SAN JUAN – The International Workshop for the Development of Island Film Projects in the Caribbean, Latin America and Italy, better known as isLAB, Cinema on the Net, completed the selection process for the winning projects for its fourth edition.
After a month of announcement, a total of 30 projects between fiction and documentary were received, of which 10 projects are from Puerto Ricans and 20 are international. Four projects were selected in the documentary category and eight selected in the fiction category.
In the Documentary category, the participating projects are: Simón was born- Patricia Cruz (Puerto Rico), Scarlet Girls- Paula Cury Melo (Dominican Republic), The Last Discoverer- Wilson Mundaca Tapia (Chile) and Caribeño- Marie Jiménez (Dominican Republic) .
In the Fiction category, the participating projects are: Tortugas o Las Flores de Amalia – Llaima Sanfiorenzo (Puerto Rico), Tempo de Mujer- Julia Taveras (Puerto Rico), Eco- Gilberto Vázquez (Puerto Rico), Las Mujeres de mi Vida- Miguel Figueroa (Puerto Rico), La Noche Blanca -Christian J. Lozada Matos (Puerto Rico), Plastic- Sissel Morell Dargis (Denmark) and Carlo Urra (Chile), Loa. Kill your masters.- (Haiti / Venezuela), Alejandra Rojas and Carlos Zerpa, (Venezuela) and Melodrama- Andrés Farías, (Dominican Republic).
The committee of scriptwriters and directors, responsible for selecting these 12 projects was made up of: Puerto Ricans Víctor González (Director and Producer), Sonia Fritz (Director and Producer), Annabell Mullen (Producer), the Venezuelan Kaori Flores (Documentalist) and the Colombians David Correa (Director of Photography) and Catalina Arroyave (Screenwriter and Director).
The event will be held from October 19 to 27 virtually. During the nine days, the scholarship recipients will receive personalized advice in the areas of rewriting, production, co-production and distribution of film projects, with a written script in the development stage.
The Fiction Script Rewriting workshop will be in charge of the fiction scriptwriter, film director and actress from Puerto Rico Kisha Tikina Burgos and the fiction scriptwriter from Mexico Paz Alicia Garciadiego. On the other hand, the Documentary Script Rewriting workshop will be presented by Cuban documentary maker Ricardo Acosta.
Likewise, the film producer Tanya Valette will be responsible for offering the Production and Co-production and Development of Dossier workshop. While Consuelo Castillo will give the Distribution Strategies workshop.
The filmmaker and co-director of isLAB Puerto Rico, Carla Cavina, expressed “it is with great joy that in this fourth edition we celebrate that the film ‘Perfume de Gardenias’ was filmed in Puerto Rico, a co-production between Puerto Rico and Colombia, directed by the filmmaker and singer Gisela Rosario. With this, there are now five feature films made by participants from previous workshops. We are very happy that finally after all the challenges that 2020 has presented us, we will be holding this international workshop virtually to continue promoting stories that speak of our islands. “
Another objective of the initiative that originated in 2015 is to foster ties of collaboration and cinematographic creation between the islands of Ibero-America, in order to give it greater visibility and strengthen the production of films produced on islands or that address the island theme. . In this way, stories are given greater visibility and at the same time film production is supported in these regions far from the large production centers.
For her part, Tanya Valette, production and co-production advisor in the Dominican Republic commented “The isLAB Project Development Laboratory, which resumed its call this year, is of utmost importance in our region, since it links filmmakers from our Caribbean islands , creating complicities and synergies between them, and also leads them to establish links with islanders from other continents, creating a network that has been maintained over the years. I have a lot of admiration for the team that organizes the space, because they have maintained the will that it continue to exist, despite the economic difficulties they have faced. “
On the other hand, Carlo Urra, a participant from Chile in 2015, recounted “the opportunity to participate in isLAB opened my eyes regarding the number of professionals who are developing, thinking, wanting to work, and the love there is to carry out projects who are Latin American. I believe that on this occasion, although the meeting will be online, the exchange that takes place between producers, directors, documentary makers, screenwriters; allows to calm anxiety and understand that each process and each project has its time, just as each project has its lights and shadows. Being able to see this in other projects in our languages and in an atmosphere of brotherhood and camaraderie is one of the most beautiful experiences I have had ”.
In addition to the workshops, master classes will be offered open to the film community, film students and the general public, as well as free Caribbean Film samples. It should be noted that all conferences will have sign language interpretation.
The isLAB workshop is an effort of the non-profit corporation El Taller Cinematico, founded in 2002 and dedicated to promoting culture through the cinematographic medium. This meeting of filmmakers has the support of the Ibermedia Program, the Flamboyan Foundation, the Ángel Ramos Foundation and the Eje Platform.
Itinerary of activities
Monday, October 19
6:00 pm- Master Class Paz Alicia Garciadiego, fiction script advisor
Tuesday 20 October
6:00 pm- Master Class Tanya Valette – production and co-production advisor
Wednesday, October 21
8:00 pm- Movie “Angélica” – direction Marisol Gómez Mouakad (Puerto Rico)
Thursday, October 22
6:00 pm- Master Class Kisha Tikina Burgos, fiction script consultant.
8:00 pm – The Days of the Whale – fiction (Colombia)
Friday, October 23
8:00 pm- Movie “Si Bonde Vle” directed by Jean Jean (Dominican Republic / Haiti)
Saturday, October 24
4:00 pm- Series of short films:
– “Machuchaleras: Ivelisse Rivera”, directed by Karen Rossi. PR
– “I always wanted to travel”, direction María José and Mickey Negrón.PR
– “Recetario”, direction Gisela Rosario. PR
6:00 pm – Igneas: towards an anti-racist cinema (Panel discussion)
Sunday, October 25
7:00 pm- La Fortaleza -documentary (Colombia)
Monday, October 26
6:00 pm- Master Class Ricardo Acosta – documentary advisor
Tuesday, October 27
6:00 pm- Master Class Consuelo Castillo – distribution advisor