Chilean filmmakers Matias Rojas, Ignacio Rodriguez, Manuela Martelli and Teresita Ugarte have been selected to form part of Chile Factory, the omnibus feature project launched October by Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and Chile’s promo agency CinemaChile.
The Chile Factory initiative will allow each of the four picked-up Chilean filmmakers to create, in teams of two, four short-films alongside four previously selected foreign filmmakers.
Writer Matias Rojas, whose feature helming debut “Root” won the best Chilean pic prize at 2013’s Valdivia Intl. Film Festival, will partner with Polish-Japanese actress Mariko Saga.
Helmer of “La chupilca del diablo,” winner of the Fipresci Award at 2013’s Toulouse Rencontres, Ignacio Rodriguez links up with Paris-based Irani actress-director Sara Rastegar (“My Red Shoes”).
Actress Manuela Martelli, whose in-front-of-the camera credits include Andres Wood’s “Machuca,” will direct her short-film project alongside Kenia-Dubai’s helmer Amirah Tajdin (“Hawa Hawaii”).
Co-founder of Valparaiso’s Chacal Lab, Teresita Ugarte, also a regular production assistant and exec producer on pics by Chilean helmers Luis Cifuentes and Claudio Marcone, will join Israel-Germany filmmaker Ofir Raul Grazier.
Aimed to go through development during early 2015, the four projects will shoot in Chile and will form a feature film that will screen at May’s Cannes Film Festival.
The names of the awarded Chilean filmmakers were announced at Ventana Sur by Edouard Waintrop, delegate general of Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, CinemaChile CEO Constanza Arena, Chile Factory producer Giancarlo Nasi (pictured) and Tatiana Emden Chang at Chile’s National Council for Culture and Arts.
The Chile Factory program follows both the Taipei Factory and the Nordic Factory, unveiled last year at Cannes’ Opening Night of the Directors’ Fortnight.