RIO DE JANEIRO — The Motion Pictures Assn. of America has surprised local industryites by applying for membership to the Brazilian Cinema Congress, repping film players.
The MPAA and CBC are often on opposite sides of most issues concerning the film sector, including regulation.
“The member companies of MPAA always want to keep an open dialogue. There is no conflict,” MPAA senior VP for Latin America Steve Solot told Daily Variety.
He added that the MPAA is part of similar orgs in other Latin American countries.
CBC secretary-director Paulo Zilio said the org’s board will analyze the MPAA’s membership request as soon as it is formally filed. Approval will have to wait until the next general meeting of CBC, yet to be skedded.
“Since MPAA is a foreign organization, we may have someone standing against its membership request. But I personally do not see any problem,” Zilio said. “It is always better to sit down and talk, even when we disagree.”
Joining CBC will help MPAA deliver the information about its training programs to Brazilian filmmakers, Solot said.
The MPAA holds around three workshops for Latin American producers and scriptwriters per year. The next workshop will take place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on Aug. 18-23. aimed at producers from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Bolivia.
The CBC covers 44 bodies representing local producers, distribs, exhibs, fest organizers, journalists and film schools. It headed the lobby that led to the creation in 2001 of the National Cinema Agency (Ancine) and the Condecine tax on foreign distributors operating in Brazil.