project selection 2023 -coco 25 edition

    The East-West co-production market connecting cottbus presents the projects of its 25th anniversary edition (8-10 November 2023).

    This year, connecting cottbus goes into its 25th edition. We are happy to report that since coco’s inception in 1999, well over half of the projects presented have been completed, and almost 70 percent of those had an A-list festival premiere. We look forward to some special anniversary events during which we will look back on the market’s history, talk about some alumni films, share memories and simply celebrate with you!
    Regarding this year’s line-up: The feature film projects that will be pitched at coco 2023 come from 15 countries from wider Eastern Europe. The selection of projects in development (cocoPITCH) features debuts by upcoming directors as well as new work by established filmmakers. Magical realism, political allegory, drama and dramedy, the stylistic spectrum is rich and varied. Protagonists struggle with their family history and personal identity, others have to navigate a profoundly changed status quo around them. Main characters range from control freaks, Uber drivers, a deaf-blind couple and a supposedly gay altar boy.

    This year’s cocoWIP selection of works in progress comprises intimate stories about female coming-of-age and trauma. Dystopian sci-fi can be found next to a deadpan slacker comedy and a tense smuggling thriller.
    We look forward to meeting the filmmakers behind these exciting projects and to continue to facilitate connections between all of you. The East-West co-production market was designed to provide a platform for dialogue and exchange, all with the goal to bring all these multifaceted stories from the region to life and to see them on the big screen. 

    Join us! Producers, sales agents, commissioning editors and other industry representatives active in East-West European co-production can apply to attend without a project until 6 October.

    cocoPITCH Projects 2023:

    A LEG | Kazakhstan | dir: Shokir Kholikov
    prod: Aigerim Satybaldy | A Films

    AT YOUR SERVICE | Estonia | dir: German Golub
    prod: Evelin Penttilä, Johanna Maria Paulson | Stellar Film

    BALLAD OF THE SKELETON | Turkey | dir: Murat Uğurlu
    prod: Ilgım Coşar | Rubikon Film / Monday Film

    Midpoint - coco Award (Midpoint Feature Launch)
    EXCAVATORS | Cyprus, USA | dir: Argyro Nicolaou
    prod: Constantinos Nikiforou, Minos Papas | Caretta Films / Cyprian Films, New York

    HONEYMOON | Ukraine | dir: Zhanna Ozirna
    prod: Dmytro Sukhanov | Toy Cinema

    Special Pitch Award FilmFestival Cottbus
    LA MANCHE | Poland | dir: Damian Kocur
    prod: Anna Gawlita, Marta Szymanowska | Kijora Film

    MATHER | Bulgaria | dir: Anguelina Rangelova & Vesela Kazakova
    prod: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova, Ivelina Pavlova | Activist 38 / Doni Mont

    MY WORLD UPSIDE DOWN | Slovakia, Germany | dir: Daniel Rihák
    prod: Martina Saková, Daniel Rihák | WHAT IF Films / Projector23

    NIGHT WAVES | Croatia | dir: Filip Heraković
    prod: Tamara Babun, Matija Drniković | Wolfgang & Dolly

    Transilvania Pitch Stop - coco Award
    PYRRHIC | Romania | dir: Cosmin Nicolae
    prod: Velvet Moraru, Ioana Moraru | Icon Production

    RESONANCE | Bulgaria, Greece | dir: Yordan Petkov
    prod: Vanya Rainova, Victoria Mitreva, Rossitsa Valkanova, Mina Dreki |
    Portokal / Garti Films / Klas Film / Marni Films

    TACTILE UNIVERSE | Hungary | dir: Szilárd Bernáth
    prod: András Muhi | Focus Fox

    THE FOURTH WAY | Germany, Uzbekistan, France | dir: Sasha Kulak
    prod: Julia Shaginurova, Louis Beaudemont |
    Einbahnstraße Productions / SESTRA Films / Les Steppes Productions

    cocoWIP Projects 2023:

    BORDERLINE | Lithuania | dir: Ignas Jonynas
    prod: Ruta Adelė Jekentaitė | Baltic Productions

    CHRYSANTHEMUM DAY | Ukraine, The Netherlands | dir: Simon Mozgovyi
    prod: Daryna Zakharova, Artem Koliubaiev, Alex Chepiga, Annemiek van der Hell |
    Mainstream Pictures / Windmill Film

    INK WASH | Romania, Greece | dir: Sarra Tsorakidis
    prod: Anca Puiu, Nikos Moustakas | Mandragora / Bad Crowd

    NO MORE | Georgia | dir: Keko Chelidze & Kote Kalandadze
    prod: Elene Margvelashvili | Parachute Films

    ON THE WATER SURFACE | Turkey, Germany | dir: Zeynep Köprülü
    prod: Utku Zeka, Okan Üzey, Paulina Toenne | Periferi Film / Kalavara Film / Tamtam Film

    WET MONDAY | Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia | dir: Justyna Mytnik
    prod: Marta Gmosińska, Jakub Kostal, Marianne Ostrat |
    Lava Films / Bionaut / Aleksandra Film