CANNES — The Global Film Initiative, a U.S.-based charitable foundation dedicated to the promotion of cross-cultural understanding through cinema, has chosen six recipients for its inaugural grant program.
Winners were selected from among 37 submissions representing 12 countries and will receive completion funds for their features from the GFI, which will ensure endowed pics receive U.S. distribution.
Program has offered between $20,000 and $40,000 to each of the six films, announced by GFI chairwoman Susan Coulter as part of its winter granting cycle.
Titles receiving grants are:
- “The Buffalo Boy,” Minh Nguyen-Vo, Vietnam. Story of a young man’s passage into adulthood set against the backdrop of the epic herding of endangered buffaloes during Vietnam’s massive flooding season.
- “In the Empty City,” Maria Joao G, Angola. A young refugee from Angola’s war-torn countryside finds life on the capital city’s streets tougher still.
- “On Each Side,” Hugo Daniel Grosso, Argentina. Bittersweet comedy depicts an isolated town in northern Argentina and its inhabitants as a massive bridge opens that will connect them to the rest of the country for the first time.
- “Aminata,” Bob Nyanja, Kenya. An intelligent and cunning woman returns to her home village to inherit property that is rightfully hers, despite local resistance to a woman owning land.
- “Another Man’s Garden,” Joao Luis Sol Carvalho, Mozambique. Story of a young woman’s struggle to become a doctor in contemporary Mozambique.
- “Embarkment Street,” Li Yu, China. A young boy’s life growing up in a Chinese city during the tumultuous 1980s is colored by his uncle’s involvement in gangland struggles.
The Global Film Initiative, located in New York, will support a traveling series that will bow in Gotham in November and tour the U.S. through October 2004.