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MIA 2020

The first projects to be presented at Rome’s MIA are unveiled


- The MIA|International Audiovisual Market is back from 14 October with a line-up of 50 projects hailing from 20 countries

The first projects to be presented at Rome’s MIA are unveiled
Director Sofia Exarchou, whose project Animal has been selected for the Film Co-Production Market & Pitching Forum

The sixth edition of the MIA|International Audiovisual Market is set to unspool in Rome from 14-18 October 2020, in the familiar setting of the Barberini Palace, and in a safe and secure, COVID-proof environment. Besides the on-site events, there will also be activities organised on the MIA DIGITAL online platform.

As every year, the market will offer the selected projects the opportunity to be presented in the Co-production Market Pitching Forum, in front of an audience of national and international key players.

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The rich line-up for this year, encompassing a total of 50 projects hailing from more than 20 countries, includes films, TV series and documentaries. Half of the 16 projects in the MIA|Film Co-Production Market, coming from 14 countries and selected by Paola Malanga (deputy director, Production and Acquisitions division, Rai Cinema, Italy), Joseph Rouschop (producer, Tarantula, Belgium) and Katarzyna Siniarska (head of sales, New Europe Film Sales, Poland), are by female directors, which serves as proof of the MIA’s commitment to the inclusion and promotion of the work being done by women.

Among the titles picked this year are: Amor y Dolor by Emanuele Scaringi (The Armadillo’s Prophecy [+see also:
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), produced by Fandangomi; Animal by the director of the award-festooned Park [+see also:
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interview: Sofia Exarchou
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, Sofia Exarchou; Audrey La Mer, the new movie by Sebastiano Riso (Una famiglia [+see also:
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interview: Matilda De Angelis
interview: Sebastiano Riso
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), a story about two young survivors of the Nazi atrocities; Autonauts of the Cosmoroute by Olivier Gondry and Leslie Menahem, the tale of the extraordinary journey undertaken by Argentinian author Julio Cortázar in May 1982; The Beautiful Summer by Laura Luchetti (Twin Flower [+see also:
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), a coming-of-age story set in Turin in 1939; Dalva by Emanuelle Nicot (Snatched), the tale of a 13-year-old forced to wear make-up and dress like a grown-up by her father, Jacques; The Last Shot by the director of Money Heist, Alex Rodrigo, which portrays the adventurous Luis Valtueña, who is involved in a humanitarian mission in Rwanda; The Rough Life of the Heavenly Animals by Beatriz Seigner (Los Silencios [+see also:
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); and The Sorcerers by Christopher Murray (The Blind Christ [+see also:
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), produced by Fabula, the outfit managed by Juan de Dios and Pablo Larraín.

This year, in addition to the international selection, the MIA|Film Co-Production Market, headed up by Alexia De Vito, will be presenting “Wanna Taste IT?”, a new section exclusively devoted to Italian film projects in development. It is intended to be a launch pad and incubator for Italy’s industry and talent, thanks to targeted networking events with potential sales agents and financiers, and high-level training and refresher sessions, plus carefully tailored meetings with film-sector experts, and representatives of institutions, funds and support programmes.

The team has also confirmed that the Eurimages Co-production Development Award will be given out at the 2020 edition. The Council of Europe fund will provide a cash prize of €20,000, intended to aid the development of the project that best fulfils the criteria related to collaboration and co-production – values that Eurimages holds dear.

This year, the MIA is also presenting the ARTE Kino International Prize, a €6,000 award with which ARTE intends to support the development of a project, which will be chosen by a designated jury.

Moreover, the MIA|Film division, helmed by Francesca Palleschi, is presenting three “head-on” discussion sessions. Besides the annual rendezvous organised in conjunction with Europa Distribution – which this year will home in on the topic “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Distribution But Were Afraid to Ask: How to Survive a Pandemic” – a number of other important debates will be added. Among these is the panel “Developing Original Films for Local Audiences with the OTT Platform”, dedicated to exploring strategies for developing original cinematic content on the local and European level with the major streaming platforms, which will see the participation of producers who have developed movies for said platforms and the involvement of representatives of the over-the-top streamers themselves. Meanwhile, “International Co-production in COVID Times and Beyond: Film Financing in the Contemporary Scenario”, organised in conjunction with ACE Producers with the intention of sparking an open debate, will address a number of different, extremely timely topics linked to the situation for international co-productions in the COVID-19 era and, especially, post-COVID. Among the confirmed participants in the conversation set to be moderated by Jacobine van der Vloed (director and head of studies at ACE) are Iole Giannattasio (Italy’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Eurimages), Marta Donzelli (Vivo Films), Tobias Pausinger (The Match Factory, Germany), Dominique Malet (Cofiloisirs, France), producer Tom Dercourt (Cinema Defacto, France) and his colleague Jonas Dornbach (Komplizen Film, Germany).

The selection:

MIA|Film Co-Production Market

Amor y dolor - Emanuele Scaringi (Italy)
Production: Domenico Procacci (Fandango)

Animal - Sofia Exarchou (Greece)
Production: Maria Drandaki, Maria Kontogianni (Homemade Films)

Audrey La Mer - Sebastiano Riso (Italy)
Production: Marco Cohen, Fabrizio Donvito, Benedetto Habib, Daniel Campos Pavoncelli (Indiana Production)

Autonauts of the Cosmoroute - Olivier Gondry, Leslie Menahem (France)
Production: Edwina Liard, Nidia Santiago (Ikki Films)

The Beautiful Summer - Laura Luchetti (Italy)
Production: Giovanni Pompili (Kino Produzioni), Luca Legnani (9.99 Films)

Bijuterie - Tomas Vengris (Lithuania)
Production: Emilija Sluskonyte (Acme Film)

La cercanía - Jorge Thielen Armand (France/Venezuela)
Production: Louise Bellicaud, Claire Charles-Gervais (In Vivo Films)

Dalva - Emmanuelle Nicot (Belgium/France)
Production: Julie Esparbes (Hélicotronc), Delphine Schmit (Tripode Productions)

Ebba - Johanna Pyykkö (Norway)
Production: Verona Meier (Ape&Bjørn)

It’s a Sad and Beautiful World - Cyril Aris (Lebanon)
Production: Georg Neubert (Reynard Films)

The Last Shot - Alex Rodrigo (Spain)
Production: Miguel Menéndez de Zubillaga, José Barrio (Mono Films)

The Riot - Evgeny Grigoryev (Russia)
Production: Olga Erofeeva (Pervoe Kino Film Company)

The Rough Life of the Heavenly Animals - Beatriz Seigner (Brazil)
Production: André Sobral, Laura Barzotto (Abrolhos Filmes)

The Sorcerers - Christopher Murray (Chile/Mexico/Germany)
Production: Juan De Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Rocío Jadue (Fabula)

Symmetry of the Island - Anna Kazejak (Poland)
Production: Marta Lewandowska (Friends With Benefits Studio)

Where Elephants Go - Catalin Rotaru, Virginia Sarga (Romania)
Production: Catalin Rotaru, Gabriela Suciu (Green Cat Film)

Wanna Taste It

Più veloce dell’ombra - Letizia Lamartire (Italy)
Production: Costanza Coldagelli (Matrioska)

Puro sangue - Salvatore Lizzio (Italy)
Production: Donatello Della Pepa (Revok)

La sorella maggiore - Ivan Silvestrini (Italy)
Production: Marina Marzotto, Mattia Oddone (Propaganda Italia)

Stagione di caccia - Giulia Di Battista (Italy)
Production: Livia Mastrangelo, Antonello Sammito (Mastrangelo Cinematografica)

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(Translated from Italian)

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