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This week was the final week of the online experience of the EAVE PUENTES workshop, but it will be for sure not the last time the participants will be seeing each other.

Due to the pandemic, EAVE PUENTES was adapted to a virtual environment (read more here), and participants from Europe and Latin America met online, where they were bound to discuss their projects and professional careers, and share their experiences as film professionals. Starting their EAVE journey in November last year as complete strangers that would log on zoom every day for several hours, the group challenged the physical limitations of the online world by bonding all together as a group.

Today will be the last session of EAVE PUENTES 2020 during which the participants were also given the opportunity to network with the professionals attending EAVE’s PRODUCERS WORKSHOP and PUENTES ITALIA.

The graduates of this unique PUENTES 2020 edition are Berlinale Co-Production Market 2021 winners FRED BURLE (One Two Films, DE) who scooped the Eurimages Co-Development Award for THE OBLIVION THEORY and Paraguayan producer SEBASTIÁN PEÑA ESCOBAR whose PUENTES project WHO KILLED NARCISO (by THE HEIRESSES director Marcelo Martinessi) won the Artekino award.

Another award-winning PUENTES participant this year is BRITTA RINDELAUB (Alva Film Production, CH), co-producer of HIVE by Blerta Basholli, the first film in history to scoop all three main awards in Sundance – the Grand Jury Prize, the Audience Award and the Directing Award – in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Britta’s PUENTES PROJECT is REINAS, directed by Klaudia Reynicke.

Another exciting piece of news brings career participant and film programmer ANA DAVID (Berlinale, Indie Lisboa), who was recently appointed curator for a new public institution in Porto, Batalha Film Centre, to open in 2022.

Among the producing talents this year is Norwegian producer NINA BARBOSA BLAD (BARBOSA FILM) whose previous productions have been shown at several prestigious festivals like Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. Nina also produced the drama series NUDES premiered September 2019 that was screened on BBC3 as their first non-English speaking series and won two Gullruten Awards (Norwegian TV-prize).

 Among the participating sales agents of this edition were CHRISTINA LIAPI from HERETIC OUTREACH (GR), whose latest acquisition BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2021, and French sales outfit Co-Production Office’s Head of Sales NADINE ROTHSCHILD.

The selected projects offered a great variety of genres, topics and geographical spread:

Peruvian producer CAROLINA DENEGRI developed animation project THE SAINTS by Omar Rojas.

Benjamin Naishtat’s latest feature project is a film noir called POBRES PIBES, produced by Argentinean producer FEDERICO EISBUSZYC.

Producer MAURICIO ESCOBAR from Guatemala brought to PUENTES period drama BEATRIZ, LA SIN VENTURA directed by Fernando Martínez.

Mexican coming-of-age drama THE DEVIL SMOKES (AND KEEPS THE BURNT MATCHES IN THE SAME BOX) directed by Ernesto Martínez Bucio and produced by CARLOS HERNÁNDEZ VÁZQUEZ.

Producer JOY JORGENSEN (Killjoy Films, DE) attended with the comedy CALMA CHICA by Inés Gowland, exploring the family dynamics of an Argentinean conservative family.

Comical drama SIGMUND’S CONTAINER (directed by Juan Caunedo) will be produced by German producer JUDITH WEILER (Butterfilm, DE).

Spanish producer IGNACIO VUELTA’s project THE ANATOMY OF THE HORSE (directed by Daniel Vidal) will feature an odyssey through time, colony and revolution in the remote heights of Peru.


The PUENTES ITALIA participants of 2020 are:

  • Laura Biagini (Mommotty Film)
  • Roberta Canepa (Fedora Film)
  • Constanza Coldagelli (Matrioska)
  • Roberto Maria Cuello (Joker Image)
  • Gaia Gunetti (La Sarraz Pictures)
  • Alessandra Limentani (Rosamont)
  • Andrea Magnani (Pilgrim)
  • Federico Minetti (Effendemfilm)
  • Anna Recalde Miranda (Mammut Film)
  • Paolo Pani (ICE)
  • Raffaella Pontarelli (Amarena Film)
  • Gigi Roccati (Ardita Film)
  • Cristina Veliscig


All the participants’ projects, profiles and company development issues were discussed and developed in group work, plenary sessions and individual mentoring meetings. In addition, each participant was offered tailor-made curated meetings with hand-picked experts according to their needs and focus of interest.


 The experts of this second workshop included:

PUENTES Head of Studies FERNANDA DEL NIDO (Setembro Cine, ES), the two group leaders DIDAR DOMEHRI (MANEKI Films, FR) and FERNANDO EPSTEIN (MUTANTE CINE, UY), script consultant JACQUES AKCHOTI (FR), PUENTES ITALIA group leader AGUSTINA CHIARINO (MUTANTE CINE, UY), ALBERTO BURGUEÑO (Elipsis Capital, ES), ARANKA MATITS (Featurette, NL), CHRISTOPH FRIEDEL (Pandora Film, DE), FRAN ARAÚJO (Movistar +, ES), GEMA JUÁREZ (Gema Films, AR), JANI THILTGES (Samsa Film, LU), JUAN MANUEL TORRES (Latido, ES), MICHEL RUBEN (Dynamo Films, CO/ES), RAFAEL SAMPAIO (BrLab / Klaxon, BR), SANDRA TAPIA (Arcadia Motion Pictures, ES), TATIANA LEITE (Bubbles Project, BR), VANJA KALUDJERCIC (IFFR, NL) and NIKO REMUS (APostLab, DE/NL).

Page published 19 March 2021. Updated 29 March 2021.

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