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Ibermedia announces the 29 European projects awarded grants in 2020

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- Among the selected projects are 16 co-productions with Spain, five with Portugal, four with France and nine with Italy

Ibermedia announces the 29 European projects awarded grants in 2020
Eduardo Casanova, director of La piedad

The Ibermedia programme, which provides financial support for the audiovisual industries, has announced its grant winners for 2020. This year marks the inauguration of a new application category, dedicated to TV series in development. A total of 123 Latin American projects (many with European partners on board) will receive an award in one of four categories: co-production (48 projects), development (43), series (20) and training (12).

Spain is well represented, with three projects awarded grants: Gus, el perro guía, an animated film by Desarrollos Mediáticos Int. SL to be directed by Bruno Filipe Martins, Los tortuga, a fiction film by Oberon Media, and Olivia y el terremoto invisible, another animated adventure by Citoplasmas Stop Motion SL. A number of Spanish TV projects were also selected for support, including two fictional dramas — ‘Ay’ Loviu Habana by Tornasol S.L. and Galimberti by El estudio Filmmakers S.L. — and Súper Valentina, an animated series by Abano Producions S.L. The Madrid School of Cinematography and Audiovisual Studies (EMAC) was a worthy winner in the training category for its Master’s in Audiovisual Business and Distribution.

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The full list of selected projects to be co-produced with Spain is: El escuerzo, a fiction film to be directed by Augusto Sinay and produced by Fogon SAS (Argentina) and Kiko Vivo Producciones S.L. (Spain); La tara, a hybrid documentary by Amparo González, funded by Ah Cine SRL (Argentina) and Tourmalet Films S.L. (Spain); Queen Bee, a fiction film by Denisse Arancibia in association with Naira Productora de Contenidos (Bolivia) and Potenza Producciones (Spain); Todas, by Marilyn Solaya, a fiction film by ICAIC (Cuba) and Wanda Visión (Spain); La contadora de películas, to be directed by Isabel Coixet based on a script co-written by herself in partnership with Rafa Russo and Walter Sales, produced by Contadora Films AIE and A contracorriente Films (Spain), Al Tiro Films (Chile) and Selenium Film (France); La estrella azul, written and directed by Francisco Javier Macipe and produced by Mod Producciones, El pez amarillo S.L. and La Charito Films (Spain) and Megalodon S.A. (Argentina); La piedad, the second full-length feature from Eduardo Casanova, backed by none other than Álex de la Iglesia (Pokeepsie Films) together with Gente seria AIE (Spain) and Crudo Films S.L. (Argentina); Érase una vez en el Caribe, directed by Ray Figueroa, a fiction film produced by Eras LLC (Puerto Rico) and Euskadi Movie AIE (Spain); and Sugar Island, a documentary by Guasabara Cine (Dominican Republic) and Tinglado Film (Spain), to be directed by Johanné Gómez Terrero.

Selected Italian co-productions include: El juicio-Causa 13/84, an Argentinian documentary produced by C.A. La Sarraz Pictures SRL in association with French company Les Films d´Ici; two co-productions with Chile, Cien años de Mónica (Arsenale23) and Hambre (Samarcanda Films); Casi el paraíso (Interlínea Films), a co-production with Mexico, and Re Grancio (Ring Film), in partnership with Argentina and France (Shellac Sud). Italy’s winners in the development category are: Asesinato en bajamar (Audioimage SNC di Davide Mastropaolo), No lo grites (La Sarraz Pictures), Sea Sisters (Officinema DOC) and the documentary film Il professore di religione (Macala Films).

Meanwhile, Portugal and Brazil will team up for Os esforçados, in association with Fado Filmes; Amanhá será outro dia (Terratreme Filmes), along with France (Still Moving); and Légua (FRMG LTDA.). Two Portuguese co-productions were also selected in the development category: Augusta & Katia (Fado Filmes) and The Grand Tour (FRMG LDA).

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