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Bridging the Gap Lab Announces Selections

Eleven animation projects from Latin America, Spain, Italy and the Philippines will participate in the event, set for July 15-21 in Tenerife, Spain.

MADRID -- Eleven animated TV series and feature films projects from Latin America, Spain, Italy and the Philippines have been selected to participate in the fourth international Bridging the Gap Animation Lab set for July 15-21 in Tenerife, Spain.

Organized inside the framework of the Program ACERCA of Training for Development in the cultural sector of Spanish Cooperation, this initiative purposes to strengthen and promote at an international level animation projects from all over the world, and facilitate the creation of international collaborations and networks. Since its first edition in 2015, BTG has strengthened and promoted 40 animation feature films and series from all over the world at an international level, a lot of them continue improving the development and producing process.

The selected projects for this new edition were chosen among a total of 84 proposals, received from 19 countries. With six projects, animation from Latin America leads the selections, followed by Spain with three, and Italy and the Philippines with one each.

The selected series projects:

  • The Adventures of Eloisa, by Ana Comes & Agustina Comedi (Argentina).
  • Mechathlon, by Juan Diego León & Milton Guerrero (Peru).
  • Millennials and How to Identify Them, by Diego Porral Soldevilla (Spain).
  • Gang Tracking, by Juan Ángel Andino & Nahuel Poggi (Argentina, Chile).
  • The Pleasefixers, by Ariel Arburola & Carlos Redondo (Costa Rica).
  • Princess Greta of Kalamatam, by Teresa & Salomé Rodríguez Hage (Spain).
  • Tally Molly, by Marta Gennari (Ecuador, Italy, Poland).
  • What Would Jesus Do?, by Andrea Cataño & Julián Hernández (Colombia).
  • Wooden Mirror, by Sergio Sanchez Navarro (Italy, Spain).

The selected feature films:

  • Capablanca’s Secret, by Álvaro Castellanos, Alejandro Cruz & Irene Fernández (Spain).
  • You Son of a Bitch! by David Liongoren (Philippines)

During the laboratory, people behind the projects will take part in training activities, networking and individual advisories from international experts to strengthen of their projects. It culminates in a final pitch for the participating projects to producers, buyers and television networks.

Among the confirmed experts are the producers Nicolas Schmerkin (Autour de Minuit, France) and Manuel Cristóbal (Dragoia Media, Spain); the directors and animators Jossie Malis (Zumbakamera, Peru) and Maroto (Spain); the scriptwriter and adviser Carlos Bleycher (Chile); the consultant Paco Rodríguez (MTC, Spain); the sales agent Eleanor Coleman (Indie Sales, France); representatives of TV channels and VOD platforms such as Guadalupe Arensburg (Movistar+, Spain) and Shamik Majumdar (The Walt Disney Company, United Kingdom); and investors like Risa Cohen (European Film Bonds, Denmark).

Source: Bridging the Gap

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