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The eight selected projects set to participate in this year’s inaugural edition of the FICG TV Pitchbox, have been announced by the event’s organizers, Filmarket Hub.
In timing and location, part of Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival, the event has the potential to become an important pit-stop in Latin America’s already vibrant circuit of TV events.
Chile - Year - Country - Honor - Guadalajara
Chile features as this year’s guest country of honor at Guadalajara, and is well represented among the selected projects. In recent years the country stands out as a leader in high-end content in both film and television. The latter, however, is far less known.
Oscar wins were scored by Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” and the animated short “Bear Story,” while the country’s high-end TV drama has excelled with the likes of Netflix’s “Bala Loca,” and shows further promise with the upcoming TV debut of “A Fantastic Woman’s” Daniela Vega in the Larraín brothers’ “La Jauria.”
Year - Projects - Number - Themes - Drama
This year’s eight participating projects play on a number of common themes. While often steeped in drama, many of the series boast comedic relief, or at least humor, as a break from otherwise-heavy topics which have dominated Latin American film and TV for years, such as narco trafficking, ghost stories and the difficulties faced by women in machismo-heavy societies.
The majority of the projects skew young in terms of intended audience, demonstrating more cosmopolitan sensibilities touching on topics such as feminism, non-binary romances and immigration.
Number - Projects - Stories - Women - Roles
A number of the projects are also female character-driven stories, which not only feature women in lead roles, but boast female creators, writers and producers.
Chile’s “Silver Bridge” was created by Alvaro Cabello, Leonora González, Sergio Gándara, and is penned by Enrique Videla. It is produced by Parox’s Sergio Gándara and Leonora González, the most prominent of Chile’s TV producers. A drama, the series follows Fatima, a young medical student in Chile...
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