In a nod to the exponentially rising curiosity in premium TV content material and the swelling variety of content-ravenous platforms, the Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG)’s business part has launched a aggressive tv part dubbed Episode 0: Series in Development.
Its individuals will probably be given the chance to community and vie for prizes that encompass post-production companies price a mixed complete of some $35,000 (700,000 pesos) from Cinecolor Mexico and Shalala Studios. In addition, Colombia’s Pontifical Xavierian University provides a scholarship price $2,800 to its prestigious The Series Lab, which goals to coach showrunners and TV professionals, in addition to accreditation within the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM).
The inaugural Episode 0 options seven Ibero-American tasks in improvement, encompassing varied genres: animation, dramas, thrillers and non-fiction. “This takes place now in November together with our Co-Production Encounter, whereas the opposite sections, DocuLab, Guadalajara Construye and Talents, have been held in August or September,” mentioned the competition’s business head, Angelica Lares, who famous that the pandemic had obliged the competition to carry the sections at completely different instances of the 12 months.
Two animation tasks are in competition: “Firsts” (“Primeras”), seen at Annecy, from Chile’s Paulina Sanhueza, spotlights pioneering Latin American ladies who have been first in fields historically dominated by males and managed to alter the course of historical past. Sanhueza is the co-founder of Gigante Azul Studio, which is producing its first animated sequence, “Witch’s Business.”
Mexico’s Eva Ruiz de Chavez of production-management firm Panamericana Pictures brings her first animation mission, “Wild City” (Ciudad Salvaje”) to the combo. In collaboration with Mighty Animation, the Guadalajara-based animation studio that labored on such titles as “Rick and Morty” and “Big Mouth,” Panamericana goals to supply a TV sequence of what started on Instagram the place illustrator Santiago Moyao’s eclectic characters give their absurdist, ironic tackle life in Mexico City.
Ruiz de Chavez sees “Wild City” as a solution to the truth that Mexico does not have its equal of “The Simpsons,” “South Park” or “Family Guy.” A comic book e-book deal has been signed with Penguin Random House, she added.
Two disparate doc-series vie for prizes: “Foodie” explores the manufacturing processes and the social, cultural nuances of every Mexican area and their relationship to gastronomy. Producer Andres Ibañez Diaz Infante screened his documentary “A Six Dollar Cup of Coffee” at FICG33’s Culinary Cinema sidebar.
The second doc-series, “Antarctic Mission,” from Emmy-nominated Chilean journalist Carola Fuentes, transports you to frigid Antarctica the place a bunch of intrepid scientists examine beneath the ice to search out clues to the way forward for humanity.
Argentina’s Nathalia Videla Peña of Magma Cine, the corporate behind Victoria Galardi’s Movistar sitcom “Manual de Supervivencia,” competes with “Hotline.”
Set within the 12 months 2025 in an Argentina nonetheless below the grip of an financial disaster, the sequence revolves round Marcela, a single 39-year-old unemployed actress who creates a hotline in numerous digital platforms to make ends meet. Things go awry when a serial killer begins calling to admit his crimes.
Colombian writer-producer Adriana Suarez brings “Lucet Memento” to Episode 0. The thriller facilities on a girl who makes use of her energy to speak with the no longer alive to avoid wasting the son of her late twin sister and shut down a baby trafficking group within the course of.
Last however not least, Uruguayan entry “Private Lives” (“Las Vidas Privadas”) from producer Agustina Chiarino, whose notable credit embody “Giant,” “Monos” and “The Heiresses,” pivots on a 59-year-old feminine choose who finds she has to resolve her personal case when her marriage breaks down.