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TFLFunds 2021: four film projects supported by TorinoFilmLab

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TFLFunds 2021: four film projects supported by TorinoFilmLab

July 7, 2021

TorinoFilmLab is made of training, development and funding opportunities. In today’s news, we point out this last aspect since it’s finally time to unveil the four titles that will be financially supported by the TFL Funds across 2021.

TFL Co-Production Fund 2021

The fund - now in its third year - involves European and non-European producers, working together on a feature film. The film selected will receive a series of tailor-made consultancies and a monetary contribution of 50.000 €.
This year the fund has been assigned to Christoph Friedel - Pandora Film (Germany) who is co-producing the new feature film by María Alché and Benjamin Naishtat, PUÁN (Argentina).

The co-production is currently been developed between Argentina (Pucará Cine and Pasto), Italy (Kino Produzioni), Germany (Pandora) and Bolivia (Color Monster); the story focuses on Marcelo, a philosophy professor at Puán street Public University of Buenos Aires for years. In a most volatile political environment, he must prove to his family, peers and himself that he is up to the task of succeeding his late mentor as head of department. But is that what he really wants?

As the selection committee points out: Puán is not only the name of a street, but also a universe of relationships, a symbol of our messy and funny world. Awarding a comedy is a real pleasure for TFL, that is always in search of projects that can reinterpret and mix genres. A project that moves from philosophy to action, co-directed by a female and a male director, that we really look forward to support in its final steps.

TFL Audience Design Fund 2021

On the other hand, the TFL Audience Design Fund is fully dedicated to the moment of distribution. The three films selected will build a strategy to reach, build and engage audiences side by side with a team of TFL experts and, each film, will receive a grant of 45.000 €.

Coming out of a tough year for cinema distribution, we are particularly happy to have selected three films that are bound to intrigue audiences as they open up their worlds to us, question us with urgent topics, and convey the human dramas at the core of their stories in each their unique voice – Says the Audience Design selection committee - With the TFL Audience Design Fund we hereby support three filmmakers and their teams as they experience the special moment of sharing their films with the public. We wish for it to be a joyful journey towards connecting with their audiences in the shared cinema experience and for our Fund consultancies to contribute to strengthening this journey.

The selection features WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE debut of Carlo Francisco Manatad. This film – former FeatureLab 2017 project awarded with the TFL Co-Production Award 2017 (€ 50.000)– will premiere this summer in Locarno within in the Concorso Cineasti del presente section.

This drama, produced between Philippines (Cinematografica, planc., iWantTFC, Globe Studios, Black Sheep, Quantum Films and CMB Films) France (House on Fire), Singapore (AAND Company), Indonesia (KawanKawan Media), Germany (Weydemann Bros.) and Qatar, takes place when Miguel, determined to flee to the big city after Typhoon Haiyan ravages a coastal town, searches for his mother Norma and his beloved Andrea before another storm approaches.

From a Philippine filmmaker to a female Nicaraguan film director and sociologist, DAUGHTER OF RAGE by Laura Baumeister is a production spread between Nicaragua (Felipa Films), Mexico (Martfilms), The Netherlands (Halal), France (Promenades Films), Germany (Heimatfilm) and Norway (Dag Hoel), currently in post-production. Also, this will be the first feature to be shot in Nicaragua by a Nicaraguan born female director.

The plot unfolds in an endless hazy dump in Nicaragua, where Maria struggles with the neglect of her mother. When she accidentally kills the puppies about to be sold, she’s left to work and live at a recycling factory. Maria will learn ways to survive and deal with this abandonment, using her strong will and rich imagination.

Lastly a documentary – at the moment in post-production - produced in Chile (Totoral Films), Italy (Stefilm) and Sweden (Laika Film & Television). BASTARD. THE LEGACY OF A CRIMINAL first film of Pepe Rovano is an untold story of disobedience and rejection, Bastard charts the odyssey of the son of a carabineros at the comand of Gen. Pinochet convicted of murder, as he tries to repair the past not to regret his future.

The TFL Funds are supported thanks to Creative Europe – MEDIA sub-programme support to International Co-production Funds.

In the image: a still from the project PUÁN.