Susan Weeks Coulter, GFI Founder and Board Chair, is in Cannes and available to meet with filmmakers, producers and sales agents regarding projects in development, and films seeking distribution and/or production funding.
(Look for the yellow bag!)
The Global Film Initiative is a leading distributor and funder of films from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, including:
MISS LOVELY (dir. Ashim Ahluwalia, India). Un Certain Regard. ISA: Fortissimo. Screening May 24 and May 25.
FAT, BALD, SHORT MAN/GORDO, CALVO Y BAJITO (dir. Carlos Osuna, Colombia). There is no International Sales Agent. This film which I first saw as a work in progress in San Sebastian tells a wonderful emotionally fulfilling story of a fat, bald, short man using the simplest animated drawings. Whoever sees it loves it as you can see from its very long list of showcases:
2008. Selected for Cinéma in Développement a branch of Cinéma en Construction an initiative promoted by San Sebastián Film Festival and the Rencontres Cinémas d'Amérique Latine de Toulouse.
2009. Winner of the Feature Film Production category of the Colombian Cinematographic Development Fund (FDC) contest.
2010. Best Feature Film Project during the V Producer’s Encounter of Cartagena Film Festival.
2010. Selected to be part of the Producers Network of Cannes Film Festival.
2010. Selected to be part of the Movie Market of Annecy Animated Film Festival.
2011. Selected to be part of Guadalajara Construye 5.
2011. Winner of the Fonds Sud Cinema Fund for post-production.
2011. Winner of the Fix Comunicación Prize during Guadalajara Construye 5.
2011. Winner of the Art Digital Prize during Guadalajara Construye 5.
2011. Biarritz Film Festival. Avant Premiere Section. Out of competition.
2011. Warsaw Film Festival. Free Spirit Competition. In competition.
2011. Chicago Film Festival. World Cinema Program. Out of competition.
2011. India Film Festival.
2011. Amiens Film Festival. In Competition.
BEAUTY/SKOONHEID (dir. Oliver Hermanus, South Africa), Premiered Cannes FF 2011 Un Certain Regard. ISA: MK2.
GREY MATTER/ MATIÈRE GRISE (dir. Kivu Ruhorahoza, Rwanda) has played in the Tribeca Film Festival 2012 (Special Jury Mention Best Actor), Rio,Warsaw, Rotterdam, Durban, Dubai, Melbourne International Film Festival 2012
THE BODA BODA THIEVES (dir. Donald Mugisha, Uganda).
Click on the links below for recent GFI news:
FESTIVALS & AWARDS: GFI Grantee MISS LOVELY Selected for Un Certain Regard
GRANTING: George Ovashvili and Li Ruijun Among GFI's Winter 2012 Grantees
DISTRIBUTION: Watch THE FINGER and other Global Lens 2012 Films on Festival Scope!
INDUSTRY: GFI Co-sponsors the Sierra Leone International Film Festival
NEW ON DVD:Sérgio Bianchi's THE TENANTS and Levan Koguashvili's STREET DAYS