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VENICE 2021 Venice Production Bridge

The Venice Gap-Financing Market selects 57 projects from all around the world


- Wim Wenders is among those selected for the eighth edition of the market, which is dedicated to projects at an advanced stage of funding and development, and is unfolding 3-5 September

The Venice Gap-Financing Market selects 57 projects from all around the world
Director Wim Wenders, whose project The Secret of Places has been selected

A total of 57 projects are set to be presented during this year’s three-day Venice Gap-Financing Market whose eighth edition will unspool between 3 and 5 September, as organised by Venice Production Bridge, within the wider context of the 78th Venice Film Festival. The market dedicated to projects hailing from all corners of the globe and in the final phases of development and funding - whose teams can secure outstanding finance by way of one-to-one meetings with international sector professionals - will welcome 30 feature film projects to the Lido, both works of fiction (10 European and 13 international) and documentaries (2 European, including Wim Wenders’ latest work, and 5 international).

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The event will also screen 13 Virtual Reality Immersive Story projects (10 European and 3 international), in the form of fiction films, documentaries, animated films and other interactive installation experiences; 11 Biennale College – Virtual Reality projects, which were developed during the fifth edition of the Biennale College Cinema VR workshop and are at different stages of development; and 3 Biennale College Cinema projects, which were developed during the first workshop of Biennale College Cinema’s nineth edition, and which have since reached different stages of development and pre-production.

The Venice Gap-Financing Market will host one-to-one meetings between the 57 project teams (each composed of the producer and the director) and industry professionals vested with decision-making power (producers, private and public investors, banks, distributors, sales agents, TV networks, web and video platforms, institutions and post-production companies).

The Book of Projects containing detailed information on each of the projects, will be sent by email to film industry professionals so as to give them the opportunity to organise bespoke, half-hour meetings with the producers of the selected projects, via the Venice Production Bridge website.

The selected titles are as follows:

Films and Documentaries

¡Caigan las rosas blancas! - Albertina Carri (Argentina/Brazil/France)
Production: Gentil Cine

A Rooster on the Fire Escape - Guetty Felin (France/Haiti)
Production: Aldabra Films

Facing Darkness [+see also:
film review
interview: Jean-Gabriel Périot
film profile
- Jean-Gabriel Periot (France/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Switzerland/Germany)
Production: Alter Ego Production

Allah n’est pas obligéZaven Najjar (France/Luxembourg/Belgium)
Production: Special Touch Studios

The Year I Started Masturbating [+see also:
film review
film profile
- Erika Wasserman (Sweden)
Production: Gimme A Break, AB

Ashkal [+see also:
film review
film profile
- Youssef Chebbi (Tunisia/France/the Netherlands)
Production: Supernova Films

The Cemetery of Cinema [+see also:
film review
interview: Thierno Souleymane Diallo
film profile
- Thierno Souleymane Diallo (France/Senegal/Guinea)
Production: L’image d’après

BirthmarkAditya Vikram Sengupta (India/Luxembourg/Denmark/France/Norway)
Production: For Films

Bufis - Mahad Ahmed, Vincenzo Cavallo (Kenya/Germany)
Production: Cultural Video Production, Unafilm

The Store - Hanna Sköld (Italy/Sweden/Norway)
Production: Indyca

El repartidor está en camino - Martín Rejtman (Argentina/Portugal)
Production: Un Puma

Electric Child - Simon Jaquemet (Switzerland/Germany)
Production: 8horses GmbH

Floating - Quirine Racké, Helena Muskens (the Netherlands/Belgium)
Production: Family Affair Films

Halissa - Sophie Artus (Israel)
Production: Deadline Production, July August Productions

Holly [+see also:
film review
interview: Fien Troch
film profile
- Fien Troch (Belgium/the Netherlands/France)
Production: Prime Time

Kabul Melody - Sarah Mani (Afghanistan/France)
Production: Afghanistan Dochhouse

Kipkemboi - Hubert Davis (Canada/Kenya)
Production: New Real Films

La piel pulpo - Ana Cristina Barragán (Ecuador/Mexico/Greece/Germany)
Production: Caleidoscopio Cine, Desenlace Films, Graal SA, Unafilm

Los Angeles - Joaquin Cociña, Cristóbal León (Chile)
Production: Globo Rojo Films

Los colonos - Felipe Gálvez (Chile/Argentina/France/Denmark)
Production: Quijote Films

Mother Mara - Mirjana Karanovic (Serbia/Luxembourg/Slovenia/Montenegro/Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Production: This and That Productions

Non morirò di fame [+see also:
film profile
- Umberto Spinazzola (Italy/Canada/Poland)
Production: La Sarraz Pictures

Pamfir [+see also:
film review
interview: Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk
interview: Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk
film profile
 - Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk (Ukraine/France/Poland/Chile)
Production: Bosonfilm

Plan 75 [+see also:
film review
interview: Chie Hayakawa
film profile
- Chie Hayakawa (Japan/France/Philippines)
Production: Loaded Films Ltd.

Retour en Alexandrie - Tamer Ruggli (Switzerland)
Production: Tipi’mages Productions

Heartless [+see also:
film review
film profile
- Nara Normande and Tião (Brazil/France/Germany)
Production: Les Valseurs

A Holy Family [+see also:
film review
film profile
- Elvis A-Liang Lu (Taiwan/France)
Production: Volos Films Ltd.

The Life and Times of Omar Sharif (working title) - Axel Petersén, Mark Lotfy (Sweden/Egypt/UK)
Production: Fedra

The Secret of PlacesWim Wenders (Germany/Switzerland/Norway)
Production: Road Movies

The Silent TreatmentCaroline Strubbe (Belgium/the Netherlands/Hungary)
Production: Minds Meet

VR Immersive Stories

Abandon - Farah Shaer (Lebanon/Egypt/Qatar)
Production: Fig Leaf Studios

Anon VR - Jan Lachauer and Clarens Grollmann (Germany)
Production: K5 Factory GmbH

Blood Speaks: Maya - The Birth of a Superhero - Poulomi Basu and C.J. Clarke (UK/France)
Production: Just Another Production Company, Floréal Films

Buried in the Rock (Series: Extraordinary People Extraordinary Places) - Shehani Fernando (UK)
Production: ScanLAB Projects

Café Glaser-Müller - Gorki Glaser-Müller (Sweden/the Netherlands)
Production: GGM Film

Confident - Jérome Blanquet (France)
Production: Wise Bird

Empereur - Marion Burger, Ilan Cohen (France)
Production: ATLAS V

Escape - Rossella Schillaci (Italy/Portugal)
Production: MYBOSS srl

Fight Back VR - Céline Tricart (France/USA)
Production: Red Corner, Lucid Dreams

Knight of the Wailing Stars - Denis Semionov (France/Russia/Italy)
Production: VRrOOm

Shepherd - Eric Darnell (USA/Canada)
Production: Baobab Studios, Dark Slope

Symbioses - Marcel van Brakel, Mark Meeuwenoord (the Netherlands)
Production: Studio Biarritz, Polymorf

Winterover - Ido Mizrahy, Nir Saar (Canada/Israel)
Production: Holy City VR

Biennale College - Virtual Reality

Duchampiana VR - Lilian Hess (France)
Production: Tchikiboum

GulliVR - Ricardo Karman (Brazil)
Production: Delirium XR

Highlife VR - Tomáš Koucký (Czech Republic/France)
Production: Oldrich Company

Human Violins - Ioana Mischie (Romania)
Production: Storyscapes, Studioset

Math is Weird - Ana Corrie (Italy/UK)
Production: Associazione Museo Nazionale del Cinema

Origen - Emilia Sánchez Chiquetti (Argentina/Colombia)
Production: Proyectil

Senza freni - Matteo Nicoletta and Daniele Grassetti (Italy)
Production: d’Aria SRL

Tales of the March - Stefano Casertano (Germany/Italy)
Production: Daring House

The Broom - Nim Shapira (Israel)
Production: Nim Shapira

Los ojos of Mila Kaos - Yimit Ramírez (Spain/France/USA)
Production: Free Hundred Media

The Last Party VR - Alberto Caffarelli and Paololuca Barbieri (Italy)
Production: NOS Visual Arts Production

Biennale College Cinema

A Mutual Gift - Gianclaudio Cappai and Pilar Perrotta (Italy)
Production: Palosanto Films SRL

Madame Negritude - Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich (USA)
Production: Madame Negritude LLC

La extranjera - Patricia Pérez Fernández (Spain/Serbia/France/Cuba)
Production: Free Hundred Media

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(Translated from Italian)

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