Brazil to push local films for foreign fests

Orgs will fly curators to Rio to view homegrown pics

RIO DE JANEIRO

Brazil’s Cinema Agency (Ancine) and Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations announced a program aimed at boosting the presence of Brazilian pics in top international fests.

Under the Encontros com o Cinema Brasileiro (Meetings With Brazilian Films) the government will pay for film curators from 12 fests — Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Sundance, Rome, Rotterdam, Locarno, San Sebastián, IDFA (Amsterdam), Shanghai and the Buenos Aires Festival of Independent Cinema (Bafici) — to visit Rio de Janeiro.

It is designed to be a permanent program with the first meeting in March and follow ups in June and November.

The trips will be organized so a curator can watch Brazilian pics 75-to-90 days before his or her fest begins, during the selection period.

Each curator will be able to choose from a list of recently finished or nearly finished features.

The program will organize the screenings in top-notch theaters during the four-day stay. Additionally, it will facilitate meetings with local filmmakers and provide the curators with DVD copies of other new pics.

Local filmmakers interested in having their pics screened to the curators will have to enroll via Ancine’s website.

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