Record entries mark CineMart

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CineMart, the co-production market of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, has selected 39 projects from a record number of 550 entries.

During its 25th edition, CineMart — which runs Jan. 27-31 — will present new productions by Abbas Kiarostami, Sophie Fiennes, Cristi Puiu, Jafar Panahi and Alex van Warmerdam.

CineMart manager Marit van den Elshout said of the upcoming edition: "The record number of entries gave us an overview of the topical themes and developments that characterize today's independent filmmaking. We have selected powerful and promising projects that match with current demands of producers, buyers and funding bodies but also stay true to the Rotterdam spirit."

Van den Elshout said the aim for the selection of the 25th anniversary of CineMart was to get a more focused and selective lineup.

"In order to give each project the exclusivity it deserves, we have brought down the number of projects to below 40. Considering the fact that a record number of applications was received this year, this meant an even more difficult selection process," van den Elshout said.

The CineMart Dossier, with project descriptions, biographies and company profiles, will be available online for CineMart guests. Together with Arts Alliance Media, the previous work of the CineMart 2008 filmmakers will be available on the secure online industry platform Vizumipro.com. The site will make it easier for film professionals to access all information and view earlier films online in order to prepare for their attendance in Rotterdam.

The 25th CineMart includes a new edition of the Rotterdam Lab, a four-day training workshop for young and emerging producers to build up their international network and experience at an international festival and market.
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