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  • Writer's pictureLindsay Spiller

How to market your film at the European Film Market and enjoy what Berlin offers

Updated: Dec 31


A scene of Berlin, home of the EFM, in springtime
A scene of Berlin, home of the EFM, in springtime

The European Film Market (EFM) is the business platform of the Berlinale, one of the world's most prestigious film festivals. The EFM is essential for filmmakers and producers to market their films and meet with potential buyers and distributors. But it can also be a lot of fun! Here are some tips on making the most of your time at the EFM and enjoying all Berlin offers.



Berlin's EFM is the best place to take your film to market


As one of the world's largest and most well-rounded film markets, EFM offers a unique opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their work. This market is home to an expansive selection of service providers, such as talent agents and distributors, that can jumpstart any filmmaker's career. Additionally, you'll be in excellent company since EFM hosts some of the most established professionals worldwide – making it great for networking opportunities. With its global reach, helpful vendors, and impressive contacts made available, EFM provides a stellar platform for success in the modern film industry.


Prepare your marketing campaign to make the most of the European Film Market


The European Film Market (EFM) is an incredible opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their films and gain exposure to their projects. Companies should strive to make the most of this opportunity by planning their respective marketing campaigns correctly. Doing so involves meeting with potential distributors and sales agents, signing contracts, and preparing public exhibition material such as trailers, artwork, and posters. It also requires ensuring that these materials are adequately translated into languages more suitable for the EFM audience. In addition to being organized with proper preparation, it is important to network at the EFM to build strong relationships with possible industry contacts essential to benefit a project's prospects even after the event. Take advantage of any networking sessions or industry events where you can break through boundaries, open doors, and make meaningful connections - these are essential for your growth and success.


Take Time to Enjoy What Berlin Offers


Enjoy all that Berlin has to offer while you're there - from its rich history to its vibrant nightlife, there's something for everyone in this city. Exploring the vibrant city of Berlin promises to be an exciting experience. For those looking for a place to stay, I recommend one of the city's many boutique hotels—the perfect mix of affordability and luxury. Try the iconic Currywurst stands for dining, giving you a taste of traditional Germany without breaking the bank. Of course, some of the top sites in the city should not be missed: Brandenburg Gate (and its beautiful adjacent park), Checkpoint Charlie, and Museum Island are all must-sees. And don't forget about visiting Alexanderplatz or even one of Berlin's celebrated nightclubs after dark! Whatever you choose to do while visiting Berlin, there is something here for everyone.


Conclusion


Berlin is an ideal location to market your film. By attending the European Film Market - the world's most significant film market- you can make lasting connections that will benefit your future projects. And if you manage your time wisely, you can still enjoy everything this fantastic city offers - from its diverse culture and exciting history to its fun nightlife scene. With a bit of planning and enthusiasm, a trip to Berlin can be an enriching experience!



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Spiller Law is a San Francisco business, entertainment, and estate planning law firm. We serve clients in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and California. Feel free to arrange a free consultation using the Schedule Appointment link on our website. For other questions, feel free to call our offices at 415-991-7298.

 

The information provided in this article is for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers are advised to consult with their legal counsel for specific advice.


 

Spiller Law is a San Francisco business and entertainment law firm. We serve clients in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and throughout California. Feel free to arrange a free consultation using the Schedule Appointment link on our website. For other questions, feel free to call our offices at 415-991-7298.

 

The information provided in this article is for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers are advised to consult with their legal counsel for specific advice.

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