Rome’s MIA Market Unveils 2020 Lineup

Keynote speakers at the Italian industry event, running Oct. 14-18, include ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Robin Hood’ producer Michael Ellenberg and Stephen Cornwell of The Ink Factory (‘The Night Manager’).

Italy’s MIA television and film market has unveiled its 2020 lineup, announcing the 50 film and television titles that will present at the industry event in Rome from Oct. 14-18.

The MIA market is of the few film or TV meets to be held on-location this year —in what organizers insure will be a “safe and COVID-proof environment” in its traditional location at Rome’ Palazzo Barberini. MIA can point to last month’s successful Venice Film Festival as an example of how Italy has handled new coronavirus hygiene regulations safely without major disruption for industry attendees. For those unable to attend in person, MIA will also be holding online events on its MIA Digital platform.

Highlights of the market’s 2020 lineup of works-in-progress include The Last Show, a feature from Money Heist director Alex Rodrigo, which tells the story of famed Spanish photographer and human rights activist Luis Valtuena who was killed in Rwanda while on a humanitarian mission; The Sorcerers from Chilean filmmaker Christopher Murray (The Blind Christ), produced by Pablo Larrain’s production company Fabula; and Animal, Greek director Sofia Exarchou’s feature follow-up to her 2016 award-winning debut Park. Fully half of the 16 film projects picked for MIA’s co-production section are by female directors, a new record for the event.

Keynote speakers at this year’s MIA, which will dial into the market via video chat, include Michael Ellenberg, founder and CEO of Media Res, whose producing credits include Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Robin Hood, and who was an international producer on the AppleTV+ series The Morning Show. Stephen Cornwell, co-founder and co-CEO of U.K. outlet The Ink Factory, producer of Netflix drama Message from the King starring the late Chadwick Boseman, as well as Emmy-winning mini-series The Night Manager, will also host a keynote talk at MIA.

Pan-European funding body Eurimages will present its Co-Production Development award at this year’s MIA, handing out a €20,000 ($24,000) bursary to an in-development project. French-German network Arte will also present its Arte Kino International Prize at the Rome event, supporting a MIA project with a €6000 ($7000) cash award.

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