PUENTES heads to Montevideo

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PUENTES Europe/Latin America Co-Production Workshop heads to Montevideo for the second workshop of this year’s edition (Dec 5 - 9). The 14 selected participants (complete list below) will meet again to work on each other’s projects under the guidance of the two group leaders Jean des Forêts (Petit Film, FR) and Fernando Epstein (Mutante Cine, UY). The experts will include Jacques Akchoti (Script Consultant, FR), Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks Italia, IT), and Aranka Matits (Featurette, DE). Veteran indie producer Jim Stark (Icicle Films, USA),will talk about the role of the independent producer; Gaël Nouaille  (Borsalino, FR) will share his experience with distribution in Latin America and the newly appointed Head of the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes Paolo Moretti (La-Roche-Sur-Yon International Film Festival, FR) will give a session entitled festival insights. Aside from the plenary sessions, daily group work sessions will be the core of PUENTES.

In parallel to the workshop, local producers from Uruguay will attend PUENTES Uruguay sessions and have the opportunity to network with the PUENTES participants during the common plenary and networking events.

Thanks to a special cooperation with Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, all PUENTES & PUENTES Uruguay participants will be able to attend VENTANA SUR (Dec 10 -15) in Buenos Aires after the workshop.

On the occasion of this 10th anniversary, Ventana Sur and the San Sebastian Film Festival are launching PROYECTA, a new collaboration to foster Co-Productions with and within Latin America and inviting 3 projects participating to the Puentes-Europe/Latin America Co-production Workshop:

PABLO, by Enrico Maria Artale, producer: Carla Altieri (Italy - Puentes)
SHOCK LABOR, by Marcos Diaz Sosa, producer: Maria Carla del Rio (Cuba - Puentes)
MATUFIA, directed and produced by Aparicio García, (Urugay - Puentes Uruguay)

Other recent successes include:

PUENTES project AMAZONA, directed by Clare Weiskopf & produced by Nicolas Van Hemelryck (casaTARANTULA, Colombia) has just won Best Documentary, Best Editing and Best Music at Colombia’s 2018 Macondo Academy Awards. Market screenings will take place at Ventana Sur.

PUENTES project I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE (SUEÑO EN OTRO IDIOMA), directed by Ernesto Contreras & produced by Agencia SHA (Mexico) & Alebrije Cine y Video (Mexico) & Raymond van der Kaaij (Revolver, The Netherlands) has won Best Picture & Best Original Screenplay & Best Cinematography & Best Original Score & Best Sound & Best Actor at Mexico's 60th Ariel Awards 2018.

PUENTES project: THE HEIRESSES (LAS HEREDERAS), directed by Marcelo Martinessi & produced by Sebastian Peña Escobar (La Babosa Cine, Paraguay) & developed by PUENTES participant Karen Fraenkel (Mira, Paraguay) has won Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize & Silver Bear Best Actress & FIPRESCI Award & Teddy Readers’ Award at the Berlinale 2018 as well as the Premio Netflix Ópera Prima and Best Director at Latin America Fénix Film Awards 2018. The film has been nominated to represent Paraguay at Foreign Language Academy Awards race.

PUENTES project UN TRADUCTOR (UN TRADUCTOR), directed by Sebastián & Rodrigo Barriuso & produced by Sebastián Barriuso (Creative Artisans Media, Canada) & Lindsay Gossling (Involving Pictures, Canada) has premiered at the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition 2018, San Francisco IFF, has won the Golden Globe for Best Director at Shanghai 2018. Market screenings will take place at VENTANA SUR.

PUENTES project THE ACCUSED (ACUSADA), directed by Gonzalo Tobal & produced by Santiago Gallelli (Rei Cine, Argentina) & K&S Films and co-produced by Telefe and Piano has had its world premiere in Venice 2018, and was selected for Toronto and Busan IFF.

PUENTES project THE SHARKS (LOS TIBURONES), directed by Lucía Garibaldi & produced by Pancho Magnou Arnábal and Isabel García has been selected to Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition.


PUENTES is organized by EAVE in partnership with MiBACT, Mutante Cine, FVG Audiovisual Fund, Ventana Sur, and with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union.

 For more information please contact:

EAVE – Francesca Buffa, Coordinator:


The PUENTES 2018 participants are:

Carla Altieri, Young Films, Italy
Project: Pablo, director: Enrico Maria Artale
Gema Arrieta, Selva Films, Spain / Costa Rica

Ezequiel Borowinski, Wanka Cine, Argentina
Project: La Intemperie - The cold within, director: Juan Schnitman
Laure Dahout, Tiresias Films, France
Maria Carla Del Rio, Marinca Films, Cuba
Project: Shock Labor (Obra de choque), director: Marcos Diaz Sosa
Beatrice Gulino, Senior Acquisitions Professional, Italy
Alice Kharoubi, Festival de Cannes – Marché du Film, France

Irina Malcea, One For The Road, Belgium /Luna Film Luna Film, Romania
Project: La Civil, director: Teodora Ana Mihai

Leonardo Mecchi, Enquadramento Produções, Brazil
Project: Canaan, director: Clarissa Knoll
Daniel Méndez Kunschke, Mano Negra Films, Spain
Project: ECO, director: Ainhoa Menéndez
Elisa Pirir Ruiz, Mer Film, Norway
Project: Ixquic, director: Elvis Caj Cojoc

Juan Mauricio Ruiz Correa, Malta Cine SAS, Colombia
Project: Job Interview, director: Carlos Osuna

Estela Valdivieso, House On Fire Productions, France
Project: Rest in La Paz, director: John Hsu  
Camille Vandenbunder, Canica, Puerto Rico
Project: La Pecera, director: Glorimar Marrero Sánchez

Page published 4 December 2018. Updated 18 December 2018.

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