PRESS RELEASE: 2nd Málaga Festival Fund & Co-Production Event selects Patricia Chica’s “Montréal Girls.”

We received the following Press Release from our friends at ChicArts Public Relations regarding Patricia Chica’s indie film Montréal Girls.

2nd Málaga Festival Fund & Co-Production Event selects Patricia Chica’s Montréal Girls.

(Los Angeles, CA) – March 14, 2019. Objectif 9’sMontréal Girls, directed by award-winning filmmaker Patricia Chica and co-written with award-winning screenwriter Kamal John Iskander, is one of the international projects selected to participate at the 2nd Málaga Festival Fund & Co-Production (MAFF) event to be held in Spain from March 18-22nd, 2019. Montréal Girlsis the winning project selected by the Arab Cinema Center to participate at the MAFF event and will have the opportunity to connect with international funding institutions attending the festival as well as decision-makers from around the world.

“I’m extremely honored to be part of this prestigious selection. I’m very grateful to the Arab Cinema Center for believing in our indie film Montréal Girls,”says director Patricia Chica.

Already financially supported by Telefilm CanadaSODEC and Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg FundMontréal Girls tells the story of Basil, a young Egyptian student who is off to Montreal on a med school scholarship. There he meets his wild cousin who introduces him to the city’s vibrant underground subcultures and thrilling nightlife. This exciting new world inspires Basil’s innate desire to become a poet and hurls him into a tumultuous relationship with two young women who shatter his perceptions and reveal to him his destiny.

The coming-of-age drama is produced by Samuel Gagnon and Bahija Essoussi of the Montreal-based production company Objectif 9, while Patricia Chica’s long time collaborator, producer Byron A. Martin, acts as an Executive Producer. Principal photography is slated to start in September 2019 in Montreal, Canada, followed by a portion of the movie to be shot in Cairo, Egypt. Producers Mohamed Hefzy and Daniel Ziskind of Cairo-based production company FilmClinic are attached to supervise the Egyptian portion of the shoot.

Previously, Montréal Girls, had been curated as one of the 10 Canadian projects participating in the TIFF Filmmaker Lab, for which Patricia Chica was one of the selected rising directors.

About Patricia Chica

Born in El Salvador, Patricia Chica is a Canadian multiple award-winning director, writer and producer with over 50 hours of content under her belt. A graduate from the Film Production department at Concordia University (with distinction), she specializes in high-quality character-driven content that depicts strong emotions and thought-provoking stories. Her latest short film Morning After was presented in 19 countries and garnered over 30 awards and nominations. Variety wrote that she is “a prolific director of shorts and TV projects”. Patricia Chica is an alumna of the TIFF Filmmaker Lab and the SODEC_LAB Immersion Cannes. She is repped by Alex Flores, Steven Tobias and Doug Warner at Shoreline Management in Beverly Hills. Currently, Patricia Chica divides her time between Montreal and Los Angeles.

Patricia Chica will be attending the 2nd Málaga Festival Fund & Co-production (MAFF) event and open to discuss with International Sales Agents, Talent Agents, Festival Programmers and Financiers. You can reach her through her website www.PatriciaChica.com.

For more information:

Director’s Official Site: www.PatriciaChica.com

Director’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/Chicatronica

Director’s Twitter: www.Twitter.com/PatriciaChica

Director’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/PatriciaChica

Like ‘Montreal Girls’on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MontrealGirlsMovie

Festival’s Website: www.FestivaldeMalaga.com

Arab Cinema Center’s Website: http://acc.film/

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Director Patricia Chica is available for interviews in English, Spanish and French.

Presence in Málaga: from March 18th to the 23rd inclusively.

 

Source: Flirt Films

Contact Patricia Chica directly: info@PatriciaChica.com

Press Contact: Alix Leblanc

ChicArtPRusa@gmail.com

Tel.: +1.310.957.4508

Patricia Chica, director-producer.

Photo Credit: © Oscar Ocelotl Aguirre

Photo: © Alenka Slavinec

PATRICIA CHICA

Director, Producer

Biography

Born in El Salvador, Patricia Chica is a Canadian multiple award-winning director, writer and producer with over 50 hours of content under her belt. A graduate from the Film Production department at Concordia University (with distinction), she specializes in high-quality character-driven content that depicts strong emotions and thought-provoking stories. Her latest short film Morning After was presented in 19 countries and garnered over 30 awards and nominations. Variety wrote that she is “a prolific director of shorts and TV projects”. Patricia Chica is an alumna of the TIFF Filmmaker Lab and the SODEC_LAB Immersion Cannes. She is repped by Alex Flores, Steven Tobias and Doug Warner at Shoreline Management in the United-States. Currently, Patricia Chica divides her time between Montreal and Los Angeles.

Patricia Chica is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada and Film Fatales.

 

Director’s Statement

My primary goal as a filmmaker is to represent the voice and perspective of the new generation’s diverse youth and tell an inspiring story that explores universal themes to which audiences worldwide can connect and relate. I want to be the springboard for new perspectives, practices, models and ideas, which not only benefit the people involved in my projects but also inspire and empower the viewers.

I am interested in diversity… in characters, stories and styles. Similarly, I always think of the bigger picture when directing a film, from story inception to marketing & outreach strategies. For me, it’s all part of my storytelling process.

At Málaga, we are looking to complete our financing of Montréal Girls which consists of the remaining 20% of a 1,5MM budget. We are also looking for partners in Europe and the Middle East, as well as a sales agent and distribution company.

MONTREAL GIRLS

Coming of age edgy drama

A bold, dark and edgy drama about self-discovery and following your heart. Montréal Girls is a fast-paced, author-driven and high-end production.

SYNOPSIS:

Montréal Girls tells the story of Basil, a young Egyptian student who is off to Montréal on a med school scholarship. There he meets his wild cousin who introduces him to the city’s vibrant underground subcultures and thrilling nightlife. This exciting new world inspires Basil’s innate desire to become a poet and hurls him into a tumultuous relationship with two young women who shatter his perceptions and reveal to him his destiny.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Global Youth 18-35. Tastemakers. Music & Subculture Lovers.

CURRENT STAGE: Pre-production. Supported so far by Sodec, The Harold Greenberg Fund, TIFF Filmmaker Lab & Telefilm Canada.

FILMING: Summer/Fall 2019.

BUDGET: $1,5MM CND

SCRIPT AVAILABILITY: Yes

CAST ATTACHMENTS: Ahmed Malek (TIFF Rising Star 2018, Berlin Talent Lab 2018, Screen Daily’s Arab Star of Tomorrow 2017)

CAVCO ELIGIBILITY: Yes

LOOKING FOR: French Co-Producer, Completion Financing (300K), International Sales Agent, Distribution Company and Agency Representation.

SCREEN DAILY (article):

https://www.screendaily.com/news/ahmed-malek-signs-for-patricia-chicas-montreal-girls-exclusive/5128911.article

INTERVIEW ON CBC RADIO:

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1302117955680

ACCOLADES:

• 2018 TIFF Talent Lab / TIFF Filmmaker Lab (Toronto International Film Festival, Canada)

• Grant Recipient from the Temerty Family Fellowship – Share Her Journey Program @ TIFF

• Málaga Festival Fund & Co-Production Market – Official Selection for Pitches in 2019 (Malaga, Spain)

• Best International Screenplay Finalist (2015) and New Industry Table Reads Program (2018) (Oaxaca FilmFest, Mexico)

• Development Grant / Financing by SODEC & selected for the SODEC_LAB in Cannes.

• Funding from Telefilm Canada & The Harold Greenberg Fund.

To get involved, please write to Patricia Chica at info@PatriciaChica.com

Patricia Chica, director-producer

 

Photo Credit:

© Bob Delgadillo

Patricia Chica, director-producer

 

Photo Credit:

© Maia Medilaharzu


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