A brand new documentary funding award for filmmakers in Latin America has been created by The Whickers in partnership with the Chilean documentary forum, Conecta.
We are proud to announce that The Whickers are extending our highly successful bursary scheme to areas of the world where development funding for independent filmmakers is very limited. As from today one such project selected for the Chilean Documentary Corporation CCDoc’s annual event, Conecta, will receive additional funding from The Whickers worth £3,000. The first scheme has been running at Docedge Kolkata in India for three years. It has led to award winning films such as Children of The Mist, which won a director’s award for newcomer Diem Ha Le at IDFA last year. Having proved the concept in India, The Whickers has now extended the scheme to three regions this year. In early 2022 we formed bursary partnerships with Durban FilmMart for African filmmakers and Close Up Initiative Arab North Africa and the Middle East. Now, with thanks to Conecta, we will be offering early support to filmmakers from Chile and wider regions of Latin America.
This new annual fund, worth £3,000, will be available to emerging filmmakers taking part in CCDoc’s annual industry meeting, Conecta, which will take place in Santiago, Chile between 13th – 16th December 2022. Applications to take part in Conecta 2022 close on 25th September. A special pitch for first time Directors to meet with Industry decision makers will be convened for the market for the first time. Find out more HERE.
Jane Mote, Editorial Consultant at The Whickers said: “The Whickers is very excited to launch a new bursary in partnership with the Chilean Corporation of Documentary CCDoc that will give emerging documentary filmmakers from across LatAm and the wider region an opportunity to gain some support at an early stage of their projects. We have always admired the range of filmmakers attracted to their annual event Conecta and we look forward to being part of this event for the years to come. We hope our presence in the market will lead to even more diversity of finalists for our annual Whickers film award.”
Diego Pino, Executive Director of Chilean Documentary Corporation CCDoc added: “Our effort as Conecta has been from the beginning to strongly support new filmmakers from the continent. The new alliance with The Whickers comes at a key moment for the creators and their first films, because on the continent support for financing in its initial stage is increasingly scarce. We hope that this alliance with The Whickers continues over time and we are sure that their arrival in Latin America for the first time will help strengthen new talent and important stories.”
Since 2010, the Chilean Corporation of Documentary CCDoc (CCDoc) has worked to promote Chilean documentaries inside and outside the country, enhancing the commercialisation, distribution and internationalisation of local non-fiction films and series. The CCDoc fosters the prospects of Chilean films in international markets and coordinates the presence of delegations of Chilean producers, with the goal of creating networks, promoting new windows for marketing and distribution, both within and outside of Chile.
In order to open a market meeting in Chile focused on non-fiction, Conecta was created. Conecta is an international industry meeting that brings together Latin American producers with distributors, exhibitors, sales agents, programmers, channel representatives, festivals, markets and funds, domestic and foreign. Conecta looks to strengthen ties between the documentary communities in Latin America and promote Chile as a window of opportunity for audiovisual production in the continent. In December 2019, Conecta will hold the fourth edition of this summit.