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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Spain

ICAA awards selective grants to 35 feature films

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- New films by Jaime Rosales, Pedro Aguilera and actress Marta Nieto, with her debut film on the other side of the camera, will receive, among others, grants for their new feature films

ICAA awards selective grants to 35 feature films
Actress Marta Nieto, whose first feature as a director, La mitad de Ana, has been financed (© Carlos Delgado)

The Spanish Ministry of Culture announced a few days ago the awarding of selective grants (for proposals of special artistic value, whether fiction or animation, documentaries and experimental films) to promote film production, with a total of ten million euros. Eight million of which is allocated to the credit available in the Film Protection Fund of the expenditure budget of the Film and Audiovisual Arts Institute (ICAA) for the financial year 2022, and the remaining two million to the credit available through the programme for the promotion, modernisation and digitisation of the audiovisual sector, which will be distributed, depending on their higher or lower evaluation by an expert committee, among 35 feature films.

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For example, in the section for feature films of special cinematographic value (19 films have been selected in this category), three titles receiving €800,000: La mitad de Ana, a fiction film written by the actress Marta Nieto (Madre [+see also:
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, Out of Sync [+see also:
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), who makes her feature film directing debut with Avalon; Día de caza, a dramatic comedy by Pedro Aguilera (Sister of Mine [+see also:
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), produced by Dia de caza A.I.E.; and El tesoro de Barracuda, an animated film directed by Adrián García Ibáñez and supported by El tesoro de Barracuda A.I.E. and Inicia Films.

Receiving €750,000 is La lucha, by José Ángel Alayón (Slimane [+see also:
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), produced by El Viaje Producciones; and €709,133 goes to Desmontando un elefante, by Aitor Echevarría Molinero (Arcadia Motion Pictures); €658,750 will go to Distinto Films, the production company behind La dona invisible, to be directed by Liliana Torres (What Went Wrong? [+see also:
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); while La furia, by Gemma Blasco and produced by RM Película A.I.E., will receive €573,725.

Receiving lesser awards in this section are the animated feature Winnipeg, el barco de la esperanza, by Elio Quiroga and Beñat Beitia (Dibulitoon Factory) and fiction projects such as Anoche conquisté Tebas (Dvein Films), by Gabriel Azorín (Los mutantes [+see also:
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); La tierra negra (Olivo Films), by Alberto Morais (The Mother [+see also:
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); Alemania, by María Zanetti and produced by Solita Films, an award-winning project at the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum at last year's San Sebastian Film Festival (read more); La anatomía de los caballos (Elamedia), Daniel Vidal’s co-production with Peru; Doha, the Rising Sun, by Eimi Imanish (Un capricho de producciones); Apuntes para una ficción consentida, by Ana Serret (Tandem Films); Los sucios (Fasten Seat Belt), by Ulises Porra; Slow (through co-producer Frida Films, working together with Lithuanian M-Films), the second film by Lithuanian Marija Kavtaradze (Summer Survivors [+see also:
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); and also the new works by veterans Jaime Rosales, Morlaix (Fresdeval Films), and Lluís Miñarro, Emergency Exit, which he is producing himself.

Grants awarded to documentary projects include: Papagayo (Tourmalet Films), the new film by Omar Al Abdul Razzak, who receives €221,637; €157,250 for La marsellesa de los borrachos (Boogaloo Films), by Pablo Gil Rituerto; La partitura del Cosmos (Insularia Creadores), by Juanma Betancort, with €153,000; Ole mi coño, diario de mi extorsión (Gadea Productions), by Patricia Franquesa, with €140,240; and the new film by Isabel Coixet, El techo amarillo (Miss Wasabi Lab), with €107,125; among a total of eleven non-fiction films receiving grants. And finally, in the experimental section, of the five approved films is the noteworthy Siete Jereles by the relentless Gonzalo García-Pelayo (La Zanfoña Producciones), with €96,581.

The complete list of the films supported in this call (in Spanish) can be seen here.

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(Translated from Spanish by Vicky York)

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