Five European documentary projects in the development and/or production phase that participated in previous editions of the Lau Haizetara Documentary Co-Production Forum have been green lighted this year. From the Forum’s beginnings, more than 25 projects, thanks to the boost received from this forum, have managed to successfully reach finalisation and enjoy a long trajectory.
The new works which will join the catalogue this year are: “Free” by Lala Gomá-Rosa Cornet (Spain), produced by Wonka Films; “La Llave Dalí” by David Fernández (Spain), with support from IB3 (Televisión Autonómica de las Islas Baleares (Autonomous Television of the Balearic Islands) and international distribution from Autlook Filmsales; “The Other Kids” by Pablo de la Chica (Spain), which, with the participation of Canal Sur Tv and in association with Al Jazeera Documentary Channel has been premiered at Documenta Madrid 2016; “Chillida-Esku Huts” by Juan Barrero (Spain) coproduced with TVE and with the participation of ETB; “Espías en la Arena” by Marta Hierro-Pablo Azorín (Spain) which has the participation of IB3 and TVE and is scheduled to receive its premiere in November of this year at the Doré in Madrid (cinema belonging to the Spanish Film Archive).
It is also worth highlighting the project “En Busca del Oscar” by Ocatvio Guerra , which took part in last year’s edition and was the winner of the Distribution Consultancy Award granted by Treeline. In addition to receiving several prizes and mentions at festivals, it has obtained one of the selective aid packages for the production of feature films at the project stage granted by the Ministry of Culture, which will allow filming to continue in San Sebastian this September (2016).
Each year, the projects selected to participate in the preparation workshops and the pitching sessions receive advice from experienced tutors from the documentary world and compete for a Distribution and Festival Consultancy Award granted by the Treeline distribution company of Madrid. Also, in parallel, the Forum offers those attending activities designed to favour the cinematographic industry, offering tools which benefit the development and strengthening of new projects.
The 12 previous editions of the Forum have focused on the documentary genre and on trying to find a space in this industry. Since then, numerous professionals from the audiovisual industry have come to San Sebastián, to this activity, which will take place from 20th to 22nd September this year.
Inscriptions are open to attend as members of the public the presentation of the projects and/or to take part in other parallel activities which allow one to meet European professionals for the audiovisual and cinema sectors.
Further information: www.lauhaizetara.eu