Uruguay Hub Audiovisual
Uruguay Audiovisual HUB is the meeting point of allied institutions which seeks to stimulate the co-production between different countries. Tools and new strategies are presented so that Working JIIFF participants can design their projects and consider new possibilities.
In 2024, we welcome ACAU, Uruguay XXI and British Film Institute BFI to present their incentive and work policies that unite local industry production with international production.
For the first time, the British Film Institute arrives in Uruguay and signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Uruguayan Film and Audiovisual Agency to promote co-production and cultural and audiovisual exchange between both countries.
Uruguay XXI will present its new sectoral sub-brands for Uruguay Audiovisual: Uruguay Film Commission, Uruguay Films and Uruguay Videogames. And ACAU will present its new agreements and policies for the promotion of local production.
Finally, in addition to signing the MOU, BFI will present its Global Screen Fund and the UK Sustainability policy.
The UK delegation consists of::
Head of UK Global Screen Fund
Denitsa Yordanova is the Head of UK Global Screen Fund and International Funds at the British Film Institute (BFI), overseeing UK Global Screen Fund and BFI’s international funding activities, including support for delegations and UK presence at international events. UK Global Screen Fund was created in 2021 as a £7 million p.a. initiative of the UK government and the BFI and has invested over £15m in UK screen sector companies and projects to date, and recently seen its first realised co-productions, such as MERKEL, DRIFT and THE SETTLERS, featured at festivals such as Telluride, Sundance and Cannes.
In 2011 Laurie joined Bigscope Films as Head of Development and Producer to develop and produce high concept, high genre films with international appeal. His latest films include Lord of misrule and Consecreation. In 2024, he will produce The Ascent and The fall line” He is developing projects with partners such as Vertigo Films, Working Title and XYZ.
Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo is known for producing acclaimed film and television with an eye for compelling stories. From Ngozi Onwurah’s Shoot The Messenger starring David Oyelowo and Daniel Kaluuya; to Top Boy, the Netflix series with Drake as Executive Producer. Through Turnover Films Yvonne is developing a variety of projects including a feature film set in Burkina Faso with DNA/Film4/MGM and a TV series with Argo/BBC set in Nigeria. Completed projects include Two Single Beds, a short written and starring Daniel Kaluuya for Film 4; A Story of Bones, best documentary nominee at Tribeca; and Rye Lane, critically acclaimed feature which premiered at Sundance.
Paula Álvarez Vaccaro
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Paula Alvarez Vaccaro is an award winning producer and scriptwriter with over twenty years of experience working in film and TV. Before founding PINBALL LONDON in 2009, she had worked in films, series and shorts production for international companies and broadcasters such as BBC, TVE, MTV, Channel 4, and ARTE. Under her leadership, Pinball London has won over ninety international awards and has created narrative and documentary features, series, animation, shorts and ancillary content for non traditional screens directed by filmmakers from over 15 different countries. Their films have launched at most A list festivals around the world and have been distributed around the globe.
Hellflower Films. Robert Cannan is an acclaimed Writer/Director and Producer of documentary features and fiction. His documentary feature The Lovers and the Despot (BFI, Creative England, BBC, Arte/ZDF) was nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best World Documentary, an IDA award and selected for Berlinale Panorama. Screen called it ‘jaw-dropping...vibrant cinema’ and The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, ‘riveting’. Magnolia Pictures and Netflix bought worldwide rights. As fiction Producer, Thomas Clay’s 35mm period Western-Thriller ‘Fanny Lye Deliver’d’ starring Maxine Peake, Charles Dance, Freddie Fox and Tanya Reynolds was released by Vertigo and Sky in the UK and Quiver in the US. It was included in Rotten Tomatoes’ Best Films of 2021 (95% rating) with The i describing it as ‘a remarkable example of British independent film-making…exceptional’ and Screen Daily saying ‘a film that seems certain to achieve the same cult status of… Barry Lyndon and Witchfinder General’.