BrLab 2016

Awards

    Figa/Br Acquisitin Award

    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 San Sebastián IFF.

    Privately funded in 2006, FiGa Films is a true independent voice for the best in filmmaking coming from around the globe, with a special focus on Latin America. 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, 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 in Venice. Cinema Novo (Brazil 2106) Best Documentary in Cannes and A cidade onde envelheço (Brazil/Portugal), Best Film in Brasilia and Biarritz, are just a few of the projects represented by the company.

    The FiGa/Br Acquisition Award will be granted to one of the Brazilian participating projects with more potential for the international market. In 2014, the FiGa Films Acquisition Award was granted to Thais Fujinagas’s O filho plantado.

    Vitrine Filmes Acquisitin Award

    Vitrine Filmes Acquisitin Award

     

    Founded by Silvia Cruz in 2010, Vitrine Filmes is a company primarily dedicated to the distribution of Brazilian films, valuing independent regional and world cinema through its international catalogue.

    Vitrine Filmes was responsible for major theatrical releases, such as Kleber Mendonça Filho’s O som ao redor, winner of several awards in and out Brazil, including Gramado, Festival do Rio and Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo. The film reached over 95 thousand viewers, was the Brazilian runner for the Best Foreign Picture Academy Award nominations and spent over 6 months in Brazilian theatres. Vitrine Filmes also distributed Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, a Brazil-US co-production starring best actress nominee for the Golden Globes Greta Gerwig, and Daniel Ribeiro’s Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho, inspired on the short-film Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho. The film received the Crystal Bear at the 58th Berlinale, among other awards, and had an excellent run in Brazilian theatres, with over 200,000 spectators.

    In 2016 Vitrine Filmes launched Anna Muylaert’s Mãe Só Há Uma, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius – which premiered at Festival de Cannes and has already attracted over 200,000 spectators in Brazilian theatres, and Eryk Rocha’s Cinema Novo, winner of the top award at Cannes’ documentary section.

    For the coming years, Vitrine has already confirmed for its catalogue the acquisition of Charlie Braun’s Além da Estrada, Eliana Caffé’s Narradores de Javé and Sérgio Machado’s Cidade Baixa, as well as 30 other titles by a diverse array of Brazilian directors.

    Vitrine Filmes reaffirms its commitment to Latin American cinema by supporting BrLab for the fifth consecutive year. It offers an acquisition award for a foreign project participating in the lab’s activities. In 2015, the winning project of the Vitrine Filmes Acquisition Award was Agustín Godoy’s El Estudiante de Cine.

     


    Cinéma en Développement Award

    Cinéma en Développement Award

     

    Cinéma en Développement 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.

    Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse and BrLab, since 2013, have joined forces to carry on in Toulouse the support granted to Brazilian producers and directors with a project that will be jointly selected. Since then the projects “Paterno” (2013), “A morte habita à noite” (2014), “O Filho Plantado” (2015) were selected to participated the program.

    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 Développement, meetings with renowned industry professionals, case studies, and watching Cinéma en Construction projections.

    Cinéma en Développement will take place at the professional platform of the Cinelatino 29th Rencontres de Toulouse (March 17-26th, 2017). The Brazilian professionals engaged on the chosen project will enjoy the support of the Brazilian National Film Agency – ANCINE for their participation. In 2015, the Cinéma en Développement prize was granted to Thais Fujinaga’s O Filho Plantado.

     


    Tribeca Film Institute Mentorship Award

    Tribeca Film Institute Mentorship Award

     

    The Tribeca Film Institute will select three projects with a compelling international story and provide them with mentorship support via Skype. Through these Skype mentorship sessions, TFI will give feedback on the project as well as on the filmmaker’s pitch, and provide advice on expanding the reach of the film in relation to the US industry. The Tribeca Film Institute is the year round nonprofit arm of the festival that champions story tellers from underserved communities in the entertainment industry.

     


    Miami Film Festival

    Miami Film Festival

     

    Celebrating its 34th edition on March 3–17, 2017, Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival is considered the most important film festival for Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for international fiction and documentary films. The festival, produced and hosted by Miami Dade College, annually attracts more than 60,000 audience members and over 400 filmmakers, producers, actors and industry professionals. It is the only international festival housed within a university. Over the past five years, the festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 international and U.S. premieres. Over $70,000 is awarded annually at the festival’s competitive sessions.

    The festival’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has turned it into a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from such a diverse territory. The festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities for film students and the local community. Additionally, every October, the Miami Film Festival hosts the mid-season GEMS festival, showcasing the season’s most relevant films.

    Industry initiatives include hosting Unifrance’s French Cinema Market, a Google seminar series addressing gender and racial gaps in the film industry, and Encuentros, a competition for films in post-production with a $10,000 award.

    The Miami Film Festival Award will be granted to one of the participating projects to support its development, and the festival’s upcoming edition will introduce actions to strengthen international connections. The festival will provide 3 nights at the host hotel in Miami, as well as industry accreditation to the producer of the selected project.

    Industry initiatives include hosting Unifrance’s French Cinema Market, a Google seminar series addressing gender and racial gaps in the film industry, and Encuentros, a competition for films in post-production with a $10,000 award.

    The Miami Film Festival Award will be granted to one of the participating projects to support its development, and the festival’s upcoming edition will introduce actions to strengthen international connections. The festival will provide 3 nights at the host hotel in Miami, as well as industry accreditation to the producer of the selected project.