Participant Media is teaming with Pablo Larraín’s Fabula banner and Komplizen Film on A Fantastic Woman, a drama from Gloria director Sebastián Lelio that just wrapped production in Santiago, Chile. Lelio and Gonzalo Maza wrote the script, about a young waitress (newcomer Daniela Vega) trying to make a living moonlighting as a nightclub singer who becomes more vulnerable than ever after the sudden death of her older boyfriend. Peter Danner’s Funny Balloons is handling international sales. The pic marks Participant’s third collaboration with Fabula after Larraín’s No and his upcoming film about Chilean poet Pablo Neruda now in postproduction. Pablo Larraín (El Club) is also producing with Fabula’s Juan de Dios Larraín and Komplizen’s Janine Jackowski and Jonas Dornbach.

Image (9) canada-flag__140417135548-275x183.jpg for post 715288The National Film Board of Canada said it will be ensuring that at least half of its productions will be directed by women and half of all production spending will be allocated to films directed by women. The pledge from NFB boss Claude Joli-Coeur was unveiled during a Vancouver International Women in Film Festival panel. The plan will be rolled out over the next three years. The NFB said its production spend is roughly equal in the current 2015-16 fiscal year, with 43.4% of spending on films directed by women and 43.5% of spending on films directed by men, 11.3% of spending on films directed by a mixed team, and 1.8% of spending not yet allocated. “There have been good years and lean years for women’s filmmaking at the NFB. No more,” Joli-Coeur said. “Today, I’m making a firm, ongoing commitment to full gender parity, which I hope will help to lead the way for the industry as a whole.”

Indie producer Nevision and production and distribution group Red Arrow Entertainment have joined forces for a new co-development deal to create high-end drama for the international market. Two projects are in advanced stages of development from producer Sharon Bloom (Silent Witness): Post One, a high-concept series written by Gregory Edmont (The Secret Adventure Of Jules Verne; Sweet Medicine); and Geneva, a spy thriller written by Matt Thorne (8 Minutes Idle). Both series will be produced by Nevision and distributed internationally by Red Arrow.