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BERLIN — For the first time this year the European Film Market will offer a meeting point for independent American filmmakers at the Martin Gropius Bau venue during the Berlin Film Festival, which runs Feb. 9-19.

Organized by the Independent Filmmaker Project and the Sundance Institute, the initiative will offer a meeting point for filmmakers to meet and network.

Running from Feb. 9-17, the European Film Market marks the first major trade event of the year for the international film industry.

Market organizers reported on Friday that the exhibition spaces at the Martin Gropius Bau and the Marriott Hotel were already fully booked.

Market screenings will take place in more than 35 screening facilities, including several digital and 3D cinemas.

“The interest in the EFM and the demand from exhibitors remains very strong,” said European Film Market topper Beki Probst. “Our goal is to offer an optimal infrastructure and embrace current technological developments for the global film industry, which is why we have specifically invested in the digitization of our cinemas this year.”

The EFM will again offer a host of industry events and initiatives, including the EFM Industry Debates, Meet the Docs, Sundance at EFM and German Cinema — LOLA@Berlinale, as well as the new initiative, American Independents in Berlin.

Under the new header Sundance at EFM 2012, the well-established sidebar Straight from Sundance will continue this year, presenting the latest U.S. independent films from Sundance to international buyers.

The EFM Industry Debates will continue in 2012 for the sixth time. From Feb. 10-12, international experts, industry reps, financiers and journos will discuss current trends, challenges and perspectives in the film and entertainment industry. The event will again be organized in cooperation with Variety and other international trade publications.

For the fourth consecutive year the EFM will present Meet the Docs, a joint initiative with the European Documentary Network. An umbrella stand at the Martin Gropius Bau will be the central meeting point for the documentary industry.

Also taking place at the venue will be the Meet the Distributors and Meet the Festivals daily information sessions.

German Cinema — LOLA@Berlinale will offer a look at the past year in German cinema. The series presents films long-listed for the nomination to the German Film Awards with English subtitles for foreign buyers.