It doesn't come as a surprise that one of the best avenues to connect the film industries of Latin America and Europe takes place at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. For the second consecutive year, the festival will host the Europe-Latin America
Co-production Forum, in which creators, producers, and distributors from the two regions get to connect and foment business, as well as work on the financing of several preselected projects.
This multinational initiative is promoted by the Basque Government Department of Economic
Development and Competitiveness
and the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, through the Secretary
of State for Telecommunications and Information Society (SETSI) and the
public entity Red.es.
The San Sebastian´s San Telmo Museum was the selected venue for the event's opening ceremony, which was attended by the Mayor of San Sebastian, Juan Karlos Izagirre, the Minister for Economic Development and Competitiveness, Arantxa Tapia, the Director of the San Sebastian Festival, José Luis Rebordinos, and the Director of Programs at Red.es, Francisco Javier García Vieira.
"Not only is the Festival an important
cultural rendezvous, it is also a place where the audiovisual industry
can and must go about business and exchange experiences. Our commitment
to the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum
is the best example of all this. The Basque Government backs and
supports establishment of the Forum as a meeting place for members of
the industry across the globe, a place where film producers, directors
and institutes come together. The initiative coincides
with our endeavors to consolidate a modern and competitive audiovisual
sector in the Basque Country" said Arantxa Tapia.
During the ceremony Francisco Javier García Vieira highlighted the crucial role of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector and of Digital Contents for the economy of the country, given that it is composed of 30,000 companies and 400,000 professionals, who generate an annual turnover of more than €100,000 million. He also wished that the event "will continue to attract great numbers, attended every year by increasingly more companies of different origins in search of high quality audiovisual products"
José Luis Rebordinos expressed his desire that "this cloister will
constitute a work place for industry professionals, a place to make
contacts, move projects and films and do business”, and his hope that
the projects presented at the forum "can complete their
funding and achieve promotion for their international launch, also
thanks to the agreement with our partners at the Marché du Film
Producers Network in Cannes and Ventana Sur".
This outstanding rendezvous will run for three days (September 23rd-25th) simultaneously with the Films in Progress program of the festival, and will give a chance to those involve in said projects to present them to international professionals in the intense meetings scheduled to take place at the forum. With this, the creators will have an opportunity to establish relationships with potential co-producers and sales agents in the hope of securing financing as well as international exposure through distribution deals.