Conference focuses on new prod, distrib trends
The third Douro Film Harvest, one of Portugal’s highest-profile festivals, will host a Ibero-American Audiovisual Laboratory focusing on production and distribution trends in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.Mixing seminars, panels and case studies, the lab takes place Sept. 8-9. It will provide the Douro Film Harvest with much of its industry exec presence. Among speakers, Pablo Iraola, head of international affairs at the Disney-backed Patagonik Film Group in Buenos Aires, will present best practice case studies of co-productions between countries in Europe, Latin America and Africa. Spaniard Luis Angel Ramirez — co-producer of Argentine Diego Lerman’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight player “The Invisible Eye” — will analyze new business models and distribution players and practices. The Other Screen’s Ralph Haiek looks at alternative distribution in the region, Pandora Gagnon da Cunha Telles addresses aproduction tendencies and producer Francisco Vendrell will consider Portuguese TV movie co-production. Gagnon da Cunha Telles and Vendrell are Portuguese producers. The Ibero-American Audiovisual Laboratory will conclude with a new technology case study, presented by Annabelle Aramburu at Spain’s Ocean Communications. The Douro Film Harvest also features a focus on Brazil, including a tribute to multi-hyphenate Carlos (“Caca”) Diegues (“Bye, Bye Brazil,” “God Is Brazilian”). Fest runs Sep. 5-11.