Today begins in Rome the sixth edition of MIA – International Audiovisual Market which, as usual, will take place at Palazzo Barberini in full compliance with health regulations. In addition to the physical event, on-site, you can also participate online, on the MIA DIGITAL platform.
The MIA gives some projects the chance to be presented in front of an important national and international audience.
During the event (from 14 to 18 October) 50 projects from more than 20 countries will be presented. We are not just talking about movies, but also about TV series and documentaries, which are having more and more success on streaming platforms. It is interesting to note the commitment to inclusiveness which is the key to this year’s event: 50% of the projects, in fact, are the work of women as proof of the market’s commitment to inclusiveness and the enhancement of female work.
Among the most appealing titles we find: AMOR Y DOLOR by Emanuele Scaringi, produced by Fandango; ANIMAL by the director of the award-winning Park, Sofia Exarchou; AUDREY LA MER, new film by Sebastiano Riso; AUTONAUTS OF THE COSMOROUTE by Olivier Gondry and Leslie Menahem, the story of the extraordinary journey undertaken by the Argentine writer Julio Cortázar in May 1982; THE BEAUTIFUL SUMMER by Laura Luchetti, ‘coming of age‘ set in Turin in 1939; DALVA by Emanuelle Nicot; THE LAST SHOT by the director of Money Heist, Alex Rodrigo, the story of the adventurer Luis Valtueña, involved in a humanitarian mission in Rwanda; THE ROUGH LIFE OF THE HEAVENLY ANIMALS by Beatriz Seigner; and THE SORCERERS by Christopher Murray, produced by Juan de Dios’ Fabula and Pablo Larraín, acclaimed director of Jackie and Neruda.
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An eye for Italy but the prizes are for everyone
The MIA project does not forget its origins. This year the MIA | Film Co-Production Market, led by Alexia De Vito, presents “WANNA TASTE IT?”. A new section dedicated exclusively to Italian film projects in development and a platform for Italian industry and talent. Everything revolves around targeted networking with potential sales and financiers and moments of advanced training and updating, through targeted meetings with sector experts, representatives of institutions, funds and support programs.
There are two prizes up for grabs for this edition: the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award and the ARTE Kino International Prize. The first, worth 20,000 euros, is awarded by the Council of Europe Fund and is intended for the development of the project that best meets the collaboration and co-production criteria that inspire Eurimages. The second is a prize of 6,000 euros with which ARTE intends to support the development of a project, which will be chosen by a special jury.
News of MIA 2020
A novelty of the 2020 edition is precisely the possibility of meeting, thanks to a series of exclusive interviews, important figures of the film industry. The first meeting will be, not surprisingly, with one of the most important Hollywood producers, MICHAEL ELLENBERG, founder and CEO of Media Res. Michael served as Head of Drama for HBO, commissioning hit series such as Westworld, Big Little Lies, True Detective, The Young Pope. Among the films, he produced Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Cyrus, with John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill, and Robin Hood, with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. The second appointment of “The Producer’s Keynote” series, however, will be with STEPHEN CORNWELL, co-founder and co-CEO of The Ink Factory, with his brother Simon.
Following projects will be presented in the new categories that include Mini Series and Films conceived for TV and digital platforms: KILL, a dark comedy created and written by Barry Devlin; the film STRECAPERDAS (STREAMROLLERS) by Fabio Guaglione and Angelo Camba, a tale between the epic and the fantastic, set in Sardinia in the late 1960s. This year “Short-forms” will also enter the selection. Among the projects selected in this new category, the animated sitcom KARETABLA and FABULA, a co-production between Italy and Germany.
MIA DOC section offers a series of international meetings, emphasizing once again the importance of supporting the Italian product worldwide.
The official selection of the DOC PITCHING FORUM this year includes 19 projects, which will compete for the prestigious NAT GEO Award for the third consecutive year. Titles are in turn divided into three categories: Feature Doc, intended for projection on the big screen, Docuseries, and One-Off or the classic 52 ‘television documentaries.