‘Alias Maria,’ ‘4 Rios’ Lead Interactuar Awards

Projects 'Huinoy,' 'Zica,' other highlights at Ventana Sur's new transmedia sidebar

Jose Luis Rugeles’ “Alias Maria” and Elder Tobar’s “4 Rios,” two features related to the Colombian inhuman armed conflict, topped the first edition of the Interactuar awards, Ventana Sur’s New Latin Transmedia Platforms sidebar.

One of the four transmedia projects near completion competing at Interactuar, “Alias Maria” won free-of-charge post-production services by Latin American film lab Cinecolor.

“Alias Maria” forms part of a multiplatform production that includes a web series, feature-length docu “Alias: Ginette” and workshops with children, and is produced by Bogota’s Rhayuela Cine and Paris’ Axxon Films.

Portraying the tragic effects of the Colombian war, seen through the eyes of a young -and pregnant- soldier girl, project is sold internationally by New York and Paris-based sales outfit UDI.

“4 Rios,” winner of a €3,000 ($3,714) prize awarded by Arte France as best project in development, is a transmedia film on historical memory that narrates several facts around the violence in Colombia.

Set up at Bogota’s Organica Digital, Elder Tobar’s project suggests an intensive use of technology.

The incentive prize of Pesos30,000 ($3,514) awarded by Argentina’s film directors association DAC went to Mathieu Orcel’s “Huinoy, el hombre del futuro,” a production by Argentina’s outfit Kon Sud, on a scientific sent to the Earth from the future after a great cataclysm.

Ari Nicolisi’s “Zica and the Camaleons,” a musical and ecological project set up at Brazilian toon house Cinema Animadores, snagged a Special Mention among the projects near completion competition.

Projects must be developed for film and -at least- for two other releasing windows to compete at Interactuar.

Launched by Argentina’s INCAA film institute, Interactuar aims to create new business opportunities, debate on the changes of the digital transition and boost the worldwide integration of Latin American film production.

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