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Navas' debut languished before getting funds

Shooting for seven weeks on mostly wet and frigid nights in Bogota was the easy part.

Jorge Navas’ feature debut languished in development for at least six years, gathering funds piecemeal along the way. Now in post, its final cost will likely top out at $1 million, the average budget for most Colombian pics.

The 35-year-old filmmaker co-wrote and produced the drama about a cokehead and a taxi driver who meet on the streets of Bogota one rainy, fateful night.

Navas’ edgy work in experimental films, shorts, commercials and musicvideos has him pegged as one of Colombia’s rising stars.

In 2003, “Blood and Rain” won script development coin from the Hubert Bals Fund at the Rotterdam Intl. Film Fest. The following year, it participated in the Sundance Institute’s script lab in Oaxaca, Mexico, and later secured more development funding from Colombia’s Film fund, FDC.

It was not until November 2005 that it secured co-production coin from Ibermedia, but only after Argentina’s Lagarto Films boarded.

“We needed at least two Iberoamerican co-producers in order to qualify for Ibermedia funds,” says executive producer Carlos Acero of Efe-X Cine.

Its principal Colombian producer is Patofeo Films.

Coin awarded from the various entities amounted to 20% of the budget, while Ibermedia covered 30%. Co-producers Hangar and Efe-X provided services in equipment and post production, respectively.

Last June, RCN Cine came aboard, ponying up the balance.

“By the time Jorge Navas took it to us, its cast and 50% of the budget were in place,” recalls RCN Cine’s Julian Giraldo. “We just came in with the gap financing.”

Principal photography ran through October and November.

The filmmakers are aiming for a bow at San Sebastian or Venice.

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