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Las Palmas’ market is open for business

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- The city perched in the Atlantic is about to celebrate the 17th edition of its International Film Festival, spotlighting arthouse films and coming to the aid of movies at the post-production stage

Las Palmas’ market is open for business
Still Life by Maud Alpi

This Friday (31 March) sees the start of the 17th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival, which will screen around 100 titles until 9 April and will place particular emphasis on contemporary auteurs. This goes for its Official Section, which will host the Spanish premieres of highly acclaimed titles that have previously passed through the major festivals (some examples being Felicity [+see also:
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by Alain Gomis, Still Life [+see also:
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by Maud Alpi and The Other Side of Hope [+see also:
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by Aki Kaurismäki), a Spanish Panorama that will aim to increase the visibility of Spanish digital films crafted well away from the rest of the industry, and another Panorama (an International one this time) that brings together filmmakers of the calibre of Assayas, Loznitsa and Dumont, among others.

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Furthermore, on 1, 2 and 3 April, the first MECAS – International Film Market of Almost-finished Films will unspool, which, as its name suggests, aims to help put the finishing touches to movies at the final stages of their production process, as well as promoting their distribution at festivals the world over.

With a single award of €8,000 up for grabs, eight projects will have their eyes on the prize and will be presented at this forum on the sunny Canary Islands: on the Spanish side, the lucky producers accepted are El Viaje Films with This Film Is About Me, directed by Alexis DelgadoSeñor y Señora and Labyrint Films with Mi espía íntimo by Cristobal Fernández and Ana Schulz; New Folder Studio with the debut film by Adrián Orr, entitled Niñato [+see also:
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; Calibrando Producciones with En busca del Oscar by Octavio Guerra; and Sakicine and Tourmalet Films with the Colombian co-production Doble yo, directed by Felipe Rugeles.

Also rocking up at the MECAS will be the Irish film The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid [+see also:
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by Feargal Ward and FSE Films; the Swiss-Italian co-production The Remnants [+see also:
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by Paolo Barberi and Riccardo Russo, which will be presented by NACNE Films; and, all the way from the Dominican Republic, Noelí en los países, directed by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas, which is being staged by Aurora Dominicana.

A cycle dedicated to the great Otar Iosseliani, another dubbed No Future: The New Science Fiction, an overview of regional productions called Canarias Cinema and a section intended for young audiences, entitled Magic Lantern, top off the appealing cinematic and educational programme of this gathering directed by Luis Miranda.

(Translated from Spanish)

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