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Plan's start-up budget is $310,000

MADRID — Galicia is springing to the forefront of efforts to boost film and TV exports from Spain. The regional government’s Audiovisual Internationalization Plan aims to boost the presence of regional producers at major marts such as Mip, the Cannes Festival and Mipcom, forge production alliances with other regions or states, promote product in the international press and create an international documentary festival.

The measures will be put through by the Galicia Film Commission. The start-up budget for the first year of operations is around $310,000.

The plan from the Galician Audiovisual Consortium, the region’s state-backed film and TV promotion board, was unveiled Tuesday at a two-day seminar in Santiago de Compostela, the Intl. Market for Spanish Cinema.

Producers brainstorming initiatives at the seminar called for more transparent data about Spanish film and TV exports as well as the implementation of initiatives practiced by Unifrance, such as economic aid for thesps to travel abroad and tubthump new pics.

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