The seventeen projects were selected from among a total of one hundred and four proposals entered from eighteen countries, mostly in Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain, the UK, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The selection committee made particular mention of the wide variety and high quality of the projects presented, many of which are signed by directors and producers of long artistic and professional standing, while others are extremely interesting projects by new filmmakers taking their first steps in the world of feature films.
For two days, the project creators will work to a busy agenda of meetings with distinguished professionals from the international industry. The aim is to establish contacts with co-producers and distributors potentially interested in contributing to the projects with a view to ensuring their production and improving their international viability.
By way of continuation to the San Sebastian Forum and thanks to collaboration with the Festival de Cannes Marché du Film and Argentina’s National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA), some of these projects will have the opportunity to continue their international trajectory with participation in the Ventana Sur market and in the next edition of the Cannes Producers Network. These events will decisively boost the international promotion of the participating projects.
List of selected projects:
For more information about the I. Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum: Industryclub@sansebastianfestival.com
MANUEL PÉREZ ESTREMERA
Started as a contributor to magazines on film and cultura: Film Ideal, Nuestro Cine, Cuadernos para el diálogo, Primer Acto. He collaborated in numerous series and programmes for Spanish television, TVE, and was director of the weekly film programme, Fila 7; from 1987 to 1992 he was the company’s Assistant Director of External Production. He has also held a variety of executive positions with the Sogecable group, including Director of the programme Magacine and Director of Own Productions with Canal Plus. He was Director of the San Sebastian Film Festival for two years and a member of its Management Committee until 1997.
Manuel was also head of the Production Department at the San Antonio de los Baños International Film and Television School in Cuba between 1998 and 2000. He is the author of four books: Correspondencia inacabada con Arturo Ripstein, Nuevo Cine Alemán, Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, and Problemas del Nuevo Cine.
His more recent positions include Director of Cinematography with the Spanish Ministry of Culture (ICAA) (2004) and Director of TVE (2005-2007).
Holds a Degree in Social Communication. Producer and director of the feature films Acné (2008) – premiered at the Festival de Cannes Directors’ Fortnight - and La vida útil (A Useful Life, 2010). Both films have landed festival awards and have been commercially released in several countries.
He contributed to the Uruguay International Film Festival programme and worked for four years at the Filmoteca Española. Federico is currently Delegate for Latin America at the San Sebastian Festival.
Formerly CEO of ACE - Ateliers du Cinema Europeen, Sophie Bourdon is today working as a freelancer for the international film industry at the crossroads between professional training, consulting in co-productions and international sales and match making at festivals. Her main objective is to help building bridges between producers from Europe and their peers from other continents.
During her 11 years at the Head of ACE, she worked with more than 200 independent producers on the development of their projects. Films (co-)produced by ACE Members include "No Man's Land", "Magdalene Sisters", "Dance with Bashir", "Incendies", "La Soledad", "La Cienaga", "El Custodio", "Gigante". Prior to ACE, Sophie used to be an international sales agents, for 9 years in Paris, working for MK2 among others.