FiGa/Br Acquisitin Award
FiGa Films is a world sales agency, production and distribution company. Its growing library contains critically acclaimed, award-winning films, acquired at top film festivals around the world, such as Pelo malo, Golden Shell winner at the 2013 Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián.
Privately funded in 2006, FiGa Films is a true independent voice for the best in filmmaking coming from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the rest of the world. Long lasting relationships, with a personal approach, are fundamental to co-founders Sandro Fiorin and Alex Garcia.
FiGa Films’ mission is to select and sell worldwide rights of features and shorts, fiction and/or documentaries, with social relevance by up and coming directors. FiGa’s first co-production, Nicolas Pereda’s Verano de Goliat (Mexico, 2010), won the Golden Lion at the Bienalle di Venezia. Los viejos (Bolivia, 2011), A floresta de Jonathas (Brazil, 2012), You make me feel so young (USA, 2013), and Castanha (Brazil, 2014) followed up.
The company launched its new label FiGa/Br in 2014, to focus solely on new Brazilian productions with a distinct voice that communicates universally. Their first title Ventos de agosto premiered in the official competition in Locarno and Obra, their second project, was the only Brazilian feature at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.
The FiGa/Br Adquisition Award will be granted to one of the Brazilian projects participating in BrLab, with potential for the international market.
In 2013, the FiGa Films Acquisition Award was granted to Allan Ribeiro’s A man alone.
Vitrine Filmes Acquisitin Award
Founded in 2010, Vitrine Filmes is a company dedicated to the distribution of Brazilian films, investing in the growth and appreciation of the national cinema. Recently Vitrine Filmes incorporated some few and select international titles to its catalogue.
In 2011, the distribution company created and consolidated the collective distribution project Sessão Vitrine, a new and successful model which released a total of twelve Brazilian films in ten capital cities. Among these titles are Estrada para Ythaca, Os monstros, Os residentes and Um lugar ao sol. The project was one of the finalists at the IBAC-Escola da Cidade and the Faz Diferença Awards, and it was elected the Best Cinematic Event of 2011 by the Rio de Janeiro Film Critics Association.
Since then, its catalogue has grown in quality and prestige with representative titles such as Além da estrada, O céu sobre os ombros, Girimunho, Histórias que só existem quando lembradas, Vou rifar meu coração, O som ao redor and Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho.
Vitrine Filmes commitment to Latin American cinema was born together with the company’s foundation. In 2010, it promoted the release of Maya Da-Rin’s documentary Terras, not only in Brazil but also abroad, such as in Peru and the French Guiana. In 2012, the Uruguayan film La vida útil joined its catalogue as the first foreign film distributed by the company. In 2013,Vitrine released Las acacias, Pablo Giorgielli’s first feature film.
Vitrine Filmes reassures its commitment to Latin American filmmaking by supporting BrLab for the third year in a row, through an acquisition award for one of the foreign (non-Brazilian) participating projects. BrLab wishes to recognize the intense work carried out by Vitrine Filmes and to appreciate the support and willingness to guarantee this important and unprecedented Brazilian project that unites quality ideas, talents and projects in Latin America.
In 2013, Juan Carlos Danoso’s project Huaquero received the Vitrine Filmes Acquisition Award.
Cinéma en Développment Award
Cinéma en Développment is a space designed for European and Latin American professionals to meet, without characterizing a market. The goal of this platform is to promote an interchange between professionals who seek talents and projects and directors and producers who are developing their films and want to strengthen their network.
The Festival Cinélatino de Rencontres de Toulouse and BrLab have joined forces to carry on in Toulouse the support granted to Brazilian producers and directors with a project that will be jointly selected.
This alliance aims to give continuity in Europe to the dynamic of guidance and support initiated in Latin America, offering this way an opportunity for one of the participant projects to benefit from a personalized program that includes:
•Presenting the project on the “1-to-1” meetings of Cinéma en Développment;
•Meetings with renowned industry professionals;
•Access to Cinéma en Construction projections.
Cinéma en Développment will take place at the professional platform of the Cinelatino 27th Rencontres de Toulouse (March 19th-29th, 2015). The Brazilian professionals engaged on the chosen project will enjoy the support of the Brazilian National Film Agency – ANCINE for their participation.
In 2013, the winning project of the Cinéma en Développment Award was Marcelo Lordello’s Paternal.