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New Madrid festival stumbles

Film bodies deny claims that they support event

MADRID — Spain’s producers association, Fapae, the Madrid Film Commission and producers rights collection society Egeda have hit back at claims that they support plans by the Cim & Art arts foundation to stage a new film festival in Madrid.

“Egeda, Fapae and Madrid Film Commission state that up to now they are not supporting the CIM Festival Internacional de Madrid as sources of this film festival have declared,” the three bodies said in a prepared state-ment. “These institutions state they only knew about the existence of this new event,” they added.

Maria Cannon de Cle, director of the CIM Madrid Intl. Film Festival, told Variety Tuesday that “We have support from Egeda and the Madrid Film Commission.”

Fest had yet to firm up Madrid’s regional authority backing because “We were more interested in seeing how other bodies…such as Fapae fitted into the equation,” she added.

At press time Tuesday, Fapae and Egeda execs were not available for comment; the Madrid Film Commis-sion did not return phone calls.

Fapae, Egeda and the commission now have to sit down as institutions with CIM-Arts and see if there are grounds for collaboration. Their backing is crucial as a seal of approval to tap further institutional support.

Currently, however, Madrid’s CIM fest is an idea chasing finance.

Rome, it will not be. Its budget is a fraction of Rome’s — $1 million compared with Rome’s $15 million; it hasn’t announced a film market.

And, Spain’s influential film bodies will hardly have been over the moon at the CIM fest director’s hasty declarations.