Magazine article Screen International

BAM: Colombia Feels Global Pull

Magazine article Screen International

BAM: Colombia Feels Global Pull

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Colombian broadcast giant RCN is looking to shift its film production focus away from local product in favour of low budget English-language genre fare, top brass said on Thursday [11].

During a tour of the company's premises in Bogota, newly promoted executive vice-president of international channels Julian Giraldo told a group of mostly US producers and trade press that the move was a result of market forces at home and abroad.

"We are now trying to focus more on co-productions in English," said Giraldo after screening footage from in-house RCN Films' first two such projects, Gallows Hill and Default. RCN Films is currently raising funds for a couple of further projects budgeted in the $1m-$3m range.

Although RCN Films has backed more than 45 local titles, Giraldo said it was difficult to raise more than $3m from local investors in Colombia and intimated that indigenous product lacked global appeal.

"That's why we are moving towards English-language film," the executive said. "Colombian films don't fly that much. We're going to reduce dramatically the number of films we support here."

RCN fully financed the horror project Gallows Hill, which shot outside Bogota and was set up as a co-production with Peter Block's LA-based A Bigger Boat.

Giraldo said RCN had already recouped its investment on the back of licensing deals by worldwide sales agent IM Global. Victor Garcia directed Gallows Hill and Peter Facinelli and Sophia Myles star.

RCN also backed Default, the hostage thriller directed by LA-based Colombian Simon Brand whose credits include the 2006 thriller Unknown. …

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