connecting cottbus OPEN CALL & AWARDS 2023

    Submissions are still open for the 25th edition of East-West co-production market connecting cottbus. Taking place during FilmFestival Cottbus on 8-10 November 2023, coco will present
    13 projects in development (cocoPITCH) and 6 works in progress (cocoWIP).

    Producers can submit feature film projects in development (fiction only) for the cocoPITCH section until 18 July 2023, projects in (post-)production for cocoWIP until 23 August 2023.
    All projects have to originate in or relate to wider Eastern Europe and be suitable for East- West co-production.

    Producers, sales agents, commissioning editors and other industry representatives can apply to attend without a project until 6 October 2023.

    The selected projects will compete for the following awards:

    cocoPITCH (projects in development)
    The industry audience will vote for the best public presentation of a project during the pitch session. The cocoPITCH Audience Award, a cash prize of €1.500, goes to the producer.

    The production arm of the renowned Romanian post-production facility Avanpost offers the Avanpost Pitch Packaging Award, in-kind services up to €15.000 which may include financing
    strategy consulting, the project look-book as well as production/post- production for a proof of concept.

    The Croatian Audiovisual Centre presents the HAVC Project Development Award, a €5.000 cash award towards the further development of one cocoPITCH project.

    Three projects in development will receive the MIDPOINT Consulting Award, online script consultancy with a MIDPOINT expert. The winners will be determined by MIDPOINT.

    The producer of a cocoPITCH project will receive the Producers Network Award, free accreditation to the Producers Network at the Marché du Film in Cannes the following year.

    cocoWIP (works in progress)
    The D-Facto Motion WIP Award consists of €35.000 in-kind services plus €5.000 granted for additional expenses and is sponsored by D-Facto Motion, the renowned post-production
    studio with branches in six major German cities and the latest high-end technology.

    The Studio Beep Sound Post-Production Award, €6.000 in-kind services, is sponsored by the high-end studios based in the centre of Prague, covering the full spectrum of sound and music