San Sebastian bows co-pro forum

Meet powers up Europe-Latin America axis

MADRID The 60th San Sebastian Film Festival will host its first Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum Sept. 27-28, showcasing up to 20 projects.

The event provides one-to-one meetings with financiers and co-producers, round-tables, workshops and presentations.

The Basque government and Basque and Spanish producers orgs back the forum. Launch follows consultation with Latin American national film boards, San Sebastian director Jose Luis Rebordinos told Daily Variety.

The forum builds on solid foundations. The San Sebastian/Toulouse Films in Progress is one of the world’s primo Latin American pics-in-post events. San Sebastian’s Horizontes Latinos sidebar world preems international breakouts, such as Colombia’s “Undertow.”

Hiking San Sebastian’s industry appeal, “Producers can now have a film in Competition, a production in Films in Progress and a project at the Forum,” Rebordinos said.

The forum also channels market trends, he added.

Spain and France are increasingly looking to Latin America for shoot facilities, inspiration, stories and talent. One example: Argentinian Pablo Trapero’s “White Elephant,” confirmed Thursday for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, and produced from Europe by Morena Films and Full House.

Once a poor relation, Latin America is firing up tax rebates or direct incentives in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. Chile, Peru and Uruguay boast burgeoning national cinemas. “Latin American countries are now real economic powers,” Rebordinos said.

Fest runs Sept. 21-29.

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