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ICAA announces projects set to receive funding in 2008


The ICAA (Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts) – which is dependent on the Spanish Ministry of Culture – has chosen 43 projects from among the 300-plus films entered for the 2008 funding competition. The selected projects include 22 features (including two animated works), 13 documentaries, four experimental films and four pilot episodes for animated series.

On June 17, the Committee of Experts – ICAA’s advisory body on matters relating to film production funding – held a plenary session and discussed all the different projects at length, deciding to give priority to works by new directors.

Selected projects include new works by three of the most outstanding filmmakers of the new wave of Spanish auteur film: Un tiro en la cabeza (“A Shot to the Head”), by Jaime Rosales (winner of the Goya for Best Director and Best Film for Solitary Fragments [+see also:
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); Guest, by José Luis Guerín (whose latest film, In the City of Sylvia [+see also:
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, was selected in Official Competition at the 2007 Venice Film Festival); and Cesc Gay’s V.O.S.

Further titles include El dios de madera (“The God of Madeira”), the second film by screenwriter Vicente Molina Foix; Javier Rebollo’s forthcoming feature La mujer sin piano (“The Woman Without a Piano”), after his multiple award-winning Lo que sé de Lola [+see also:
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(“What I Know About Lola”); the documentary Checkpoint Rock, the debut directorial effort by singer Fermín Muguruza; and the documentary Salud y República. El anónimo ciudadano Juan (“Health and Republic: The Anonymous Citizen Juan”), co-directed by Imanol Uribe and Carlos Álvarez.

To download the full list of projects selected by the ICAA, click here.

(Translated from Spanish)

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