Thursday, 24 December 2009

Galician director and producer to shot in Bahamas

Amancay García Montes’ short film The Invisible Man has been selected among the 14 finalists at the 14 Islands Film Challenge, a six-month competition to find aspiring and professional film-makers in the UK, the country where Galician Amancay presently lives, to be sent out to the Bahamas to shot a short film.

The first stage of the campaign, developed by agency Fox Kalomaski and Brik Digital, required applicants to submit a 500-word essay about an inspirational person in their local community. Judges selected 40 of the more than 150 pieces submitted to the challenge to be turned into short films in less than 15 days. The makers of the best 14 of these films, Amancay among them, will head off to the Bahamas to make their films about the islands.

Each of the 40 finalist films will be shown at an event at Bafta in London next March, where the 14 winners who will head to the Bahamas will be announced. Amancay Tapia Montes will be filming on Harbour Island with her island envoy Rosita Roberts

An overall prize of £14,000 will be awarded for the best films, with the possibility that the footage will be used to promote the Bahamas.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Cell 211 amongst Golden Globe finalists

Daniel Monzon's Celda 211/Cell 211, co-produced by Galician Vaca Films, has been admitted amongst the 69 finalists as the best foreign language film for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards, to be held next Sunday 17th January. Besides Cell 211, Spain is also represented with Pedro Almodóvar’s Los abrazos rotos and Fernando Trueba’s El baile de la Victoria.

Cell 211 collected 1.4 MEuro last weekend, and ranked 6th among the films shown at Spanish theaters. The film has collected 7 MEuro since his premiere five weeks ago. Cell 211 is having its New York premiere next Friday and will be shown in US cinemas next year.

The film tells the story of two men on different sides of a prison riot: Malamadre, the inmate leading the rebellion, played by Galician Luis Tosar, and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.