EFM: Italy as "Country In Focus" for 2024


CANNES - After the record numbers of the last edition, which hosted 11,500 plus trade visitors, more than 600 exhibiting companies and over 1,500 market screenings, the new edition of the EFM- European Film Market at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival will be held from 15 to 21 February 2024 and will finally feature Italy, after the postponements caused by the pandemic, as "Country In Focus" for 2024.

On 20 May, the official agreement was signed in the professional space of the Italian Pavilion -created by Cinecittà within the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival - by Berlinale Managing Director Mariette Rissenbeek and Roberto Stabile, Head of Special Projects of the Directorate General for Cinema and Audiovisual of the Ministry of Culture (DGCA-MiC) at Cinecittà. EFM-Director Dennis Ruh and Nicola Borrelli, Director General of the Directorate General for Cinema and Audiovisual of Italy’s Ministry of Culture (MiC), also attended the signing ceremony and press conference.

The forthcoming Berlinale will host an important delegation from Italy - including institutional representatives, sales and Film Commissions - in order to promote the Italian audiovisual system as a whole in all sections of the EFM, with in-depth sessions and activities involving all the different categories of the industry.  The goal will be to present new incentives and encourage co-production agreements with Italy and to encourage the development of film projects, networking, financing, production and distribution.

"It will be an important moment to turn the spotlight on our industry in a period of great change and growth - said Roberto Stabile on this occasion. "It will also be a key opportunity to reinforce relations with our foreign partners and to illustrate to them all the measures available for the internationalisation of our industry. These measures aim to promote Italy as an ideal location to shoot audiovisual products, thanks to the beauty of the territory and national and regional funds, but also as a reliable and prestigious partner to co-produce and provide content, thanks to the Film Distribution Fund, recently renewed and strengthened".

"In a period of important growth of the Italian national audiovisual industry on foreign markets, the Directorate General for Cinema and Audiovisual of the Italian Ministry of Culture strongly wanted and supported the realisation of this initiative in such an essential market as Berlin" added Nicola Borrelli. "We’re currently reviewing and enhancing all the measures supporting Italian audiovisual exports. In fact, the news of the doubling of the distribution fund and the strengthening of the fund for minority films has just been announced, so we could not miss such an important opportunity, which will give our operators the chance to interact with the main international players. The European Film Market will be the ideal platform to promote the latest national film products, to give voice to the industry representatives of the associations and will serve above all to producers and distributors to present the Italian system in this important showcase".

"Italy as a film nation with outstanding filmmakers has enriched the Berlinale for a great many years. Honorary Golden Bears for lifetime achievement have been awarded to Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Francesco Rosi and Milena Canonero, among others. Numerous Italian filmmakers have premiered their films at the Berlinale, joining a long, continuing list of Italian guests. Most recently, in 2016, the Golden Bear for Best Film went to Italy: Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi. I am delighted that Italy will now also take a place of honour at the European Film Market and that we will be able to get to know the diversity of the Italian film industry even better in the coming edition" said Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of the Berlinale.

In the words of EFM Director Dennis Ruh: "The Italian film and media industry is a permanent fixture at the EFM. This year alone we had over 1,000 accredited participants from Italy, as well as over 60 exhibiting Italian companies, and almost 80 films in market screenings. This puts Italy in one of the leading positions. In 2024, we will be taking a closer look at this exciting, traditional as well as modern and diverse production and distribution country, and thus expand the opportunities for cooperation".


The EFM will take place from February 15 to 21, 2024 during the 74th Berlin International Film Festival.