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Reps of some 30 projects from 22 countries will be at the second Co-Production Market of the Berlin Intl. Film Festival on Feb. 13 and 14.

The mart is a meeting place designed to help bizzers involved in international co-productions find partnerships and ideas for collaboration.

Execs chose 24 projects out of nearly 230 submissions. All have budgets between w2 million and w10 million ($2.6 million-$13 million), of which at least 30% is already in place.

“We’ve chosen … projects of all genres, from historical thrillers to fantasy. Coming-of-age stories seem to be particularly in vogue,” said Sonja Moerkens, head of the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

Mart will include a Talent Project Market for the presentation of projects by newcomers from the Berlinale Talent Campus. It will also feature new section the World Cinema Market, with three international projects presented in conjunction with the World Cinema Fund, which the Berlinale set up last year.

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In a first for the fest, the coveted Berlinale Camera Award will go not to an individual but to a company.

Japan’s major Shochiku, celebrating its 110th anniversary this year, will receive the award for its contribution to the development of the motion picture industry in Japan and to the Berlin fest over the years.

Former winners include Francis Ford Coppola, Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep, Lauren Bacall and Jack Valenti.

This year’s Berlinale, which runs Feb. 10-20, will also include special screenings of Shochiku classics to celebrate the studio’s anniversary.

Meanwhile, 21 emerging actors from across Europe have been chosen for the Shooting Stars 2005 events at the Berlin Intl. Film Festival.

Selected by European Film Promotion, the tyro talents will present themselves to the international industry during the fest’s opening weekend at a press conference, an industry breakfast and a gala reception hosted by EFP.

All actors will receive the Shooting Stars Award from sponsor Studio Hamburg Intl. Production, presented by Berlinale topper Dieter Kosslick at the Berlinale Palace.

The eighth Shooting Star program will be the first with a candidate from Slovenia, following the country’s entry as the EFP network’s 23rd member last year.

The projects selected by the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2005 are:

Carmo (Murilo Pasta), Aquafilms, Argentina/ BR-3 Films, UK
The Host (Norberto López), BocaBoca Producciones, Spain
The Velvet Road (Cathal Black), Cathal Black Films, Ireland/ David P. Kelly Productions, UK
Prima Primavera (Janos Edelenyi), Cinema-Film, Hungary/ Ipso Facto, UK
Krabat (Hans-Christian Schmid), Claussen+Woebke Filmproduktion, Germany
Mongol. The Early Years of Genghis Khan (Sergei Bodrov), CTB Film Company, Russia
Three Seasons in Hell (Tomas Masin), Dawson Productions, Czech Republic
Victor Chicken (Dean Blumberg), DV8 Films, South Africa
My Clara (Alan Lazar), EuroArts Medien, Germany/ My Clara, U.S.
Fairy Ring (Benedek Fliegauf), Inforg Studio, Hungary
My Queen Karo (Dorothée van den Bergh), K2, Belgium
The Cold Virgin (Raphael Vion), Les Films Du Safran, France
Time on Two Legs (Jean Bojko), Link’s Productions, France
The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar (Kasper Barfoed), M & M Productions, Denmark
The Trouble With Sheldon (James Brett), MakeFilm, U.K.
What it Takes to Keep a Young Girl Alive (Chris Austin), Maverick Productions, South Africa
The Climber’s Book (Leidulf Risan), Nordisk Film Norway, Norway
Don’t Cry for Me Europe (Andrej Kosak), Novi Val – NEW WAVE D.O.O., Slovenia
Chasing the Stars (Nicholas Kendall), Orca Productions, Canada
Then Again (Kelly Makin), Sienna Films, Canada
The Balance of the Souls (Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani), Sintra, Italy
Shiver (Christina Andreef), Toi-Toi Films, Australia
The Education of a Fairy (José Luis Cuerda), Tornasol Films, Spain
The Great Match (Gerardo Olivares), Wanda Films, Spain
Hand of the Headless Man (Guillaume Malandrin), La Parti Production, Belgium
The Miracle of Montlhery (Rana’an Alexandrowicz), Lama Films, Israel
White Male Heart (David Mackenzie), Hepp Film, Sweden/ Brocken Spectre, UK

The 21 Shooting Stars are:

Franziska Weisz, Austria; Marie Vinck, Belgium; Jan Budar, Czech Republic; Jakob Cedergren, Denmark; Kari-Pekka Toivonen, Finland; Sara Forestier, France; Max Riemelt, Germany; Alexia Kaltsiki, Greece; Dorka Gryllus, Hungary; Alfrun Ornolfsdotti, Iceland; Mark O’Halloran, Ireland; Giorgio Pasotti, Italy; Sascha Ley, Luxembourg; Monic Hendrickx, The Netherlands; Trond Espen Seim, Norway; Marisa Cruz, Portugal; Aleksandra Balmazovic, Slovenia; Unax Ugalde, Spain; Frida Hallgren, Sweden; Johanna Bantzer, Switzerland; Archie Panjabi, U.K.