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Berlin 2019 | Perspective Canada at the European Film Market (EFM)

Berlin February, Germany, February 7 to 17, 2019

Call for Entries

(Feature-length films, narratives and documentaries)

The 13th edition of Perspective Canada_Berlin will take place during the EFM that runs parallel to the Berlinale. The showcase strives to increase the international exploitation of Canadian feature-length films and to spotlight Canadian companies, films, and talent to the over 8,000 potential buyers, sellers, and producers from more than 100 countries accredited by the EFM.

Every film selected will be screened once at the EFM. The Applicant must cover 50% of the screening costs at the market. Hourly screening costs at the EFM range approximately between 600 – 1350 Euros. Should the Applicant wish to present the film twice, he or she will have to cover 100% of the cost for the second screening.

In the case of a foreign-based international sales company representing an invited Canadian film, Telefilm Canada will invoice the Canadian-controlled production company for the screening costs at the market.

Perspective Canada_Berlin participants will also benefit from a promotional campaign developed and entirely funded by Telefilm Canada to guarantee the best possible exposure for the invited Canadian films.


Eligibility Criteria:
  1. Be a CFFF-funded Canadian films; or
    a non-CFFF-funded Canadian films selected at the 2019 Berlin, Sundance or Rotterdam Film Festivals; or
    a Canadian official coproduction directed by a Canadian;
  2.  Be represented and submitted by a Canadian owned and controlled (within the meaning of the Investment Canada Act) distribution or production company as defined in the CFFF guidelines.
  3. Be produced in the 12 months prior to the EFM;
  4. Films may have screened in only one other major market (the American Film Market in Los Angeles 2018).


Selection Criteria

Telefilm Canada will assess the eligible Canadian productions using an evaluation grid. The selection of the film productions into a Perspective Canada screening series will be made according to the sliding priority scale below until the slate has been filled:

    1. Eligible films that are officially selected by the Berlinale, Sundance or Rotterdam (Official Competition) 2019;
    2. CFFF-funded films which have a sales agent attached;
    3. Eligible films that have won a recognized award, a special mention or recognition on the national or international festival circuit in the 6 months leading up to the market;
    4. Eligible films with the most distinguished track record of performance at the Canadian box office in the 6 months leading up to the market.

On a case-by-case evaluation, other films may participate on an invitation-only basis by Telefilm Canada:

5. Non-CFFF Canadian film which have garnered recognition on the national or international festival circuit or that have a distinguished track record of performance at the Canadian box office in the 6                         months leading up to the market.

Telefilm Canada shall seek to maintain an appropriate regional balance, so as to encourage films and distribution and production companies from all regions of Canada.

Films selected must be represented at the EFM by the international sales company or, if the film is not attached to an international sales company, by the Canadian production company.

If selected, applicant must meet the EFM’s deadlines for print/file delivery, market accreditation form, market screening registration form and Telefilm Canada delivery deadlines of materials for the production of the promotional campaign (December 7, 2018).


Submission process

If you already are an eTelefilm (not Dialogue) user, log in onto your account to fill the Perspective Canada Berlin 2019 application.

If you are not a registered eTelefilm client, you must first open a temporary account.


More Information

For further information, please contact Marie-Claude Giroux ( / 438 469-1180) or Alexandra Paquette-Torres ( / 438 469-1236) or call our toll-free number 1 800-567-0890.