Some 60 participants have signed up for the Producers’ Forum, which runs Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The Forum brings together production companies, writers and financiers from Switzerland, Germany and Austria to introduce German-language projects, encourage networking and offer an opportunity to conduct one-on-one meetings.
The Forum is presenting nine projects, including “Mileva Einstein — Maric,” a biopic about the wife of Albert Einstein from Cologne-based Greensky Films to be directed by Gregor Schnitzler.
“That’s an ideal project for us because of the story,” says Martina Bleis, who coordinates the Producers’ Forum. “The Einsteins lived in Zurich before moving to Berlin.”
Other titles include Sabine Derflinger’s drama “Geschichten zwischen Tag und Nacht” from Vienna-based Mobile Film; Swiss horror pic “One Way Trip” from Zurich’s HesseGreutert Film; and Stina Werenfels’ comedy “Es klopft,” presented by Zurich-based Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion.
“We really have a broad selection of projects with varying budgets and different degrees of development, from treatments to finished scripts,” says Bleis, who also serves as one of the coordinators of the Berlinale’s Co-Production Market.
Bleis says the Forum has been a hit, largely due to its intimacy. “We don’t have huge crowds. It’s very relaxed.”