05/12/2018 The Middle East documentary industry in the eye at Conecta 2018

  • 15 international guests and more than 30 nationals will dictate workshops, participate in panels and talks and have industry meetings.
  • Experts from places as far away as South Korea and Qatar will share with professionals from Canada, Brazil, Austria, Colombia, United States, Argentina and Uruguay, among others.
  • The documentary Zurita, verás no ver will be screened for free, on a giant screen in front of the MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Parque Forestal.
  • Conecta will be held in Santiago, from December 11 to 15, 2018.

There will be 46 guests (national and international) who will meet with 54 projects, a third of them coming from Latin American countries such as Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Peru and Panama. Guests will come from places as far as South Korea and Qatar; and also representatives of relevant markets in the documentary development such as Canada, Brazil, and the United States.

“We are tremendously excited for this third edition of Conecta, the most important international industry event dedicated to the documentary in the region. We`ve had a huge interest from Latin American projects, that proves that the previous versions have had a positive evaluation and there is a real value for Chile as a pole for the development of projects”, explains Flor Rubina, executive director of the Chilean Documentary Corporation CCDoc.

Rubina emphasizes that for the first time, this year there are representatives from the Middle East. “The DOHA Film Fund and the Qatari Al Jazeera channel will allow us to have an approach with these relevant professional of global contingency”, she adds.

“Conecta is the result of a joint work of the documentary sector, which has been persistent, along with the support of several state institutions that understand the importance of promoting our creations. We have worked to position our country in the international documentary showcase, both for its artistic quality and its level of management and professionalism. With Conecta, we want to be a meeting point to learn what is being produced in the continent “, explains Paola Castillo, executive director of the Chilean Documentary Corporation CCDoc.

From Busan, Al Jazeera and Doha

The effort to bring experts from under explored markets is one of the main goals of Conecta 2018. Jin Park is a programmer of the Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, one of the largest film events in Asia, which has an active business influence in the Asian Film Market, their industry section.

Dedicated to the production of high quality documentary films, Al Jazeera Documentary is the first and only documentary channel focused on the Arab culture, and Adel Ksiksi, its programming manager, will be in Santiago evaluating the participating projects.

From Qatar comes Meriem Mesraoua, responsible for financing and producing local, regional and international films at the Doha Film Institute, an independent cultural organization that provides funds that contribute to the film culture of this country.

In addition to the Asian continent, there are other relevant industry names: Thom Powers comes on behalf of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a renowned class A festival. He is interested in local and Latin American content, as well as Andrea Hock, from Autlook Filmsales, important sales and acquisitions agent for documentaries (unitary and series).

The presence of Latin America takes form in names such as the Brazilian producer Luis Antonio Silveira, for the company Canal Azul; Carla Domingues from Canal Brasil, Karina Reismann from Canal Encuentro (Argentina), and Gloria Luz Arenas from Señal Caracol (Colombia); and distribution platforms such as Ecocinema (Uruguay) and development meeting events such as Labex (Argentina).

The documentary industry has a female voice

The female presence is strong in this edition, both in experts and filmmakers. Among the 54 projects, 22 are directed and 35 are produced by women.

Marjon Javadi is a Doc Society executive, a non-profit organization that provides funding for the production of documentaries leaded to global audiences; Dorota Lech is an industry programmer at Hot Docs, the largest documentary market in North America, based in Toronto, Canada. Representing IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam) comes Meike Statema, responsible for the area of education and youth audience programs.

Rose Troche is the producer who comes as a counselor from New Frontier and Sundance Institute. She will lead one of the two workshops that Conecta will give this year. New Frontier wants to attract audiences to narrative worlds that take advantage of new technologies, visual aesthetics, social media culture, immersive designs, game theory and transmedia activism, to expand the limits of the story.

Zurita Avant Premiere on a big screen

Every year Conecta holds a spot for a large audience screening of a Chilean documentary in a public place. This year the chosen one is Zurita, verás no ver, directed by Alejandra Carmona. The story of the man who clung to art, to heal his own wounds and who continues to be a relevant character of politics and national culture, will be screened for free on Friday, December 14 at 9:30 pm on the front of the Museum of Contemporary Art MAC at Parque Forestal.

The local eye

 Conecta also gathers important professionals of the national documentary industry, who bring a local perspective to the general panorama. Exhibitors and owners of independent theaters, distributors, festival directors, programmers of television channels, representatives of public organizations, among others will be part of it.

The third version of Conecta will be held from 11 to 15 December in Santiago, and is organized by the Chilean Documentary Corporation CCDoc, with funding from: National Audiovisual Fund of the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage; and ProChile.

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