Argentina’s Natural Sciences (Ciencias Naturales), directed by Matías Lucchesi, on Friday (December 6) won Ventana Sur’s main Primer Corte Award, the competitive section of films still in post-production.

The story of the journey of a girl in search of her father was honoured by the European sponsors of the fifth edition of the Latin American film market held in Buenos Aires. Cine + Club, TITRATVS and Eye On Films supported the most senior prizes in Primer Corte this year through post production services and support for distribution in Europe.

Natural Sciences received an award for distribution, which represents €15,000 for the French company that acquires the title. The film will also benefit from post-production services at TITRATVS of France (including €4,000 in digital copies and a bonus of €2,000 for colour grading if the film does its post at TITRATVS.) There is also a €2,000 prize offered by Eye On Film to the French distributor of the film.

Max Zunino’s Open Cage from Mexico was also awarded in the section, curated by Georges Goldenstern, director of the Cannes Film Festival’s CineFondation.

The film that follows an unexpected relationship between a jobless 65-year-old and a teenage girl and received the prize from Sofia Films, Assimilate and Habanero (post-production services and distribution assistance). Open Cage took also the award handed out by the magazine Haciendo Cine (for help with post-production services).

Blood Window, the new section dedicated to horror, gore, fantastic and sci-fi movies, also presented its awards.

Black Sea (Brazil), directed by Rodrigo Aragao, received the top prize, which includes distribution aid and a screening in the next edition of Morbido Film Festival in Mexico. Gabriel Grieco’s Still Life (Argentina) was awarded post-production services.

Several deals were finalised this year in the market Buenos Aires.

Canteen Outlaws announced the acquisition of the Venezuelan film Blue And Not So Pink, the directorial debut of Venezuelan actor Miguel Ferrari. The company will handle the theatrical release of the film in US and also in English-speaking Canada.

The distributor Ex!t Media has acquired Italian rights for El Estudiante (Argentina), directed by Santiago Mitre. Film Movement also announced the acquisition of all North American rights to Cannibal directed by Manuel Martin Cuenca from Spain.