way
Directed by: Eelko Ferwerda
Produced by: Joram Willink (BIND)
Country of production: The Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium
Runtime: 90 min
Projected budget: 2 000 000 €
Budget in place: 8%
Expected release: May 2023
Looking for: Co-producers, sales agents, festivals
After his dog almost died on his way to Santiago de Compostella, Jacob Splinter, a sporting senior, accepts the invitation of a man to take a break in his holiday home. When Jacob wants to resume his journey, the seemingly hospitable family has no intention of letting him go. Jacob’s Way is a viewer’s quest through Jacob’s head, past and the present are indistinguishable.
Written by: Froukje Tan
BIND – The Netherlands | BIND produces films, installations and events as a powerful way to portray contemporary topics in an intriguing or surprising manner. In our work we, Piet-Harm Sterk and Joram Willink, connect talent to one another and take the time to develop a close relationship with them. Our aim is to create an effective connection between engaged filmmakers and their audience. BIND is known for the feature films Gluckauf (IFFR 2015) My extraordinary summer with Tess (Berlinale 2019) and The Judgement (2021)
Original title: Macunaima 2021
Directed by: Felipe Bragança
Produced by: Marina Meliande (Duas Mariola Filmes)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Pop
Country of production: Brazil, France
Runtime: 110 min
Projected budget: 1 500 000 €
Budget in place: 30%
Expected release: End of 2023
Looking for: Coproducers, CGI Studio, TV Financing, Sale agent, French Distribution
Brasil, 2021, in the middle of the Amazon Forest, an indigenous boy is born. The legend says he will bring destruction to the world and salvation to his people.
A futuristic pop adaptation of MACUNAIMA, the iconic novel by Mario de Andrade.
Written by: Felipe Bragança and Zahy Guajajara
Promenades Films – France | Promenades Films is a production company founded in 1996 in France. It is dedicated mainly to international minority coproduction. Here is some titles among his filmography: Sofia Quiros CENIZA NEGRA (Costa Rica) , Cannes Critic week’s 2019 ; PERRO BOMBA de Juan Caceres (2019) multiawarded, Carlos Lechuga’s (Cuba) SANTA AND ANDRES, premiered at Toronto 2016 and San Sebastian Horizontes latinos.
Original title: Ground Zero
Directed by: Zhanna Ozirna
Produced by: Iryna Kovalchuk (RADAR Films)
Country of production: Ukraine
Runtime: 100 min
Projected budget: 869 229 €
Budget in place: 4%
Expected release: October 2022
Looking for: Our main goal is to find reliable partners who can feel the authentic story of the film and will discover it with us. We see co-production not only as a financial contribution but also as a long journey of joint experience and professional exchange. Therefore, we are seeking an international co-producer who can bring up to 20% of the budget and will be able to participate in the development of the project. In addition, we are ready to work with foreign directors of photography and composers, and we would also consider international post-production. Besides that, we are seeking international distributors and sales agents. Currently, all territories are open.
Marina is a researcher of the monotowns – the settlements built for the needs of one big factory. After 25 years she is back to her native Ukrainian town to make a new step in her research.There she meets Roman, an excavator driver. He is a grandson of the hero of II World War, whose bones were found here. When Marina suddenly reveals new controversial facts about the past she faces a difficult personal choice: to ruin the life of the man she’s fallen in love with or to overstep her own beliefs.
Written by: Zhanna Ozirna
RADAR FILMS – Ukraine | RADAR FILMS – a film production company based in Lviv, Ukraine. Our motto is WE LOCATE YOUR IDEAS. We focus on local stories and transform them into films, giving starting directors and professionals a platform to implement their ideas. The company is the first regional film company to occur in Ukraine.
Original title: Marionettes
Directed by: Arianne Hinz
Produced by: Ibrahim Karatay (Alchemic Film) & Reinier Selen (Rinkel Film)
Country of production: The Netherlands
Runtime: 80 min
Projected budget: 1 100 000 €
Budget in place: 1%
Expected release: July 2023
Looking for: Financing, co-producers, sales agents, filming locations
Marionettes is a dark and moody film that explores the universal struggle between conforming to belong and staying close to who we really are. 11-year-old LOLA just moved to a new town. Here she joins a group of children, playing marionettes in a theater production. Once the children start identifying with their characters, they gradually turn into the identical puppets they play. When the group ends up murdering an innocent woman, Lola realises that she has given up too much in order to belong.
Written by: Arianne Hinz
Alchemic Film – The Netherlands | Alchemic Film is a Dutch film company, founded in 2017 by Ibrahim Karatay and Paul Oscar Kanter. We believe that our endeavour to understand the discourses of contemporary cinema both in its aesthetics and political economics is part of our effort to understand the challenges of our time and its impact on us as artists, as well as on our cinema. Our films have been selected for amongst others Karlovy Vary, Cannes Cinéfondation, Sarajevo Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Original title: Do Fish Sleep With Their Eyes Open?
Directed by: Nele Wohlatz
Produced by: Violeta Bava (Ruda Cine) & Rosa Martínez Rivero (Ruda Cine) & Emilie Lesclaux (CinemaScópio)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country of production: Argentina, Brasil
Runtime: 90 min
Projected budget: 977 912,10 €
Budget in place: 60%
Expected release: April 2022
Looking for: Financing, coproducers, sales agents
The dramaturgy of labor migration resists the heroic journey: When Lixue or Bo are needed elsewhere, they just leave. Lixue disappears from the film, but Ah, the tourist, stumbles over her tracks. The three are connected by their feeling of not belonging anywhere in the world. But what does belonging mean anyway? To whom, to what does one belong?
Written by: Nele Wohlatz
Ruda Cine – Argentina | Ruda Cine is a film producer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dedicated to producing films, with a special interest in auteur cinema.
Original title: Un personaje Volador
Directed by: Martina Juncadella
Produced by: Julieta Juncadella
Country of production: Argentina, Spain
Runtime: 95 min
Projected budget: 400 000 €
Budget in place: 10%
Expected release: January 2022
Looking for: Financing, co-producers, sales agents
Un personaje volador tells a story about overcoming grief. After his mother’s death, a writer tries, unsuccessfully, to put his life back together until he finds an exit: he adopts an other identity, parallel to his own. If freedom exists, it is by being others and embracing the multiplicity that constitutes us.
Written by: Martina Juncadella (Una Presencia)
Una Presencia – Argentina | Una Presencia is a production company based in Buenos Aires, focused on promoting projects in their development, production and distribution stages. Created by Martina, Julieta and Renata Juncadella, three sisters who write, produce and direct. The films of Una Presencia have been screened at international festivals such as San Sebastian, Visions Du Reel, Oberhausen, Bafici, Mar del Plata, among others, winning awards and support worldwide.