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The II Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum kicks off in San Sebastian

Photo of Carlos Aguilar By Carlos Aguilar | SydneysBuzz September 24, 2013 at 3:30PM

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.
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Europe Latin American Forum

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. 

Conference during the 1st Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum
Conference during the 1st Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum

"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"

Distinguished attendees during the opening ceremony
Distinguished attendees during the opening ceremony

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.


This article is related to: San Sebastian International Film Festival , Latin American Films, Latino, International Film Festival, International Film Market, International Film Business, International Film Circuit, International Sales Agent, Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum

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