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Cannes: Blood Window Launches BWTV

Ventana Sur's genre film mart aims to offer industry services, online pics

Blood Window, Ventana Sur’s Latin American Fantastic Market, has partnered with Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and producer Sofia Films to launch genre film platform Blood Window TV.

A pioneering online meeting point for Latin American fantasy/genre film writers, directors and producers, BWTV aims to become a space for training, development and co-production opportunities.

But BWTV’s ambitions go beyond that and, as an early step, its Virtual Room is offering free access to recent genre titles from Latin American burgeoning genre movie scene such as Gabriel Grieco’s “Still Life,” Santiago Fernandez Calvete’s “Intimate Witness” and Simon Bross’ “Bad Habits.”

Coinciding with Cannes, BWTV’s Virtual Room also gives real-time access to part of the festival’s second Blood Window galas, which this year screened Santiago Fernandez’s “Intimate Witness,” Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s “Scherzo Diabolico,” Hector Hernandez Vicens’ “The Corpse of Ana Fritz,” Brian Maya’s “Santiso Report,” and Javier Diment’s “The Rotten Link.”

 Currently in Beta phase, Blood Window TV will launch officially in December, during Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur next edition, according to Blood Window organizer Javier Fernandez.

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“BWTV platform will build its catalog and its audience,” said Fernandez, who estimates that BWTV will buld up to about a 50 genre-film catalog after its official launch.

Blood Window’s associated festivals and markets — among them Austin, Sitges, Morbido, Bifan and Frontieres — will enjoy a selection of fantastic genre titles via BWTV’s Virtual Room, Fernandez said.

Accessible online from anywhere in Latin America three weeks before and during each festival, BWTV’s films will compete for prizes to be awarded at fests’ closing ceremonies, voted by an online audience, he added.

BWTV also aims to nurture genre films’ growing niche market, backing projects and strengthening film development, shooting and post-production. It will launch a first call for Latin American genre film projects in development during 2015.

Blood Window will finance BWTV’s initiatives backed by private sector companies.


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