ROME – The Locarno Film Festival and the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM) have forged a new partnership under which the producers of the best three fiction films in development selected by the Colombian mart will pitch their projects during the Swiss fest’s Industry Days and have the opportunity to benefit from Locarno’s networking opportunities.

Now at its fifth edition, the BAM mart, organized by the Bogota Chamber of Commerce and Proimagenes Colombia, will take place in Bogota July 14-18. It is a platform for the rapid re-positioning of Colombia’s burgeoning film industry.  Colombia, which is the world’s second most populated Spanish-speaking country, is emerging as an international film force.

“It is a perfect time to establish this cooperation between BAM and Locarno,” enthused Andres Bayona, Executive Director of the Bogota Audiovisual Market, in a statement. The tie-up comes after Locarno’s Industry Days in 2011 picked Colombia for its Carte Blanche spotlight dedicated to pics in post seeking completion financing.

This year’s Carte Blanche at Locarno will instead focus on Brazil.

Locarno’s informal but increasingly important Industry Days will run August 9-11. 

The 67th edition of the fest, dedicated to international auteurs and cutting-edge cinema, will run August 6-16.