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La Résidence de la Cinéfondation hosts its 20th session

Since March 1st 2010, and until July 15th, La Résidence de la Cinéfondation welcomes its 6 latest winning candidates to support them in the writing of their first or second feature and help them prepare their film.

The jury selected two female and four male filmmakers from the 200 applicants.

    • Daniel Joseph Borgman

      Daniel Joseph Borgman was born in 1981 in the small coastal town of Dunedin in New Zealand. After studying Film Science at Otago University, he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he has worked as a visual effects artist and film colourist on numerous feature film projects. His first short, The Man & the Albatross (2007) premiered in the Leopards of Tomorrow competition at the Locarno Film Festival. His second short, Lars and Peter (2009), was in the Official Selection in the short film competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival and has been nominated for a Robert, the Danish Film Academies national film prize. In 2009 Daniel completed production on three more short films, Behaviour, Kaleidoscope and Berik. Daniel is currently developing Brainy, a 30 minute novel film with funding from The Danish Film Institute's New Danish Screen scheme. At the Cinéfondation residence Daniel writes on his debut feature film project, The Weight of Elephants, a coming of age drama about 14 year old Jess, a local paper boy, whose life is flipped upside down when a horrific murder happens in the street where he delivers newspapers.

    • Michel Franco

      Michel Franco is a Mexican born Award Winning film director (Entre Dos - Golden Dancer for Best Short Film, Huesca 2003, Best Short Film, Dresden, 2004). He Majored in Communications at the Universidad Iberoamericana in México City and accredited course in Film Direction at the New York Film Academy and made his name directing TV advertisements with Pop Films. In 2009, he wrote and directed his first feature film Daniel & Ana which was selected for Directors' Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival, and Horizontes Latinos in San Sebastian. Daniel & Ana will be released in France on March -31 -2010. Michel is developing his new feature film After Lucia.

    • Cristián Jiménez

      Cristián Jiménez was born in Valdivia, Chile in 1975. Before becoming a filmmaker, he wrote short stories and studied sociology in Santiago de Chile, Heidelberg and London. His first feature film, Ilusiones Ópticas, a deadpan dramatic comedy (or comic drama) where different lives intersect during a grey winter in Valdivia, was premiered in San Sebastián in 2009. He wrote and directed several short films, among them El Tesoro de los Caracoles and XX, co-wrote the feature films 199 Recetas para ser Feli" and Los Debutantes, and worked as a TV producer in the UK during 3 years. Two of his videos have been exhibited in art galleries in Chile and Bolivia. He's currently developing his next feature project and working as a lecturer at two Chilean film schools. As a child his dream was to become a stand-up comedian.

    • Yaelle Kayam

      Yaelle Kayam was born in 1979 in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Before entering the field of filmmaking, yaelle studied anthropology and acting at the Tel-Aviv University, and the "Sela"- Performing Arts Studio. Her love of travelling led her to move to Melbourne, Australia, where she attended the Victorian College of the Arts B.A program of Film and Television. On her return to Israel she completed her Degree at the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem, and became highly active in human rights organizations in the West Bank. Diploma, her graduating film was screened at the Cinefondation's Cannes film festival 2009 and won the 3rd prize. It was screened in numerous festivals around the world, as well as by Canal+. Diploma won the Best Screenplay Award and the Intercultural Award at the Munich International Student Film Festival. Yaelle has also directed two documentary films and took part in the Adam Mickiewicz Institute documentary project, New Gaze, in Poland. She is currently developing her first feature, Providence: A dark comedy which takes place in a small settlement situated in the lawless territories of the West Bank.

    • Franco Lolli

      Franco Lolli Franco Lolli was born in 1983 in Bogotá, Colombia. He studied cinema in France, first at the University Paul Valery and Sorbonne Nouvelle then at La Femis (direction department). His diploma film Como todo el mundo, was selected in many festivals including San Sebastian, Guadalajara and Los Angeles. The film won 26 prizes, among them the Jury Prize in Clermont-Ferrand, Angers, Bruxelles, R.I.H.L Poitiers and Expresión en Corto. Franco went to Cambodia with director Rithy Panh to direct the documentary Mémoire et Images, une expérience cambodgienne. He lives both in Paris and Bogota where he teaches cinema at the university and is also a film critic. Franco is developing his first feature film that will be produced by Lazennec, Gente de bien, the story of a reunion with an unemployed father and his nine year old son, their meeting with a middle-class family and their relation with their old dog.

    • Dominga Sotomayor

      Dominga Sotomayor Dominga was born in Santiago de Chile in 1985. In 2007 she finished her direction studies at the Universidad Católica de Chile. That same year she received a scholarship, allowing her to complete a Masters in Film Direction at the ESCAC, Barcelona. She has directed the short-films Cessna (2005), Noviembre (2007), Debajo (2008), La Montaña (2008) and Videojuego (2009), which have been shown and won awards in both national and international festivals such as Rotterdam, Sao Paulo, Biarritz and Toulouse. She was selected to participate in the 7th Berlinale Talent Campus. De Jueves a Domingo (Thursday Through Sunday), is her first feature film. The project was supported in its development phase by Hubert Bals Fund and the Chilean funds CORFO and Fondo de Fomento Audiovisual. She has participated in the Bafici BAL '09 and won the "Biarritz Rencontres des jeunes réalisateurs" as well as the Co-production Meetings in IFF Valdivia. The project is a family journey to northern Chile. It's the chidren's distant and fragmented outlook of their final trip together.

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