Magazine article Screen International

Ventana Sur Panel Calls for More LatAm Co-Production

Magazine article Screen International

Ventana Sur Panel Calls for More LatAm Co-Production

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One step forward will be a Brazil-Argentina bilateral co-production agreement to be unveiled on Saturday.

Latin American countries shouldn't just look to Europe for co-productions, they should also partner within the region. That was the message at a co-production panel today at the second Ventana Sur event in Buenos Aires

To that end, Brazil and Argentina are set to announce a bilateral co-production agreement here on Saturday. More details will be announced then, but the treaty is expected to be similar to Brazil's existing pacts with Galicia, Uruguay, Portugal and Italy.

Brazilian producer Vania Catani from Bananeira Films (The Dead Girl's Feast) said: "The first time I went to Rotterdam, the [Latin Americans] were treated like a single block, and we didn't even know one another. Now lots of effort has been made, and if co-production agreements are documented, we begin to meet each other more and things happen. It's a win-win situation. In terms of cultural and economic exchange, all I can see is advantages."

Edgard Tenembaum from Tu Vas Voir (The Motorcycle Diaries) shared his knowledge of French co-productions and said: "Right now I believe that bilateral small agreements between two countries is the best way forward. That's how people get to know each other. And when people get to know each other, the bueracracy fades."

The panelists noted that the Latin American industry coming together at Ventana Sur was another step in the right direction. …

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