Chilean industrial forum Sanfic Industria has launched new Virtual Reality and Women Producer Lab sections in its 11th edition. Sanfic Industria will run from August 11-19 and will also include its main pillars: WIP Ibero-American, Santiago Lab: Fiction and Documentary, Sanfic-Mórbido Lab, Series Lab, Sanfic Net, and Sanfic Series.
“By introducing a virtual reality section, we’re betting on new forms of narrative,” said Gabriela Sandoval, founder and director of Sanfic Industria for the Sanfic XR showcase, which will be open to the public at Matucana 100, the forum’s official headquarters.
“Having these films available to everyone creates a connection between the public and the filmmakers,” she noted.
In tribute to the growing number of female producers in Ibero America, Sanfic Industria will present a new space dedicated to female creators: Productoras Lab. The lab of fiction and nonfiction projects in development will select seven debut and second films from female producers in Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, and Colombia.
The Forum will also premiere the highly anticipated series “La Vida de Nosotras” directed by Barbara Barrera Morales (“Diego’s Wife”) and other female directors. A hilarious title when it was being produced by Conecta Friction and BTF Media, “La Vida de nosotras” is a five-episode dramatic novel series that tells the stories of 16 sexist violence against women in modern society.
In this year’s WIP selection, most of the entries received were documentaries. “It’s probably because of the pandemic because they’re easier to make,” speculates Sandoval, who observes that many projects explore personal stories.
Launched by the CorpArtes Foundation, Sanfic Industria is produced by Storyboard Media and co-funded by the 2022 Audiovisual Development Fund. It complements the Sanfic Film Festival, which takes place from August 14th to 21st.
FANFIC Project in Progress (WIP)
“Tierra de nuestras madres” (“land of our mothers”)
Catalog Liz Lobato products. Nieves Maroto (Spain)
Documentary mix. A fable told by a goat about an elderly woman and her disabled son leading a struggle to prevent their ancestral land from being sold.
“Érase una vez en los Andes” (“Once Upon a Time in the Andes”)
Catalog of Rómulo Sulca Ricra products. Rómulo Sulca Ricra (Peru)
In the Peruvian Andes, the shepherdess Margarita encounters a dying Chilean soldier who has escaped from the battle. She nurses him back to health and they fall in love. After being discovered, the Chilean was taken captive, but his life was spared while the Shepherdess was waiting for his child.
“Viola no Redemoinho” (“Guitar Treaty”)
Catalog of Guilherme Bacalhao products. Getsemane Silva (Brazil)
Slaughterhouse worker Alex dreams of becoming a musician like his father Lazaro, who is said to have made a pact with the devil. To protect himself from harm, Lázaro organized the traditional Folia de Reis. Alex goes home to help his father, but things always go wrong. His only chance to save his father is to take over the satanic covenant.
Catalog of Diogo Leite products. Andrea Lanzoni (Brazil)
Laura Magalhaes, who will turn 50, still thinks she has a chance at being a movie star. Despite having few job opportunities in her acting career, she rehearsed for an audition for “Medea,” which she hopes will mark her triumphant return.
“Una luz Negra” (“Light of Darkness”)
Catalog of Alberto Hayden products. Joaquín Echeverría & Benja Pinto (Chile)
Josefina (56) and Jorge (45) are linked by chance. Four years ago, she lost a son with his namesake: Jorge Ferrer Briard. What seemed at first a simple coincidence turned into an obsession. Not only do they share the same name, but they also have obvious physical similarities. Jorge looked online for answers. For Josefina, her son’s absence has plagued her. His presence disturbed the family.
“Biopsy (Retrato de Una Anti Entidad Inhumane)” (“Biopsy (Portrait of an Anti-Human Entity”))
product. Veronica Abarca (Mexico, Chile)
Documentation function. Adriana has been traumatized since she was raped as a teenager. Some 15 years later, inspired by the rising #metoo movement, she told her mother what happened that night. They joined together for a candid discussion about women’s role in society, sexuality, and silent violence against women in a country where gender-based violence is normalized and even rationalized.
Catalog of Catalina Villar products. Cristina Marie Villar Rosa (Colombia, France)
documentation. Villar explores the mysteries behind her grandmother, Ana Rosa, a pianist who had her lobes removed in the ’50s. She only had a photo on her ID card, with few clues. Entering a journey through the history of psychiatry, the docu asks why most lobotomies in the world are performed on women.
“Henri el último pirata” (“Henri the Last Pirate”)
Catalog Julian Fernandez Products. Dominic Ramsey (Chile)
Docu follows Loti, the son of French diver Henri Garcia from Team Cousteau, who decides to give up European life and settle on Easter Island. During an expedition to the top of a volcano between Chile and Bolivia, Henry discovered a crystal ball in a lagoon. Following this discovery, he changed and took his own life in 2015. Doku explores Henry’s life and his sudden death.
“Abundancia de mariposa” (“Blessing of the Butterfly”)
Catalog Roberto Latorre products. Maria Nella Santa Maria (Panama)
Documentary mix. Salva El Grillo Art Group has been spearheading the fight for LGBTQ rights in the ultra-conservative and homophobic country of Panama since before the outbreak and the pandemic. We focus on young activists and artists who are making history.
“Al Sur del invierno está la Nieve” (“Snow Winter in the South”)
Catalog Sebastián Vidal Campos products. Sebastian Lavados (Chile)
Documentation function. In Chile’s Ultima Esperanza province, a historic snowfall kept people in quarantine for weeks and killed dozens of animals. It is still called the “white earthquake”. There is hardly any snow today and farmers, old or unemployed, have left their homes. Those who still live here, along with their dogs, keep animals to kill and eat to escape the wild beasts, loneliness, and cold.