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You are in: Home > 2021. 69th Edition  > News > The latest projects from Juan Andrés Arango, Agustín Banchero, Inés Barrionuevo, Paula Hernández, Francisco Marise and Romina Paula, among others, to participate in the tenth Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum
The latest projects from Juan Andrés Arango, Agustín Banchero, Inés Barrionuevo, Paula Hernández, Francisco Marise and Romina Paula, among others, to participate in the tenth Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum
The fourteen selected projects come from Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Uruguay, and seven are first or second works

The Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum will run on September 20, 21 and 22, in hybrid format (the pandemic permitting), with the possibility of organising online meetings with professionals unable to travel to San Sebastian
Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Alemania, by María Zanetti; Camionero, by Francisco Marise; Chin-gone,by Johnny Ma; Cuerpo celeste / Celeste, by Nayra Ilic García; Donde comienza el río / Where the River Begins, by Juan Andrés Arango; El porvenir de la mirada, by Cristian Leighton; El viento que arrasa, by Paula Hernández; Espectro / Spectrum, by Inés Barrionuevo; Gente de noche / People by Night, by Romina Paula; La sucesión, by Martín Kalina; La virgen de la Tosquera / The Virgin of the Quarry Lake, by Laura Casabé; Las muertes pasajeras / The Passing Deaths, by Agustín Banchero; Quédate quieto / Stand Still, by Joanna Lombardi and Sarah, by Álvaro Aponte Centeno are the fourteen projects -seven by female directors and seven by male directors- programmed for presentation at the 10th. Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, seven of which will become first or second works. 200 projects have been submitted for this year's edition. The participants, from seven countries, will compete for the Best Project Award at the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, the DALE! Award (Development Latin America - Europe) and the ArteKino International Award.

This year’s edition will be open to professionals with Industry accreditation and will run in hybrid format (the pandemic permitting): on-site on September 20, 21 and 22 at the San Telmo Museum, and on Wednesday 22, when accredited industry guests unable to travel to San Sebastian will have the opportunity to hold online meetings.

The selection for this new edition of the Forum covers a wide variety of subjects: reflections on recent history, movies on coming of age and road trips, projects about the lockdown, proposals astride fiction and non-fiction and one incursion into the field of horror.

For some of the new filmmakers the selection of their projects at the Forum will be their first participation in San Sebastian: the short filmmaker María Zanetti will present Alemania; Martín Kalina, whose short film Los pálidos competed at Locarno, will defend La sucesión, and Nayra Ilic García, Cuerpo Celeste.  

Returning to San Sebastian with the projects of their second features are men and women directors who previously participated in the Festival with their first works: Romina Paula (Gente de Noche) , winner of the Horizontes Award in 2019 with De nuevo otra vez / Again Once Again who participated in the Official Selection in 2020 with the anthology film Edición Ilimitada / Unlimited Edition; and Francisco Marise (Camionero), who presented Para la guerra / To War in New Directors in 2018. Furthermore, Agustín Banchero (Las muertes pasajeras) and Inés Barrionuevo (Espectro) will combine the defence of their projects at the Forum with the presentation of their latest films in the Festival’s different competitive sections: Banchero will compete in New Directors with Las vacaciones de Hilda / Hilda’s Short Summer, coming from Films in Progress (today’s WIP Latam), and Barrionuevo will compete for the Golden Shell in the Official Selection with Camila saldrá esta noche / Camila Comes Out Tonight after having competed in New Directors with Julia y el zorro / Julia and the Fox

Other filmmakers accompanied in their career by the Festival and who will present projects are Joanna Lombardi (Quédate quieto), who participated in the Forum in 2016 with Panza de burro; Juan Andrés Arango (Donde comienza el día), who previously presented La Playa in Films in Progress, a movie premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Festival de Cannes in 2012 and X500 at the Co-Production Forum in 2014, films which were also selected for Horizontes Latinos; Paula Hernández (El viento que arrasa), who competed in Horizontes Latinos 2019 with Los Sonámbulos / The Sleepwalkers, and Álvaro Aponte Centeno (Sarah), who participated in the 2014 Forum with Noli and in Films in Progress with El silencio del viento (2016).

Completing the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum are the first participations in San Sebastian by experienced filmmakers including Johnny Ma (Chin-Gone), whose earlier feature films premiered at Berlin, Toronto and the Cannes' Semaine de la Critique; the acclaimed documentary-maker Cristian Leighton (El porvenir de la mirada) and Laura Casabé (La virgen de la Tosquera) who, after winning the Best Director Award at Sitges Festival with Los que vuelven (2019), will present her latest horror project with a screenplay by Benjamín Naishtat.

In 2021, the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum turns ten. Since its creation in 2012, the Forum has selected 148 projects, 70 of which have already been released and 40 selected for international festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance, Locarno and San Sebastian. Recent projects at the Forum include Akelarre, by Pablo Agüero, winner of 5 awards at the last Goyas; El agente topo / The Mole Agent, by Maite Alberdi, nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar in 2021 and Jayro Bustamante’s La llorona, nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes. In addition, Clara Roquet’s first film, Libertad, was selected this year for the Cannes Semaine de la Critique and La Civil, by Teodora Ana Mihai, which screened at the Forum in 2016, was presented in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, where it landed the Courage Award.

More information on success stories here.


Maria Zanetti (Argentina)
Country(ies) of production: Argentina - Germany
Production: TAREA FINA

Francisco Marise (Argentina)
Country(ies) of production: Spain - Argentina
Production: LOLITA FILMS

Johnny Ma (China)
Country(ies) of production: Mexico - Brazil - Canada

Cuerpo Celeste / Celeste
Nayra Ilic García (Chile)
Country(ies) of production: Chile - Italy - France
Production: Oro Films

Donde Comienza el Río / Where the River Begins
Juan Andrés Arango (Colombia)
Country(ies) of production: Colombia - Canada - France

El porvenir de la mirada
Cristian Leighton (Chile)
Country(ies) of production: Chile

El viento que arrasa
Paula Hernández (Argentina)
Country(ies) of production: Argentina - Uruguay

Espectro / Spectrum
Inés Barrionuevo (Argentina)
Country(ies) of production: Argentina

Gente de noche / People by Night
Romina Paula (Argentina)
Country(ies) of production: Argentina

La sucesión / The Succession
Martin Kalina (Argentina)
Country(ies) of production: Argentina - Uruguay
Production: PASTO CINE

La Virgen de la Tosquera / The Virgin of the Quarry Lake
Laura Casabé (Argentina)
Country(ies) of production: Argentina - Mexico

Las muertes pasajeras / The Passing Deaths
Agustín Banchero (Uruguay)
Country(ies) of production: Uruguay
Production: TARKIOFILM

Quédate quieto / Stay Still
Joanna Lombardi (Peru)
Country(ies) of production: Peru
Production: EL ÁRBOL AZUL

Álvaro Aponte Centeno (Puerto Rico)
Country(ies) of production: Chile - Puerto Rico
Production: Audiovisual Don Quijote Films Ltda.

  • Best Project Award, with 10,000 euros gross for the majority producer of the winning project.
  • DALE! Award (Development Latin America-Europe) given by the European Film Agency Directors Association (EFAD) and the Conference of Ibero-American Audiovisual and Cinematographic Authorities, comes with EUR 20,000 for the majority producer of the winning project.
  • ARTE will give the ArteKino International Award, consisting of 6,000 euros gross for the majority producer of the winning project.

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This initiative is possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Basque Government Department of Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment, the backing of Creative Europe MEDIA and the collaboration of CAACI (Conference of Ibero-American Cinematographic and Audiovisual Authorities), EFAD (European Film Agency Directors), Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes, National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA), ARTE, EPE-APV (Basque Film Producers Association), Europa Creativa Desk MEDIA Euskadi, Europa Distribution, IBAIA (Association of Independent Audiovisual Production Companies of the Basque Country), Etxepare Basque Institute, LatAm and Zineuskadi.

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