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Venice Film Festival Announces 15 Shortlisted Projects for Biennale College-Cinema

Photo of Beth Hanna 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.
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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

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.