The Tribeca Film Institute’s TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund and inaugural Heineken VOCES grant have distributed US$60,000 to Latin American filmmakers for fiction and non-fiction work.
The Latin funds were given out to five documentaries and one fiction film, and were selected from a jury that included Cynthia Lopez, executive vice president of American Documentary/’POV,’ and filmmaker Fernando Rovzar.
The TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund awards grants to animation, documentary, or hybrid feature-length films in advanced development, production or post-production from filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America.
In addition to the grants, filmmakers receive guidance from TFI.
The four documentary grantees of this year’s TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund are (with descriptions provided by TFI):
• City of the Caesars (Chile), directed & produced by Francisco Hervé, edited by Andrea Chignoli — Two conspiracy theories. Two ordinary men. Wisdom, immortality and natural resources are at stake in a mythical place somewhere in Patagonia.
• Cuando los Muertos Estan Mas Secos/When the Dead Are Drier (Bolivia), directed & produced by Claudio Araya Silva and produced by Yara Morales Rivera. In the 1980s, more than 50 women committed suicide in a small peasant community. Hermenegildo and Pedro return to their community, attempting to retrace the paths of memory regarding the deaths of their wives. The trip aims to unravel the mystery surrounding the life and death of these women.
• Elena (Brazil), directed & produced by Ana Petra Costa. The film recounts the journey of Petra, a young Brazilian woman who dreams of becoming an actress but is warned not to do so by her mother. Against these admonitions, Petra moves to New York City where the reasons why she was advised against this path begin to unfold.
• The Shark’s Eye (Argentina), directed by Alejo Hoijman and Produced by Gema Juarez Allen. Summer is coming to Nicaragua and Maycol and Bryan will start to learn their families’ trade, shark hunting. In a place where traditional trades disappear in favor of drug trafficking, these two boys choose their future. A coming of age film set in the forgotten Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.
The Heineken VOCES grant, meanwhile, which is also part of the Latin Fund, provides one grant each to a narrative and documentary project from a Latino filmmaker who is over the age of 21 and lives and works in the U.S.
The first-ever Heineken VOCES documentary recipient is Las Marthas, directed and produced by Cristina Ibarra and produced by Erin Ploss-Campoamor. The doc is about a rite of passage in Laredo, Texas, where Mexican-American debutantes participate in an 114-year-old tradition of stepping out at a Colonial ball dressed as American revolutionaries.
“We are proud to support this year’s Latin America Fund and Heineken VOCES winners, and look forward to helping these six filmmakers further develop their films,” said Ryan Harrington, drector of documentary programming for TFI.
“The VOCES grant extends our Latin Fund’s reach by allowing us to work with filmmakers in the United States as well as talent based in Latin America,” he added. “With the help of our partners, we can continue to provide a platform where these compelling stories can be experienced by a larger audience.”