The Chilean industry forum Sanfic Industria begins its 11th edition with the launch of new sections of virtual reality and laboratory of women producers. From August 11 to 19, Sanfic Industria will also include its pillars: Ibero-American WIP, Santiago Lab: fiction and documentary, Sanfic-Mórbido Lab, Series Lab, Sanfic Net and Sanfic Series.
“By introducing a virtual reality section, we are betting on new narrative formats,” said Gabriela Sandoval, founder and director of Sanfic Industria, of the Sanfic XR showcase, which will be open to the public at the forum’s official headquarters, Matucana 100.
“Making these films accessible to everyone creates a connection between the public and the creators of the films,” she stressed.
In a nod to the growing number of female producers in Latin America, Sanfic Industria will present a new space dedicated to female creators: Productoras Lab. The laboratory for fiction and non-fiction projects in development will offer a selection of seven first and second films from producers from Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala and Colombia.
This year’s hybrid edition is expecting some 400 guests, including attendees, experts, mentors and industry professionals. A number of panels, masterclasses, workshops and various networking activities are part of the busy schedule, most of which will be streamed online to the public.
The forum will also feature the premiere of the highly anticipated series “La Vida de Nosotras” directed by Barbara Barrera Morales (“Mas Alla de Diego”) and other female directors. A buzz title when moved to Conecta Foiction, and a BTF Media production, “La Vida de nosotras” is a five-part drama fiction series that presents 16 stories of gender-based violence suffered by women in modern society.
Among this year’s WIP selection, most of the entries received were documentaries. “Maybe it’s because of the pandemic because they’re easier to do,” speculated Sandoval who observed that many projects explore personal stories.
Sanfic Industria is presented by the CorpArtes Foundation, produced by Storyboard Media and co-financed by the Audiovisual Development Fund 2022. It complements the Sanfic film festival which runs from August 14-21.
SANFIC WORK IN PROGRESS (WIP)
“Tierra de nuestras madres” (“Land of our mothers”)
Real. Liz Lobato Prod. Nieves Maroto (Spain)
Docu-fiction hybrid. A fable told by a goat about an elderly woman and her disabled son who lead the fight to prevent the sale of their ancestral lands.
“Érase una vez en los Andes” (“Once upon a time in the Andes”)
Real. Romulo Sulca Ricra Prod. Romulo Sulca Ricara (Peru)
In the Peruvian Andes, Margarita, a shepherdess, encounters a dying Chilean soldier who escaped from battle. She heals him and they fall in love. After being discovered, the Chilean is taken prisoner but his life is spared when it is revealed that the shepherdess is expecting her child.
“Viola no Redemoinho” (“Treatise on the guitar”)
Real. Guilherme Bacalhão Prod. Getsemane Silva (Brazil)
Alex, a slaughterhouse worker, dreams of becoming a musician like his father Lázaro, who would have made a pact with the devil. To protect himself from evil, Lázaro organizes the traditional Folia de Reis. Alex returns home to help his father, but things continue to go wrong. His only chance to save his father is to take over the satanic pact.
Real. Diogo Leite Prod. Andrea Lanzoni (Brazil)
Laura Magalhaes, about to turn 50, still thinks she has the chance to become a movie star. Despite few job opportunities in her acting career, she rehearses to audition for “Medea” which she hopes will mark her triumphant return to the big screen.
“Una luz negra” (“A dark light”)
Real. Alberto Hayden Prod. Joaquín Echeverría & Benja Pinto (Chile)
Josefina (56) and Jorge (45) are linked by chance. Four years ago, she lost a son of the same name as him: Jorge Ferrer Buriard. What at first seems like a simple coincidence turns into an obsession. Not only do they share the name, but there is an obvious physical resemblance. Jorge searches for answers online. For Josefina, the absence of her son haunts her. His presence disturbs the household.
“Biopsie (Retrato de una Anti Entidad Inhumana),” (“Biopsie (Portrait of an Anti-Human Entity”))
production Verónica Abarca (Mexico, Chile)
Doc-feature. Adriana carries the trauma of when she was raped as a teenager. Some 15 years later, inspired by the rising #metoo movement, she tells her mother what happened that night. They come together to open a frank discussion about the role of women in society, sexuality and silent violence against women in a country where gender violence is normalized and even justified.
Real. Catalina Villar Prod. Cristina Marie Villar Rosa (Colombia, France)
Document. Villar explores the mystery behind her paternal grandmother, Ana Rosa, who was a pianist and brainwashed in the 1950s. All she has is a picture of an ID card and some clues. A journey through the history of psychiatry, docu asks why the majority of lobotomies in the world have been performed on women.
“Henri el último pirata” (“Henry the Last Pirate”)
Real. Julian Fernandez Prod. Dominique Rammsy (Chile)
Docu follows Loti, the son of Henri Garcia, a French diver with the Cousteau team, who has decided to leave his European life behind and move to Easter Island. During an expedition to the top of a volcano between Chile and Bolivia, Henri finds a crystal ball submerged in the lagoon. After this discovery, he changes and in 2015 ends up committing suicide. Docu explores Henri’s life and his sudden death.
“Abundancia de mariposas” (“An Abundance of Butterflies”)
Real. Roberto Latorre Prod. Maria Neyla Santamaria (Panama)
Docu-fiction hybrid. Since before the social epidemic and the pandemic, the artistic group Salva el Grillo has spearheaded the fight for LGBTQ rights in Panama, an ultra-conservative and homophobic country. We follow young activists and artists who are making history.
“Al Sur del invierno está la Nieve” (“The Snowy Winter in the South”)
Real. Sebastian Vidal Campos Prod. Sebastian Lavados (Chile)
Doc-Feature. In Última Esperanza province, Chile, a historic snowfall left people isolated for weeks and killed dozens of animals. It is still remembered as the “white earthquake”. Today it is barely snowing, and the peasants, old or unemployed, have abandoned their homes. Those who still live here, accompanied by their dogs, raise animals to kill and eat, sheltered from wild beasts, loneliness and cold.