By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 5, 2012 at 2:01PM
Fifteen projects representing 12 countries have been selected for the Venice Film Festival's Biennale College-Cinema. Each team is composed of a director and producer, and will take part in a 10-day workshop held in Venice in January 2013. Full list below.
The Biennale College-Cinema's mission is to promote new filmmaking talent by offering them the opportunity to work closely with well-know professionals toward the goal of producing a low-budget film. As many as three of the 15 projects will receive 150,000 Euro in funding to make three feature-length films, which will be presented at the 70th Venice International Film Festival (August 28 - September 7, 2013).
The shortlisted projects hail from Brazil, Egypt, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Philippines, Rwanda, Spain, South Africa, Thailand and the U.S.
The 15 projects are:
Abu Naim Mich’ael Zupraner (director), Naama Pyritz (producer) Israel
A Case of the Dismals Kim Spurlock (director), Mai Spurlock (producer) USA
The Death of J.P. Cuenca João Paolo Cuenca (director), Marina Meliande (producer) Brazil
I Dreamt of Empire Kasem Kharsa (director), Moustafa Zakaria (producer) Egypt
Into the Light Rowland Jobson (director), Alastair Clark (producer) Great Britain
Memphis Tim Sutton (director), John Baker (producer) USA
Nervous Translation Shireen Martinez Seno (director), Jonathan Dalog Torres (producer) Philippines
The Prefect Daniel P.K. Smyth (director), Marcie Dawn MacLellan (producer) Great Britain
Room 0 Jenna Cato Bass (director), David Horler (producer) South Africa
Slim Land Yves Montand Niyongabo (director), Lee Isac Chung (producer) Rwanda
Sorrow Demons, Joy Blizzards Tomer Bahat (director), Rotem Faram (producer) Israel
The Substance Lluis Galter Sanchez (director), Sergie Moreno Castillo (producer) Spain
Tramontane Vatche Boulghourjian (director), Caroline Oliveira (producer) Lebanon
Two Sad People Wanna Make a Happy Film Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (director), Aditya Assarat (producer) Thailand
Yuri Esposito Alessio Fava (director), Massimiliano Chicco (producer) Italy