>>> A robust delegation of Chilean production companies will present their digital contents before international business leaders and buyers at Cannes, in the framework of Mipcom and its prelude dedicated to children’s contents, MipJunior. Chile will stand out with a total 22 completed and developing projects, including series, miniseries, and feature-length films, in an edition that will place its focus on the push of streaming platforms.
>>> One of the high points of Chile’s presence will be the launch of the series Dignidad, co-produced by Chile (Invercine&Wood and the CNTV Fund) and Germany (Storyhouse), who will present the first episode before members of the industry and press with the presence of its German cast.
Cannes (France) will be the gathering point for the most influential representatives and executives of digital creative industries during a new version of Mipcom, the world’s most important TV contents market, set to take place from October 14th through 17th. Chile shall attend the event with a delegation of nine companies that will show the world the quality and talent of our national industry. These will have the on-site support of CinemaChile, ProChile’s sectorial brand, with the objective of generating new business opportunities. Both Mipcom and MipJunior –which will take place on October 12th and 13th – are events oriented towards meetings with television channels and broadcasters seeking to buy and sell new programs and audiovisual formats
“We are aware of this market’s importance to the Chilean audiovisual industry and, in that sense, our commitment is to support the diverse actions that take place here, particularly to facilitate networking and business opportunities between our companies and their counterparts. Also, we’re talking about fiction, documentary, and animation series; in other words, contents that contribute to the promotion of our geographical and cultural wealth, which contribute to the diversification and aggregation of value,” assures Ignacio Morandé, ProChile’s Commercial Director in France.
On one side, MIPJunior is considered the world’s most relevant children’s entertainment industry gathering, where the Chilean participants are producers Cecilia Gómez and Melissa Vega in representation of the Chilean production company Dinogorila, with the animated projects Hola Flinko and Locos Lab.
After that, and during the four days of Mipcom’s conferences, screenings, networking activities, and a market section aimed towards facilitating audiovisual deals, another eight Chilean production companies will be promoting their best completed and developing projects, seeking distribution and new partners.
One of the high points of Chile’s presence at Cannes will be the launch of Dignidad, a series co-produced by the Chilean production company Invercine&Wood, along with the Chilean National Television Council (CNTV) and the German production company Storyhouse. Created by María Elena Wood and Patricio Pereira and directed by Julio Jorquera, the fiction series is based around the lawyer that uncovered the Colonia Dignidad case in 1997 and was shot in Villa Baviera. Its cast includes German actor Götz Otto, from films such as Schindler’s List and The Fall, in the role of Paul Schäfer. The co-production –which will be broadcast in Chile through Mega— will be the first international original series on Joyn, Discovery and ProSiebenSat.1’s German OTT media service.
Another of Chile’s great innovations at Mipcom will be the inclusion of the National Television Council (CNTV) in the promotion of Chilean contents, given the opportunity for opening co-production options for the directors it works with and the dissemination of several of the television projects that have received grants from the CNTV Fund.
“We have a very powerful differentiating element: the CNTV Fund exists because of and for audience’s benefit, and we believe that it transmits universal values,” says the president of the National Television Fund, Catalina Parot. She adds: “The diffusion of these series is also a way to show Chile’s formidable natural beauty and incredible geographical and cultural diversity throughout the world through audiovisual productions.”
Since Mipcom is a market that must be attended each year in order to both maintain contacts and open up new markets, Chile’s participation includes five producers that will attend thanks to the support of the Ministry of Cultures, the Arts, and Patrimony, through its Support Program for Participation in International Markets, which is part of the Council for Art and the Audiovisual Industry (CAIA). These producers are Sebastián Freund (president of the Film and Television Producers Association, APCT), Sergio Gándara, Patricio Ochoa, Carola Fuentes and Matías Amoçain.
Amoçain will attend in representation of Fabula TV with two series produced by Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín: Santa María, which is directed by Ramón Salazar and is currently seeking financing; and La Jauría, directed by Lucía Puenzo, which is seeking financing and buyers. Fuentes will attend the event on behalf of La Ventana Cine with three developing projects directed Rafael Valdeavellano: Misión antártica, Tres hombres porfiados and Los raros, co-directed by Valdeavellano and Fuentes. Ochoa will bring three productions in representation of La Merced Producciones: Chivo negro by Max Morales and Antonia Renard, Historias clandestinas by José María González, and El encuentro by filmmaker Dominga Sotomayor.
Meanwhile, Gándara will travel to Europe representing Parox, with three projects under his wing: Civilización by Diego Breit, which requires financing; Tristeza by Rodrigo Susarte, which is currently in development stages; and Puente de plata, directed by Marcela Said, which is seeking financing. Freund will represent Rizoma with three projects that require co-producers: La cuarta carabela by Juan Ignacio Sabatini and Nicolás Acuña; Winnipeg by Alejandro Fernández Almendras; and El niño llora by Lucio Rojas.
They will be joined by María Elena Wood and Macarena Cardone from Invercine&Wood, who in addition to presenting Dignidad will also present Señor y Señora P. and Los Jaivas: Todos Juntos. Other members of the delegation are Villano producer Juan Pablo Sallato with fiction projects Libre and La Cacería (second season); Viviana Sáez and Gonzalo Sabath from VG Audiovisual, who will promote their fiction series Las aventuras de Mila; and representatives for the investment company Screen Capital, Joyce Zylberberg and Tatiana Emden.
What is CNTV?
The National Television Council (CNTV) is the organization that regulates the functioning of Chilean television through institutional policies that orient, stimulate, and regulate the activity of the actors involved in the television phenomenon. It works hand in hand with technological and sociocultural changes, in a context of growing internationalization.
The National Television Council provides Chile’s most important subsidy for television production. Through its CNTV Fund, it seeks to promote, finance, or subsidize the production, transmission, or diffusion of high-quality programs that respond to cultural, national, or regional interests, and which are capable of developing diverse contents that reflect the diversity of current Chilean society: programs that provide democratic values or increase the audience’s levels of information, education, or formation. It finances contents is categories such as fiction; non-fiction; historical, regional, local and community series and miniseries; preschool (ages 3-6); children (ages 6-12); and new seasons already financed by the fund. Both independent production companies and Chilean stations are eligible for these funds.
An Opportunity to Co-Produce with Chile
With the objective of promoting the growth and development of projects financed by the CNTV Fund, starting from this year, all of the aforementioned categories can be applied to under the “international co-production” status.
The project’s contents must be relevant to Chilean audiences and must demonstrate potential for internationalization. Applicants may participate through an association between one or more Chilean co-producers and one or more international co-producers, producers and/or television stations. Broadcasting rights in Chile must be owned by the Chilean co-producers, but international broadcasting rights may be negotiated amongst co-producers.