Submissions for the 21st edition of connecting cottbus,Submissions for the 21st edition of connecting cottbus,the East-West co-production market at the FilmFestivalCottbus on 6—8 November 2019, are now open.
The longest-running networking event for film professionals active in East-West European co-production, connecting cottbus (coco) continues its success rate of completed films, with every fourth project pitched premiering at an A-level festival. Last year, these coco alumni included CRYSTAL SWAN (Belarus/USA/Germany/RussianFederation), THE WILD FIELDS (Ukraine/Switzerland) and PAUSE (Cyprus/Greece), while THE LOAD (Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar) has so far screened at over 30 festivals worldwide since its premiere at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2018.
Director Sergey Dvorstevoy (AYKA) will pitch his new project at coco this year, as recipient of the Special Pitch Award for the winner of the main prize at the FilmFestival Cottbus. This was announced at the traditional Eastern European Brunch during the Berlinale, together with the D-Facto Motion color-grading award for the Georgian project BRIGHTONd4, directed by Levan Koguashvilli, presented at the previous cocoWIP. This year’s edition of coco also sees a new collaboration with Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival to boost the presence of genre projects.
In total, thirteen pitch projects and six works in progresswill be selected and presented at connecting cottbus on 6—8 November 2019. All projects compete for a variety ofsponsored awards, further details will be announced inthe coming months, along with news on the framework programme exploring latest industry topics.
Producers can submit feature film projects indevelopment (fiction only) for the coco PITCH section until 17 July 2019, projects in production or post-productionfor coco WIP until 22 August 2019. For both sections,projects have to originate in or relate to broader Eastern Europe, or be suited for East-West co-production. Selections will be announced in early September.
Producers, sales agents, commission ingeditors and other industry representatives can apply without a project until 7 October 2019.
We look forward to receiving your submissions! Your coco team
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