La Noche Buena – Short film in La Habana, Cuba.

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I’m the producer of a beautiful film: La Noche Buena. The adventure started back in 2013, when American director Alex Mallis asked me to help him make a film in Cuba. Por supuesto, let’s do it! Cuban film institution meets US indie film. We had the best of both countries (with a Spaniard in between).

It wasn’t easy trying to get permission to shoot there in 2013. Back then the US government didn’t allow any commercial activity with Cuba. And the Cuban government was very reticent about it as well. After months of trying all possible leads, we finally got the permits to work with the ICAIC (Cuban Cinema Industry Institution) and were able to collaborate with an amazing group of Cuban film professionals.

Check out the press about La Noche Buena to learn a bit more how we did it:
Interview on NoFilmSchool: nofilmschool.com/2015/11/film-shot-cuba-embargo-alex-mallis

Latinpost: http://www.latinpost.com/articles/107046/20160107/producer-marina-fernandez-on-filming-la-noche-buena-in-cuba-it-was-pretty-complicated-and-challenging.htm 
And in Remezcla: remezcla.com/features/the-team-behind-noche-buena-on-what-it-was-like-to-film-their-short-in-cuba/

Official Selection:
New Orleans 2015
Atlanta 2015
IFF Boston 2015
Festival Internacional de Cine Nuevo Latinoamerica (Havana, Cuba)
Stockholm 2015
Huelva International Film Festival, Spain
Cinema Jove, Valencia
Havana Film Festival NY 2015
San Diego Latino 2015
Rhode Island 2015
Curta Cinema Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2015

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