MECAS begins the presentations of the selected projects and Isla Mecas' meetings

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  • The Market of Almost-Finished Films (MECAS) begins at the Guiniguada Theater the presentation of the selected nine projects before 20 experts as well as the ISLA MECAS projects’ meeting

On Monday, March 25th, the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s Market of Almost-Finished Films (MECAS) begins at 10 am at the Guiniguada Theater the presentations before twenty experts of the nine international projects selected for this edition. They include Argentinian, Italian, Mexican, French, Spanish and British productions, and are projects that confront narrative exploration’s risks and that are in need of funding to get finished: 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, Those That, At a Distance, Resemble Another by Jessica Sarah Rinland and Tony Driver, A Backward Deportee by Ascanio Petrini.

Guest experts

The select group of experts invited to MECAS, who will have the chance to see them on the big screen and listen to their representatives, is made up of director Ángel Santos (Las altas presiones), Novos Cinemas Pontevedra International Film Festival’s co-founder and art director; Belén Bernuy, producer and founder of the distribution company Begin Again Films; Brigitte Suárez, partner of the distribution company The Match Factory (Kaurismäki, Fatih Akin and Petzold, among others); Carlos R. Ríos, since 2010 head of the distribution company Noucinemart of the D’A Film Festival, and who was also the co-director of the Asian Film Festival Barcelona; Constanza Arena, CinemaChile’s executive director; Diana Santamaría, CEO of the distribution company Capricci Cine; Egle Cepaite, project manager in Festival Scope Pro; Fabienne Moris, head of production, selection commitee of Berlinale’s Doc Station, and member of France’s FIDLab; Felipe Lage, head of Zeitun Films; Gloria Bretones, project director and founder of the distribution company Begin Again Films; Javier Asenjo, founder of CineArte and tied in different periods of his career to Karma Films and Surtsey Films; Lucero Garzón, programmer, ex-sales mananer, founder of Luz Verde, focused in co-production and Latin-American cinema’s international sales; Luciano Rigolini, editor responsible for the cultural channel Arte; Luis Renart, head of Canary Islands Conection; Mariana Barassi, screenwriter and cultural manager, tied to the Festival Márgenes’ new cinematographies space; Ramiro Ledo, in charge of Numax Distribución; Serrana Torres, filmmaker, producer and screenwriter, co-founder of Intropía Media; Silvia Lobo, from DeViaje Produce; Stefan Ivancic, film director, producer and programmer; and, lastly, Stefanie Rusterholz, coordinator of films at the Zürich Festival.

At the same time, the Market’s Canarian section, ISLA MECAS, will also hold from 10 am on, at the same Guiniguada Theater, individual meetings between the representatives of the local projects and five of the guest experts.

An evening for co-production and aids to the industry

Two important meetings for the film sector will be held at the Guiniguada Theater on Monday evening: at 4:30 pm, a panel discussion to explore the Challenges of International Co-production [Retos de la coproducción internacional], and that will be chaired by José Alayón, president of the Clúster Audiovisual de Canarias.

And then, at 6:15 pm, Silvia Anoro Gastón, deputy general director of ICAA’s Promotion of the Cinematographic and Audiovisual Industry, will talk about the Present and Future of ICAA’s aids to production [Presente y futuro de las ayudas a la producción del ICAA] in an act that will have, too, Jairo López’s intervention, who is the manager of Clúster Audiovisual de Canarias.

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