Four high-class representatives of the film industry will convene to decide on this year’s award winners of European Work in Progress Cologne (EWIP). With Lili Hinstin, who currently accomplishes her first edition as the new Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival, Margrit Stärk the Director of Acquisitions for Feature Films at ZDF Enterprises, Sabina Kodra, the co-founder of the Albanian film production company ERAFILM as well as Yohann Comte, Sales Agent and co-founder of the world sales agency Charades in France, an excellent board of jury could be won over.

Until August 15, 2019 it is still possible to submit for European Work in Progress Cologne. More than 100 projects from 34 countries have been submitted so far. The jury will acknowledge the winners with prizes worth around 45.000 EUR including post-production services as well as international festival publicity. Award Sponsors are ARRI Media, K13-Studios, Eclair, LAVAlabs Moving Images and ZOOM Medienfabrik.

“Particularly in times of a rapidly changing market environment and the fast progressing digitalization, platforms like European Work in Progress Cologne are of significant importance. Because, what could be more elevating than the intersectoral networking and exchange? Especially strengthening the work of female directors and producers is very dear to me, as European cinema needs the daring and artistic input of women” says jury member Margrit Stärk.

Lili Hinstin
Margrit Stärk
Sabina Kodra
Yohann Comte

Leopold Grün, Managing Director of AG Verleih, adds: “I am very pleased that we once again succeeded to assemble a distinguished jury for our next edition of European Work in Progress Cologne: With the new Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival, the co-founder of a French world sales company, an experienced veteran acquisitions and co-production executive as well as an internationally acclaimed producer, we not only managed to gather those whom we appreciate and value in their pivotal roles within the industry, but also precisely those, who represent EWIP’s conception of giving a new impetus to the European arthouse cinema.”

European Work in Progress Cologne 2019 will take place from October 14-16, 2019 during the Film Festival Cologne. It is an industry event for European films and co-productions with high-quality appeal and crossover market potential.

It is mainly supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, one of Europe’s leading film funding institutions, and hosted by AG Verleih, the association of German independent film distributors.

European Work In Progress Cologne (EWIP) seeks to elevate European films that are in production or postproduction by opening up opportunities to match your project with world sales, financing or distribution partners and festivals.

In addition to one-to-one meetings, EWIP offers a supporting programme consisting of moderated panels in collaboration with Creative Europe Desks Germany and EAVE, evening events and the Award Ceremony for the best projects.

For more information, please visit the website: Please do not hesitate to contact the team or the press agency with all your enquiries.


Hen-Suk Jung
Eventmanagement EWIP

Erna Kiefer
Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

Leopold Grün
Managing Director AG Verleih


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