Latin America: Up Next – Paola Suarez, Scaling Up on Regional Production

Based out of Argentina’s Cordoba, bit co-producing with and selling to Brazil and beyond

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Another member of Latin America’s growing new generation of energetic distaff producers, Suarez, working out of Germina Films, located in Argentine second city Cordoba, is also one international face of regional production, a growing Latin American force.

Now she aims to take the idea of regional production to another level.

Suarez made her debut feature, Ines Maria Barrionuevo’s “Atlantida,” which world premiered in the Berlinale’s 2014 Generation Plus, linking with Edgard Tenenbaum, no less, producer of “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “Ixcanul.”

She is equally at home in TV in Mipcom – rarer for regional producers – executing a multi-title regional producer deal with Bandeirantes in Brazil, a favored country of co-pro choice, as on upcoming movie, “An Ocean Blue,” the first feature from Sabrina Moreno, another Cordoba-based femme director. A dramedic ‘90s-set family road movie based on Moreno’s own memories of infancy, “Ocean Blue” will be structured, Suarez aims, as an Argentine-Brazil-Norwegian co-production.

As international co-production becomes paramount to allow TV companies in Latin America to scale up on production, standing apart in a crowded field, Argentina’s Bonaparte Cine, Prisma Cine and Germina Films inked at February’s Rio Content Market to co-produce with Brazil’s Plural Filmes, “Public Relation,” a genre-blending fiction TV series riff on a “Big Brother”-style reality show.

In the medium term, “I’d like to deepen the co-production relations we have with Brazil, working not as an Argentine, or Brazilian or Chilean company, but regionally, creating larger regional productions between these countries, always with one eye on creating truly international projects,” Suarez said.