BAFICI Teams With Valdivia, Rotterdam to Sponsor LatAm Film Projects

1:15 PM PST 04/19/2013 by Agustin Mango
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From left: BAFICI director Marcelo Panozzo, Violeta Bava and Ilse Hughan

The three festivals will select 10 projects a year for artistic coaching and consulting on co-production opportunities.

BUENOS AIRES – The Buenos Aires Film Festival will team up with the Valdivia fest in Chile and the International Film Festival Rotterdam to sponsor film projects from the region.  

The announcement was made last weekend at BAFICI by the representatives of the three fest’s project labs: Violeta Bava and Ilse Hughan from BAFICI’s BAL, Erick Gonzalez and Bruno Bettati from Valdivia’s Australab, and Marit van den Elshout from Rotterdam’s Cinemart.

Approximately 10 projects in early stages of scriptwriting and pre-production will be selected by the three and coached for three days on each festival, with a first focus on the director’s vision, and later on each project’s production possibilities. “The idea is to have at least 4 ready to be presented to the industry at the Cinemart in Rotterdam," said Bava.

The initiative is a joint answer to a regional co-production market where money is running scarce and co-prod meetings tend to focus on pitchess and sales. “These meetings were all about sales, which was worrying. We want to revise that, to strengthen the figure of the filmmaker or the producer working on a creative process”, she added.

“It’s really a matter of how can we do more with less”, said van den Elshout, who also pointed out the deal is a “very natural partnership” between the festivals. Both Bava and Bettati mentioned Rotterdam as the role model for the co-production and coaching labs of their festivals. “Rotterdam showed us how to get countries to support a young filmmaker’s project”, said Bettati.

Expecting to open applications by next November, Bava pointed out that the idea is to work with projects that have the same artistic profile as the ones they have been working on in both BAL and Australab: “We’re going to work without pre-conceptions or the typical script-doctoring framework. This is also a challenge for us. We will adapt to the projects, instead of them adapting to our program”

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