Magazine article Screen International

Chile Boosts Development Ties with New Funds

Magazine article Screen International

Chile Boosts Development Ties with New Funds

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The Chilean contingent at Cannes Film Festival has been staging meetings to forge stronger ties with counterparts in Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Belgium and Croatia.

While Chile – represented by Pablo Larraín's Competition selection Neruda and Alejandro Jodorowsky's Directors' Fortnight entry Endless Poetry [pictured] – already enjoys co-production agreements with Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Canada, Italy and France, it has been setting up development lines.

Martín Rodríguez, executive secretary of the Council For The Audiovisual Industry (CAIA), announced a $100,000 fund to back two projects involving Chile and Argentina and another $100,000 fund for a project between Chile and Brazil.

The objective is to give the minority country in a project access to funds it might not otherwise have secured.

"It's an initiative that Argentina and Brazil already had between one another and it's working for them, that's why they wanted to implement it with us," said Rodríguez. …

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