Magazine article Screen International

Colombia ‘Safe’ Location after Plebiscite Result

Magazine article Screen International

Colombia ‘Safe’ Location after Plebiscite Result

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Their comments follow Sunday's plebiscite in which approximately 38% of the electorate confounded expectations and voted 50.2% to 49.8% in favour of a "no" result.

"I don't think it's going to have any impact," said Andres Calderon, the CEO at the country's largest producer-financier that has four projects in production or about to start filming. "In the last four years our industry has worked and will probably work better.

"We don't know how strong the dollar will be against the peso, but in terms of security, it's not going to affect anything. We've shot everywhere in the last four years.

"I know the perception of people outside is [an issue], but the mindset has to be that there's been a disagreement [in the peace process]."

Dynamo is production services partner on an unidentified Hollywood studio feature that has begun filming. It has imminent production starts on a TV show with a US partner, as well as the third season of Narcos (pictured), and Javier Bardem-Penelope Cruz starrer Escobar, which Nu Image sells internationally.

Diego Ramirez of producer 64-A Films said: "I am very sad regarding the results of the plebiscite. I really believed that the "yes" was going to win, but it's a democratic process and what it means is that the conversation is going to take longer. We all want peace and it's going to take more time but I am sure we will achieve it."

Ramirez continued: "I don't think people will stay away. Colombia is a very safe country for film projects before and during the peace talks. Now that the Farc have demonstrated that they believe in a future in politics I really believe that the peace process will move forward - in a different way from what we all thought, but forward. …

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