Miami Film Fest: VeoMiami Kicks Off Industry Sidebars


MIFF's ENCUENTROS and ACE Co-Prod LAB brings producers from Latin America and Europe to promote deals for unfinished films and projects in early stages of development.

MIAMI – The Miami Film Festival’s industry sidebar VeoMiami kicked off Thursday with an array of projects, mostly from young Latin American talents.

VeoMiami features two main programs. ENCUENTROS, presented by Moviecity, aims to facilitate completion of feature films produced partially or entirely by Latin-American based production companies, or from U.S. Hispanic filmmakers that are currently in post-production and will not be completed by March 2014. MIFF ENCUENTROS and Moviecity will be awarding a pre-sale contract offer worth USD $35,000 to the winning project as selected by a jury of industry professionals.

The 5 projects for ENCUENTROS 2014 are:

-- Aurora (Chile, produced by Florencia Larrea, directed by Rodrigo Sepulveda)

-- Lulez (Argentina, produced by Ignacio R. Sarchi, directed by Luis Ortega)

-- Two Waters (Costa Rica / Colombia, produced & directed by Patricia Velásquez)

-- Venice (Venecia) (Cuba, produced by Ivonne Cotorruelo, directed by Kiki Álvarez)

-- Voice Over (La voz en off) (Chile / France / Canada, produced by Bruno Bettati, directed by Cristián Jiménez)

Also, MIFF partnered with ACE (Atéliers du Cinéma Européen) to host a co-production lab in Miami, shaped as a three-day workshop supported by MEDIA, that brings European and Latin American film industry professionals for pitching sessions, panels, one-on-one meetings, and networking events.

The list of ACE projects:

-- Dolores. Director: Gonzalo Tobal. Producer: Benjamin Domench, REI Cine SRL. Argentina.

-- Nobody Is Watching. Director: Julia Solomonoff. Producer: Felicitas Raffo, Cepa Audiovisual. Argentina.

-- Parable of a Blind Christ. Director: Christopher Murray. Producer:  Bruno Bettati, Jirafa. Chile.

-- Domestic Animals. Director: Andres Baiz (producer/director) Producer: Andres Baiz, Dynamo. Colombia:

-- Benjamin or the Planetarium. Director: Carlos Quintela. Producer: Hernan Musaluppi, Rizoma.

-- Toro 21. Script: Oliver Keidel. Producer: Felix Blum, Propeller Film, Germany.

-- The Saint of the Impossible. Director: Mark Raymond Wilkins. Producer: Jan Kruger, Port-au-Prince Film. Germany.

-- Claria. Director: Luis Angel Ramirez. Producer: Luis Angel Ramirez, Imval Producciones,. Spain

-- The Last Battle. Director: Ulf Hultberg. Script: Åsa Faringer. Sweden.

-- Nemesis. Director: Fernando Meirelles. Producer: Steve Clarke-Hall, Skyline Films. UK.