PUENTES 2015 / 2016

Two workshops in Montevideo and Locarno bringing together producers from Latin America and Europe to work together with leading experts, potential financiers, distributors and sales agents from both continents

W1 in Montevideo (UY), November 25 – 29, 2015
W2 in Locarno (CH), August 4 – 8, 2016

We are delighted to announce the selection for the seventh edition of the PUENTES Europe – Latin America Co-Production Workshop: 

Out of some 80 high profile applications, 13 European and Latin American professionals have been selected from Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Cuba/Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Paraguay, Poland, Spain and Sweden to work together on their co-production projects over 2 workshops: one in Montevideo, Uruguay (November 25 – 29, 2015) in partnership with Mutante Cine and one in Locarno, Switzerland (August 4 - 8, 2016) in the framework of the Festival del film Locarno. 

Thanks to our partnership with VENTANA SUR (Nov 30 - Dec 4, 2015), the selected producers will attend the market in Buenos Aires. (Please see below for the full list of participants.)

PUENTES has become the most relevant and successful training programme for developing European-Latin American co-production. To name just some of the most recent examples: SEX LIFE OF PLANTS by Sebastian Brahm (Special Mention, San Sebastian 2015), VIOLENCE by Jorge Forero (Berlinale Forum 2015), HISTORIA DEL MIEDO by Benjamin Naishtat (Berlinale Competition 2014), GLORIA by Sebastian Lelio (Berlinale Competition 2013, Silver Bear, sold to over 30 countries worldwide), FERIADO by Diego Araujo (Berlinale Generation 14+ 2014), TANTA AGUA by Ana Guevara & Leticia Jorge (Berlinale Panorama 2013) and TRES by Pablo Stoll (Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2012), and many more.  

New this year is a special module called “ENTERING THE FILM MARKET” focusing on 3 key phases for a film: building a brand and a project (business-to-business early marketing), selling the film to the international market, and building awareness through PR and social media strategies. Top experts from the sales, marketing, production, publicity and festivals will share their best practices, give concrete hands-on examples and offer an insight into facts and figures. Among the tutors are: Sarah Calderon (The Film Agency, ES), Sylvain Auzou (Venice Days, FR), John Hopewell (Variety, UK), Agustina Llambi Campbell (La Unión de los Ríos, AR) and Didar Domehri (Maneki Film – Full House, FR) and Fabien Westerhoff (UK). (See the full list of experts below.)

The programme brings together 13 producers and other professionals from Europe and Latin America to work on feature film projects in development to work together during one year with leading experts from both continents on script development, pitching, co-production, financing, legal aspects, marketing, distribution and sales, and to meet key decision makers during both sessions. 

Parallel to the PUENTES workshop, a tailor-made EAVE ON DEMAND session in Montevideo will be organised for selected Uruguayan producers. In addition to their ‘à la carte” workshop, the producers will have the opportunity to network with the PUENTES participants.

The selected participants for PUENTES 2015/2016 are: 

  • Sebastian Barriuso, Creative Artisans Media, Cuba/Canada

Project: 1989, director: Sebastian & Rodrigo Barriuso

  • Agnieszka Dziedzic, Koi Studio, Poland

Project: The Summer Diaries, director: Ireneusz Grzyb

  • Victoria Gutierez, Artegios, Spain/Mexico
  • Aranka Matits, Featurette, Germany
  • Carolina Mosquera, Cabecitanegra Producciones, Colombia

Project: Almost Never too Late, director: Alfonso Acosta

  • Giancarlo Nasi, Quijote/Rampante, Italy/Chile

Project: Blanquita Bueno, director: Fernando Guzzoni

  • Ozcar Ramírez González, Arte Mecánica Producciones, Mexico

Project: The Broken Years, director: Gerardo Tort

  • Alexa Rivero, Altamar Films, France
  • Gabriela Sabaté, Sabate Films, Paraguay

Project: Killing the Dead, director: Hugo Gimenez

  • Tathiani Sacilotto, Persona Non Grata Pictures, Brazil

Project: A Bela America, director: Antonio Ferreira

  • Joséphine Schroeder, Cinestacion, France/Chile
  • Géraldine Sprimont, Need Productions, Belgium

Project: Uspantan, director: César Diaz

  • Nima Yousefi, Hob, Sweden

Project: Clara Sola, director: Nathalie Álvarez 

The selected participants will work on the development and financing of their projects under the guidance of top industry professionals from both continents, such as: 

  • Sylvain Auzou, Venice Days, France
  • Sarah Calderón, The Film Agency, Spain
  • Jean des Forêts, Petit Film, France
  • Didar Domehri, Maneki Film - Full House, France
  • Fernando Epstein, Mutante Cine, Uruguay
  • Alan Fountain, EAVE, United Kingdom
  • Christoph Friedel, Pandora Film Produktion, Germany
  • Jorge Goldenberg, Script Consultant, Argentina
  • John Hopewell, Variety correspondent
  • Agustina Llambi Campbell, La Unión de los Ríos, Argentina
  • Miguel Machalski, Script Consultant, France
  • Fabien Westerhoff, Production Finance Consulting, United Kingdom

PUENTES is organised by EAVE in partnership with Mutante Cine, Ventana Sur, the Industry Days and the Open Doors Initiative of the Festival del film Locarno, and with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union. 

For more information please contact: 

EAVE - Tanika Sajatovic, International Coordinator: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

MUTANTE CINE – Agustina Chiarino, PUENTES Project Consultant: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Page last updated 8 June 2016

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A scholarship has been set up to honour the memory of Alan Fountain, former Head of Studies and President of EAVE, who passed away on March 3. Its goal is to enable one producer from outside the EU to participate in all three sessions of the EAVE Producers Workshop each year.

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