The second Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine announces its selection
- A total of six projects are to be featured in the upcoming edition of the programme, and will thus participate in the Development Lab and the First Cut Lab
After a successful first edition of Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine crowned by the selection of Summer Scars [+see also:
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film profile], the first feature by Simon Rieth, in the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2022 (with the movie also recently being voted Best Feature Film at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival – see the news), Tatino Films has announced the selection for its second edition. The development programme is supporting six projects: four feature films take part in the Development Lab and benefit from writing support, plus consultations on co-production and festival and market access strategy, while two projects at the editing stage take part in the First Cut Lab and, accompanied by an editing tutor, will receive feedback from industry professionals.
The Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine team, headed up by Matthieu Darras, with co-directors Alexis Hofmann and Myriam Sassine, mentioned that the selection homes in on auteurs based in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region or supported by partner organisations – for example, the Poitiers Film Festival’s Jump In. The two Development Lab residency sessions take place from 24-28 August at La Maison Forte in Monbalen and from 28 November-3 December in Poitiers.
The selection spans various genres, and includes drama, horror-thriller, coming-of-age, socially engaged and mystical films. Furthermore, half of the projects are French, and the other three hail from Brazil, Germany and Hungary. Four of the films are to be directed by women, which proves how much attention Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine pays to gender and diversity. The producers accompanying these projects are also equally split between men and women, with the majority of projects initiated by companies based in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, known for their appetite for co-productions. Based in Bordeaux and La Rochelle, three of the most active and prolific production companies in the region, Dublin Films (The Rust [+see also:
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The projects in development will be mentored by Philippe Barrière, screenwriter and script consultant; Alexis Hofmann, head of acquisitions at French distributor BAC Films; and producer Myriam Sassine. Meanwhile, the projects in post-production will be mentored by editor Sebastian Sepulveda, editor and editing consultant Benjamin Mirguet, and editorial advisor Wim Vanacker. Distributors Patrick Sibourd (Nour Films) and Boris Pugnet (The Jokers) are among the industry advisors.
Here is the selection of the second edition of Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine:
La Couleuvre noire - Aurélien Vernhes-Lermusiaux
Producer: David Hurst (Dublin Films, France)
Les Murs et le ciel - Claire Maugendre, Sébastien Jounel
Producer: Julie Paratian (Sister Productions, France)
The Origin of the World - Borbála Nagy
Producer: Margarita Amineva Jester (Voices Films, Germany)
Three Times Jenny - Milena Beurer Doenst
Producers: Tripode Productions, Guillaume Dreyfus, Delphine Schmit (France)
First Cut Lab
Ainda Assim - Lilla Halla
Producers: Louise Bellicaud, Claire Charles-Gervais (In Vivo Films, France), Arissas Multimidia, Manjericão Filmes (Brazil), Cimarron Cine (Uruguay)
Casa No Campo - Davi Pretto
Producers: David Hurst (Dublin Films, France), Paola Wink (Atelier W, Brazil), Jessica Luz (Vulcana Cinema, Brazil), Georgina Baisch, Cecilia Salim (Murillo Cine, Argentina)
Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine is financially supported by the ALCA Agency Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the Lot-et-Garonne department and the City of Poitiers. It is initially planned to run for a period of three years, from 2021-2023.
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