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GFI taps six for grants

U.S.-based org promotes cross-cultural understanding

Global Film Initiative has tapped six filmmakers from developing countries to receive $10,000 toward completing their pics.

U.S.-based org, whose goal is to help promote cross-cultural understanding through cinema, awarded its first seven grants in 2003.

One of the 2003 recipients, “Whisky,” a comedy by Uruguayan helmers Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll, recently unspooled in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and was picked up by French distrib MK2 last week.

The current six films chosen are Manuel Niero Zas’ “The Dog Pound” (Uruguay), Albertina Carri’s “Gemini” (Argentina), Diao Yinan’s “Night Train” (China), Francisca Schweitzer and Pablo Solis’ “Parenthesis” (Chile), Ana Poliak’s “Pin Boy” (Argentina) and Yinan’s “Uniform” (China).

Films will also be considered for distribution through GFI.

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