As a new extension of the TFI Latin American Media Arts Fund, the TFI WorldView partnership have awarded three development grants of up to $10,000 to filmmaking teams based in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The award of up to $10,000 is exclusively for development, pre-production and/or production (finishing funds excluded) of each project with an intended running time of 60 – 90 minutes. All awardees of the TFI Latin American Media Arts Fund will be announced at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
Sergio Daniel Estrada López – Night Inside Me
Sergio has a degree in Social Communication (UCB), diploma in Documentary Production (University del Valle, Cali-Colombia 2010), master in Planification and Management of local development (CESU-UMSS). For the last eighteen years he has worked as a documentary producer and director. The principals: “Beatriz junto al pueblo (Beatriz with the people)” (2010); “Un Dia Más (One Day More), a documentary about Bolivian Immigration in the United States (SANFIC 2009); “Cocalero”, a documentary about the campaign of President Evo Morales Aima (Sundance Festival, Official Selection 2007); “Music of the World: Music of the Bolivian Amazon, produced by Spanish Television; “Inkallajta: Historic patrimony of humanity” produced by UNESCO, “The millenial coca” and “Cocaine and Alternative Development” produced by Spanish Television. He participated at the Sunny Side of the Doc 2012 at the Latin American Village and at the Coproduction Market of Guadalajara Film Festival 2012 with the documental project “Night inside me” (IBERMEDIA 2011)
Michelle Serieux – Swimming on Dry Land
Michelle is a trained writer, director, producer and actor. Originally from the French Creole island of St Lucia, Michelle studied MultiMedia, Drama and Cultural studies at the University of the West Indies Mona (CARIMAC), whilst pursuing concurrent courses in the performing arts and photography at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Michelle is a graduate of the Film Division at Columbia University School of Arts, and of New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Her previous work in Theatre has seen collaborations with Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott, Arthur Miller and Seamus Heaney, as well as the producer Elisabetta Di Mambro of Change Performing Arts Italy. Michelle has worked in Europe, the US and the Caribbean for clients such as UNIFEM, UNESCO and other organisations such as New Heritage Theatre in New York City and the Oscar Award Nominated IMPACT Repertory Theatre. Aside from English, Michelle speaks Spanish, French, French Creole and under the right conditions, basic Portuguese and Italian.
Anabel Rodriguez – Growing in Oil
Anabel’s initiation in the arts began in the theater, having worked in an experimental theater group in Caracas (TallerExperimentaldeTeatro) for several years before having left for London. She graduated as a filmmaker at London Film School, where she directed four of her first films. One of them, a short documentary, called ISAU, confirmed the connection Anabel has with displaced people. Her camera looks straight to her subject, and this way of viewing reveals somehow the inner worlds of people. It’s a view that stops in apparently meaningless gestures. Anabel has since directed several short and midlength films, both fiction and documentary, her last project was the beforementioned “The Barrel” for the “Why Poverty” scheme.
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