German mart draws Euros seeking coin

Increasing need among Spanish filmakers to seek foreign partners

COLOGNE — Scores of European producers from around the continent showed up at the Medienforum’s Intl. Co-Production Market Sunday looking for attractive funding prospects and underscoring Germany’s role as European film’s main engine.

Many of the 150 companies here looking for Teutonic dough or production partners at the market described similar tales of frustration and difficulties in the globalized economy.

Taking part in a panel discussion, Rosario Alburquerque, an official of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture, said the growing needs of filmmakers to consider international markets, coupled with rising production costs and the lack of strong film funding schemes in Spain has increased the need among Spanish filmmakers to seek out partners abroad.

While Italian filmmakers echoed the sentiment, others were simply looking for the advantages of practical and partnerships.

Tivi Magnusson, who heads Denmark’s M & M Prods., says he’s here searching for a co-producing partner to help out with “Factor 13,” an English-lingo comedy to be shot in Spain.

Pic already has backing from the U.K.’s Capitol Films, Germany’s Tobis Studio Canal and French parent company Canal Plus.

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