july 9 - 10, 2009 - Musée de la Mode - Espace Mode / Marseille
FIDLab 2009 : A success for this first edition
The first edition of the FIDLab came to end last night in Marseille.
International platform of co-production supporting film-projects (documentary and fiction) at every stage of development, the FIDLab 2009 has selected 13 projects among 260 applications sent in response to an international call for proposals.
3 continents and 8 countries were represented among the selected projects.
Contrary to the traditional pitches organized by the markets, the FIDLab puts forward an original formula where the artistic project is at the core of the device. Two steps, an oral and visual presentation of the projects at their current stage of development followed by one-to-one meetings with professionals.
Representatives of various funding bodies (Eurimages, Conseil Régional Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, Images/Mouvement du Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Conseil Général des Bouches du Rhône), platforms of co-production (Asian Network of Documentary, DoxBox Forum, East European Forum) and training (Eurodoc) gathered twice to introduce their structures and activities.
The jury composed of Virginie Devesa in charge of international sales at U Media, Dicky Parlevliet, responsible for the French selection at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and member of the Hubert Bals Fund committee as well as Simon Field, producer, rewarded BLUE MERIDIAN, directed by Belgian film-maker Sofie Benoot and produced by August Ors.
Travel along the Mississippi river, the film relates the director’s encounter with the American Deep South and its inhabitants.
A special mention has also been awarded to VOIES DE TRAVERSE (Taming the waters) directed by French artist, Antoine Boutet and produced by Les Films du Présent. Based in China, this documentary project explores the extended water transfer building sites spreading from East to West at their different stages of evolution and their visible consequences upon the landscape.
The prize endowed by Panavision and AirFrance was given during the ceremony held at the gallery La Compagnie in presence of Jean-Pierre Rehm and Fabienne Moris, head of the FIDLab.
The laureate will receive from the company an asset of 10 000 Euros on the camera hiring estimate of their next shooting. And more globally Panavision supports and accompanies at the best of its capacities all the projects presented, regardless of their original country or format.
Other endow, AirFrance wishes to participate to the FIDLab in the continuation of the support already given to the FIDMarseille by offering two long distance plane tickets to the laureate.
Raised by the success of this first edition, the FIDLab’s organizers take appointments with the professionals in 2010.