Seeking to close a gap in the final financing or looking for partners for an adequate international release strategy of your current project?


Just a quick reminder that submission for European Work in Progress Cologne 2019 (EWIP) is still open! The networking platform is set to take place October 14-16, 2019 at the Filmforum during the Film Festival Cologne. EWIP seeks to elevate European films in (post-)production by opening up opportunities to find world sales, financing, distribution or other complementary partners and festivals.

European Work in Progress Cologne is supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, one of Germany’s leading film funding institutions and hosted by AG Verleih, the association of German independent film distributors.

Who can submit?

Until July 31, 2019, producers of European and international co-productions with at least one European country involved can submit a project in its later stage of production.

Eligible are projects that have excerpts of already shot material available to present to the attending group of experienced professionals. The submitted material can, of course, differ from the material presented. The pitches are scheduled for a max. of 15 minutes incl. film excerpts and a Q&A. Besides the many informal networking opportunities, we will assist in arranging individual one-to-one meetings to make your participation as impactful as possible.


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© Juliane Guder

Up to 25 high-quality projects with crossover market potential will be selected for presentation. This year, the committee will also take feature length documentary films aimed for an international theatrical release into consideration. However, the focus will remain on narrative films.

A renowned jury will acknowledge the best pitches with awards including post-production services worth 50,000 € provided by our partners ARRI Media, K13 Studios, Eclair and LAVAlabs as well as international festival publicity provided by ZOOM Medienfabrik.

Festival premieres at Berlinale and International Film Festival Rotterdam as well as several closed deals with world sales companies and European distributors can be attributed to the first edition of this new meeting place. In 2018, more than 100 feature film projects involving 49 countries had reached us and 200 industry delegates (producers, sales agents, distributors, festival programmers, film commissioners etc.) from 33 countries attended the event.

For an overview of the award winners 2018 read the article in Screen Daily.

Various panel discussions on effective exploitation patterns and new release strategies in cooperation with Creative Europe Desks Germany and in partnership with EAVE will accompany this year’s program.

For more information and the online submission click here.

Please feel free to contact us with all your enquiries:

We are looking forward to your submissions and would be glad to welcome you in Cologne! So mark your calendars …

Kind regards,

Leopold Grün & Hen-Suk Jung