Manuela Martelli, MFA Candidate in Film and Media Arts at Temple or Temple Alumnus was selected to participate in Chile Factory a project that will produce a feature film to be premiered at 2015 Cannes Film Festival and the 22nd Valdivia Film Fest program. Chile Factory is a partnership between the Directors’ Fortnight, an independent festival held in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival, and CinemaChile, Chilean film promotion agency.
An award-winning Chilean actress and director, Manuela Martelli is part of a collective of eight filmmakers, four of whom are Chilean, who will create a feature-length film for presentation in 2015. The Chilean directors will each work with four international directors to create a short film which will later form a full-length piece. The foreign filmmakers are Sara Rastegar (France/Iran), Ofir Raul Grazier (Israel/Germany), Amirah Tajdin (Kenya/Dubai) and Mariko Saga (Japan/Poland).
Martelli is best known for her appearances in feature films as Machuca (2004, Andres Wood) and more recently in Il futuro (2013, Alicia Scherson). As a director, she debuted internationally with her short film Apnea, in the LatinAmerican Short Films Category at Valdivia Film Fest in which she is also featured as an actress in feature film Dos Disparos (2014, Martin Rejtman).
Apnea was produced during Martelli’s first year at Temple University.
For more information about the Chile Factory, click here.