We are pleased to announce that this year’s anniversary edition of European Work in Progress Cologne (EWIP) has in TorinoFilmLab a strong new cooperation partner at its side. Up to five projects that have been developed or supported by the FeatureLab, ScriptLab or the TFL Fund programmes and that are now in post-production will be presented exclusively in the official selection of the 5th EWIP edition. These projects, which have received significant support in their development from one of the most established international laboratories, will present excerpts and their latest state for the first time in Cologne. They will compete with around 25 other carefully selected projects for the numerous prizes awarded by this year’s distinguished international jury. The selected projects will be announced at the end of September.

As part of this cooperation, the new EWIP-TorinoFilmLab Audience Design Award will be launched and it foresees an Audience Design Consultancy with TFL experts that aims at analyzing the film from a marketing and audience engagement perspective, providing creative ideas to support the moments of sales and distribution, thanks to the expertise of TorinoFilmLab.

The now fully established industry event EWIP will take place in the run-up to the 32nd Film Festival Cologne, with which EWIP also has a firm partnership.

TorinoFilmLab is a never-ending experience that every year gathers feature film projects developed within TFL’s labs, currently in post-production or nearing completion, ready to be released at international film festivals and in cinemas. Since 2015, these upcoming films have been presented within the TFL Coming Soon showcase, in the frame of the co-production forum TFL Meeting Event. For the first time, the TFL Coming Soon moves to European Work in Progress Cologne: thanks to this partnership up to 5 projects will have the chance to reach a wide audience of international film industry professionals. The projects shown at the most recent TFL Coming Soon editions have premiered at prestigious festivals: AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Makbul Mubarak (Venice 2022), DAUGHTER OF RAGE by Laura Baumeister (Toronto 2022), RUNNER by Marian Mathias (Toronto 2022), A MALE by Fabian Hernández (Cannes 2022), A PIECE OF SKY by Michael Koch (Berlinale 2022), WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE by Carlo Francisco Manatad (Locarno and Toronto 2021) and WHITE BUILDING by Kavich Neang (Venice 2021).

“We are extremely happy with this cooperation and symbiosis, because there are complementary elements here that can also bring a successful alliance in the future. When it comes to developing films, TorinoFilmLab is one of the leading platforms. In only 5 years EWIP has become a benchmark in the film event scene for the launch of work in progress films. The collaboration, in which includes that films selected of TorinoFilmLab’s own range will be presented to an exquisite audience, means a tailwind for both sides. Torsten Frehse, EWIP organiser

Five renowned and highly experienced experts from the international film industry make up this year’s international jury and will deliberate on which projects have the potential to play a significant role in the international film scene in the coming years. Members of this year’s jury include Olivier Barbier (Head of Acquisitions at mk2 films), Vanja Kaludjercic (Director of International Film Festival Rotterdam), Julien Rejl (Artistic Director of Cannes Director’s Fortnight), Saralisa Volm (producer, director, writer and actress) and Thanassis Karathanos (producer TWENTY TWENTY VISION in Berlin, PALLAS FILM in Halle).

Once again, up to 30 European co-productions will be competing on the EWIP stage for the numerous awards. A total of 52.500 euros in funding will be awarded by the joint partners K13 Studios, MMC Film & TV Studios, LAVAlabs Moving Images for post-production services as well as mm filmpresse for international festival PR. For the first time, the EWIP-TorinoFilmLab Audience Design Award will be presented this year.

EWIP is significantly supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, one of the leading film funding institutions in Europe and takes place in cooperation with AG Verleih, the association of German independent film distributors. Accreditation for the European Work in Progress Cologne 2022 is possible until 10 October 2022 and is reserved for colleagues who are actively involved in the film industry. The accreditation also allows access to all film screenings as well as industry events of the Film Festival Cologne depending on ticket availability. The pass is non-transferable. The accreditation fee is 65 euros.

For further information and enquiries please contact the press agency mm filmpresse, Sylvia Mueller, Tel. +49 (0)30 – 41 71 57 22, mueller@mm-filmpresse.de and Claudia Hegner, Tel. +49 (0)3741 – 55 03 414, hegner@mm-filmpresse.de.