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ManoN produced the critically-acclaimed coproduction "La Fortaleza" by Jorge Thielen Armand, bringing together platform Breaker, Berlinale's World Cinema, France's Nouvelle Aquitaine regional fund, and Colombia's FDC minority coproduction fund; working with coproducers Viking Films in the Netherlands, In Vivo in France, Mutokino in Colombia, and La Faena Films in Canada. Manon is currently developing several more coproductions and can advise on international productions wanting to work with the UK, as well as UK productions looking for international financing.
Chiara is in charge of new talent at Ardimages UK and has established relationships with all major UK talent agencies. She can advise international productions wanting to work with UK talents, or wanting to translate their development materials to a native English-speaker standard.
After taking part in a variety of schemes, including iFeatures, Film London Microwave and the Creative England Creative Producers Initiative, Manon and Chiara have recently started running their own scheme, the Mother Tongues Award, working with producer Jack Tarling. The initiative is backed by UK distributor Curzon and international sales agent Charades.
The Mother Tongues Award is a development scheme for feature films set in the UK, in which the dialogue is in a language other than English. It was created to develop feature films that are written, produced and directed by UK residents, telling stories that take place in diverse cultural communities existing within the UK.
Over the course of one year, the team came up with the scheme, found and attached the financial partners. They also ran a successful PR campaign which included the creation of a website and dedicated application form, a Twitter account that gathered 600 followers over a couple of months and a live webinar run by BFI Net.Work and Film Hub Midlands that was attended by over 60 filmmakers. This culminated in the initiative gathering over 100 applications in the 1 month of the call being opened.
Mother tongues award
Manon has organised workshops for the British Council, mentoring sessions for Film London, and was a Creative Access mentor. She was also a visiting lecturer at Regent's Park University.
Chiara is a visiting tutor at the National Film And Television School and Kingston’s School Of Art and has lectured at a number of universities and film schools including Regent’s Park University, Central Film School, Southbank University and Met Film School.