Amazona, the documentary that has participated in all development stages at DocsBarcelona, breaks into the nomination of the Goya Awards!

The opening film at the 20th edition of DocsBarcelona and that triumphed in the DocsBarcelona of the Month this past November, has been selected as a candidate to win the Goya Award for Best Ibero-American Film.

The documentary by Colombian director Clare Weiskopf, in which she talks about the peculiar relationship with her mother, has already been selected to represent Colombia at the Goya Awards 2018 and last Wednesday December 13, the Amazona nomination became effective, along with the other three finalist films: Tempestad (Mexico), Una mujer fantástica (Chile) and Zama (Argentina).

Amazona started as a project in a Documentary Development Workshop given  by Joan Gonzàlez, director of DocsBarcelona Festival, held within the framework of the FICCI Festival (Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias) in Colombia. That same year, To the Amazon, initial title of the documentary, participated at the Industry Activities at DocsBarcelona, being presented at the Pitching Forum 2014. A year later, in 2015, it was one of the 3 projects selected at the Rough Cut screenings at DocsBarcelona; a space where directors and producers showcase their documentaries at a rough cut stage privately to a selected group of experts who carry out an assessment and act as consultants.  Its director, Clare Weiskopf and producer Nicolás Van Hemelryck, visited and participated in the Industry Activities of DocsBarcelona over these years in order to make their project grow and find ways of financing their documentary in development.

At its final stage, their participation at the Rough Cut screenings offered them the possibility of presenting the film privately to a selection of producers, directors, commissioning editors, sales agents and distributors with the objective to generate creative and constructive discussions that favour the access of the films to the international market. Without any doubt, Amazona is a documentary that has been accompanied by DocsBarcelona in all its stages of development.

Last year, Amazona not only took part in the DocsBarcelona 2017 official selection, but also was chosen as the opening film, with great public and critical success. Today, is part of the list of films in distruibution by DocsBarcelona del Mes, the extension of DocsBarcelona International Documentary Film Festival along the year and across the territory. With the aim of bringing the documentary cinema closer to people, every month we release a high-quality documentary film about different subjects and origins, in over 70 venues of Spain, Chile and Colombia.

See how Clare Weiskopf describes her experience as participant at the Development Workshop given by Joan Gonzàlez:

You can find all the information about DocsBarcelona workshops and Industry Activities, here.

The film tells the story of Val, told and seen through the lens of her daughter Clare. After a tragic family loss, Val leaves behind her children to enter the Colombian jungle and discover herself as a woman without the bonds of duty.
Thirty years later and pregnant, Clare decides to confront her mother to understand her and define her own motherhood in less conventional terms. What does it mean to be a good mother?

The Goya Awards, the great festival of Spanish cinema, will celebrate its 32nd edition on February 3, 2018, that once again, will be broadcast live on TVE 1, starting at 10 p.m.