Mexico mart short on deals

Only 30 of 315 pics 'entered into negotiations'

GUADALAJARA — The marketplace at the Guadalajara Film Festival ended last week and, despite a lack of hard results, organizers trumpeted increases in the number of films and development proposals as well as a surge in attendance by producers and buyers.

Market director Alejandra Paulin said of the 315 registered films, 30 “entered into negotiations,” identifying Chilean pic “Cachimba,” Mexican film “Noticias lejanas” and documentary “Hasta el ultimo trago, corazon” among them. She could not, however, confirm that any deals were struck during the event.

Market’s sole bankable contract came out of a co-production pitch competish among 20 Latin American feature proposals. The winner, Ernesto Contreras’ “Parpados azules,” will get more than half its $915,000 projected budget, as well as distribution by Videocine.

Many of the record 205 attendees complained about the quality, and the budgets, of development projects on the block.

“Everything seemed very expensive,” said Yvonne Rocco, who co-produced 2002’s “Francisca” among other films. She left Guadalajara empty-handed.

“We didn’t buy anything,” said Eckehardt von Damm, head of Videocine, who appeared nonplussed by the offerings and questioned their commercial appeal.

Videocine did, however, award a distrib prize to a Colombian pic, “Sumas y restas,” which guarantees its theatrical release in Mexico, and first refusal with distrib’s U.S. arm.

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