The Short Film Lab is a training program dedicated to short film distribution. Online and free, it will take place in April 2021 aimed at Spanish speakers independent producers.

About

The Short Film Lab combines a free training program, open to the public; and a series of tailormade mentorships for selected projects through an open call.


In order to spot the diverse paths for each type of short film, the open activities are lead by Spanish-speaking professionals and address issues related to planning festival strategies, niche circuits and regional calendars.

On the other hand, projects representatives selected from a call, receive tailor-made mentorships, in order to advise on the definition of their objectives and the strategies to follow to achieve them.


In a virtual format, suitable for cultural activity decentralization and for the democratization of training programs, it is a meeting and teamwork platform.

Objectives

The Short Film Lab aims to boost the professional growth of its participants. May their mentorships enrich people as well as short films, and guide them towards a distribution circuit designed according to each of them.

It is proposed to promote the visibility of the large number of short films produced in Argentina and in the rest of the Spanish-speaking countries. In this way, make known new and diverse voices, carriers of their identity and those of their communities, to the whole world.

We believe in short films as a production format, as an autonomous piece with its own purposes.
We believe in its artistic, technical and narrative value and quality.
This is why we created

The Short Film Lab.

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Official Selection

Auxilio

D: Andy González. P: Andy González.

Ficción / España, Argentina.

Chichi´ales

D: José López Aramburo. P: Josian Lopez.

Ficción / México.

De acá y de allá

D: Mauricio Clavijo Velasco. P: Giselle Carrazco Cochachin.

Documental / Argentina, Bolivia.

Hace mil años

D: Juan Flores. P: Juan Flores - Juan Bobbio.

Ficción / España, Argentina.

Ida

D: Ignacio Ragone. P: Ignacio Ragone.

Documental / Argentina.

Las partes perdidas

D: Iñaki Dubourg. P: Iñaki Dubourg

Documental Ficción / Argentina, Cuba.

Las picapedreras

D: Azul Aizenberg. P: Azul Aizenberg. 

Documental / Argentina.

Lo que nunca dije

D: Sol Monsalvo. P: Carolina Segarra. 

Documental, Animación / Argentina.

Memorias de un naufragio

D: Mildred Delgado Muñoz. P: Mildred Delgado Muñoz. 

Documental / México.

Un patio para que mis nietos jueguen

D: Pedro Moreno. P: Pedro Moreno. 

Documental / Uruguay.

Comité de selección

Facundo Lema

Lara Gonzalez Lobo

Maca Herrera Bravo

Open Talks

All the Open Talks at The Short Film Lab require free registration. They will be carried out by Zoom, in Spanish, and people from all over the world will be able to participate.

Tuesday 20th

7 pm ARG | 5 pm CDMX
IMCINE presents: Distribution strategy for international festivals circuit.

Where to start when it is finished.
How do you know which are the right festivals for a short film? How to define the objectives?

Types of premiere, overlapping territories, geoblocks?
How to apply for festivals and what to do when one selects my short?
This training is the ABCs of independent distribution.

 

Speaker: Jannike Curuchet (Subdirector of International Promotion of IMCINE).​


Wednesday 21st

7 pm ARG | 5 pm CDMX
Festival Regard presents: Short Film Festivals.

What possibilities does a short film have to enhance its exhibition circuit

by incorporating short film festivals into its strategy?
What are the characteristic features of Short Film Festivals. Why is it important that they exist

and what are their purposes in the industry ecosystem?

Speaker: Marie-Elaine Riou (Artistic Director Regarding International Short Film Festival).
Moderator: Uriel Kuzniecki (Film Festivals Programmer).


Thursday 22nd

7 pm ARG | 5 pm CDMX
Possible paths in the distribution of animated short films

We present three case studies to illuminate some of the many different paths that exist in the distribution of animated shorts.
Animation film festivals, events dedicated to young audiences, others for adults, and many niche circuits.
A world of possibilities.

Speakers: Irene Blei (RAMA - Argentine Network of Animation Women), Claudia Ruiz (Director, scriptwriter, and animation producer), Ignacio Lillini (APA Association of Animation Producers of Córdoba), Patricio Plaza (Director and film producer of animation).

Moderator: Ita Romero (Coordinator APA Lab- Latin American Laboratory for Animation Projects).
 

* Activity organized in collaboration with APALab.


Friday 23rd

7 pm ARG | 5 pm CDMX
How Horror and Fantasy Film Festivals are curated

Three festivals tell us what their conceptual axes are, the criteria of their curatorship in general, and the programming of the competitions and different sections.
We seek to know what they program when they program the festivals, to develop tools that allow us to understand which ones could match with the profile of a short film when going out to search for screens.

Festivals: Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre - Arg, Insólito - Peru, Terror Córdoba - Arg.

Moderator: Uriel Kuzniecki (film festival programmer).

Collaborators

The Short Film Lab is a non-profit program that will promote young independent production professionals, helping them to enter the market, an essential issue from the cultural economies point of view.
This space will provide tools to obtain the best results from each distribution plan (whether to close a good deal with a potential distributor or sales agent or to absorb that work internally, as often happens in the independent circuit).

It will connect people and institutions with the common goal of amplifying new, diverse, de-stereotyped and honest discourses.


We invite institutions and entities to collaborate with economic contributions and partnerships of all kinds.
Ideas, proposals and the gathering of multiple small forces to achieve great boosting are welcome. 

Contact us here!

FACIUNI Becas is a scholarship program created in 2013 that was established to create opportunities for film students on a local and international level investing and developing the next generation of storytellers. Each year, FACIUNI Becas invites the students to submit their short and to compete for the grand prize of a scholarship for the Warner Brothers Summer Program at USC School of Cinematic Arts. 

 

FACIUNI has a presence in 11 countries through the short films contest among film students and local universities, as well film festivals, face-to-face talks and via streaming by renowned film directors.

 

FACIUNI is a program developed by DIRECTV Latin America, SKY Brazil, AT&T and Warner Media with the support of strategic partners such as CAA (Creative Arts Agency), TVCORTOS, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Sundance Co//ab, a learning platform for independent creators worldwide, part of the Sundance Institute. FACIUNI creates a cultural legacy, supporting local heritage to maintain the culture through stories told by film students of each country.

The Institut français d'Argentine aims at promoting French culture in Argentina in a process of openness and constant dialogue with local partners. It works in close collaboration with all the services of the French Embassy, under the authority of the French Ambassador in Argentina.
It is an instrument of cooperation and influence as well as a pole of expertise and collaboration. Its Director is also a Counselor for cooperation and cultural action at the French Embassy.
Regional audiovisual cooperation, based in Buenos Aires, has a triple mission of dissemination, cooperation, and building associations, in four major fields of action: cinema, music, digital cultures, and media.

El Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE) es un organismo público descentralizado creado en 1983 para impulsar el desarrollo de las actividades cinematográficas y audiovisuales mexicanas a través del apoyo a la formación, producción, el estímulo a los creadores, el fomento a la industria y la promoción, distribución, exhibición, difusión y divulgación del cine y el audiovisual en todo el territorio nacional y en sus diversas lenguas.

 

Destacan en sus objetivos el promover, coordinar y fomentar la producción, distribución y exhibición del cine y audiovisual mexicanos, a través de los Estudios Churubusco Azteca, el Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, la Cineteca Nacional y de las demás instituciones y entidades que sean necesarias para el cumplimiento de su programa de trabajo tanto a nivel nacional como internacional.

Entre sus actividades también está ayudar a desarrollar y promover políticas públicas que impulsen que los mexicanos puedan tener opciones para capacitarse y profesionalizarse en torno a los oficios del cine, que el cine y el audiovisual mexicano se produzcan con calidad y en su diversidad de formatos y contenidos en todo el territorio nacional y que la población en general pueda tener fácil acceso a estas producciones fortaleciendo así los derechos culturales de todos los mexicanos y garantizando y generando conocimiento, diálogo y reconstrucción del tejido social.

Image and Sound Design career of the SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN AND URBANISM, of the University of Buenos Aires has been training creative professionals for audiovisual media for 30 years.
The teaching is oriented to the knowledge of creation, production, marketing and distribution in cinema, television and new media.
Within the prestigious framework of the public university, the training provided, allows graduates to be creators of the new audiovisual content that society requires, with artistic and creative freedom and high professional capacity.

Union is by force.

The Network of Patagonian Audiovisual Festivals was created with the intention of shortening distances, strengthening ties, communication and interaction between festivals in the Argentine-Chilean Patagonian region. In this way, promote the creation of new spaces / screens to defend the diversity and cultural identity of the peoples of the region, guaranteeing the viewer's right to a plurality of cinematographic options.

Talking Shorts is an online film magazine dedicated to short films.

Our goal is to make shorts more visible and to create a wider discourse about the artform, closely connected to the international film festival landscape.
This project is a co-initiative founded in 2020 by Filmfest Dresden, NISI MASA & VIS Vienna Shorts, and also houses the industry-initiative BE SHORT NOW!

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Directors

We are Maca Herrera Bravo (1989) and Facundo Lema (1990), image and sound designers, graduated from the University of Buenos Aires.
Our short film
“Monster God” directed by Agustina San Martín, has been awarded the special mention of the jury in the Official Competition at the 72º Festival de Cannes and declared of interest by the Senate of the Argentine Nation.

 

Since its premiere in 2019, it has participated in more than 40 festivals around the world, including four class A festivals according to the FIAPF. 

Facundo Lema

Facundo has developed his professional career at film festivals such as Dubai International Film Festival, Mar del Plata International Film Festival and BAFICI.
In 2018 he was selected to be part of the
Locarno Industry Academy for young professionals (Morelia, Mexico).
Since 2019 he has been part of
IFFR PRO, the industry section of ​​Rotterdam International Film Festival, and Coordinator of the BAL -Buenos Aires Lab, BAFICI's project development and co-production platform.
In 2020 he joined the pre-selection committee of
CineMart and also the Hubert Bals Fund.
He is a partner at
Imprudencia ("Monster God", 2019), and co-founder of The Short Film Lab.

Maca Herrera Bravo

Maca is dedicated to production, communication and curation of film, music and performing arts festivals.
Among others, she worked at
Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Cosquín International Independent Film Festival, at the European Film Encounter, and at BAFICI, where she was also Coordinator of the BAL-Buenos Aires Lab.
She is co-founder of Imprudencia, production and distribution house of short films (Monstruo Dios, 2019) and was Assistant Director of “Héctor”, premiered at the 69th Berlinale Shorts.
She has been 
Communication Director of the Ministry of Culture of the Province of Buenos Aires and in 2020 she joined the programming team of Cine en Grande, the National Film Festival in Tierra del Fuego. She is co-founder of The Short Film Lab.