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A Bunch of Amateurs

Original title: A Bunch of Amateurs

Directed by: Kim Hopkins

Produced by: Margareta Szabo (Labor of Love Films, United Kingdom); Kim Hopkins (Labor of Love Films, United Kingdom)

Country of production: United Kingdom

Runtime: 105', 89', possibly: 2x50'

Expected release: late 2021, early 2022

Production stage: Rough Cut

Budget: $575,000 (48% in place)

Looking for: festivals, sales agents, distributors, buyers, financiers, gap financing

Synopsis:

Growing old amid flickering memories and teetering on the brink of survival, BRADFORD MOVIE MAKERS, Britain’s oldest amateur film-making club, pulls out all the stops to save their ancient clubhouse from its final reckoning in this quietly hilarious, profoundly moving portrait of shared artistic folly that speaks to the delusional dreamer in us all.

Director’s profile:

Kim is a graduate of the NFTS. In 1999 she directed feature doc MAN IN THE SAND for BBC2, recounting the story of singer-songwriter Billy Bragg’s search for Woody Guthrie. In 2002 Kim directed WANTED, a feature doc funded by the UK Film Council, WDR & Soros Foundation. WANTED premiered at Locarno, London BFI & Viennale. Kim then spent a decade making television, before co-founding Labor of Love Films. In 2012, Kim directed feature doc HOTEL FOLLY (BBC Storyville) HOTEL FOLLY premiered at IDFA. In 2018, Kim directed feature doc VOICES OF THE SEA. VOICES premiered at True/False FF and went onto play in many festivals across the world. VOICES won best doc award at the HBO New York Latino FF, best doc at the Boston Latino FF, and best doc at DOCUDAYS, UA. The film aired on PBS (POV), ARTE and the WHY STORIES. VOICES had a UK theatrical run. Kim is currently working on A BUNCH OF AMATEURS.

Producer’s profile:

Margareta grew up in Budapest, Hungary. She is a documentary producer and actor. Margareta is a graduate of the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest. In 2012 Margareta moved to England where she co-founded Labor of Love Films. Margareta’s produced feature documentary HOTEL FOLLY. HOTEL FOLLY premiered at IDFA, and aired on BBC Storyville. In 2016 Margareta was selected for Berlinale Talents. In 2016 She won a place at the Future Producer School, a mentoring scheme for emerging documentary producers run by Sheffield Doc/Fest. In 2018, Margareta produced VOICES OF THE SEA (ITVS, POV/PBS) a feature documentary set in rural Cuba. VOICES premiered at True/False FF and went onto play in many screenings across the world. VOICES won best documentary awards at the HBO New York Latino FF, Boston Latino FF, and at DOCUDAYS, UA. VOICES aired on PBS (POV), ARTE, and BBC Storyville Global.

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Fragments from Heaven

Original title: Fragments from Heaven

Directed by: Adnane Baraka

Produced by: Adnane Baraka (Alpha Ursae Minoris productions, Morocco)

Country of production: Morocco, France, Qatar

Runtime: 90'

Expected release: December, 2021

Production stage: Post-production

Budget: $225,757 (77% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Funders, Sales agents/distributors, festivals, strategic guidance, editing consultation

Synopsis:

In the Moroccan desert, two men are in search of the same fragments from heaven.
For the nomad Mohamed, finding one of those valuable meteorites would change the life of his family.
For the scientist Abderrahman, those celestial objects could answer his questionings about the origin of life.
Their search merges into a spiritual quest that echoes with everyone else’s.

Director & Producer’s profile:

After studying at ESAV film school in Marrakech/Morocco, Adnane graduated in directing in 2011.
He is a Moroccan independent filmmaker born and lives in Marrakech.
In 2010, he directed his first short documentary TALBANINE, a sensitive film about a remote and isolated school in the mountains, enlivened by the pupils and their teacher.
In 2019, he finished his first documentary feature WANDERING STARS, about three blind young Moroccans defying countless obstacles in order to survive in their parallel world and find true meaning in their lives.
Particularly, FRAGMENTS FROM HEAVEN is a film that Adnane has been working on since 2014. The film has been shot in several periods between 2017 and the end of 2020.
He is also a musician, researching in acoustic and synthetic sounds through InCave and SENT projects.

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The Beach of Enchaquirados

Original title: La Playa de los Enchaquirados

Directed by: Iván Mora Manzano

Produced by: Alfredo Mora Manzano (La República Invisible, Ecuador)

Country of production: Ecuador

Runtime: 90'

Expected release: January, 2022

Production stage: Post-production

Budget: €135.366,24 (73% in place)

Looking for: Festivals, Co-production, gap financing

Synopsis:

Vicky is fisherman by day and bar owner at night. When she was a little boy her dream was to be a radio soap opera star, nowadays she dreams of falling in love again. How is it possible that a small, barren place in the third world has managed to achieve this special form of freedom and tolerance?

Director’s profile:

Guayaquil, 1977.
His shorts SILENCIO NUCLEAR (2002) and VIDA DEL AHORCADO (2004) were presented, respectively, in Venice and Locarno.
SIN OTOÑO, SIN PRIMAVERA (2012) is his first feature film. Was presented in 30 festivals and in theaters in France. In 2012 he directed a documentary for TV: LA BISABUELA TIENE ALZHEIMER (2012) Doctv award.
YELLOW SUNGLASSES (2020) is his second fiction feature. Premiered in Vancouver Film Festival and Cinequest.
THE BEACH OF THE ENCHAQUIRADOS is his 3rd feature.

Producer’s profile:

Ecuadorian documentary film producer, writer and cultural manager.
He has produced the feature documentaries ABUELOS by Carla Valencia (Nominated for Best First Feature Film at IDFA 2010), LA BISABUELA TIENE ALZHEIMER by Iván Mora Manzano (selected to represent DOCTV Latin America’s tenth anniversary Gala at FICCI) and TERRITORIO by Alexandra Cuesta (FIDMarseille, Ann Arbor, ENYFF, Viennale). His film productions have been screened at IDFA, BAFICI, É Tudo Verdade, Locarno, Traverse City, Biarritz, Havana, Toulouse, FiDocs, amongst many others.

From 2016 to 2020 he was the Director of EDOC (Encounters of the Cinema), the oldest and biggest Documentary Film Festival in Ecuador.

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The Silent Path

Original title: Soebertono Mote

Directed by: Yonri Revolt

Produced by: Rendy Rizal (Yoikatra, Indonesia)

Country of production: Indonesia, Netherlands

Runtime: 78'

Expected release: October, 2021

Production stage: Post-Production

Budget: $29,900 (18% in place)

Looking for: Gap Financing, Buyers, Distributors, Strategic Guidance

Synopsis:

Soebertono Mote, also known as Father Bert, came to Papua 50 years ago. During his time in Papua he served in various areas. As a priest he has his own personal views on armed conflict, colonialism and love. His return to the Netherlands, which continued with his passing away, seemed to signal that there were unfinished things in Papua.

Director’s profile:

Yonri Revolt is a writer, journalist, filmmaker, and co¬founder of Yoikatra Community, based in Timika, Papua. In 2014, the community developed the Halaman Papua program which focuses on issues of women in conflict areas. The documentary film he produced with Yoikatra are TIGA MAMA TIGA CINTA (2015), DI BALIK TAMAN EDEN (2015), MAMA FIN (2015), INSIDE SACK (2018). In 2016, his documentary film entitled MAMA AMAMAPARE (2016) won the Best Short Documentary Award at the Indonesian Film Festival and Best Film at the Eagle Awards, Documentary Competition. Since 2015, in collaboration with Yoikatra, Yonri has developed many documentary projects and citizen journalism involving local citizenship, raising crucial issues in Papua, and developing public archiving and presentation programs. Yonri works with forum lenteng, a community based in Jakarta for democratic approach in art and filmmaking

Producer’s profile:

Rendy Rizal is a film producer based in Timika, Papua. He is working with Yoikatra as a lead research programmer and studied film since 2016. Collaborating on various films related to Papuan issues such as INSIDE SACK (2018) and KARLOTA/BUSYBODY (2021).