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Selected projects of the Venice Gap-Financing Market / New edition of the Book Adaptation Rights Market

Two initiatives of the Venice Production Bridge.

Venice Gap-Financing Market

The 8th edition of the Venice Gap-Financing Market (September 3-5, 2021), organised as part of the Venice Production Bridge, will take place during the forthcoming 78th Venice International Film Festival (September 1-11, 2021) and will offer selected European and international projects the opportunity to close their international financing, through one-to-one meetings with international decision-makers.

The 3-day Venice Gap-Financing Market will present 57 projects from around the world in the final stages of development and funding. More than 250 project applications have been received from around the world and the selection reflects the great diversity of backgrounds, stories and talents, aesthetics, genres and budgets of the projects submitted for consideration.

The selection is divided as follows:

  • 30 feature-length Fiction Film and Documentary projects
  • 13 Virtual Reality Immersive Story projects
  • 11 Biennale College – Virtual Reality projects
  • 3 Biennale College – Cinema projects


The Venice Gap-Financing Market will be setting up one-to-one meetings between the teams (producer and director) of the 57 projects and top industry decision-makers (Producers, Private and Public Financiers, Banks, Distributors, Sales Agents, TV Commissioners, Internet and Video-platforms, Institutions, Post-Production Companies…).

The Book of Projects, detailing each project, will be emailed to professionals from the film industry, to entitle them to request 30-minute one-to-one meetings with the teams of the selected projects through the Venice Production Bridge website (veniceproductionbridge.org).
Thanks to the VPB Website , the VPB Office will  support the teams and the registered professionals in organizing tailor-made meetings.



- Fiction Films: 23 projects for feature-length fiction films (10 from Europe and 13 international), that need to complete their funding package with minority shares in the co-production, having at least 70% of the funding in place.

- Documentaries: 7 projects (2 from Europe and 5 international) for narrative or creative documentaries (fulfilling the same requirements as the fiction films above).

  1. ¡CAIGAN LAS ROSAS BLANCAS! fiction (Argentina, Brasil, France) by Albertina Carri, Gentil Cine
  2. A ROOSTER ON THE FIRE ESCAPE fiction (France, Haiti) by Guetty Felin, Aldabra Films
  3. AFFRONTER L'OBSCURITÉ documentary (France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Germany) by Jean-Gabriel Periot, Alter Ego Production
  4. ALLAH N'EST PAS OBLIGÉ animation (France, Luxembourg, Belgium) by Zaven Najjar, Special Touch Studios
  5. ÅRET JAG BÖRJADE ONANERA (The Year I Started Masturbating) fiction (Sweden) by Erika Wasserman, Gimme A Break, AB
  6. ASHKAL (Tunisia, France, The Netherlands) by Youssef Chebbi, Supernova Films
  7. AU CIMETIÈRE DE LA PELLICULE documentary (France, Senegal, Guinea), by Thierno Souleymane Diallo, L'image d'après
  8. BIRTHMARK fiction (India, Luxembourg, Denmark, France, Norway) by Aditya Vikram Sengupta, For Films
  9. BUFIS fiction (Kenya, Germany) by Mahad Ahmed and Vincenzo Cavallo, Cultural Video Production, Unafilm
  10. BUTIKEN (The Store) fiction/animation (Italy, Sweden, Norway) by Hanna Sköld, Indyca
  11. EL REPARTIDOR ESTÁ EN CAMINO documentary (Argentina, Portugal), by Martín Rejtman, Un Puma
  12. ELECTRIC CHILD fiction (Switzerland, Germany) by Simon Jaquemet, 8horses GmbH
  13. FLOATING fiction (The Netherlands, Belgium) by Quirine Racké and Helena Muskens, Family Affair Films
  14. HALISSA fiction (Israel) by Sophie Artus, Deadline Production, July August Productions
  15. HOLLY fiction (Belgium, The Netherlands, France) by Fien Troch, Prime Time
  16. KABUL MELODY documentary (Afghanistan, France) by Sarah Mani, Afghanistan Dochhouse
  17. KIPKEMBOI fiction (Canada, Kenya) by Hubert Davis, New Real Films
  18. LA PIEL PULPO fiction (Ecuador, Mexico, Greece, Germany) by Ana Cristina Barragán, Caleidoscopio Cine
  19. LOS ANGELES fiction/animation (Chile) by Joaquin Cociña and Cristóbal León, Globo Rojo Films
  20. LOS COLONOS fiction (Chile, France, Denmark, Argentina) by Felipe Gálvez, Quijote Films
  21. MAJKA MARA (Mother Mara) fiction (Serbia, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina) by Mirjana Karanovic, This and That Productions
  22. NON MORIRÒ DI FAME fiction (Italy, Poland) by Umberto Spinazzola, La Sarraz Pictures
  23. PAMFIR fiction (Ukraine, France, Poland, Chile) by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, Bosonfilm
  24. PLAN 75 fiction (Japan, France, The Philippines) by Chie Hayakawa, Loaded Films Ltd.
  25. RETOUR EN ALEXANDRIE fiction (Switzerland) by Tamer Ruggli, Tipi'mages Productions
  26. SEM CORAÇÃO fiction (Brazil, France, Germany) by Nara Normande and Tião, Les Valseurs
  27. SHENREN ZHI JIA (A Holy Family) documentary (Taiwan, France) by Elvis A-Liang Lu, Volos Films Ltd.
  28. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF OMAR SHARIF (WORKING TITLE) documentary (Sweden, Egypt, United Kingdom) by Axel Petersén and Mark Lotfy, Fedra
  29. THE SECRET OF PLACES documentary (Germany, Switzerland, Norway) by Wim Wenders, Road Movies
  30. THE SILENT TREATMENT fiction (Belgium, The Netherlands, Hungary) by Caroline Strubbe, Minds Meet



13 VR Immersive Reality Story projects (10 from Europe and 3 international), including fiction, documentary, animation film and other interactive installation based experiences. The projects include both original concept and adaptations. All projects have secured 30% of their budget and have this financing in place.

  1. ABANDON (Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar) by Farah Shaer, Fig Leaf Studios
  2. ANON VR (Germany) by Jan Lachauer and Clarens Grollmann, K5 Factory GmbH
  3. BLOOD SPEAKS: MAYA - THE BIRTH OF A SUPERHERO (United Kingdom, France) by Poulomi Basu and CJ Clarke, Just Another Production Company, Floréal Films
  4.  BURIED IN THE ROCK (Series: Extraordinary People Extraordinary Places) (United Kingdom) by Shehani Fernando, ScanLAB Projects
  5. CAFÉ GLASER-MÜLLER (Sweden, The Netherlands) by Gorki Glaser-Müller, GGM Film
  6. CONFIDENT (France) by Jérome Blanquet and Bertrand Jeandel, Maneki Films, Wise Bird
  7. EMPEREUR (France) by Marion Burger and Ilan Cohen, ATLAS V
  8. ESCAPE (Italy, Portugal) by Rossella Schillaci, MyBoss srl
  9. FIGHT BACK VR (France, USA) by Céline Tricart, Red Corner, Lucid Dreams
  10. KNIGHT OF THE WAILING STARS (France, Russia, Italy) by Denis Semionov, VRrOOm
  11. SHEPHERD (USA, Canada) by Eric Darnell, Baobab Studios, Dark Slope
  12. SYMBIOSIS (The Netherlands) by Marcel van Brakel and Mark Meeuwenoord, Studio Biarritz, Polymorf
  13. WINTEROVER (Canada, Israel) by Ido Mizrahy and Nir Saar, Holy City VR



11 projects, that have been developed during the workshop of Biennale College Cinema VR, 5th edition, and that have reached different stages of development, pre-production and post-production.

  1. DUCHAMPIANA VR (France) by Lilian Hess, Tchikiboum
  2. GULLIVR (Brazil) by Ricardo Karman, Delirium XR
  3. HIGHLIFE VR (Czech Republic, France) by Tomáš Koucký, Oldrich Company
  4. HUMAN VIOLINS (Romania) by Ioana Mischie, Storyscapes, Studioset
  5. MATH IS WEIRD (Italy, United Kingdom) by Ana Corrie, Associazione Museo Nazionale del Cinema
  6. ORIGEN (Argentina, Colombia) by Emilia Sánchez Chiquetti, Proyectil
  7. SENZA FRENI by Matteo Nicoletta and Daniele Grassetti (Italy),           d'Aria SRL
  8. TALES OF THE MARCH (Germany, Italy) by Stefano Casertano, Daring House
  9. THE BROOM (Israel) by Nim Shapira, Nim Shapira
  10. LOS OJOS OF MILA KAOS (Spain, France, USA) by Yimit Ramírez, Free Hundred Media
  11. THE LAST PARTY VR (Italy) by Alberto Caffarelli and Paololuca  Barbieri Marchi , NOS Visual Arts Production



3 projects, that have been developed during the first workshop of Biennale College Cinema, 9th edition, and that have reached different stages of development and pre-production.

  1. A MUTUAL GIFT (Italy) by Gianclaudio Cappai and Pilar Saavedra Perrotta, Palosanto Films SRL
  2. MADAME NEGRITUDE (USA) by Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich, Madame Negritude LLC
  3. LA EXTRANJERA (Spain, Serbia, France, Cuba) by Patricia Pérez Fernández, Free Hundred Media

Book Adaptation Rights Market

The 6th edition of the Book Adaptation Rights Market (September 3-5, 2021), organised as part of the Venice Production Bridge, will take place in-person at the Excelsior Hotel on the Lido di Venezia, during the forthcoming 78th Venice International Film Festival (September 1-11, 2021).

The Book Adaptation Rights Market will offer 26 selected, international publishing houses and literary agencies a dedicated area within the Venice Production Bridge and the possibility for one-to-one meetings between publishers and producers. The meetings will allow to foster lasting relationships and to make deals on the adaptation of novels, drama, children’s literature, short stories, comics, graphic novels, essays, biographies.

The Book Adaptation Rights Market will enable the invited publishers to propose their entire catalogue for film adaptation, rather than focusing on a single book, as opposed to other events dedicated to publishing within the context of film festivals.  

A brochure gathering all the publishers and literary agents and their new titles as well as their catalogue will be sent to all registered producers beforehand.


As of today, the 26 publishers and literary agents invited to this year's event of the Book Adaptation Rights Market are:

  • Actes Sud (France)
  • Agenzia Letteraria Malatesta (Italy)
  • Andrew Nurnberg Associates (UK)
  • De Bezige Bij (Netherlands)
  • DeA Planeta Libri (Italy)
  • Diogenes Verlag (Switzerland)
  • Éditions de l’Homme Sans Nom (France)
  • Editis (France)
  • Editorial Anagrama (Spain)
  • Editorial Planeta (Spain)
  • Elisabeth Ruge Agentur GmbH (Germany)
  • Feltrinelli Editore (Italy)
  • Giulio Einaudi Editore (Italy)
  • Grandi e Associati (Italy)
  • Gruppo Editoriale Mauri Spagnol (Italy)
  • Marcel Hartges Literatur- und Filmagentur (Germany)
  • Michael Gaeb Literary Agency (Germany)
  • Mondadori Libri (Italy)
  • Northern Stories Literary Agency (Norway)
  • Robert Laffont (France)
  • Sellerio (Italy)
  • Singel Uitgeverijen (Netherlands)
  • Sperling & Kupfer – Piemme – Mondadori Ragazzi (Italy)
  • Suhrkamp Verlag (Germany)
  • Tunué (Italy)
  • Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH (Germany)


Ever since its first edition during the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, the Book Adaptation Rights Market has met with great success as proven by the publishers’ requests to participate again in this event as well as by a growing demand from the producers looking for original intellectual properties (IP).

Virtual one-to-one meetings organised online with the publishers attending in-person will also be possible for those accredited professionals unable to travel to Venice.

The new brochure that gathers all the details of the invited publishers and literary agents for this year's edition of the Book Adaptation Rights Market will be available soon  on the section ‘download’ of the Venice Production Bridge Website.