Torino Film Lab Hands Out Production Awards

Romanian drama "Touch Me Not" and France-Taiwan-China co-production "Underground Fragrance" took home the lion's share of award money.

ROME – The fourth edition of the Torino Film Lab concluded with production awards totaling €520,000 ($700,000) with Romanian drama Touch Me Not from Adina Puntilie and Underground Fragrance, a France-Taiwan-China co-production from Pengfei Song taking home the lion’s share of the award money, organizers said Tuesday.
The film lab, which is run in conjunction with the 29-year-old Turin Film Festival, featured 120 screenwriters, directors, producers and sales agents from around the world in town to look for development projects. The film lab had them, presenting 11 projects in need of co-production agreements.

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A five-person international jury chaired by Italian film critic Alberto Barbera awarded five production awards. Touch Me Not was given a €150,000 ($200,000) production grant, and Underground Fragrance was awarded €140,000 ($186,000). Mr. Kaplan from Uruguyan director Alvaro Brechner, Beirut, I Love you from Lebanon’s Zena el Khalil and Italy’s Gigi Roccati, and Oscar Ruiz Navia’s Los Hongos were all given smaller production awards.

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Additionally, six of 16 projects in the “Script & Pitch” program were invited back to compete for production grants at the 2012 film lab event, and one of the films, Everything We Always Had Was Now, a Dutch-Belgian co-production from Martiin Maria Smits, was given a small €6,000 ($8,000) grant to help with the project.
The Turin Film Festival, which got underway Nov. 25, concludes Saturday.