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VISIONS DU RÉEL 2024 VdR-Industry

Visions du Réel gives a voice to the cinema of the future


- VdR-Industry will present to industry professionals 29 projects showing a complex, fascinating and sometimes frightening contemporary world that is constantly changing

Visions du Réel gives a voice to the cinema of the future
Beyond the Fold by Ross McClean, selected in VdR-Work in Progress

From 14 to 17 April, Nyon will host VdR-Industry, the section of the Visions du Réel festival dedicated to industry professionals. During four intense and fruitful days, cinematic creation will be put under the spotlight in an environment conducive to exchange and collaboration. For this 2024 edition, VdR-Industry will be under the direction of Alice Burgin, who will be taking over from Madeline Robert. About this year’s selection, she says: “The diversity of the VdR-Industry programme reflects not only the cinematic and aesthetic values animating Visions du Réel as a festival, but also that of a contemporary world in constant evolution and with which we must enter into a dialogue,” adding that “this year’s projects are fascinating and innovative, and they contain a form of urgency which cannot be ignored. They explore the most original and powerful possible approaches for revisiting the past and casting a critical eye on the present, in order to courageously turn their gaze towards an uncertain future.”  

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In total, 29 projects coming from 30 countries have been selected, 13 of which are debut features. During VdR-Industry, professionals will be able to take part in four distinct types of activities: two main events, VdR-Pitching and VdR-Work in Progress, will welcome 15 projects in the making and six in their final phase, while VdR-Rough Cut lab will welcome four projects, and VdR-Development Lab four more. These 29 “singular points of view,” as described in the press release, will tackle hot topics that concern us all, such as current conflicts, masculinity, economic migration, or religious extremism.  

VdR-Industry will welcome familiar faces of the festival, such as Mehran Tamadon (Where God Is Not [+see also:
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, My Worst Enemy [+see also:
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) with his radical project The Last Days of the Hospital, Sean Ali Wang (A Marble Travelogue [+see also:
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) who returns with Pratopia, Ukrainian director Vadym Ilkov (My Father Is My Mother’s Brother [+see also:
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) this time working with Ireland’s Clare Stronge on Fixing the War, Tana Gilbert (Malqueridas [+see also:
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) who returns with her new project Burning Daddy, Gianluca Matarrese (The Last Chapter [+see also:
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) with his latest project GEN_, Charles Fairbanks who teams up with producer Lucila Moctezuma for the documentary project She Wrestles, Ukrainian film collective Tabor back with their project Listening to the World by Yelizaveta Smith, as well as Karim Kassem (Moondove) and Philip Cartelli (The Second Death) who will be taking part in VdR-Rough Cut lab.

Support will also be given to new talents from around the world, with the selection of 13 debut features, including those of Ross McClean (Beyond the Fold), of Palestinian directors Mayar Hamdan and Shaima Al Tamimi (The Myth of Mahmoud) and of Katy Scoggin (Flood), known for her many years of collaboration with director, producer and artist Laura Poitras.

For the Industry jury which will hand out prizes worth over 80,000 francs in total (to projects taking part in VdR-Pitching and VdR-Work In Progress), we can count on Rémi Burah, Lisa Kleiner Chanoff and Kristy Matheson. The Eurimages jury, which will give the prestigious Eurimages prize for co-production development worth 20,000 francs, is meanwhile composed of Eleni Chandrinou, Susana Santos Rodrigues and Vadim Jendreyko. Finally, the Visions sud est jury (10,000 francs) is composed of Zsuzsi Bánkuti, Meret Ruggle and John Canciani.

The selected projects :

Burning DaddyTana Gilbert (Chile/Germany)
Production: Paula Castillo (Errante), Dirk Manthey (Dirk Manthey Film)

Dreams of the Wild OaksMarjan Khosravi (Iran/Spain/France)
Production: Milad Khosravi (Seven Springs Pictures), Stephanie Von Lukowicz (Lukimedia)

Fixing the WarVadym Ilkov & Clare Stronge (Ukraine/Ireland)
Production: Oleksandra Kravchenko (Moon Man), Gary Lennon (Plainsong Films)

GEN_Gianluca Matarrese (France/Italy)
Production: Dominique Barneaud (Bellota Films), Donatella Palermo (Stemal Entertainment)

Life of TipuBob Gallagher (Ireland)
Production: Ciarán Deeney, Séamus Waters (EZ Films), Jeanie Igoe (Homebird Productions)

Magnetic LettersDemie Dangla (Philippines/France/Germany)
Production: Gale Osorio (Binisaya Movement Inc.), Philippe Djivas (Dynamo Production), Laura Kloeckner (Seera Films)

On the WayNatalia Dolgowska (Poland)
Production: Anna Gawlita, Marta Szymanowska (Kijora Film)

Once You Shall Be One of Those Who Lived Long AgoPer Bifrost & Alexander Rynéus (Sweden)
Production : Jonas Selberg Augustsén (Iris Film)

PratopiaSean Ali Wang (the Netherlands)
Production : Yia Zhao (MUYI Film)

She WrestlesCharles Fairbanks (United States)
Production: Lucila Moctezuma (She Wrestles Documentary)

The House of ShadowsAmine Hattou (Algeria/France/Germany)

The Last Days of The HospitalMehran Tamadon (France/Switzerland)
Production: Delphine Morel (TS Productions), Elena Tatti (Box Productions)

The Shadow of YolüjaHanz Rippe Gabriel (Colombia)
Production : Fernanda Pineda (Paramo Films)

TotemicStéphanie Barbey (Switzerland/Germany)
Production: Luc Peter, Katia Monla (Intermezzo Films), Dirk Manthey (Dirk Manthey Film)

To the Moon and BackElisa Gómez Alvarez (Switzerland)
Production: Palmyre Badinier (Rita Productions)

VdR–Work in Progress 
At Least to See the OceanPablo Lozano (Dominican Republic)
Production: Pablo Lozano, Juan Antonio Bisonó (La Felicidad)

Beyond the FoldRoss McClean (United Kingdom/Ireland/United States)
Production: Bronte Stahl (Here and Elsewhere Films), Ross McClean (Nightstaff), Roísin Geraghty (Little Rose Films)

FloodKaty Scoggin (United States)
Production: Will Lennon (Archelon Films)
Executive producers: Laura Poitras, Nico Opper

Listening to the WorldYelizaveta Smith (Ukraine/Germany/Sweden)
Production: Eugene Rachkovsky, Olha Beskhmelnytsina (Tabor), Antonia Kilian (Pink Shadow Films), Mario Adamson (Sisyfor Film Production)

Shifting BaselinesJulien Elie (Canada)
Production: Andreas Mendritzki, Aonan Yang (GreenGround Productions)

The Myth of MahmoudShaima Al Tamimi & Mayar Hamdan (Qatar/Palestine/Kenya/Lebanon/Yemen/United States)
Production: Shaima Al Tamimi (Y2P Studios)

VdR–Rough Cut Lab 
Cuitá, Stone from the SkyAntonia Cattan (Brazil)
Production: Isabel Lessa, Julia Murat (Esquina Film Production)

MoondoveKarim Kassem (Lebanon)
Production: Karim Kassem (Screen Productions)

TAUTimofey Stekolshuk (Georgia/Germany)
Production: Sergey Yahontov, Archil Gelovani (Independent Film Project), Pavel Karykhalyn (Eversince GmbH)

The Second DeathPhilip Cartelli (United States)
Production: Philip Cartelli (Nusquam)

VdR-Development Lab
Leaf RemnantsMaría José Alarcón Ardila (Colombia)
Production: Lina Sampedro Cárdenas

My Grandparents’ Window Overlooks a CemeteryLamis Al Mohamad (Italt/Syria)
Production: Lamis Al Mohamad

Plastic AtlantisSamira Vera-Cruz (Cape Verde/Senegal)
Production: Pedro Soulé (KS Cinema), Yanis Gaye (Gorée Cinéma)

The Unlikely HeroIshani Roy (India)
Production: Nisheeth Kumar (IndieFilm Collective)

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(Translated from French)

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