Swiss festival Visions du Réel shares its 2022 project selection

Among the 27 projects invited to participate in the 3 key forums -- VdR–Pitching, VdR–Work In Progress and VdR–Rough Cut Lab -- are films from Libya, Syria, India and Algeria.
Swiss festival Visions du Réel shares its 2022 project selection

Visions du Réel has shared its 2022 project selection. They 27 projects which have been invited to participate in the 3 key forums VdR–Pitching, VdR–Work In Progress and VdR–Rough Cut Lab, with industry activities slated to take place from April 10th to April 14th, with a strong focus on in-person events.

Madeline Robert, Head of Industry and Artistic Advisor of Visions du Réel, said: "We can't wait to finally welcome back project holders and industry representatives to the shores of Lake Geneva. We feel strengthened by the lessons we have learned from the digital and hybrid editions of the last two years. In fact, they have opened up new possibilities in terms of activities format and allowed us to widen the range of professionals participating in VDR–Industry.”

The events will be held on site in Nyon, from April 10th to April 14th. However, professionals will also be able to participate online, thanks to a collaborative platform that has been further developed and adapted to specific needs.

Acting as the Festival's professional hub, VdR–Industry is designed as a springboard for projects, enabling them to find support in their production. Out of 511 submissions, VdR–Industry picked 27 projects by 32 filmmakers produced in 29 different countries. 15 directors are female, 17 are men. 13 projects are directed and produced by filmmakers from countries of the global South or global East.

“This year again VdR–Industry selection reflects the incredible diversity of contemporary documentary filmmaking, and its ever wider ranging influence. Instead of weakening and undermining film production, the difficulties faced by the industry and the rest of the world, seem to have strengthened the need for filmmakers to express themselves as well as the bonds within the professional community,” Madeline Robert explains. «We are proud and happy to welcome both established filmmakers and talented newcomers, which constitute the very core of Visions du Réel’s DNA. We are also happy to offer them a relevant stage for their projects; a place to meet new partners and create reliable connections within a welcoming environment.”

The festival's full programme will be announced on March 15th. But the industry projects have been already announced and are as follows.

Sixteen feature length projects have been invited to VdR–Pitching, the international co-production and financing forum. Ready for production, the projects marry artistic ambition, strong topics and international potential. They include Donga, a feature by Libyan filmmaker Muhannad Lamin, whose previous work includes the 2019 short Prisoner and Jailer.

The full list of projects in VdR-Pitching is:

A Dog’s Life - Diane Sara Bouzgarrou & Thomas Jenkoe - France, Produced by Jean-Laurent Csinidis (Films de Force Majeure)

Abandoned - Vytautas Puidocas - Lithuania, Produced by Rüka Jakentaité (Uku Films)

Anatomy of the Night - Lionel Baier - Switzerland, Produced by Agnieszka Ramu (Bande à Part Films)

Becoming Roosi - Margit Lillak - Estonia, Produced by Margit Lillak (Allfilm), Karolina Veetamm (Tiny Desk Productions), Nadja Smith (Inselfilm Production Gmbh)

Bestiari, Erbari, Lapidari - Martina Parenti & Massimo d’Anolfi - Italy, France, Switzerland, Produced by Jasmina Sijercic (Bocalupo Films), David Fonjallaz (Lomotion AG)

Donga - Muhannad Lamin - Libya. Produced by Muhannad Lamin (Khayal Productions UG)

Faded - Pamella Edouard - France, Mauritius. Produced by Mathilde Raczymow (Les Films du Bilboquet), Selven Naidu (Making Movies)

Future Tenses - Christos Karakepelis - Greece, France. Produced by Maria Drandaki (Homemade Films), Julie Paratian (Sister Productions)

Girl-Tubers - Tali Yankelevich - Brazil, Produced by Leonardo Mecchi (Enquadramento Produções)

Karatara Place of Dark Shadows - Teboho Edkins - South Africa, Produced by Don Edkins (Day Zero Films)

MAILIN - Maria Silvia Esteve - Argentina, Produced by Laura Mara Tablón (Rita Cine)

NOOR - Jérome le Maire - Belgium, France, Produced by Isabelle Truc (IOTA Production), Enrica Capra (Tag Film)          

Rodeo Queens - Whitney Legge - United States, Produced by Annie Marr, Laura Tejero

The Monsters - Manuel Abramovich - Argentina, Germany, Produced by Juan Pablo Labonia (Ruido), Manuel Abramovich

To Use a Mountain - Casey Carter - United States, Produced by Colleen Casingham (To Use a Mountain LLC)

Wider than the Sky - Valerio Jalongo - Switzerland, Italy, Produced by Milena Stokar (Aura Film sagl), Martina Latini (Ameuropa International)

Seven upcoming creative documentaries in their finishing stage have been invited to VdR–Work In Progress, a showcase for excerpts shown in order to seek distribution opportunities, find festival entries and post-production funds. They include the Syrian project 5 Seasons of Revolution (pictured in the header above) by "Lina" and produced by Diana El Jeiroudi and the Indian film Against the Tide by Sarvnik Kaur.

The full list of projects in VdR–Work in progress is:

5 Seasons of Revolution - Lina - Syria, Germany, Norway, Qatar, Produced by Diana El Jeiroudi (No Nations Film GmbH), Torstein Grude (Piraya Film)

Against the Tide - Sarvnik Kaur - India, France, Produced by Koval Bhatia (A Little Anarky Films), Sarvnik Kaur (Snooker Club Films Pvt Ltd), Quentin Laurent (Les Films de l’œil sauvage)

Hummingbirds - Silvia Castaños & Estefania Contreras - United States, Produced by Jillian Schlesinger, Leslie Benavides (I Love You Chingos LLC)

La Bonga - Canela Reyes & Sebastian Pinzón Silva - Colombia, United States, Produced by Gabriella Garcia-Pardo (La Bonga)

Secret Friend - Maria Augusta Ramos - Brazil, Netherlands, Germany, Produced by Nofoco Filmes, Docmakers, Gebroeders Beetz, Vitrine Films

The Other Profile - Armel Hostiou - France, Produced by Jasmina Sijercic (Bocalupo Films)

There Was, There Was Not - Emily Mkrtichian - Armenia, United States, Produced by Mara Adina (Vernon Films), Emily Mkrtichian (There Was, There Was Not LLC)

And finally four feature length projects at a finishing stage were invited to the VdR–Rough Cut Lab, a workshop for creative documentaries seeking specific feedback and advice on their most up-to-date rough cut. They include So That we Stay Alive by Amine Kabbes Mohamed from Algeria.

The full list of projects in VdR–Rough Cut Lab is:

Cúcuta (Working Title) - Anaïs Michel & Braulio Jatar - Colombia, United States, Venezuela, Produced by Anaïs Michel, Braulio Jatar (Quicksand Films LLC)

Fragments of Ice - Maria Stoianova - Ukraine, Produced by Alina Gorlova, Maksym Nakonechnyi (Tabor)

Our Second Home - Frankie Sin - Hong Kong, Taiwan, France, Produced by Stefano Centini (Volos Films Ltd), Peter Yam (Blue Island Limited), Xavier Rocher (La Fabrica Nocturna Cinema)

So That we Stay Alive - Amine Kabbes Mohamed - Algeria, Produced by Yacine Bouaziz, Fayçal Hammoum (Thala Films)

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