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EWIP Cologne 2022: Record number of submissions and high-profile guests

The 5th edition of the international industry event European Work in Progress Cologne (EWIP) will take place from 17 – 19 October 2022. The anniversary promises a new season of great film projects that can play a decisive role in coming international industry events as well as a network of top-class colleagues from the European film industry that is as innovative as it is successful.

Already in the EWIP founding year of 2018, the number of submissions exceeded all expectations with over 100 films. This number increased, year on year and with 150 film projects from more than 60 countries, it will reach a new peak in 2022.

The number of participants from the film industry will also reach a new high in 2022. Over 250 colleagues from international festivals, European world sales and film distributors among other delegates from the industry will travel to Cologne for EWIP in order to look for the most exciting film projects for the coming months.

This year, programmers from Cannes (Semaine de la Critique, Director’s Fortnight), San Sebastián, the Berlinale, from Venice, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Tribeca, Les Arcs, Rotterdam, and the Tallinn Black Nights, among others, will be present. They are joined by some of the most important European world sales, including mk2, Playtime, Charades, Coproduction Office, Fortissimo Films and The Match Factory.

EWIP 2022 also welcomes excellent guests from the film distribution and television industries, including the American cult distributor Neon. The high density of influential industry representatives is one of EWIP’s greatest strengths. It opens up a network for the creative minds of directors and producers to connect with financing and distribution partners in the shortest possible time.

The now fully established industry event EWIP is significantly supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, one of the leading film funding institutions in Europe. It is thanks to the support of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW that EWIP could be launched and has been able to massively expand its market significance over the last five years.

EWIP takes place again in cooperation with AG Verleih, the association of German independent film distributors. Since its inception, EWIP has been held in the run-up to the Film Festival Cologne, with which EWIP also has a firm partnership.

28 European co-productions will compete on the EWIP stage for the numerous awards this year. A total of around 60,000 euros worth of funding is at stake, which will be awarded together with the previous award sponsors and partners K13 Studios, MMC Film & TV Studios, LAVAlabs Moving Images for post-production services and mm filmpresse for international festival PR, as well as the “EWIP TorinoFilmLab Audience Design Award”, which will be presented for the first time this year. In addition, in 2022 the newly created “EWIP Gruvi Awards”, the “EWIP Dolby Award”, and “EWIP Way Film Translation Award” will be given, as well as three winning films will be honoured with “EWIP Crew United Certificates”.

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).

Accreditation for the European Work in Progress Cologne 2022 is possible until October 10, 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 Film Festival Cologne depending on ticket availability. The pass is non-transferable. The accreditation fee is 65 euros.