Fourteen titles showcased including A Contracorriente, Medianeras [pictured], La mitad de Oscar., the EGEDA-managed VoD site, yesterday launched the first, an online film festival for recent South American and Spanish films. 14 titles will compete for an audience prize as well as a critics jury prize that includes $3,000 and a trip to the EGEDA Forum in Panama at the end of April.

The festival has the support of ICAA, FIPCA (Spanish-language producers association) and the Cervantes Institute.

Among the 14 films shown on there are well known titles of recent months as Colombia-Peru coproduction Javier Fuentes’ A Contracorriente; Cuba’s Gerardo Chijona’s Boleto al paraíso; Argentinian Gustavo Taretto’s Medianeras; Spanish La mitad de Oscar by Manuel Martín Cuenca as well as upcoming titles as Argentinian films Norberto’s Deadline (Norberto apenas tarde) by Daniel Hendler and La mala verdad by Miguel Angel Roca; and Venezuela’s Des-Autorizados by Elia Schneider.

Films are free for viewers. According to organisers, “the goal is to strength the knowledge and collaboration between both sides of the Atlantic using new tools of exhibition”.