Valdivia Film Fest: Directors' Fortnight Launches Chile Factory

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Valdivia Fest director Raul Camargo and CinemaChile CEO Costanza Arena

Cannes' sidebar partners with CinemaChile to produce a collective film

The Directors' Fortnight sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival has partnered with Chilean film promotion agency CinemaChile and the country’s Audiovisual Art and Industry Council to launch Chile Factory, a program to promote local production and produce a collective film.

The official opening of the call for applications was announced on Saturday at the Valdivia Film Festival by recently appointed fest director Raul Camargo and CinemaChile’s CEO Constanza Arena.

The Factory initiative will match four Chilean filmmakers with four pre-selected foreign directors to create a feature-length film consisting in 4 episodes.

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“At the Directors’ Fortnight, we are very proud of having and organizing with CinemaChile and Dominique Welinski this international new cinema workshop, and producing this small collection of duet short films,” said Fortnight’s delegate Edouard Waintrop. “This is a very particular collaboration experience for a new generation of filmmakers from Chile and abroad. And this will take place in Chile, a country where the roots of cinema go deep and there are many masters: from Raul Ruiz to Pablo Larrain, from Silvio Caiozzi to Carmen Castillo, from Patricio Guzman to Andres Wood. We’re convinced the selected young directors will find optimum conditions to invent and work – to create, in one word,” he added.

The four to-be-selected Chilean directors will partner with Sara Rastegar (France/Iran), Ofir Raul Grazier (Israel/Germany), Amirah Tajdin (Kenya/Dubai) and Mariko Saga (Japan/Poland), to produce four short films that will be developed in early 2015. The shorts will later form a feature-length film that will premiere in Cannes’ next edition and later be part of the 22nd Valdivia Film Fest program.

The Chile Factory program follows both the Taipei Factory and the Nordic Factory, which was presented in the last edition of the Cannes Film Festival at the Opening Night of the Directors’ Fortnight.