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Call for applications: Special producer initiative for 2013 Berlinale

Screen Australia will offer a special grant to up to five Australian producers to attend Berlin's European Film Market (EFM) and to also participate in Initialize Films' European Finance Forum for 2013.

The two-day Finance Forum takes place on 9 and 10 February and is held during the EFM, which runs alongside the Berlin International Film Festival.

The Finance Forum is designed for producers seeking an up-to-date analysis of European finance opportunities, and who want to meet potential co-producers from other territories. Now in its fourth year, the Finance Forum has developed a strong reputation for its informed and practical program.

“With more than 20 international experts offering insights into finance opportunities across 12 European countries, this is a great opportunity for Australian producers to get an insider’s guide to that market,” says Screen Australia’s Head of Marketing, Kathleen Drumm. 

As well as the mini-conference, participation in the forum also includes six pre- and post-Berlin podcasts, membership of an online network to allow pre-market networking with other conference attendees and the opportunity to meet potential co-production partners at an evening networking event.

Eligible Australian producers can apply to Screen Australia for up to $5,000 towards their travel expenses to Berlin. Screen Australia will also cover the participation fees for the IFEFF.

The selection process will be competitive, and successful producers will be chosen by Screen Australia and Initialize Films.

Note that Screen Australia will not be offering travel support for the EFM 2013 other than in conjunction with the IFEFF through this program.

The deadline for applications is COB Wednesday 21 November 2012. More information about Initialize Films and the European Finance Forum at initialize-films.co.uk