Local filmmakers get advice, first public day is added

São Paulo, August 29, 2014 — Tribeca Film Institute’s Latin America Filmmaker Workshop in Brazil, designed to empower emerging filmmakers, will take place in Sao Paulo from Saturday, August 30 to Monday, September 1. For the first time, the general public will be able to attend some sessions.

The TFI workshops, sponsored by Bloomberg, help filmmakers strengthen skills for pitching their films, writing proposals and soliciting international funding. The three-day session will be led by TFI specialists, industry professionals and respected filmmakers in the market. The event allows filmmakers to discuss their projects, get feedback on their ideas and learn industry best practices.

On Monday, September 1, the public will be able to attend master classes and panel discussions, and hear guest speakers at Cinemateca Brasileira, Largo Senador Raul Cardoso, 207 Vila Clementino, São Paulo, as well as at Centro Cultural b_arco, Rua Dr. Virgílio de Carvalho Pinto, 426 – Pinheiros. For more information visit http://www.cinemateca.gov.br/ or Centro Cultural b_arco http://barco.art.br/

“We are proud to showcase five distinct and unique projects from Brazil’s thriving community of filmmakers through this workshop,” said Ryan Harrington, Vice President of Artist Programs at Tribeca Film Institute. “As we build on the success of last year’s inaugural workshop in Sao Paulo with Bloomberg’s generous support, we look forward to bringing in members of the community to form a larger audience to share the work of these wonderful storytellers. We are also grateful for the support from Cinemateca and b_arco in hosting this event.”

“Latin America is an extremely important market for Bloomberg and we are delighted to sponsor Tribeca Film Institute’s workshops in Brazil, as well as Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. We are thrilled to support TFI’s Latin America Media Arts Fund, which increases public access to the arts, promotes creative work and empowers artists and cultural organizations. We believe this will not only benefit the region, but the global arts community, as well”, says Nanette Smith, Head of Global Philanthropy and engagement at Bloomberg LP.

The Brazilian filmmakers will be mentored by José Rodriguez (TFI), Alex Hannibal (TFI), Rodrigo Brandão (Kino Lorber Inc), Silvia Cruz (Vitrine Filmes), Felipe Lacerda (Story and Editing Consultant) and Matias Mariani (Primo Filmes).

Five Brazilian projects were selected to attend the workshop. They are listed below.

1,000 DAYS
Giovanna Giovanini & Rodrigo Boecker (co-directors)
Logline: 1,000 days until the Paralympics in Brazil documents a personal countdown for Susana Schnarndorf. A Brazilian former triathlete and six-time Ironman winner, she fights against the ever increasing symptoms of Parkinsons as she strives to compete in the Paralympics for the first time.

SERTAO IN ASHES
Pedro Corradi & Claudio Cruz (co-directors); Rafa Calil (producer)
Logline: A simple and courageous landsman, in his last year as a Brigade Chief, is in a daily struggle against the criminal fires that plague the National Park Grande Sertão Veredas. His somewhat hopeless mission is driven by the fact that Sertão Veredas is one of the greatest biodiversity regions on the planet, and also where he was born and raised.

BIRTH FORBIDDEN IN PARADISE
Joana Nin (director)
Logline: For almost a decade, women have been prohibited to give birth in the Fernando de Noronha archipelago. Officially the issue has been the precariousness of the local hospital, but the 4,000 locals know that it is actually an issue driven by land disputes. As a result, women in the 7th month of their pregnancies are forced to leave their jobs, husbands and children to go on a journey to give birth.

(DE)PARTED HOUSES / CASAS PARTIDAS
Maria Clara Escobar (director); Paula Pripas (producer)
Logline: Filmmaker Maria Clara Escobar undertakes a journey from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo, to explore the forgotten history of the region where she grew up – once deemed abandoned cities – in order to trigger past remembrances and memories.

PARIS HOTEL
Maira Buhler (director); Beatriz Carvalho & Rafael Sampaio (producers)
Logline: Paris Hotel follows 40 days in the lives of crack addicts who inhabit a hotel in São Paulo’s city center. Blending observational documentary elements with fictional cinema, the film explores its characters’ intense universe.

About Tribeca Film Institute® (http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org)
Tribeca Film Institute champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world. Through grants and professional development programs, TFI supports a diverse, exceptional group of filmmakers and media artists, providing them resources needed to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences. The Institute’s educational programming leverages an extensive film community network to help underserved New York City students learn filmmaking and gain the media skills necessary to be productive citizens and creative individuals in the 21st century. Featuring hands-on training and exposure to socially relevant films, the Institute administers programs to more than 25,000 students annually. TFI was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001 and is a 501(c) (3) year-round nonprofit arts organization.

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