Chilean talent takes home IDFA project award at Chile Conecta 

    This past Friday at Santiago’s Chile Conecta, Chilean filmmaker Nicolás Tabilo took home the IDFA Award for most promising project for his feature-length documentary project Imágenes a la deriva (Drifting Images). The 80-minute, highly personal film project centers on the waterways of the filmmaker's hometown as a signifier of trauma, memory, and the search for closure.

    With previous industry buzz that includes a special jury mention at IFFR and Best Fiction Short Film at the Litoral Film Festival and Biobio Cine, Tabilo is expected to make waves with Imágenes a la deriva, not least for its unique storytelling approach that combines found Super 8 footage and original 4K material.

    “It’s a very personal project about childhood memories, power structures and a search for what was lost,” said IDFA Senior Programmer Laura van Halsema. “A promising project with powerful and haunting images, Imágenes a la deriva has a lot of potential but we believe that the director should take the time to discover the best way of telling his story and find the visual language to express it,” van Halsema added.

    Still from Imágenes a la deriva, dir. Nicolás Tabilo

    This is the first IDFA project award of the new year, which will see Tabilo join the IDFAcademy ranks at the next festival edition in November 2020. Over the coming twelve months, the IDFA team will continue travelling to festivals and industry events around the world to award emerging filmmakers with outstanding documentary projects. The winners, among them Tabilo, will receive a tailor-made route through IDFA that includes travel and accommodation, accreditation for IDFA Forum or IDFAcademy, and meetings with key decision makers.

    Last year’s award-winners span ten countries, and include notable titles such as Museum of the Revolution by Srđan Keča, which made the cut into the 2019 IDFA Forum selection, and Hero Kogsni by Alejandra Castilla Madera, the first ever project to take home the IDFA New Media Talent Award in collaboration with IDFA DocLab.

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