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Sundance Institute Holds Second Mini-Lab at the 38th Havana Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema

Sundance Institute Holds Second Mini-Lab at the 38th Havana Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema
Speaking at the 38th Havana Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema, Paul Federbush, the international director of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film mentoring program, noted that the Institute’s Episodic Labs for television was currently designed to support individuals developing TV series for the U.S. market. Given the “explosion in the world TV market,” it was only a matter of time before it would be introduced to other international markets, he added.

The Institute has exported its Features Labs to various territories, including India, Turkey, Jordan, Greece, Japan and since last year, a mini-lab in Cuba, with three instead of six projects.

At these labs, established mentors meet one-on-one with selected local filmmakers to guide them in their projects. Of last year’s Cuban mini-lab, two are going into production early next year: Armando Capo Ramos’ “August” and “1989” by Toronto-based Cubans Sebastian Barriuso, Rodrigo Barriuso and Lindsay Gossling.
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Costa Rica International Film Festival 2016 Announces Full Lineup, Kelly Reichardt Tribute

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Costa Rica International Film Festival 2016 Announces Full Lineup, Kelly Reichardt Tribute
The Costa Rica International Film Festival (Crfic) has announced its complete lineup for its fifth edition. This year, 72 films have been chosen to represent the world’s best in independent cinema, with four world premieres and three Latin American premieres taking place, and over 60 features to be presented for the first time in the region.

“At Crfic we are interested in approaching the idea of artistic diversity; covering a broad spectrum of styles and proposals found in contemporary national and international cinema,” said Marcelo Quesada, Artistic Director for the Festival. “Our identity and our program is built around a free, coherent and risky cinema that moves away from the usual places and bring us closer to different voices and world visions from over 30 countries.”

Read More: Costa Rica Selects Esteban Ramirez’ ‘Presos’ as Oscar Submission

Taking place at the capital city of San José, the festival will run from December
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San Sebastian: Amat Escalante among Horizontes Latinos line-up

San Sebastian: Amat Escalante among Horizontes Latinos line-up
The Untamed, from Cannes best director award winner, among 13 titles.

The 64rd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24) has revealed the 13 titles in its Horizontes Latinos programme, comprising some of the best Latin American films of the year to date.

Films selected may have competed or premiered at international festivals, but will have not yet been screened at a Spanish festival or had their commercial release in Spain.

The selected films compete for the Horizontes Award, decided by a specific jury and coming with €35,000, of which €10,000 will go to the director of the winning film, and the remaining €25,000 to its distributor in Spain.

The titles include The Untamed, from Amat Escalante, who won the Best Director Award in Cannes for Heli in 2013. The film, which will premiere in competition at this year’s Venice, centres on a young couple living in the Mexican lowlands whose lives are changed when a meteorite crashes into an nearby mountain.

Horizontes
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Venice: Alberto Barbera reveals line-up gems, regrets and this year’s big Oscar contender

Venice: Alberto Barbera reveals line-up gems, regrets and this year’s big Oscar contender
Venice festival director Alberto Barbera talks breakout candidates, the likelihood of additions and competition with other festivals.

Having unveiled his eighth Venice Film Festival (Aug 31 – Sept 10) line-up yesterday, festival director Alberto Barbera is a satisfied man.

He has every right to be. Venice’s 73rd edition promises an array of starry awards fare and international auteurs.

Despite expressing frustration over recent festival hysteria for world premieres, Barbera has still managed to snag 51 world premieres out of 55 films in Official Selection, an impressive return given the quality of the line-up.

The only non-world premieres among the 55 films announced in the festival’s press kit are animation The Secret Life of Pets, Biennale College protégé Tim Sutton’s Dark Night, Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificient 7 and Malaria by Parviz Shahbazi.

Screen sat down with Barbera to discuss this year’s line-up.

In the last three years Venice has kickstarted major Oscar runs for three Us movies [Gravity, Birdman and Spotlight]. Which film should
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Venice: Alberto Barbera reveals line-up gems, regrets and this year’s 'Birdman'

Venice: Alberto Barbera reveals line-up gems, regrets and this year’s 'Birdman'
Venice festival director Alberto Barbera talks breakout candidates, the likelihood of additions and competition with other festivals.

Having unveiled his eighth Venice Film Festival (Aug 31 – Sept 10) line-up yesterday, festival director Alberto Barbera is a satisfied man.

And he has every right to be. Venice’s 73rd edition promises an array of starry awards fare and international auteurs.

Despite expressing frustration over recent festival hysteria for world premieres, Barbera has still managed to snag 51 world premieres out of 55 films in Official Selection, an impressive return given the quality of the line-up.

The only non-world premieres among the 55 films announced in the festival’s press kit are animation The Secret Life of Pets, Biennale College protégé Tim Sutton’s Dark Night, Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificient 7 and Malaria by Parviz Shahbazi.

Screen sat down with Barbera to discuss this year’s line-up.

In the last three years Venice has kickstarted major Oscar runs for three Us movies. Which film should
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Venice 2016. Lineup

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The selection for the 2016 Venice Film Festival has been announced, with new films by Terrence Malick, Pablo Larraín, Lav Diaz, Wang Bing, Amat Escalante, Tom Ford, and more.COMPETITIONVoyage of TimeThe Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour)Une vie i (Stéphane Brizé)La La Land (Damien Chazelle)The Light Between Oceans (Derek Cianfrance)El ciudadano ilustre (Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat)Spira Mirabilis (Massimo D'Anolfi, Martina Parenti)The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz)La región salvaje (Amat Escalante)Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford)Piuma (Roan Johnson)Paradise (Andrei Konchalovsky)Brimstone (Martin Koolhoven)Jackie (Pablo Larraín)Voyage of Time (Terrence Malick)El Cristo Ciego (Christopher Murray)Frantz (François Ozon)Questi Giorni (Giuseppe Piccioni)Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)Les beaux jours D'Aranjuez (Wim Wenders)Out Of COMPETITIONSafariOur War (Bruno Chiaravolloti, Claudio Jampaglia, Benedetta Argentieri)I Called Him Morgan (Kasper Collin)One More Time with Feeling (Andrew Dominik)The Bleeder (Philippe Falardeau)The Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua
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Venice 2016 Line-Up Includes New Films From Terrence Malick, Denis Villeneuve, Ana Lily Amirpour & More

On the heels of the Toronto International Film Festival announcement, this year’s slate for the Venice International Film Festival has arrived — and it’s a fantastic-looking line-up. Outside some of the Tiff titles (La La Land, Arrival, Frantz, The Age of Shadows, Nocturnal Animals, etc.), they’ll have the world premiere of one of our most-anticipated films of the year: Terrence Malick‘s documentary Voyage of Time (the 90-minute Cate Blanchett-narrated version).

Also among the premieres are Ana Lily Amirpour’s follow-up to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Bad Batch, Mel Gibson‘s return to the director’s chair, Hacksaw Ridge, Derek Cianfrance‘s The Light Between Oceans, Pablo Larrain‘s Natalie Portman-led Jackie, as well as new films from Andrew Dominik, Lav Diaz, Ulrich Seidl, Emir Kusturica, and more. Check out the line-up below and return for our coverage.

Opening Night Film

La La Land,
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73rd Venice Film Festival line-up announced

Venice Film Festival 2016 line-up: The Magnificent Seven revealed to close this year’s festival.

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land will open the Venice Film Festival 2016 on August 31st.

Venice Film Festival 2016 line-up

Just a couple of days ago we brought you this year’s line-up for Toronto, and now Venice have announced the key films playing at their film festival, which kicks off at the end of August. More on the Venice Film Festival 2016 line-up below.

The key announcement is that The Magnificent Seven, which opens Tiff on September 8th, will close Venice on 10th September. Damien Chapelle’s La La Land with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will open the festival on 31st August.

Other notable films playing at this year’s 73rd Venice Film Festival include Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans, Pablo Larrain’s Jackie, Terence Malick’s Voyage Of Time
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LatinoBuzz: Films in Progress 29 Will Present Six Films from Argentina, Brazil and Chile

Films in Progress is the professional platform, which supports the production of Latin American feature films contributing to their completion and international circulation. Organized by the San Sebastian and Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse Festivals, Films in Progress promotes meeting, dialogue and interaction between professionals from the Latin American and European film worlds, fostering the diversity and talent of independent filmmakers.

Films in Progress 29 received the submission of 182 films from 17 countries. The Toulouse - San Sebastian selection committee has selected 6 films: "A Cidade do Futuro" by Cláudio Marques and Marília Hughes (Brazil); "El Cristo Ciego," by Christopher Murray (Chile - France); "Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!" by Felipe Bragança (Brazil - France - Netherlands); "El Invierno," by Emiliano Torres (Argentina - France); "Los Niños," by Maite Alberdi (Chile - France - Netherlands) and "Rey" by Niles Atallah (Chile - France - Germany - Netherlands - Qatar), who also participated in New Directors with "Lucía."

"A Cidade do Futuro" Cláudio Marques and Marília Hughes (Brazil) Mila is 19, teaches theatre and is pregnant. Gilmar, 27, is a history teacher in a relationship with Igor, a 19 year old cowboy. The three will form a rather unconventional family. The film follows the path of these young people in the small city of Serra do Ramalho, in the dry lands of Bahía, and society’s reaction to this peculiar tale.

"El Cristo Ciego" Christopher Murray (Chile - France) Michael (30) is a mechanic who claims to have experienced a divine revelation in the desert. But far from believing him, the locals treat him like the village madman. One afternoon he learns that a childhood friend has had an accident in a distant town. Michael decides to leave everything he has to set out on a barefoot pilgrimage and cure him with a miracle. His walk begins to attract the attention of people exploited by the mining companies and drug addicts, who see him as a Christ capable of alleviating the harsh reality of the Chilean desert.

"Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!" Felipe Bragança (Brazil - France - Netherlands) Joca is a 13 year old Brazilian boy in love with a native Paraguayan girl on the border between the two countries. To fight for their love he must face up to the secrets of his elder brother, Fernando, a motorcycling cowboy.

"El Invierno" Emiliano Torres (Argentina - France) The old foreman of a cattle ranch in Patagonia is fired from his job. A younger ranch hand takes his place. The change won’t be easy for either of them. Each, in his own way, must survive the coming winter. Debut film.

"Los Niños" Maite Alberdi (Chile - France - Netherlands) A group of friends with Down’s Syndrome have been going to the same school for 40 years and no longer want to be students. Most of them have lost their parents by now, none of whom had ever imagined that their children would outlive them. The children always thought that when their parents died, they would be able to do everything they had always been forbidden to do, like living alone, having sex, becoming parents, getting married and having real jobs. But nothing has changed for them, and they have to wrestle with the frustration of living as if they were only 10, even if they are almost 50.

"Rey" Niles Atallah (Chile - France - Germany - Netherlands - Qatar) In 1860, a French lawyer dreamt of becoming the King of Patagonia. And that’s exactly what happened. Or that’s what it seems like. Participated in New Directors with Lucía, his previous film.

Awards The following awards will be presented at Films in Progress 29:

Films in Progress Toulouse Award

Consisting of post-production services offered by the collaborating companies, a grant for post-production work on the winning film.

The “Films in Progress Toulouse Award” will be delivered by a jury composed of representatives of companies and entities involved in the award:

Ccas (Caisse Centrale d’Activités Sociales du personnel des industries électriques et gazières), Cnc (Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée), Commune Image, Eaux Vives, Firelfly, Mactari,

Titra TV.

Special Cine + In Progress Award

The Cine + channel guarantees to purchase the winning film for the amount of €15,000, and to broadcast it on its television network. This award will go to the distributor of the film in France.

European Distribution and Exhibitors Award

Consisting of promotion of the film by the Europa Distribution network and by the Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d'Art et d'Essai (Cicae).

You can see the award details here
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