Pickpocket drama from Girl With a Pearl Earring director is one of 33 film projects in development being presented at the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM).

Filmmakers will begin talks with potential partners in Bogota today at the fifth edition of BAM (July 14-18), Colombia’s biggest film market, organised by the Bogota Chamber of Commerce and Proimagenes Colombia

The projects include Fresh, a new film to be directed by Peter Webber, who made Oscar-nominated Girl With a Pearl Earring and more recently Emperor.

The feature is being produced by Colombia’s 4Direcciones Audio-Visual, which has raised nearly 25% of its estimated $2.5m budget, and centres on a teenage pickpocket against the backdrop of hip hop and graffiti in Bogota.

The project, which is hunting co-production, investors and distribution partners, was previously selected for Rotterdam’s Cinemart and the Berlinale Co-production market.

More than 250 applications were submitted for this year’s BAM Projects, covering films in development and 33 features were chosen by a selection team including Paz Lazaro, programme manager of the Berlinale’s Panorama strand, Argentinian producer Hernan Musalppi and producer Raymond Phathanavirangoon. A further 14 TV projects were chosen.

As part of two new partnerships, the producers of the three best fiction projects will take part in the Industry Days at the 67th Locarno International Film Festival (Aug 6-16) and the third Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum at the San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 19-27).

Other projects include Sal, William Vega’s potential follow-up to Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title La Sirga. It will be produced by Andrea Estrada of Contravia Films with co-producers CineSud Promotion and Bredok Film Production.

The road movie centres on a man who takes a motorbike across Colombia to reach a village where his father was killed. After an accident en route, he does some soul searching while recovering from his injuries.

The majority of titles have an estimated budget under $1m.

But the project with the second highest estimated budget (after Fresh) at $1.8m is Asylum (Asilo), from writer-director Jaime Osorio Marquez who won an emerging talent award at Sitges in 2011 with his debut, The Squad.

Asylum, produced by Steven Grisales for Rhayuela Cine and co-produced by Burning Blue, centres on a troubled teen who is torn between murdering the policeman who killed his best friend and taking care of a suicidal girl.

The other $1m+ project is teen fantasy Maximum Altitude (Maxima Altura), with an estimated budget of $1.43m.

Directed by Giovanni Granada and produced by Doris Martinez, the film is from Bogota-based Metro Studio Films and tells the story of a teenager whose science project pits him against mighty enemies.

BAM Projects 2014


Asylum (Asilo)
dir Jaime Osorio Marquez, pro Steven Grisales
Rhayuela Cine, Burning Blue

Letters at Dusk (Cartas al Ocaso)
dir Luis Garcia Diaz/Steven Morales, pro Federico Esteban
Latino Troupe

Tell the Devil I’m Not Dead (Dile al diablo que no estoy muerto)
dir Edwin Cortes, pro Diana Camargo
Los Notarios

Dome (Domo)
dir/pro Tayo Cortes, pro Esteban Bernatas
Devenir Films, Andoliado Producciones

The Nazi Code (El Codigo Nazi)
dir Jaime Escallion, pro Ximena Sotomayor

Eliecer’s Song (El Son de Eliecer)
dir Joan Gomez E, dir/pro Ivan Sierra
Corporación Puyky P.kyky, Big Sur Peliculas

She Only Comes At Night (Ella Solo Sale de Noche)
dir Juan Felipe Orozco, pro Manolo Cardona

In a Happy Place (En un lugar feliz)
dir Colber Garcia, pro Inti Zamora Martinez
Ocho y Medios Comunicaciones

dir Peter Webber, pro Richard Decaillet, Diana Rico
4 Direcciones, Full House, Angry Dog, Five7media

dir Juan Camilo Gonzalez/Guillermo Garavito Amado, pro Ayda Jiseth Cortes
La Carreta Movimiento

La Caleta
dir Carlos Julio Ramirez, pro Diego Andres Lagoos
Televicentro del valle

The Other War (La Otra Guerra)
dir/pro Jose Antonio Dorado Z
Fundacion Imagen Latina

Land and Shade (La tierra y la sombre)
dir Cesar Acevedo, pro Paola Perez
Burning Blue

Julio’s Vision (La vision de Julio)
dir/pro Raul Garcia
Solaris Dreams Films

The Men From the Water (Los Hombres del Agua)
dir Fernando Lopez Cardona, pro Federico Esteban
Latino Troupe

The Dead Professors (Los Profesores Muertos)
dir Alfonso Acosta, pro Carolina Mosquera
Cabecitanegra Producciones

Maximum Altitude (Maxima Altura)
dir Giovanni Granada, pro Doris Martinez
Metro Studio Films

Patient (Paciente)
dir Jorge Caballero, pro Rosa Mercedes Ramos
Gusano Films

Pact (Pacto)
dir Pedro Miguel Rozo, pro Juan Diego Villegas

Dry River (Rio Seco)
dir Pedro Hernández Avellanda, pro Magnolia López Benítez
La Patota Films, Promenades Films

Salt (Sal)
dir William Vega, pro Andrea Estrada
Contravía Films, Cine Sud Promotion, Bredok Film Production

Without Artificial Tits There Is No Salvation (Sin tetas artificiales no hay salvación)
dir Simon Paetau, pro Jorge Andrés Botero
Séptima Films, Welt Films

dir Juan Andrés Arango, pro Jorge Andrés Botero
Séptima Films, Peripheria Productions, Machete Producciones


Sincerely (Atentamente)
dir Camila Rodriguez Triana, pro Angela Trejos Collazos
Heka Films

Ciro & Me (Ciro & Yo)
dir/pro Miguel Salazar, pro Catalina Vela
La Esperanza Producciones

The Key (La Ilave)
dir Monica Moya, pro Mario Vera
Yage Producciones

The Balantas – 5 Centuries in the History of an Afrocolombian Family
dir Lucas Silva, pro Christian Blair
Hollywoodoo Films

Sea Horses (Los Caballos del Mar)
dir Alexander Gonzalez Tascon, pro Diana Maria Zuleta
Panchana Producciones

To the Amazon
dir Clare Weiskopf, pro Nicolas Van Hemelryck
Panoramika SAS, Proyecto Tarantula

My Name is Cumbia (Yo me llamo Cumbria)
dir Roberto de Zubiria, pro Santiago Arreaza


El Somberon
dir/pro Gabriel Perez
Clap Studios

For a Bowl of Soup (Por un Plato de Sopa)
dir/pro Carlos Smith
Hierro Animacion

dir/pro Filipe Morell