- The jury that valued the nine international projects presented at the market, made up of Egle Cepaite, Brigitte Suárez, Luciano Rigolini and Ángel Santos Touza, said hey have awarded “one of the most radical projects in the entire selection”.
- Director Mercedes Afonso received last night the ISLA MECAS Award for her project El mapa para tocarte, and Coré Ruiz, the Open ECAM Award for Voy a desaparecer
- The third edition of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s Market of Almost-Finished Films has held three intense days at the Guiniguada Theater, which served as a meeting point between filmmakers, producers and industry professionals for the exposition of projects, workshops and meetings
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Wednesday 27 March 2019. The jury of the 3rd Market of Almost-Finished Films, held from Sunday 24th to Tuesday 26th as part of the 19th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s contents, announced last night their decision, which granted this edition’s award to the project Those That, At a Distance, Resemble Another (United Kingdom, Spain), by Jessica Sarah Rinland, valued at 8,000 euros for the post-production and festival distribution of independent and experimentation-oriented works.
The jury in charged of valuing the nine participating projects —formed by Egle Cepaite, project manager in Festival Scope Pro; Brigitte Suárez, partner of the distribution company The Match Factory; Luciano Rigolini, editor responsible for the cultural channel Arte; and Ángel Santos Touza (Las altas presiones), Novos Cinemas Pontevedra International Film Festival’s co-founder and art director— highlightled during their announcement that they had awarded “one of the most radical projects in the entire selection”. “It emerges”, they added, “from a scientific approach to a poetic dimension”. The director, finished the jury, “proposes a reflection and thorough observation of a world that is going to disappear”.
ISLA MECAS Award
The director Mercedes Afonso (La Palma) also received last night the ISLA MECAS Award for her project El mapa para tocarte, one of the seven projects presented at the market’s local section. The award, granted by Canary Islands Film, is valued at 1,200 euros to attend an international market.
Lastly, thanks to the Opec Ecam Award, granted to Voy a desaparecer, by Coré Ruiz, the ECAM will provide access to its facilities and technical material to facilitate the shooting of the winning project.
Other five experts, out of the twenty participating in MECAS, were the ones in charge of valuing the Canarian projects participating in ISLA MECAS: Belén Bernuy and Gloria Bretones, founders of the distribution company Begin Again Films; Luis Renart, head of Canary Islands Conection; Serrana Torres, filmmaker, producer and screewriter, co-founder of Intropía Media; and Jairo López, cultural manager and Digital 104’s head of project production.
Works selected at MECAS
In addition to the winning project, Those That, At a Distance, Resemble Another, by Jessica Sarah Rinland, the other eight international projects submitted to this edition were El trabajo o a quién le pertenece el mundo by Elisa Cepedal, Jesus Shows You The Way To The Highway by Miguel Llansó, La viajante by Miguel A. Mejías, Las poetas by Laura Citarella and Mercedes Halfon, Las ranas by Edgardo Castro, Le bel été by Pierre Creton, Puerto deseado by Diana Toucedo and Tony Driver, A Backward Deportee by Ascanio Petrini.
In the local section, besides El mapa para tocarte by Mercedes Afonso, the following projects also participated: Matar cangrejos by Omar A. Razzak; Voy a desaparecer by Coré Ruiz, Toledo y los objetos del deseo by Lila Organa, Gliese by Jorge Guiméra, 20 años sí es mucho by Daniel Mendoza and Desapareció la lluvia by Alba González de Molina.
The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s Market of Almost-Finished Films (MECAS), organized by Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s City Council, has received in its third edition the support of Gran Canaria Film Commission and Sociedad de Promoción Económica de Gran Canaria [Gran Canaria Economic Promotion Society] on behalf of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, as well as the collaboration of CLAC (Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster) and Canary Island Film, on behalf of the Canarian Government, Acción Cultural Española, the European Audiovisual Entrepeneurs (EAVE), ECAM and the IFIC.
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