13/12/2018 Chilean Film and TV Seek International Co-Productions at Ventana Sur

Source: Agencia EFE

Argentina’s most important audiovisual market, Ventana Sur, is being held this weekend in Buenos Aires, and the Chilean delegation has declared its intentions of reaffirming its “permanent participation” in international film “by way of co-productions”, according to CinemaChile’s director, Constanza Arena.

Midway through the festival, which will last until next Friday, Arena said to EFE that Chile understood “quite promptly, in 2009” that for the audiovisual field to consolidate itself in the country, it had to go abroad, something that resulted in two Academy Awards and three International Emmy Awards for Chilean productions.

To the director of CinemaChile, which depends on Chile’s Ministry of Culture, the Arts, and Patrimony, and which supports the country’s delegation at Ventana Sur, “these are the indicators that demonstrate, without a doubt, all of the talent that lies within in Chile for partnering up with the world.”

“What attracts (international producers) the most is the understanding that Chile has a great amount of talent, tremendous directors, and a very original narrative form,” she stated.

Over one hundred professionals from the Chilean film industry, including producers, directors, and screenwriters, attended the tenth edition of Ventana Sur, an entryway into other international markets for developing Latin American film and television projects.

This Wednesday, Chile’s ambassador in Argentina, Sergio Urrejola, attended the market in order to meet with members of the delegation that is representing Chilean film in Argentina.

“It’s a time and a place for generating new bonds, as well as for strengthening those that already exist. Making contacts is very important in our industry, and this is a place where this can be done,” declared the president of Chile’s Film and Television Producers Association (APCT), Sebastián Freund.

Freund also mentioned the work that Chile must carry out in order to attend other markets in good conditions, such as the Marché International des Programmes de Communication (MIPCOM), which is held in Cannes (France) in October of each year.

“(There will be) a varied offer, there are very professional people working in fiction, documentary, and animation film, both auteur and commercial film, so we are therefore making advances on every front, and we hope to have a strong presence there,” Freund affirmed.

According to him, at Ventana Sur and MIPcom, two affiliated markets, Chile is regarded as an industry “that is thriving and has a permanent worldwide presence in film and television.”

Ventana Sur organizes over 150 market screenings of Latin American and European films at Cinemark Puerto Madero.

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