7 April 2020 The Irish Film & Television Network
Education / Training
Festivals / Markets
Locations Ireland
Post Production
Rep Bodies
Festivals / Markets
Irish Festivals & Markets
Who's Who
Festivals Jan - Dec
International Festivals A - Z
Markets News
Festivals News
Site Map

Irish Film and Television Network


Festivals / Markets


Festivals News

Irish feature film project selected for Berlinale Co-Production Market
17 Jan 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Berlinale Co-Production Market
Nick Kelly’s feature film project, Bedsitterland has been selected as one of 36 projects to participate in the 17th Berlinale Co-Production Market, which runs from February 22nd to 26th.

The objective of the initiative is to highlight the 36 selected projects, whose producers are looking for co-production partners. This is the place to meet international co-producers, representatives of film funds, world sales and TV broadcasters, distributors and financiers from all over the world in 1,500 pre-organised one-on-one meetings.

 “I’m obviously delighted and excited that Bedsitterland has been selected for this great opportunity, said writer/director Nick Kelly, when speaking about his selection to IFTN. “It’s an unusual coming-of-age story with strong psychological drama elements, a powerful young female protagonist, and three major supporting roles.”

Kelly, who won Best First Irish Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh and was nominated for Best Screenplay at the IFTAs in 2018 for his film The Drummer and the Keeper, highlighted the timely and universal nature of his new project’s subject matter as a key reason for its attractiveness to international suitors.

“I do think that Bedsitterland is particularly well suited to international co-production,” said Kelly. “Its themes are contemporary and universal. Its setting actually suggests casting across nationalities. And the fact that much of the shoot would necessarily be studio-based means that we can really benefit from the creative talent and production facilities available in other territories.”

The project will be produced by Samson Films, who come off the back of a successful 2019 following the release of Carmel Winters Float like a Butterfly and Viko Nikci’s Cellar Door, with additional support coming from Screen Ireland and other EU counterparts.

“I’ve admired Samson’s approach for a long time, and we’d already been worked together very well on another project when I showed them this scrip,” continued Kelly. “I’m also thrilled that Dries Phlypo of A Private View has come on board as Benelux co-producer, and that Screen Ireland is offering us Development Support. It’s great to feel this level of momentum behind us as we travel to Berlin.”

Of the official project selection, 21 feature film projects with budgets ranging from €750,000 to €5 million were selected from 302 different submissions. With eleven projects by female directors, the proportion here has exceeded 50% for the first time. A total of 15 female directors’ projects are represented in the selection, i.e. 41.7%.

The main supporters of the Berlinale Co-Production Market are the MDM - Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and the Creative Europe - MEDIA programme of the European Union.

The Berlinale Co-Production Market is part of the European Film Market. Another cooperation partner and the main venue is the Berlin House of Representatives.

Blinder Films release catalogue original titles on video on demand
Call for applications open for Northern Ireland Screen's New Shorts Focus
Druid's production of The Playboy of the Western World is available online for Leaving Cert students
Foyle Film Festival's Light In Motion competition opens applications

Primetime Emmy-nominated Feature Doc Three Identical Strangers now available on Netflix
Blood writer Sophie Petzal talks with IFTN
Free Industry Newsletter
Subscribe to IFTN's industry newsletter - it's free and e-mailed directly to your inbox every week.
Click here to sign up.

Irish feature film project selected for Berlinale Co-Production Market
17 Jan 2020 
BAI allocates more than €7m to 126 projects under the Sound & Vision Scheme
Element Pictures adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People to air on RTÉ this spring
Screen Ireland commits to initial measures to support the Irish creative screen industries impacted by COVID-19
Arracht wins Best Irish Film at Dublin Film Festival; Audience Award at its UK Premiere at Glasgow Film Festival
Irish Production Companies
Listings for Irish film & television production companies
What's In Production?
The latest info on projects filming in Ireland
Latest Industry Jobs
Job listings for Irish film & television crew

Find us on Facebook
Follow IFTN on Twitter
E-Newsletter Subscribe
Subscribe to RSS Feed

 the Website  Directory List  Festivals  Who's Who  Locations  Filmography  News  Crew  Actors

Contact Us | Advertise | Copyright | Terms & Conditions | Security & Privacy | RSS Feed | Twitter