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Ventana Sur Puts the Focus on Transmedia

'Alias Maria,' 'Zica and the Camaleons,' at Interactuar's first edition

Jose Luis Rugeles’ UDI-sold Colombian war drama “Alias Maria,” Ari Nicolosi’s film adaptation of toon TV series “Zica and the Camaleons” and Jorge Caballero’s “Paciente,” about terminally ill patients, feature among the nine projects pitched at the first edition of Interactuar, Ventana Sur’s New Latin Transmedia Platforms sidebar.

Launched by Argentina’s INCAA film institute to emphasize the technological changes in the communications and audiovisual media sectors, Interactuar runs during this week’s Ventana Sur mart, offering thematic panels, production screenings and contests for projects in development and near completion.

All productions accessing Interactuar’s competitions must be developed for film and –at least — two other windows.

“Alias Maria,” one of the four transmedia projects near completion, forms part of a multiplatform production that includes a Web series, feature-length docu “Alias: Ginette” and workshops with children.

Produced by Bogota’s Rayuela Cine and Paris’ Axxon Films, pic describes Colombia’s inhuman armed conflict seen through the eyes of a young girl soldier. New York- and Paris-based sales outfit UDI inked “Alias’” world sales rights at November’s American Film Market.

In docu feature “Paciente,” Bogota and Barcelona-based filmmaker Jorge Caballero looks at terminal disease patients and their relationship with their relatives.

Project won Tribeca Film Institute’s Latin America Media Arts Fund and follows the focus of Caballero’s docu “Birth,” a expose of public hospitals’ maternity wards, which took the Doc Buenos Aires award in 2010.

With Ari Nicolisi’s musical and ecological project “Zica,” Brazilian toon house Cinema Animadores adapts for the bigscreen the successful TV series, co-produced with TV Brasil and TV Cultura, which Nickelodeon acquired for Latin America.

Peruvian Ana Caridad Sanchez’s “Deliciosa fruta seca” is a transmedia project, set up at Totora Producciones, based on the pursuit of freedom and autonomy by adult women.

Transmedia projects in development chosen to be pitched at Interactuar includes Spaniards Manuel Martin and Olmo Figueredo’s La Claqueta-produced documentary “December 25th,” about Christmas Day as seen from the point of view of six children experiencing six absolutely different Christmas celebrations.

Elder Tobar’s “4 Rios,” set up at Colombia’s Organica Digital, tells stories about the Colombian armed conflict through different forms of media and platforms, suggesting an intensive use of technology.

French filmmaker Mathieu Orcel produces at Argentina-based Kon Sud “Huinoy, un hombre del futuro,” about a scientist sent from the future to Earth after a great cataclysm. Argentina’s Esteban Echeverria directs “Tierra de humo,” centering on twin sisters separated at birth, produced by Nuts Media.

Massa Real Filmes’ Brazilian project in development “Dientes” is directed by Julio Taubkin and Pedro Arantes. It portrays a detective in modern Sao Paulo.

Best project in development will win a €3,000 ($3,714) prize awarded by Arte France. Latin American film lab Cinecolor adjudicates free-of-charge post-pro services for the best project near completion.

The nine projects chosen for the two categories also vie for an “incentive prize” of Pesos 30,000 ($3,514) awarded by Argentina’s film directors association Dac.

Two internationally recognized transmedia productions screen out of competition: Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal documentary “Who Is Dayani Cristal?,” winner of the Sundance 2013 cinematography award; and Felipe Braga’s International Digital Emmy Award-nominated “Latitudes,” a pioneering TV, Internet and feature film production starring Alice Braga.

With Interactuar, organizers aim to create new business opportunities, debate changes created by the digital transition and boost the integration of Latin American film production with the rest of the world.

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