Financing and internationalization LAB

Lab oriented to the financing and internationalization of documentaries

This laboratory will address the financing and internationalization of documentaries through two films. On the one hand, Alis from Colombia, the second film by Clare Weiskopf and Nicolás van Hemelryck, which marked a first step towards international co-production and opened a new path of financing and relationships for the production company, and The Mole Agent from Chile, the fourth film by Maite Alberdi, which projects the careers of its director and producer in the North American market with an Oscar nomination, and builds a complex financial architecture with co-producers in five countries.

The activity will be divided into two sessions of two and a half hours dedicated to each film and the presentation will be made by its executive producers.


July 21 | Case: Alis by Clare Weiskopf and Nicolas van Hemelryck

Hours: 15:00hs a 17:30hs (UTC-3) | Modality: online

Clare Weiskopf

Award-winning filmmaker and journalist, Clare has spent more than twenty years working on social issues ranging from the armed conflict in Colombia and sexual violence as a weapon of war to the global spread of cumbia music. Her debut Amazona premiered at IDFA, was distributed in 11 countries and was nominated for the Goya Awards. Alis just premiered in the Berlinale and won the Crystal Bear in the Generation Plus 14 and a Teddy award. She was twice a winner of the Colombian National Journalism Award. Her projects have been supported by Ibermedia, Sundance, Catapult, IDFA Bertha Fund, Chicken&Egg, Tribeca, and the Colombian Film Fund. She has directed several documentaries and doc series for TV channels. She is a founding member of Casatarantula. Clare has been a teacher of filmmaking in several universities and frequently is invited as a jury in film funds.

Nicolás van Hemelryck

Award-winning filmmaker with a background as an architect and photographer. His work reflects on how the way we tell stories determines how we relate with everything around us. Co-founder of the production company Casatarantula and the distribution and promotion agency DOC:CO. His latest film ALIS premiered at the Berlinale, where it won the Crystal Bear and the Teddy Award. AMAZONA, his first feature film, was nominated for Best Ibero-American Film at the Goya and Fenix Awards. His films have been selected at Berlinale, IDFA, HotDocs, Bafici, Guadalajara, Havana, Cinema du Reel, Dok Leipzig, Sheffield, DocNYC and have been distributed in several countries. Nicolás has co-produced with France, Romania, Scotland, Chile, Brazil and USA, and his work has been supported by Ibermedia, Sundance, Catapult, the IDFA Bertha Fund, Chicken & Egg, Tribeca, Proimagenes, the Romanian Film Center and Señal Colombia. Nicolas has been selected for La Fabrique Cinema at the Cannes Film Festival, Dok Incubator, EAVE, IDFAcademy, GoodPitch, Tribeca Network, Campus Latino and IFP. Nicolas is a member of EAVE, the Colombian Film Academy, Global Impact Producers and Cinema 23. As a cinematographer he was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Fenix Awards. As a photographer his work has been exhibited in America, Europe and Asia. Nicolás has been a film advisor and professor at EICTV and in various national venues, and has been a jury member for film competitions.

ALIS (Colombia)

Direction and production: Clare Weiskopf and Nicolás van Hemelryck
Produced by Casatarántula (Colombia)
Co-Producers: DeFilm (Romania), Screen Cinemas (Chile)
Premiere at: Berlinale 2022, Crystal Bear Award and Teddy Award
Festivals: BAFICI, FicGuadalajara, Sheffield Doc/Fest, HotDocs.
Financing: Proimágenes Colombia FDC, Ibermedia Program, IDFA BERTHA FUND, Sundance Institute (documentary film program), Open Society Foundations and Just Films | Ford Foundation, Catapult Film Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, AVANPOST, Mindsharemedia, Romanian Film Center.

July 22 | Case: The mole agent by Marcela Santibañez

Hours: 15:00hs a 17:30hs (UTC-3) | Modality: online

Marcela Santibañez

Outstanding Chilean producer, nominated for the Oscar, Goya, Ariel and Platinum awards for her film “El Agent Topo”. She produced the documentary “Flow” by director Nicolás Molina, premiered at Sheffield Doc fest 2018 and winner of the Best National Film award at SANFIC Film Festival and Docs Valparaíso. She is the executive producer of Nicolás Molina’s “Gaucho Americano” premiered at Hot Docs 2021 and is producing Maite Alberdi’s next documentary feature film. She is currently producing the documentary “Humedal” by Nicolás Molina; “Kaksori” a co-production with South Korea and the USA, and her first fiction feature film “Los Pajaros” by Sebastián Muñoz (“El Principe”). She is the Industry Director of FIDOCS and since 2020 she teaches executive production courses at the Universidad Católica de Chile, where she also leads the new short film distributor Prisma UC.


Direction: Maite Alberdi
Executive Production: Marcela Santibañez
Produced by Micromundo Producciones (Chile)
Co-Producers: Motto Pictures (USA), Sutorkolonko (Germany), Volya Films (Holland), Malvalanda (Spain).
Premiere in: Official Competition of Sundance International documentary category.
Nominated for: Oscar for Best Documentary Film, Goya for Best Ibero-American Film, Independent Spirit Awards for Best Documentary.
Winner: Ariel Award for Best Ibero-American Film, Platinum Award for Best Documentary and Film and Education in Values Award, Audience Award for Best European Film at the San Sebastian Festival.
Financing: Audiovisual Fund CAIA-Chile-, CORFO-Chile-, CNTV-Chile-, IDFA Bertha Fund Europe, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Cinereach, ITVS-POV, SWR, Orange, EO, Blue Ice Docs, EFADs-CAACI

CALL for the Financing and Internationalization Lab:

Registration cost: USD 65 and offers access to the Documentary Seminar.

For those who are already accredited to DocMontevideo 2022, it has a value of USD 30.

Payment can be made electronically through PayPal, or from Uruguay by bank transfer.



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