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Sixteen films in development are set to take part in CIIF Market 2021

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- The 17th Canary Islands International Film Market (28 to 30 April) will showcase eight in-the-works audiovisual projects from Spain, four from Latin America and four from the Canary Islands

Sixteen films in development are set to take part in CIIF Market 2021
Director Sonia Escolano, whose project El Rey lombriz will be featured at the event

Back for a 17th year and under the direction of Guillermo Ríos, the Canary Islands International Film Market (CIIF Market) will take place in hybrid format between 28 and 30 April in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Its official base will be the Hotel Iberostar Heritage Grand Mencey, which will provide the setting for a series of professional networking events (both in-person and online) designed to attract production companies, distributors, television networks, sales agents and other film industry professionals (Secuoya Studios, Latido Films, Filmax, Scenic Rights, Atresmedia Cine, Avalon, MAFIZ (the Málaga Festival Industry Zone) and Portugal’s Ukbar Filmes, among others). The event aims to promote filmmaking in general but especially collaboration, through coproductions pitched at the European and international markets. It also hopes to foster synergies between the film and publishing industries, extending an invitation to Spanish literary fiction writers whose work may be suitable for adaptation for the large or small screen.

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Participating in the Spanish section are: El rey lombriz, a drama by LaConda Producciones (Spain) in coproduction with Cámara Oscura (Ecuador), Siete Elefantes (Mexico) and Medusa Films (Colombia), to be directed by Sonia Escolano; Hercúlea, a thriller directed by Daniel Ortiz Entrambasaguas and produced by Danidog Films; La mala madre, a horror film by Alicia Albares, backed by Mordisco Films; Lo que hacemos en las sombras, a documentary by Spanish directing duo Sara Moralo and Lucía Hernández (Synopsis); Maine Coon, a dark comedy directed by Guillermo Polo and produced by Los Hermanos Polo and Japónica Films; No pasarán, a drama series in development at Kaboga; Torretta, United Mafia, a thriller from Álvaro Iglesias and Solworks Films; and Un vulgar y triste solitario, a creative non-fiction film to be directed by Efthymia Zymvragaki and produced by Gris Medio (Spain) and Thurn Films (Germany).

The Latin American contingent will include: Eskaton, más fuertes que la muerte, a new feature-length project from Agnus Film (Paraguay), directed by Marcelo Torcida; La roca y el mar, a series by Carajito Films (Uruguay); Una puntada, una lágrima, an animated documentary by Carlos Castro and Isabel Macías, produced by Canal Cultura (Colombia), San Quirino Estudio (Argentina) and Fundación Ceiba (Colombia); and Vacío, a mew drama being developed by Esteban Insausti in association with Audiovisual Atelier (Argentina), RTV Comercial, the Cuban Institute of Music and Producciones Colibrí (Cuba).

Finally, the Focus Canarias section will feature a clutch of projects taking shape on Canarian soil: Déjame que te diga otra vez que te quiero, a comedy directed by José Víctor Fuentes and produced by Chukumi Studio and Los Emotions; El Fausto, a nail-biting miniseries by Roberto Chinet (Novilunio Music & Films and Reverso Films); Trans-Star, a dramedy from Bibiana Monje (Dunes Films); Pescadores del Desierto, a documentary by Ayoze O'Shanahan (Siroco Factory) — winner of the 2020 Canary Islands Film Accelerator (under the auspices of the Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster and cofinanced by PROEXCA, Canary Islands Film, the Island Council of Gran Canaria and the University of Las Palmas).

CIF Market 2021 has also curated a selection of literary works, whose authors editors and agents will be invited to present the case for potential screen adaptation. Spanish participants will include Buckson (Grafito Editorial), a graphic novel by Víctor Araque and Rocío Estepa; Las guerras correctas (Autor Exprés SGAE), a novel by Gabriel Ochoa; and Violeta mara… mara… maravilla (LxL Editorial), a young-adult novel by Felicitas Rebaque. Meanwhile, the selected texts in the Focus Canarias section are El corazón de los pájaros (Nectarina Editorial), a dramatic tale by Elsa López, and El despertar de la bruja de hielo (LxL Editorial) by Sara Maher.

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(Translated from Spanish)

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