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LatinArab Co-Production Forum Announces Winning Film Projects of Its 4th Edition

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LatinArab Co-Production Forum Announces Winning Film Projects of Its 4th Edition

Within Ventana Sur, the biggest Latin American film market,the LatinArab Co-production Forum has announced the winning film projects of its 4th edition, organized by the non-profit organization for the Promotion of Cultural Diversity Creciente "Cine Fértil", recipient of the 2018 UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture.

Winners of the Latin Arab Co-Production Forum Awards:

An Award for Best Documentary Pitch worth USD 15,000 | Traces of Home | Palestine, USA, Mexico) | Director: Colette Ghunim
El Gouna Film Festival Award for Best Fiction Pitch (USD $4,000): Viaje al Valle | Argentina, Morocco| Director: Andrés Gato Martínez Cantó
Lahaye-Pomeranec Award for Best Work in Progress (Post-Production Services worth USD $16,000): Encuentros en Medio Oriente (Encounters in the Middle East) | Argentina, Palestine| Director: Federico Marcello
Haddock Films Award for Best Argentinian Project (AR $40,000): Beit Sahour | Palestine, Chile, Argentina| Director: Fernanda Chain Award (Screenplay doctoring services): As Cercas da Minha Casa | Jordan, Brazil, Iraq | Director: Hassan Zariff
The Language Lab Award (Translation of dossiers/script/treatment): Beit Sahour (Argentina, Chile, Palestine) | Director: Fernanda Chain
IES en Lenguas Vivas "Juan Ramón Fernández" Award (Translating all files) | Fear and Faith in Paradise | Brazil, Egypt | Director: Diogo Faggiano

Cine Fértil Subs Award (Subtitling the final cut of the film to English or Spanish) |Encuentros en Medio Oriente (Encounters in the Middle East)| Argentina, Palestine| Director: Federico Marcello
The LatinArab Co-Production Forum targets projects in the development and post-production stages, from Latin America and the Arab world. The Forum is an opportunity to promote new audiovisual projects, enable co-production agreements, and strengthen cooperation between industry professionals with its parti-colored activities that range between pitching sessions, business rounds, work in progress competitions and specialized conferences.

Through its website, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) announced an open call for applications for Arab film projects to be part of the 4th LatinArab Co-production Forum, marking their 4th consecutive year of collaboration.

Heralded as Latin America's most important film market, Ventana Sur is the go-to hub on every international filmmaker and distributor's agenda. Ventana Sur is organized in collaboration between the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) and Marché du Film - Cannes Film Festival. The prestigious film event brings together all the different players from the audiovisual industry to promote international co-production, financing and distribution of Latin American content.

Organized by MAD Solutions, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) celebrates its fifth year since its inception in 2015. A nonprofit organization registered in Amsterdam, the ACC is an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides the filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes. The ACC also provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution, among others. The ACC's activities vary between film markets, stands and pavilions, networking sessions and one-on-one meetings bringing together Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, as well meetings with international organizations and festivals, and the issuance of the Arab Cinema Magazine to be distributed at the leading international film festivals and markets.

Furthermore, newsletter subscription is now available on the ACC's website, allowing users to obtain digital copies of the Arab Cinema Magazine, as well as news on the ACC's activities, notifications of application dates for grants, festivals and offers from educational and training institutions, updates on Arab films participating at festivals, exclusive news on the Arab Cinema LAB, and highlights from the ACC's partners and their future projects.

The ACC also launched an English-language Arab Cinema Guide, available on its website, which is a comprehensive cinematic guide that comprises a variety of tools presented collectively for the first time to offer information on Arab cinema to filmmakers inside and outside of the Arab world. It also aims to facilitate filmmakers' access to international markets and help film industry representatives to easily identify Arab film productions.

The Arab Cinema Center announced the launch of the MAD 3ARABI (Arab Flow) in Prague, Czech Republic. The festival aims to introduce the Arab culture and focus on the film and TV industry, flowing Arab entertainment and culture onto European shores, and also providing an extension for Arab filmmakers and content creators in the entertainment industry to reach new shores.