BAFTA receives the 3rd Brazilian Film Festival of London 2011
BAFTA receives the 3rd Brazilian Film Festival of London. First European leg of the Inffinito Festival circuit 2011 displays Brazilian productions as Man from the Future and honors the career of Paula Barreto
Inffinito Festival circuit continues the celebration of 15 years as the largest showcase of Brazilian cinema abroad and after successful editions in New York (June) and Miami (August) in the United States, it arrives in London, England.
From the 6th to the 10th of September, the British capital receives the first European leg of the circuit this year. The 3rd edition of the Brazilian Film Festival of London showcases the best of Brazilian filmmaking – among features and shorts – such as Henrique Dantas’ documentary João’s Sons – The Admirable Baiano New World (released in Brazil in July), Claudio Torres’ Man from the Future (set to open in September) and Eduardo Vaisman’s 180 °, among other films selected by names as Fernando Meirelles and Bianca of Felippe. The program also includes the Crystal Lens Award Ceremony, for Best Feature Film chosen by the audience, and a WFTV tribute (Women in Film and Television) to producer Paula Barreto.
By promoting festivals such as the Brazilian Film Festival of London, Inffinito reaffirms its commitment to promote and disseminate Brazilian audiovisual products worldwide, strengthening Brazil’s image and creating a favorable environment for new business prospects among professionals. In doing so, the festival brings people to the cinemas a curious audience made up of locals, Brazilian living abroad and tourists of different nationalities.
The 3rd Brazilian Film Festival of London kicks off on September 6th with its opening ceremony at the prestigious BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Arts) showing Claudio Torres’ hors concours, Man from the Future, to open in the Brazilian trade circuit on September 2nd. After that, Odeon Covent Garden will host sessions of ten feature films and nine shorts from the 2010/2011 pickings. Behind the selection of its films is Inffinito Festival circuit curators team, presented this year by director Fernando Meirelles (City of God), producer Paula Barreto (Lula, the son of Brazil), distributor Marco Aurelio Marcondes, film B director Paulo Sérgio Almeida, Migdal director Iafa Britz (Our Home), and producer and distributor Bianca de Felippe (Carlota Joaquina).
Competing for the Grand jury prize for Best Feature Film: Charly Braun’s Beyond the Road, Roberto Santucci’s Head over Heels, Henrique Dantas’ João’s Sons – The Admirable Baiano New World, Malu de Martino’s So Hard to Forget, Eduardo Vaisman’s 180 °, Isabel Jaguaribe and Ernesto Baldan’s Elza, Toniko Melo’s VIPs, Arnaldo Jabor’s The Supreme Happiness, and Flavio Frederico’s Boca.
Shorts that are featuring but not competing: Alessandra Colasanti and Samir Abujamra’s The True Story of the Ballerina in Red, Robert Guimarães’ Cake, Christopher Faust’s Beard Boy, Bruno Vianna’s Little Ball Satellite, Augusto Canani’s The Bizarre Friends of Ricardinho, Cesar Cabral’s animation Storm, Heraldo Cavalcanti’s The Hours’ Home, Caue Nunes’ 3X4, and Daniela Santos’ One Night.
3rd Brazilian Film Festival of London’s Closing Night, on September 10th, at Odeon Covent Garden presents there will be the Crystal Lens Award for Best Film (created by artist Helena Bressane) along with the WFTV Award (Women in Film and Television) in honour to Paula Barreto, following by the screening of her first film, Romeo and Juliet get married, directed by her brother, Bruno Barreto.
Promoted by Inffinito, the 3rd Brazilian Film Festival of London is presented by BNDES, with support from the Brazilian Government and Ancine. The event is also supported by the University of East London (UEL), the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Lycamobile, Branding Latin America and Gaucho bringing media partners such as: FilmJuice, Contigo, MPB FM, Beta magazine, The Brazilian Post, Little White Lies Magazine and Real Magazine . The festival official hotel is the Westbury.
Founded in 1995 by Adriana L. Dutra, Cláudia Dutra and Viviane B. Spinelli, Inffinito is today one of the most important cultural production house in Brazil and the largest showcase of Brazilian cinema abroad.
The group that is formed by Inffinito Art and Culture Centre, Inffinito Events and Productions (Brazil) and Inffinito Foundation (U.S.), aims to attract new businesses to Brazil, promoting products, services and Brazilian tourism in the international market.
Inffinito Festival Circuit – the only circuit of Brazilian cinema in the world – also produces films in all formats: short, medium and feature, and TV. Some of its productions are: Adriana L. Dutra’s documentary Smoking I Wait (2009) and TV series of same name (broadcasted in Brazil); Viviane B. Spinelli and Dulce Bressane’s documentary Pioneers (2008), and Vivian B. Spinelli’s MT Caravan: Concert for Peace on the Road (2008) among others.
Inffinito is also responsible for cultural events in Brazil such as: Verão do Rio, Conexão Samba, Redecard Conexão Brasil, B-a-bá do Cinema Nacional, Projeto Ecocine & Expo Lamsa – Arte de Comunidade among many others.
“It’s very rewarding to see the excitement, interest and curiosity that our cinema provokes outside its territory.” Paula Barreto
“The cinema market in Brazil is piping hot with a good batch of films that have taken a large audience to our national production. We have to make room for these films make it through our borders and conquer other audiences.” Bianca de Fellipe
“The Inffinito Festival Circuit is the most democratic and shows that Brazilian cinema already had abroad so far. It operates in key cities with different concepts and always with great local visibility.” Paulo Sergio Almeida
“It’s great to show the kind of film we’re doing, the quality, content, always cultivate the trade and cultural exchange with other countries.” Iafa Britz
“One of the key issues of our industry is to set our movies ‘to travel’. To show them worldwide in a systematic way, in events like the Inffinito Festival Circuit, is essential to demonstrate how diverse and plural is our film.” Marco Aurelio Marcondes