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Twelve Colombian screenwriters, whose profiles and projects were selected by call, share their stories at BAM with the aim of finding the best way to make them a reality. Drama, science fiction, and suspense are the three genres proposed by these 12 screenwriters—both men and women—from different parts of the country.

Evaluation committee

Antonia NAVA

España

She has headed acquisitions and marketing for Spain, Portugal, and Latin America at BMG Entertainment. As executive in international sales and coproduction, she directed Filmax International for 10 years (1999-2009), a period in which she was the executive producer for The Machinist and Transiberian (Brad Anderson), and Darkness and Fragile (Jaume Balagueró), which premiered in over 30 countries. In 2011, she created Neo Art Productions, where to date she has produced 11 films and is currently developing two feature films and two television series.

Luis GAMBOA

España / México

Screenwriter for film and television for over 15 years. He has worked in Spain on series including The Boarding School, Los Protegidos, Herederos, and Hispania, and in Mexico, on Netflix series such as Diablero, Tijuana, and Control Z. He is currently writing the second season of the HBO Max series Las Bravas after having participated in its successful first season.

Mercedes RODRIGO

España

She studied Dramatic Art and Stage Direction at the RESAD. She began her career as a screenwriter for daytime series such as Al Salir de Clase, Yo Soy Bea, and Centro Médico. For several years, she worked in the Fiction Department at Mediaset, together with Félix Sabroso, supervising the scripts for their productions. She also worked on the series White Lines, a co-production by Leftbank Pictures and Vancouver Media, as well as Sky Rojo by Vancouver Media.

Selected projects

Twelve Colombian screenwriters, whose profiles and projects were selected by call, share their stories at BAM with the aim of finding the best way to make them a reality. Drama, science fiction, and suspense are the three genres proposed by these 12 screenwriters—both men and women—from different parts of the country.

Alejandro HOYOS

Small world Colombia

Feature Film

Fiction / Sci Fi

Synopsis

Synopsis

Lizeth, a waitress who is getting out of a toxic relationship, meets William, an odd Swedish tourist. They drift apart when he strays into the underworld before reappearing and asking her to show him the country. While being followed by mysterious men in black, William tells Lizeth that he is actually an alien brain inhabiting the Scandinavian's body and that he came to make a report on humanity based on our country. It seems that his species is wondering whether it is worth continuing to protect Earth from a galactic strike. She has no choice but to believe him and strives to present the best possible image of our land. In the end, chemistry may be what tips the scales.

Andrés ARIAS GARCÍA

The glory of pain

Feature Film

Fiction / Drama

Synopsis

Synopsis

Luis, an aspiring musician who avoids his problems and denies their existence, contracts leprosy and is forced to abandon his composition classes and is confined to a leper colony until his death. As he struggles unsuccessfully to heal himself so he can be free from confinement, he witnesses the terrible abuses and cruelties that go on there, events that awaken in him a compassion for other sick people, inspiring him to compose an authentic piece of music. Eventually, Luis’s compositions manage to break the chains and injustices of the confinement, and he becomes the most important musician of the era.

Carlos TÉLLEZ HENAO

The forgotten island

Serie

Fiction / Drama

Synopsis

Synopsis

A group of young and attractive influencers are hired to promote a hotel during a hedonistic party weekend on a mysterious island in the middle of the ocean. When they arrive and discover that the place is not what they expected, the hologram of a mysterious masked man confesses to them that they have been taken there to pay for all the garbage they have shared on their social networks. Trapped and isolated, they are forced to face a series of extremely hostile situations and violate all of the principles they claimed to adhere to on social media. When their true nature was revealed and their humanity reached its lowest point, they discover that everything they had experienced was only just the start of a macabre revenge.

Diego Fernando ROJAS FAJARDO

One hit wonder

Feature Film

Fiction / Drama

Synopsis

Synopsis

Nicolás, an introverted teenager, loves playing drums. He was born a woman, but several years ago, he made the radical and necessary decision to change his gender. His mother has always been there for him in his long journey of transformation, but when she dies in an accident, Nicolás must live with his only living relative, his uncle Johnny Rock. Johnny Rock is a rock star whose only hit was in the 90s, a loser who lives alone with his dog, Chiqui, an enormous bulldog. He believes he is still a rock star and performs in sleazy bars in exchange for free beers. When Nicolás arrives at his house, it seems to him they are so different that they won’t be able to live together, but little by little, the love they both have for rock music helps them accept each other. Together, they create incredible, ground-breaking music. Through rock music, they manage to live by their own terms and give themselves a new chance at a life full of love and success. A life filled with rock!

Edgar DE LUQUE JÁCOME

Dragon blood

Feature Film

Fiction / Drama

Synopsis

Synopsis

Michael is a talented soccer player from Chocó. On arriving to his village, he sees an ex-soccer player “El Dragón” Hinestroza talent scouting—his opportunity to become a professional player in Argentina. What Michael doesn’t know is that El Dragón is a fake player promoter, and what El Dragón doesn’t know is that Michael is his son, one he never recognized. Before travelling to Argentina, Michael tells him the truth, but he continues to deny it and leaves to never return. Still, Michael manages to get to Argentina where he realizes he’s been scammed. Despite this, he stays until he becomes a professional player. Meanwhile in Colombia, El Dragón is captured and imprisoned. When Michael returns as a promising national soccer player, he is reunited with El Dragón, who asks for forgiveness. Michael does not accept and admits that he feels nothing has changed. From now on, El Dragón must settle with seeing his son’s victory on TV.

Edwin Humbero RESTREPO PINEDA

Mother

Feature Film

Fiction / Drama

Synopsis

Synopsis

Gloria, an older trans woman, is looking after a girl abandoned by her mother. When Gloria seeks to legally adopt her, we discover that the young girl was born a boy and identifies as female. Now Gloria must face a rigged legal system in order to prove that the girl’s identity is normal, and that it would be in the girl’s best interests to have her as a mother, in order to support her while she grows up in a world where there are few opportunities for women like them.

Jaime Andrés BALLESTEROS AGUIRRE

Caged neighborhood

Feature Film

Fiction / Drama

Synopsis

Synopsis

In a shanty town, the inhabitants live in peace. This is because years earlier, the mayor’s office issued partial ownership documents for them in exchange for avoiding illegal activities in the neighborhood. This peace ends when an illegal circus rocks up in the neighborhood, in the most beloved spot: the soccer field. When the circus finally leaves, they leave a metal cage behind, with a lion inside. Led by Ramiro, a lawyer without a degree, Pacho, an ex-Zoo worker, Ancizar, a soccer coach, César, a young lad who dreams of repeating the footballing success story of an old neighbor, and Joel, a boy who wishes his little brother could finally go to the bathroom on his own. They must hide the lion in order to avoid eviction, and to do this, they move all of the homes around the cage in order hide the lion. When they’re discovered, their fight to keep their homes forces them to face the lion itself.

Mauricio GUERRA

In God we trust

Feature Film

Fiction / Drama

Synopsis

Synopsis

Gloria is convinced that life is just a stepping stone to do good and go to heaven. For her, the most important thing is salvation of the soul. So when she finds out that her son is going to lose his soul, she is willing to sacrifice her own to save him.

Natalia IMERY ALMARIO

Bad weed

Feature Film

Fiction / Drama

Synopsis

Synopsis

As a couple, Ángela from Colombia, and Francesca from Italy, both in their thirties, live through the most beautiful and painful moments of love and sexuality, parties, reggaetón, alcohol, talking about sexuality, polyamory, and the abuses they have suffered. Together, they write a key scene in the film directed by Ángela, in which a lesbian couple cry unconsolably after having an orgasm. After a year apart due to the pandemic, they meet up in Milan, but their bodies are different, and the arguments are more frequent than the moments of joy. In an attempt to find each other again, they end up having sex, and after the orgasm, Francesca bursts into tears. They live with Francesca’s family. Amid campfires and songs, they plant trees, but Francesca does not know if the film they wrote together influenced her cries while making love. Despite the profound love they have for each other, they decide to end the relationship.

Óscar Eduardo ADÁN DÍAZ

I am the woman feminists hate

Serie

Fiction / Drama

Synopsis

Synopsis

Cristina, a single mother and housewife, gets a job as a caregiver for Carmen, a neurotic anthropologist and feminist suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Her first task is to accompany her on a road trip to attend a conference. They are joined by Katherine, an outspoken catholic, afro, trans woman. Throughout the journey, the trio’s secrets reveal themselves: Cristina must decide whether to accept a job abroad and discovers that she is pregnant with her ex’s child (who is in rehab for sex addiction). Katherine hides a terminal illness and prepares her last drag show. Carmen must overcome the fear that her peers see her as inferior. She also seeks to reconcile with her daughter, who she hasn’t heard from in years. On her return, Cristina gets back with her ex and reconsiders her marriage. Katherine does her final show before dying, surrounded by her friends; and Carmen, after rethinking her feminist stance, takes the first step to reconcile with her daughter.

Santiago JIMÉNEZ

The man who couldn't look the at the sky

Feature Film

Fiction / Drama

Synopsis

Synopsis

After losing his wife in a terrorist attack orchestrated by Pablo Escobar on Avianca flight 203, Fernando lives secluded and devastated by guilt and grief. But the fortuitous encounter with an old, sick, stray dog, marks the beginnings of a relationship that leads him to rebuild his life, but not before confronting his greatest fears.

Sebastián LAPIDUS

Through the ashes

Serie

Fiction / Thriller - Terror

Synopsis

Synopsis

Ignacio leads the fire station in a town located on the edge of the jungle. A routine call takes him to a fire on the estate of a man known as El Diablo. Among the ashes, they discover that the conflagration was provoked and that it claimed the life of his own daughter, Jenny, with whom he had not had contact for some time. Helped by Eugenia, his lieutenant, he wants to put the pieces together that unite Jenny and El Diablo. They soon discover that Jenny was conducting a journalistic investigation and find themselves in a hidden hamlet in the jungle. There, they find a sect whose leaders have convinced their followers that an event that split the history of Colombia in two never happened: the death of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, on April 9, 1948. His and Eugenia’s lives are at risk. Behind the hamlet frozen in time, there is an intricate system at work, an evil web of lies designed to maintain their secret of over 70 years.