Catalan producers seek partners

Berlin meeting planned with Brazilians, Italians

MADRID — Catalonia’s Filmax and Vertice, Brazil’s Passaro and Bossa Nova, Madrid’s Imagina and Latido, and Italy’s Cinecitta Luce are among some 50 producers and sales agents confirmed for a four-way Berlin fest Co-Production Meeting.

Taking place Feb. 13, the meet is organized by Catalan Films and TV in collaboration with Cinema do Brasil, Italy’s Cinecitta Luce and Roma Lazio Film Commission and PromoMadrid.

After forging stronger links with France and Mexico last year, Catalan Films and TV is aiming to strengthen co-production ties with Brazil and Italy this year.

Most co-production meets have presentations, then one-to-one meetings. The Berlin Meeting turns, more congenially, around a dinner.

Some shingles will — literally — bring projects or productions to the table. Canonigo Films has media violence drama “I Want to Be a Soldier,” with Danny Glover and Robert Englund, set up at Italy’s Stars Pictures.

Distinto, another Barcelona shingle, is shopping love-triangle drama “Troika.”

Mostly, however, the companies will meet and mingle.

“An evening meet doesn’t interrupt producers’ intense daytime market meetings,” said Angela Bosch, Catalan Films and TV director.

Also, a more informal meeting recognized the state of co-production relations between Catalonia, Brazil and Italy.

“The meeting targets companies that know the markets involved are important but still need support and initial contacts,” said Bosch.

PromoMadrid’s involvement is an attempt to strike synergies with other film boards when everybody, including public institutions, must watch their bottom line.

In November, Catalan Films and TV will carry out a trade mission to Brazil, teaming with the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and Acc1o and Icex, the Catalan and Spanish institutes for foreign trade.

One month year, Brazil and Italy will both bring producer delegations to the Sitges Film Festival of Catalonia.

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