X Documentary Film Workshop

For the third year in a row, the Cartagena International Film Festival (FICCI) will be hosting the Documentary Workshop. This initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Proimágenes Colombia is implemented by Encuentros Cartagena, a forum designed to meet the many and varied needs of both the Colombian and Latin American film industries. This year, the 12 projects selected to participate in the 9th edition of the workshop will beneft from the advice and guidance of experts in different felds.

The projects selected are all feature-length flms by Argentinean, Colombian, Costa Rican, Cuban, Ecuadoran and Mexican filmmakers, who will have the opportunity to sit down with Marta Andreu, individually and as a group, for five whole days and analyze their screenplays with a view to building on the aesthetic visions and proposals outlined in their dossiers. During this period of intensive rewriting, they will also acquire the tools they will need to successfully manage the fnancing, pre-production, flming and post-production phases of their projects.

At the end of the workshop, each flmmaker will be asked to apply Marta Andreu’s strategies and knowledge, and the advice of Consuelo Castillo and Claudia Rodríguez on production and distribution aspects, respectively, for the beneft of fve panels of industry representatives, who will hear each participant out and assess the potential of their projects. Every phase of a documentary project involves different actors, reason why one of our goals is to help producers and directors give more effective pitches that target specifc audiences, such as national and international funds, festival programmers, potential co-producers, sales agents and distribution channels for non-fction contents, both traditional and alternative.

Finally, we would like to thank Universidad Pontifcia Bolivariana, Centro Ático de la Pontifcia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá and RTVC for their invaluable support, without which this workshop and the prizes awarded the winning projects would not be possible.