La Fabrique 2015

  • Cactus Flower

    Egypt

  • Liberation

    India

  • Lotus Position / Jiejiafuzuo

    China

  • Beauty and The Dogs / Eft Hyati

    Tunisia

  • Playground / ساحة اللعب

    Gaza

  • We’re All Sailors / Todos Somos Marineros

    Peru

  • Miguel’s War / Harb Miguel

    Lebanon

  • 1922

    Argentina

  • African Cinema

    Madagascar

  • Venice / Venecia

    Georgia

  • Hala Elkoussy

    Director

    Hala Elkoussy is a visual artist, who lives and works in Cairo and Amsterdam. She mainly uses photography, video and installation in her work, which focuses on her city of birth: Cairo. She has exhibited in biennials, museums and film festivals, including the Tate Modern, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Rotterdam Film Festival and Istanbul Biennial.

    SYNOPSIS

    Cactus Flower is the story of Aida, a struggling theatre actress, her neighbour Samiha, a destitute and reclusive bourgeoise of fading beauty, and Yassin, a tormented street-smart young man. All three are thrown together overnight after a flood leaves the two women homeless in Cairo, a city on the verge of collapse.

    Transit Films

    PRODUCER

    Transit Films is a Cairo-based production company initiated by EAVE 2011 graduate producer Hossam Elouan. Transit Films aims to make Egyptian arthouse films, situated between visual art and cinema. Transit Films’ recent productions include: La Dolce Siria by Ammar Al Beik, selected for Forum Expanded at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival, and Dry Hot Summers by Sherif El Bendary, winner of the Robert Bosch Foundation Prize in 2014.

    Fiction – 100 min – Colour – Digital

    Arabic
    Produced by

    Transit Films

    Shooting locations

    Egypt

    Estimated budget

    520 000 €

    funding in place

    144 000 €

    Research partners

    coproducers (Germany, Norway and The USA), sales agents (France, Germany and The Netherlands) and funds (France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and The USA)

    Actual status

    In development

    Contact

    Director

    Hala Elkoussy : elkoussyhala@hotmail.com Phone : +20 127 952 0780

    Producer

    Hossam Elouan (Transit Films) : hossamelouan@gmail.com Phone : +20 106 052 8732

  • TUSHAR PRAKASH

    Director

    Born into a family of architects and psychologists, Tushar Prakash is the first Indian to graduate from the National Polish Film School in Lodz. Tushar has worked extensively on documentaries dealing with gruesome murders and sexual violence in India. His short films have played at the Cannes Short Film Corner, Montreal World Film Festival, and New Horizons Film Festival.

    SYNOPSIS

    In a modernist house on the outskirts of Delhi, a love-starved middle-aged woman, an overworked husband and a young alcoholic domestic helper search for liberation from their mundane lives and existential conflicts. Liberation highlights the angst of modern Indians surviving in a fractured society plagued by globalization, repression and violence.

    SALAAM CINEMA 
/ SANJAY SHAH

    PRODUCER

    Salaam Cinema is a Mumbai based film production company established to develop and produce auteur driven films for a global audience. The company was founded by Sanjay Shah, former supervising producer of India’s National Film Development Corporation and producer of critically acclaimed features Miss Lovely (Cannes, Un Certain Regard 2012) and Labour of Love (Venice Days 2014).

    Fiction – 90 min – Colour – Digital

    Hindi and English
    Produced by

    salaam cinema / Sanjay Shah (Inde)

    Shooting locations

    New Delhi (India)

    Estimated budget

    600 00 €

    funding in place

    125 000 €

    Research partners

    Coproducers, sales agent, worldwide funds

    Actual status

    In development (Third version of script)

    Contact

    Director

    TUSHAR PRAKASH : TUSHARPRAKASH@GMAIL.COM / Phone :+91 98110 23599

    Producer

    SALAAM CINEMA – SANJAY SHAH : SANJAI.SHAH@GMAIL.COM / Phone: +61 41 0 701 506 / WWW.CINANDO.COM/SALAAMCINEMA

  • Liu Shu

    Director

    Liu Shu graduated from the University of Shandong with an arts major. After taking up a position as a television journalist she began working in Film. Currently employed by an NGO, she presents independent and experimental films to a network of university and artistic cinemas. Lotus, the first film that she wrote, produced and directed herself, premiered at the Critics’ Week in Venice in 2012.

    SYNOPSIS

    When her mother is killed in a hit-and-run accident, Yu sets out to find the culprit. Her quest for justice and mourning process take her on a spiritual journey. When she finally finds the murderer, he turns out to be extremely religious. He tries to buy her silence without admitting responsibility. Yu must choose between forgiveness and justice.

    Liang Ying, Chinese Shadows (Chine) / Liu Shu

    PRODUCER

    Chinese Shadows, founded in 2008, is a Hong Kong sales and production company representing the new generation of Asian filmmakers. It aims to give these filmmakers’ work global visibility, while helping them to reach out to their audiences. Recent productions include Red Amnesia by Wang Xiaoshuai (in competition at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival) and (Sex) Appeal by Wang Wei Ming (in competition at the 2014 Busan International Film Festival).

    Second fiction feature - Fiction – 100 min – Colour – Digital

    Chinese
    Produced by

    Liang Ying, Chinese Shadows (China) / Liu Shu

    Shooting locations

    China

    Estimated budget

    420 000 €

    funding in place

    80 000 €

    Research partners

    Co-producers, co-scriptwriter, post-production studios as project partners (European and Asian), distributors, sales agents, international funds (Eurimages, World Cinema Support, World Cinema Fund, Sorfond, Visions Sud Est, Doha Film Institute Post Produc

    Actual status

    In development (scripwriting, beginning of the casting and location scouting, seeking funds)

    Contact

    Director

    Shu Liu : liushu1104@gmail.com Phone : +86 138 0122 6521

    Producer

    Liang Ying (Chinese Shadows) : ying@chineseshadows.com Phone : +86 186 1407 5857

  • Kaouther Ben Hania

    Director

    Kaouther Ben Hania studied film in Tunis and Paris (at La Fémis and La Sorbonne). She has directed several shorts including Wooden Hand (2013) which enjoyed wide success. Her documentary Imams Go to School premiered at IDFA in 2010 and screened at many prestigious festivals. Le Challat de Tunis, her first feature film, was part of the Festival de Cannes ACID selection in 2014.

    SYNOPSIS

    Tonight, Myriam, a beautiful young Tunisian student, only wants to dance. But something terrible breaks her wings. Two police officers rape her. Despite the trauma and pain, Myriam is adamant: she wants to file a complaint.

    Habib Attia, Cinétéléfilms (Tunisia)

    PRODUCER

    Since 1983, Cinétéléfilms has been one of the leading production companies in Tunisia and the Arab world. Cinétéléfilms’ latest ventures include feature films such as Le Challat de Tunis by Kaouther Ben Hania in 2014 (ACID, Dubai, San Sebastian, Busan, best first film at Namur, etc.), Palestine Stereo by Rashid Masharawi in 2013 (Toronto, Dubai, etc.), It Was Better Tomorrow by Hinde Boujemaa in 2012 (Venice, winner of best Arabic director at Dubai, etc.) and No More Fear by Mourad Ben Cheikh in 2011 (Festival de Cannes, Busan, Dubai, etc.).

    Second fiction feature - Fiction – 80 min – Colour – Digital

    Arabic
    Produced by

    Habib Attia, Cinétéléfilms (Tunisia)

    Shooting locations

    Tunisia

    Estimated budget

    850 000 €

    funding in place

    380 000 €

    Research partners

    co-producers (from outside Tunisia, France et Norway), television networks, worldwide distributors, international funds and sales agents

    Actual status

    in development (scriptwriting, casting and set notes, seeking financing)

    Contact

    Director

    Kaouther Ben Hania : kaouther.ben@gmail.com

    Producer

    Habib Attia (Cinétéléfilms) : mh.attia@cinetelefilms.net Phone : +21623449001

  • Wesam A. S. Mousa

    Director

    Wesam Mousa is a documentary filmmaker, based in Gaza Strip, interested in social issues and human rights. He specialized in children-focused TV programmes and has trained as a director, scriptwriter and cinematographer. He founded the Young Cinema Initiative for Change training course, which promotes film culture among children and young people in Gaza Strip.

    SYNOPSIS

    The film focuses on the games children invented in Gaza during the Nakba and Israeli siege, and their transformation in the wake of the Hamas revolution. Their games reflect their desire to live normal lives and survive a hostile reality. They also reflect the political struggle within Palestinian society, as well as the struggle to overcome Israeli oppression.

    Blue Spot Media Production / Eyad Badwan (Palestine)

    PRODUCER

    Blue Spot Media Production is an independent media network and film production company. It seeks to provide new features, studio television programs and documentaries, through thoughtful productions about economical, social and cultural issues including human rights, democratic development, gender equality, environment and popular education.

    First feature length documentary - Documentary– 90 min – Colour – Digital

    Arabic
    Produced by

    Blue Spot Media Production / Eyad Badwan (Palestine)

    Shooting locations

    Gaza

    Estimated budget

    200 000 €

    funding in place

    10,000 € (local funds)

    Research partners

    European co-producers (France, Germany, Norway)

    Actual status

    In development (seeking funding)

    Contact

    Director

    Wesam A. S. Mousa : mousa.wesam@gmail.com playground.ps@gmail.com Phone: +970599602091 / +970599461429 

    Producer

    Blue Spot Media Production Eyad Badwan : eyad_badwan@hotmail.com Phone: +970599791414 ou +970595092239

  • Miguel Angel Moulet

    Director

    Miguel Angel Moulet studied at the School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV), Cuba. His short film The Hosts won third prize at Cinéfondation in Cannes 2012, and the Coral award for best short film at the International Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema in 2012, among others. He is currently working on his first feature film We’re All Sailors.

    SYNOPSIS

    Krystof, his brother and the Captain live on a fishing ship, stranded in the port of El Callao. The company is bankrupt, the ship has not fished in eight weeks and the rest of the crew has returned to their countries. With no money and no real possibility of change in sight, Krystof tries to adapt to a new way of life on solid ground.

    Carolina Denegri et Héctor Gálvez, El Navegante Films (Peru)

    PRODUCER

    El Navegante Films is a company that produces fiction and documentary films. It aims for the highest artistic quality, through a unique vision of social, human and cultural issues. The company was created in 2012.

    First fiction feature - Fiction – 90 min – Colour – Digital

    Spanish
    Produced by

    Carolina Denegri et Héctor Gálvez, El Navegante Films (Peru)

    Shooting locations

    Peru

    Estimated budget

    338 073 €

    funding in place

    9060 €

    Research partners

    Co-producers (France, Germany, Argentina and Eastern Europe), international sales agents and funds (World Cinema Support, World Cinema Fund, Visions Sud Est, TorinoFilmLab Distribution Fund, Hubert Bals Fund, Sorfond, Ibermedia)

    Actual status

    In development (scriptwriting)

    Contact

    Director

    Miguel Angel Moulet : migue.moulet@gmail.com Phone : +51 989730884

    Producer

    Carolina Denegri (El Navegante Films) : cdenegri@emergenciaaudiovisual.org Phone : +51 989730884

  • Eliane Raheb

    Director

    Eliane Raheb was born in Beirut. She has directed the short films The Last Screening and Meeting, as well as the documentaries So Near Yet So Far, Suicide and This Is Lebanon. In 2012, she directed the documentary Sleepless Nights, which premiered at San Sebastián Film Festival. It went on to screen at over 40 festivals, collecting five prizes and being named as the fifth-best documentary in 2013 by Sight and Sound magazine.

    SYNOPSIS

    Miguel, a Lebanese man in his fifties who immigrated to Spain, is going through a personal and emotional crisis. He is homosexual and masochist, and has never been in love. Travelling between Lebanon, Spain, France and Syria, Miguel faces up to who he really is as part of an emotionally healing journey.

    Eliane Raheb, Itar Productions (Liban)

    PRODUCER

    Itar Productions was founded in 2007. It produced the documentaries This Is Lebanon by Eliane Raheb and South by Nizar Hassan for “Liban Mosaïque Eclatée”, an Arte programme on Lebanon. In 2009, it produced Back to One’s Roots by Bilal Youssef, which won an award at the Dubai International Film Festival and was broadcast by Al Jazeera Documentary. Between 2011 and 2012, Itar Productions worked on Free Arabs, a web documentary on the daily lives of individuals living through the Arab revolutions. In 2012, it produced Sleepless Nights by Eliane Raheb.

    Documentary – 90 min – Colour – Digital

    Arabic, Spanish, French
    Produced by

    Eliane Raheb, Itar Productions (Lebanon)

    Shooting locations

    Liban, Espagne, France

    Estimated budget

    312 000 €

    funding in place

    34 000 €

    Research partners

    in development (scriptwriting, seeking funding and partners)

    Actual status

    co-producers in Europe (France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and The Netherlands) or in the USA, European and American funds, European sales agents willing to commit at the development stage

    Contact

    Director

    Eliane Raheb : elianeraheb@gmail.com Phone : +9613355822

    Producer

    Itar Productions : info@itarproductions.com Phone : +9611293212

  • Martín Mauregui

    Director

    Martín Mauregui studied at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. In 2003, he co-directed El Amor (Primera parte) with Alejandro Fadel, Santiago Mitre and Juan Schnitman. Since 2004, he has written for the cinema, working with directors such as Pablo Trapero, Walter Salles and Damián Szifrón. In 2011 he founded the production company La Unión de los Ríos with Alejandro Fadel, Santiago Mitre, Agustina Llambi Campbell and Fernando Brom.

    SYNOPSIS

    It is 1922 in Patagonia. Two anarchists escape the army by fleeing towards the mountains. On the way, they meet with adventures: the Widow, the Indians, Marx’s suicidal daughters, psychedelic drugs, avenging whores, a poisoned whale… in the meantime, these two nameless men try to get to know each other.

    Agustina Llambi Campbell and Fernando Brom (La Unión de los Ríos)

    PRODUCER

    La Unión de los Ríos was founded in 2011 by Agustina Llambi Campbell, Fernando Brom, Alejandro Fadel, Martín Mauregui and Santiago Mitre. It made its debut with Mitre’s The Student. In 2012, Alejandro Fadel’ Los Salvages was screened at Critics’ Week (Festival de Cannes). In 2013, the company released Los Posibles by Mitre and Juan Onofri Barbato. In 2015, it will release El Cielo del centauro by Hugo Santiago and La Patota by Santiago Mitre. It will also develop Alejandro Fadel’ second feature Desobediencia civil and Martín Mauregui’s directorial debut 1922.

    First feature length fiction / Fiction – 150 min – Colour – Digital

    Spanish
    Produced by

    Agustina Llambi Campbell and Fernando Brom (La Unión de los Ríos)

    Shooting locations

    Argentina

    Estimated budget

    1 300 930 €

    funding in place

    413 296 €

    Research partners

    Co-producers, sales agents, funds from Europe (France, Spain,Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, UK), USA, Canada and Latin America.

    Actual status

    In development (Final script, advanced casting and location scouting), local financing (Argentina) already advanced, starting the road to international financing.

    Contact

    Director

    Martín Mauregui: martinmauregui@yahoo.com.ar Phone: +54 11 3089 6133

    Producer

    Agustina Llambi Campbell et Fernando Brom: info@launiondelosrios.com Phone: + 54 11 4815 4677

  • Haminiaina Ratovoarivony

    Director

    Haminiaina Ratovoarivony studied sociology in Antananarivo and completed a Master’s degree in documentary in Strasbourg. His first documentary, Madame le Pasteur (2005), was co-produced by France Télévisions. His feature film, Malagasy Mankany (2012), is the first of a trilogy which includes African Cinema. It received several prizes at international film festivals.

    SYNOPSIS

    An American humanitarian worker crosses Madagascar to make a donation, equipped with an ice pick and a GPS. The Minister, who has a lot to lose in this affair, requests Lova and her two beaux to act as guides. Nevertheless, the island and its many pitfalls defeat the foreigner, who thought he was on safe ground.

    Endemika Films / Eva & Nantenaina LOVA (Madagascar)

    PRODUCER

    Endemika Films is a Madagascan film company run by Eva and Nantenaina Lova since 2008. The company has produced several short documentaries and fiction films, as well as a feature-length documentary – Ady Gasy, The Malagasy Way by Nantenaina Lova – which was selected for major festivals such as Hot Docs and IDFA. Endemika Films is currently developing several projects with international co-producers – projects by directors that have an affectionate, critical and sometimes humorous vision of their island.

    Second feature length fiction - Fiction – 90 min – Colour – Digital

    Malagasy (mainly), French and English
    Produced by

    Endemika Films / Eva & Nantenaina LOVA (Madagascar)

    Shooting locations

    Madagascar

    Estimated budget

    707 000 €

    funding in place

    25 000 € (producers’ contributions in cash and in kind)

    Research partners

    Co-producers (Norway and Germany preferably) International funds (Aide au développement du scénario du Festival international du film d’Amiens, World Cinema Fund, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Sorfond, ACP Cultures+, etc.. Broadcasters (TV5 Monde, ARTE etc.)

    Actual status

    In development (the script is being finalised, casting is well advanced, initial location scouting has been completed, the search for financing has begun – an application has been filed with the International Organization of La Francophonie’ fund)

    Contact

    Director

    Haminiaina Ratovoarivony : haminiaina@yahoo.com Phone : +1 312 730 7844

    Producer

    Endemika Films – Eva and Nantenaina LOVA : endemikafilms@gmail.com Phone : +261 32 29 437 87 or +261 32 27 988 08 www.endemikafilms.com

  • Rusudan Chkonia

    Director

    Rusudan Chkonia (Tbilisi, Georgia, 1978) graduated as a film director in 2001. In 2012, she produced, wrote and directed her first feature film Keep Smiling, which won numerous prizes and premiered at Venice Film Festival (Venice Days). She is currently developing her second feature film Venice.

    SYNOPSIS

    A construction company has been unable to finish the “Venice” residential complex for seven years. Each attempt to complete construction ends in failure. The strange tragic-comic gatherings of the residents resemble the construction of the Tower of Babel: no one can reach an agreement except in the face of a common enemy.

    Rusudan Chkonia, Nikê Studio (Georga) / Vladimer Katcharava, 20 Steps Productions (Georgia)

    PRODUCER

    Nikê Studio is an independent film/TV production company. It was founded in Tbilisi by Rusudan Chkonia and Tinatin Chkonia. The company produces feature and documentary films from Eastern Europe and provides production services throughout the Caucasus. In 2012, Nikê Studio produced Keep Smiling. The company currently has four projects under development, all to be directed by Rusudan Chkonia.

    Second fiction feature / Fiction – 100 min – Colour – Digital

    Georgian
    Produced by

    Rusudan Chkonia, Nikê Studio (Georgia) / Vladimer Katcharava, 20 Steps Productions (Georgia)

    Shooting locations

    Georgia

    Estimated budget

    800 000 €

    funding in place

    82 000 €

    Research partners

    Co-producers, funds and global sales agents (France, Germany, The Netherlands and Norway)

    Actual status

    In development (third version of the script, location scouting, seeking funding)

    Contact

    Producer

    Rusudan Chkonia (Nikê Studio) : rchkonia@gmail.com Phone : +995 32 39 06 64

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