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Four Projects Selected for the Production Phase of the Biennale College Emerging Filmmakers Initiative

Four Projects Selected for the Production Phase of the Biennale College Emerging Filmmakers Initiative

The selection has been announced for the 4 projects that will proceed to the production phase of the Biennale College – Cinema, consisting of two further workshops that will make it possible to actually make a mini-budget film, with funding of 150,000 euros each (about $160,000). 

The 4 projects, chosen at the end of the first workshop from the 12 previously selected projects from all around the world (presented by a team of directors and producers) follow below. Of note, given this blog’s interest, is “La Soledad” (photo above)- a Venezuelan drama from director Jorge Thielen Armand, with a synopsis that reads: “Beleaguered by the need to survive in the urban jungle of Caracas, a boy discovers that the decrepit shanty he is unlawfully occupying is soon to be demolished. Hoping to save his family from a life without a home, he begins to search for a stash of gold that is said to be hidden within its walls.”

Here are the 4 selected films follows:

– “Mukti Bhawan” (“Hotel Salvation”) (India)

Dir. Shubhashish Bhutiani, prod. Sanjay Bhutiani

– “Orecchie (Ears) (Italy)

Dir. Alessandro Aronadio, prod. Coldagelli

– “Quimili” (Argentina)

Dir. Sofia Brockenshire, prod. Verena Kuri

– “La Soledad” (Venezuela)

Dir. Jorge Thielen Armand, prod. Adriana Herrera and Manon Ardisson

The Biennale also admitted, as a one-time exception, the top-ranked Italian project, considering its particular interest and quality. 

The goal is to present the 4 feature-length films, debut or second works, at the coming 73rd Venice International Film Festival (August 31 – September 10, 2016), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta.

The 8 projects that will not continue to the second workshop will still be given various opportunities to find co-producers in collaboration with IFP, TorinoFilmLab and others.

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