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20 projects from 14 countries around the globe to be showcased at the MIA in Rome

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- The third edition of the Mercato Internazionale dell’Audiovisivo (MIA) in Rome (running from 19 to 23 October) will present feature, fiction and documentary films to the international film industry

20 projects from 14 countries around the globe to be showcased at the MIA in Rome
Czech filmmaker Vaclav Kadrnka

The third edition of the MIA in Rome (running from 19 to 23 October) will present 20 films and documentaries from 14 different countries around the globe to the international film industry, judged and chosen by the selection committee composed of Cristina Cavaliere (international sales, Rai Com, Italy), Finola Dwyer (producer, Wildgaze Films, UK) and Jakub Duszynski (head of acquisitions, Gutek Film, Poland).

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While Eurimages - the European Cinema Support Fund – is due to make an appearance and will be awarding the €20,000 Co-production Development Award prize. This year's new feature is the MIA|EDI Visionary Award, a prize aimed at supporting projects that develop innovative approaches to storytelling through the creative and excellent use of visual effects.

Let's look at the selected projects in a bit more detail: Duo is an Argentinian co-production from emerging Spanish director, Meritxell Colell Aparicio, already selected for Cinéfondation’s L’Atelier at Cannes. Mikel Gurrea debuts his feature film, Cork, backed by Lastor Media, who produced the films of two Catalonian talents, Júlia ist [+see also:
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interview: Elena Martín
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by Elena Martín, and Long Distance [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Marques-Marcet
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by Carlos Marques-Marcet. Durendal is an “adult” animation project by Egidio Eronico, while its producer Partner Media Investment also produced the documentary Michel Petrucciani Body and Soul by Michael Radford. Emil was directed by Slovakian Peter Bebjak, who won the Director award at the Karlovy Vary IFF for The Line [+see also:
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interview: Andrey Yermak
interview: Peter Bebjak
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. The director of I Hate Berlin, the Romanian Valentin Hotea, brought Roxanne [+see also:
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to Locarno, Cottbus, Prague, Luxor and other festivals, while Hi Film Productions boasted a Silver Bear at the Berlinale for Direction, which went to Radu Jude for Aferim! [+see also:
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interview: Radu Jude
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. The Swedish project Madame Luna by Binyam Berhane had already been selected as part of the TRL Espresso program, a collaboration between London Production Finance Market and When East Meets West from Trieste. Noah's Ark is a Brazilian animation project produced by Walter Salles among others. Nowhere by Portuguese Marco Leão was born out of a collaboration between MIA and Sundance, where he participated in the Mediterranean Screenwriters Workshop. Pablo by Enrico Maria Artale was produced by Roberto De Paolis' Young Films, director of Pure Hearts [+see also:
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interview: Roberto De Paolis
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, presented this year at Cannes.

The Polish Agnieszka Zwiefka, awarded at the IDFA in Amsterdam for The Queen of Silence [+see also:
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, is behind Patagonia, a project presented by Harine Films. Saving One Who Was Dead (producer Sirius Films) comes from Czech director Vaclav Kadrnka, prizewinner at Karlovy Vary for his previous film, Little Crusader [+see also:
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interview: Václav Kadrnka
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. The Brazilian project by Fabio Baldo, Sweet Hell Throughout the Galaxy, was produced by Glaz, while American indie animation project, The Cryptozoo Debut by Dash Shaw,comes from the Sundance Lab. The Outpost (Dugong Films) is the ambitious documentary by Italian Edoardo Morabito, editor of Liberami [+see also:
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by Federica Di Giacomo, winner in the Horizons section at Venice in 2016. The Searchers (Temper Films) is a project by director Andreas Prochaska, best known for The Dark Valley [+see also:
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, the Austrian Oscar nominee and winner of 8 German Film Awards. The Tentmaster's Daughter by Isabel Anderton, with Patchwork Productions, is a project that has already received BFI script development funding. Among the producers of We Are the Winners by Giovanni Piperno is Matthew Garrone who, along with Giovanni Pompili, is developing a social coming-of-age social musical, born from a laboratory (out in the fields) in the suburbs of Rome. Yalda by Massoud Bakhshi is a project focused the female condition in Iran with JBA Productions, having already spent time in the Sundance Lab and the Résidence at Cannes, while Caliber 9 is directed by Renato De Maria (Italian Gangsters [+see also:
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) and produced by Angelo Barbagallo's Bibi Film.

(Translated from Italian)

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