“Los Reyes,” “Country Season” receive TFI LatAm funding

Los Reyes, (pictured) from Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff, and Isabel Vaca's Country Season are among the five documentaries to receive grants from this year's TFI Latin America Fund.
February 26, 2016

Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff’s Los Reyes (pictured) and Isabel Vaca’s Country Season are among the non-fiction films to receive grant funding from this year’s Tribeca Film Institute’s TFI Latin America Fund.

The fund aims to support filmmakers in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America and whose work reflects their diverse cultures.

Grants were handed out to five documentary and five scripted projects from a list of 225 submissions that were in the advanced development, production or post-production stages. In addition to funding, recipients will also receive professional support and entry into the U.S. market.

This year’s documentary recipients include Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff’s Los Reyes (Chile), documenting the transition of teenage skateboarders into adulthood; Isabel Vaca’s Country Season (Mexico), about breeding fighting bulls; Rene Ballesteros’ El Castillo (Chile), examining the spirits that haunt a youth prison; Ernesto Villalobos’ Jamon (Costa Rica), chronicling the romantic relationship between two artists; and Mercedes Dominioni’s The Creator of Universes (Uruguay), exploring the topic of death through a teen who makes movies with his 96-year-old grandmother.

The TFI Latin America Fund is presented by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Since 2010, the fund has awarded more than US$700,000 in support to 54 filmmakers from 15 countries across Latin America.

“Each year, we are blown away by the thought-provoking journeys that our grantees take us on through their projects, and we continue to be thrilled to be able to provide these international filmmakers with the support they need to enter the U.S. market,” said Amy Hobby, VP of artist programs at TFI, in a statement.

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