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Diana Bustamante New Artistic Director of Cartagena Int’l Film Festival

2 October 2014 4:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Diana Bustamante, one of Colombia’s most successful producers, is taking on the artistic helm of the Cartagena Int’l Film Festival (Ficci) next year, replacing Monika Wagenberg, who has ankled to devote more time to her young family.

Bustamante had already been closely involved with the production of the festival during the past two years, so the transition should be seamless.

“I plan to continue with what has already been successfully established, strengthen the industry space within the festival and widen its reach,” said Bustamante, who cites plans to include screenings in two multiplexes located in popular neighborhoods. Screenings remain free. She plans to add two new non-competitive sidebars, details of which are still to be disclosed.

Bustamante is well-known in the international festival circuit, having produced several films which have screened in various sections at the Cannes Film Festival, including: “Los viajes del viento” by Ciro Guerra, William Vega’s “La Sirga, »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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‘Las Elegidas,’ ‘Domestic Animals,’ ‘Franco’s Night’ Selected for San Sebastian’s Europe-Latin America Co-Pro Forum

6 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mexican David Pablos’ “Las Elegidas,” “Domestic Animals,” from Colombia’s Andres Baiz, and “Franco’s Night,” by Bernardo Arellano, also from Mexico, will feature at the San Sebastian Fest’s 3rd Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum.

Event will be energized by a Focus on Canada, organized with Telefilm Canada, which will see 12 Canadian producers attending the Forum.

Rapidly positioning as San Sebastian’s centerpiece industry event – 365 meeting were held in 2012 at the co-pro mart, 461 in 2013 – the Forum runs Sept. 22-24, parallel to San Sebastian’s Films in Progress pix-in-post strand, fest’s other big industry lure..

Select projects will be invited by Cannes Marche du Film and Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute to attend Ventana Sur, which these two entities co-organize, and then Cannes’ Market next May. Projects will compete this year as last for an Egeda Award, granted by the Madrid-based Audiovisual Producers Rights Management Assn., which comes with a $10,000 cash prize. »

- John Hopewell

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San Seb names Co-Production projects

6 August 2014 7:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Films includes Juan Andrés Arango’s X-Quinientos and William Vega’s Sal.Scroll down for full list of projects

A total of 14 projects have been selected for the third Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, which will run Sept 22-24 during the San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 19-27).

The films were chosen from a total of 181 projects submitted from 22 countries, including Argentina, Colombia and Sweden.

The projects include Sal, William Vega’s follow-up to Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title La Sirga. It will be produced by Andrea Estrada of Contravia Films with co-producers CineSud Promotion and Bredok Film Production.

The road movie centres on a man who takes a motorbike across Colombia to reach a village where his father was killed. After an accident en route, he does some soul searching while recovering from his injuries.

Another project is X Quinientos, set in Mexico, Canada and Colombia, and featuring three intertwining stories turn on individuals. Produced out of »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Contravia, Bredok, Cine-Sud Team on William Vega’s ‘Sal’

17 July 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bogota – A driving force behind arthouse production in Colombia, Cali-based Contravia Films is teaming with Germany’s Bredok Film Production and France’s Cine-Sud Promotion to produce “Sal,” the next film by William Vega.

Bredok co-produced Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Winter’s Sleep.” Headed by Thierry Lenouvel, Cine-Sud was the French producer on Vega’s debut, “La Sirga,” that world premiered to an upbeat reception at Cannes 2012 Directors’ Fortnight.

Pitched as a project at the Bogota Audiovisual Market, “Sal” is just one of four Contravia productions at the mart. Headed by Oscar Ruiz Navia, Andrea Estrada and Gerylee Polanco Uribe, a three-producer team that allows Contravia to handle multiple titles at various stage of production. The FiGa Films-sold “Los Hongos,” Ruiz Navia’s second directorial outing, will world premiere at Locarno, competing in Filmmakers of the Present.

Helmed by Angela Osorio and Santiago Lozano, “Siembra »

- John Hopewell

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Peter Webber film among Bam projects

16 July 2014 6:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pickpocket drama from Girl With a Pearl Earring director is one of 33 film projects in development being presented at the Bogota Audiovisual Market (Bam).

Filmmakers will begin talks with potential partners in Bogota today at the fifth edition of Bam (July 14-18), Colombia’s biggest film market, organised by the Bogota Chamber of Commerce and Proimagenes Colombia

The projects include Fresh, a new film to be directed by Peter Webber, who made Oscar-nominated Girl With a Pearl Earring and more recently Emperor.

The feature is being produced by Colombia’s 4Direcciones Audio-Visual, which has raised nearly 25% of its estimated $2.5m budget, and centres on a teenage pickpocket against the backdrop of hip hop and graffiti in Bogota.

The project, which is hunting co-production, investors and distribution partners, was previously selected for Rotterdam’s Cinemart and the Berlinale Co-production market.

More than 250 applications were submitted for this year’s Bam Projects, covering films in »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes: Torino Film Lab Announces Its Nine Selected Projects

18 May 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nine projects by first or second-time directors have made the cut for the Torino Film Lab’s FrameWork program, the development workshop affiliated with Italy’s Torino Film Festival.

They are:

“Aleli” by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, producer Agustina Chiarino (Uruguay)

“Carbon” by Michalis Konstantatos, producer Yorgos Tsourgiannis (Greece)

Hunting Season” by Natalia Garagiola, producer Benjamin Domenech (Argentina)

“Kodokushi” by Janus Victoria (Philippines), producer Masumi Soga (Japan)

“Pigs on the Wind” by Stergios Paschos, producer Phaedra Vokali (Greece)

“Popeye” by Kirsten Tan, producer Weijie Lai (Singapore)

“Quit Staring At My Plate” by Hana Jusic, producer Ankica Tilic (Croatia)

“Sal” by William Vega, producer Andrea Gutiérrez & Oscar Ruiz Navia (Colombia)

“The Wound” by John Trengove (South Africa), producer Elias Ribeiro (Brazil)

The director/producer teams will workshop the projects during two weeklong sessions.

The first will take place on 22-29 July in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with the support »

- Nick Vivarelli

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TorinoFilmLab picks nine for 2014

18 May 2014 7:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Seventh edition of the development scheme will include nine projects of first or second feature films.

TorinoFilmLab has unveiled its selection for FrameWork 2014.

The seventh edition of the development scheme will include nine projects of first or second feature films, representing ten countries. The participants will work on their projects throughout two week-long workshops under the guidance of international experts.

Following these workshops, there will be a public pitch at the TorinoFilmLab meeting event, held during the 32nd Torino Film Festival. The jury will assign production awards (starting from €50,000), while an audience award (€30,000) will be given to the project most voted for by the attending decision makers.

TorinoFilmLab’s partners will also award various prizes.

The projects, formed in majority from TorinoFilmLab’s Script&Pitch programme, are:

Aleli by Ana Guevara & Leticia Jorge, producer Agustina Chiarino (Uruguay)Carbon by Michalis Konstantatos, producer Yorgos Tsourgiannis (Greece)Hunting Season by Natalia Garagiola, producer Benjamin »

- (Ian Sandwell)

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