Two films from “Final Cut in Venice” win awards at the Berlin Film Festival
Istiyad Ashbah (Ghost Hunting) by Raed Andoni won the new Best Original Documentary Award
02 | 20 | 2017
Félicité by Alain Gomis won the Grand Jury Prize – Silver Bear
Two of the films that took part in the “Final Cut” workshop organized by the Biennale alongside the Venice International Film Festival 2016, have won important acknowledgments at the Berlin Film Festival 2017 which ended yesterday:
· Félicité by Alain Gomis (France, Senegal) won the Grand Jury Prize – Silver Bear
· Istiyad Ashbah (Ghost Hunting) by Raed Andoni (France, Palestine, Switzerland, Qatar) won the new Best Original Documentary Award
The workshop “Final Cut in Venice” has been held as part of the new Venice Production Bridge of the Venice Film Festival, dedicated since 2016 to the presentation and exchange of original projects for films and works-in-progress, to foster meetings with various parties interested in completing, developing and producing them.
In particular, “Final Cut in Venice” aims to give concrete assistance for the completion of films from African countries and from Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria: this means giving an opportunity to the producers and directors to present their work-in-progress films to international operators and distributors, with the purpose of facilitating their post-production process and promoting possible co-production partnerships and access to the distribution market.
"Final Cut in Venice" consists of a three-day working session during which up to 6 films selected as working copies will be presented to producers, buyers, distributors and organizers of international film festivals, with meetings aimed at ensuring economic support for the films in their post-production phase.
In addition to the two winning films, two other titles selected for Berlin 2017 came from the “Final Cut in Venice” workshop:
· The Wound by John Trengove (South Africa) in Panorama
· Tigmi Nigren (The House in the Fields) by Tala Hadid (Morocco, Qatar) at the Forum
The next edition of "Final Cut in Venice" is scheduled from 3 to 5 September 2017 (Regulations and entry form available starting in April on the website www.labiennale.org) during the 74th Venice International Film Festival in Venice (30 August - 9 September), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.