Venice Gap Financing Market

Venice Gap Financing Market 2023: Full Line-Up

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Venice Gap-Financing Market (September 1-3), held as part of the Venice Production Bridge (VPB) at the upcoming Venice film festival (August 3-September 9), will present 62 projects from around the world in the final stages of development and funding. This year’s VPB Focus 2023 will be Germany and Quebec.

The selection is divided as follows:
34 feature-length fiction film and documentary projects (including 4 VPB Focus projects)
14 immersive projects (including 4 VPB Focus projects)
11 Biennale College Cinema virtual reality projects
3 Biennale College Cinema projects


Fiction Films: 26 projects for feature-length fiction films (16 from Europe and 10 from around the world) that need to complete their funding package with minority shares in co-production, having at least 70% of the funding in place.

Documentaries: 8 projects (5 from Europe and 3 from around the world) for narrative or creative documentaries (fulfilling the same requirements as the fiction films above).

After The Evil* (France) – by Tamara Erde, Gloria Films Production

All Before You (Palestine, UK, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia) – by Annemarie Jacir, Philistine Films

Animus* (France) – by Eliane De Latour, Les Films D’ici Méditerranée, Les Films Du Tambour De Soie

Blue Blood (Latvia, Estonia, Greece) – by Juris Kursietis, White Picture

Blue Flower (Canada, Belgium) – by Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, Colonelle Films

Caravan (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy) – by Zuzana Kirchnerová, Masterfilm

Daughter’s Daughter (Taipei, US) – by Huang Xi, Sun Lok Productions

Dayao Swims Against The Flow (France, China, Luxembourg, Portugal, Korea) – by Zhang Tao, House On Fire

Drowning Dry (Lithuania, Latvia, Serbia) – by Laurynas Bareisa, Afterschool Production

Earthquake (Japan, US) – by Neo Sora, Cineric Creative, Zakkubalan, Cinema Inutile

Elephants In The Fog (Nepal, France) – by Abinash Bikram Shah, Les Valseurs, Underground Talkies Nepal

England Made Me (Sweden, Belgium, UK) – by Måns Månsson, Fasad Film Production

Ethel (Canada, Ireland) – by Aisling Walsh, Sphère Média

Fiore Mio* (Italy, Belgium) – by Paolo Cognetti, Samarcanda Film

Fredy* (Canada) – by Will Prosper, Peripheria (VPB Focus Quebec)

From The Dark (Italy) – by Giovanni Piras, La Sarraz Pictures

Girl In The Clouds (France, Belgium) – by Philippe Riche, Brio Films

Hen (Germany, Greece) – by György Palfi, Pallas Film, View Master Films, Twenty Twenty Vision (VPB Focus Germany)

Invisible* (Italy, France) – by Adele Tulli, Filmaffair, Pepito Produzioni, Les Films D’ici

Jacindamania* (New Zealand) – by Pietra Brettkelly, Justin Pemberton, This Too Shall Pass, Pietra Brettkelly Films

Nothing But The Truth About Extraterrestrials* (Canada) – by Guylaine Maroist, Eric Ruel, La Ruelle Films (VPB Focus Quebec)

Picturehouse (Vietnam, France, Philippines, Singapore) – by Minh Nguyen-Vo, Girelle Production, HKfilm, East Films, Add Oil Films, Daluyong Studios

Poem About Stars (Ukraine, Italy, France) – by Dmytro Kashuba, Sarke Studio Ukraine

Re-Creation* (Ireland, Luxembourg) – by Jim Sheridan, David Merriman, Hell’s Kitchen, Joli Rideau Media

Reshma Shera (Germany, India) – by Megha Ramaswamy, Niko Film, Nicole Gerhards (VPB Focus Germany)

Starseed (Romania, France) – by Anca Damian, Aparte Film, Special Touch Studios

Summer War (Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Canada) – by Alicia Scherson, Araucaria Cine

Thank You For Banking With Us! (Germany, Palestine) – by Laila Abbas, In Good Company

The Bone Sparrow (Australia) – by Kim Mordaunt, Carver Films

The Damned (Italy, Belgium, US) – by Roberto Minervini, Okta Film, Michigan Films, Pulpa Film

The French Teacher (Brazil, France, Portugal) – by Ricardo Alves Jr., Entre Filmes, Les Valseurs, Karõ Filmes

Vermiglio Or The Mountain Bride (Italy, France, Belgium) – by Maura Del Pero, Cinedora, Charades, Versus

The Worlds Of Hamdi (Canada) – by Isabelle Lavigne, Micro_Scope

Zsazsa Zaturnnah Vs The Amazonistas Of Planet X (Philippines, France) – by Avid Liongoren, Rocketsheep Studio, Ghosts City Films



14 Immersive projects (9 from Europe and 5 from around the world) including fiction, documentary, animation film and other interactive installation based experiences. All projects have secured 30% of their budget and have this financing in place. Projects from Germany and Quebec, the VPB Focus 2023, are included in this line-up.

An Empty Seat (Canada, Denmark) – by Johan Knattrup Jensen, Mads Damsbo, Art et essai, Makropol (VPB Focus Quebec)

As I Lay Dead (Italy, Canada) – by Simone Salomoni, Vitruvio Virtual Reality

Eddie And I (Israel) – by Maya Shekel, Yuval Kella

Free Ur Head (Taipei) – by Chou Tung-Yen, Very Theatre Company

Gay Simulator (The Netherlands) – by Iris Van Der Meule, Studio Biarritz

Genesis – The Life Experience (WT) (Germany) – by Joerg Courtial, Faber Courtial (VPB Focus Germany)

Impulse: Playing With Reality (UK, France) – by May Abdalla, Barry Gene Murphy, Anagram

Living With The Snow Leopards (Germany, India) – by Gayatri Parameswaran, Felix Gaedtke, NowHere Media (VPB Focus Germany)

Okus Fokus Immersive (Belgium) – by Emmanuel Di Martino, Poolpio

Selina – A Narrative VR Adventure (Germany) Sven Haeberlein, Trotzkind

Tartupaluk (Canada, Denmark, Greenland) – by Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Scintilla, Ánorâk Film company (VPB Focus Quebec)

The Clouds Are Two Thousand Meters Up (Taiwan) – by Singing Chen, The Walkers Films, Taiwan Public Television Service

The Photo Booth With Jonathan Yeo (UK) – by Jamie Davies, Factory 42

The Time Of A Moment (Belgium) – by Kate Voet, Victor Maes, Cassettes For Timescape


11 projects, that have been developed during the workshop of Biennale College Cinema VR, 7th edition, and that have reached different stages of development, pre-production and post-production.

A Petite Sensation Of Joy, Number 4 (US) Nicole McDonald, Bardo La

Below Deck (Germany, Italy) Martin Prinoth, Martina Mahlknecht, Tò Su Film

Dante’s Vision (Italy) Massimo Ottoni, Francesco Forti, Ibrido Studio

Garden Alchemy (Denmark) Michelle And Uri Kranot, Tindrum Production, The
Animation Workshop

Isilimela: Becoming With The Stars (South Africa) Nirma Madhoo, Ambient

Moments In A Coffee Shop (UK) Aleyeldin Baracat, No Ghost

Osage ’85 (US) Liz Hinlein, Edward Button, Storyverse Co/Lab

Out Of Nowhere (Austria, UK) Kris Hoffman, Animate Projects

Reach Out (Sweden) Daniel Adolfsson, Charlotte Davidson, Götafilm

The Master (Greece, Germany) Loukia Alavanou, Artcore Film

The White Saboteur (France, Canada) Barthelemy Antoine-Loeff, Hugo Arcier, Risette


3 projects, that have been developed during the first workshop of Biennale College Cinema, 11th edition, and that have reached different stages of development and pre-production.

Arms Of A Man (India, UK, France) Rohan Parashuram Kanawade, Lotus Visual Productions

To See These Days on (Italy, Switzerland) Federico Lodoli, Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Ring Film, Jasa Productions

I Would Like To See Your Private Photos (Brazil), Marcelo Grabowsky, Matizar Filmes