Chilean authorities and representatives participate once more in one of the most important film festivals in the world and CinemaChile’s Executive Director, Constanza Arena, will again coordinate the mission. Among the
authorities traveling with the delegation are:ProChile’s Roberto Paiva, the Europe Department coordinator,Patricia Matta, ProChile’s representatives in France,Pedro Durán andCamille Perón, representing the CNCA the Arts and Audiovisual Industry Council’s Executive Secretary,Martin Rodríguez, and the Strategic Programs and International Affairs Director, Tatiana Emden, also present, Joyce Zylberberg, Film Commission Chile general Coordinator.
CinemaChile’s Executive Director, Constanza Arena, noted the ongoing presence of the Chilean delegation abroad, which accounts for the
powerful Chilean audiovisual industry development and stated regarding the Cannes Film Festival, “This is simply the most important yearly
mission for our country and we are fully prepared”.
till last week, Claudia Barattini, claims that Chilean cinematography has obtained incredible international
acknowledgments in recent years, this being the result of several factors: A state that invested in audiovisual production and filmmakers that have created
quality works. Films are the most potent instruments for the country’s image today, as others were in other times. At some point, Chile was known for the
dictatorship, sadly, Chile was known by its political aspects, but today people talk about Chilean films around the world and they know about Chile via its
cinematography”, states Barattini.
Chilean Films at Marche du Film
This year Chile participates with a 45-person delegation integrated by filmmakers, producers, directors and authorities that attend the festival’s industry
market with 40 projects in different stages of production, including several titles that have already been awarded in other film festivals.
According to ProChile’s Director, Roberto Paiva, who reassures the support of the agency to the national audiovisual industry: “Creative
industries in its cultural and economic dimension, contribute to the establishment a powerful country image abroad. That is why we support the audiovisual
sector in a joint effort with the private sector, with CinemaChile’s sector trademark and our Creative Industries sector plan. Both
projects’ objectives are to diversify the sectors and markets that national artists and entrepreneurs aim for.”
ProChile France- Commercial Director, Pedro Durán, “Our presence at the Cannes Film Festival with the highest quality films and production
abilities, convey the culture and creativity that are the essential basis for our country’s development. It also fosters Chile’s image placing it at the
highest level in France, where education and culture are the building blocks that portray our new generation’s projections for the XXI century”.
The task will be completed with the help of the Arts and Audiovisual Industry Council (CAIA) of the CNCA. Martín Rodríguez, CAIA’s Executive
Secretary states, “It has been 45 years since the last screening of a Chilean film at the Director’s Fortnight and powerful political and social content is
the common denominator of the films that reach Cannes. 45 years ago the new Chilean Cinema showed a strong connection with the political-social accounts of
what happened in our country. This year the Chile Factory film, as well as, ‘Allende, mi Abuelo Allende,’ are marked by the 70’s heritage, which was
branded in our souls and memory”.
Precisely due to the support and funding from the Arts and Audiovisual Industry Council of the CNCA, via its program to support
International Market and Festival attendance, 8 production houses, their delegates and their projects will be in attendance.
The official delegation includes Errante Productions, represented by the producer Paola Castillo, who takes the projects: “El último lugar,” “Cielo,” “La Frontera,” “La directiva” and “Allende, mi abuelo Allende;” ChileDoc, represented by Flor Rubina and the documentaries: “Escapes de Gas,” “Habeas Corpus,” “Surire,” “Chicago Boys,” “Sin Alma,” “Al final del día,” “Aquí nos quedamos,” “Estadio en el Desierto” and “Temporeras.”
Fábula, represented by Juan de Dios Larraín, with: “La Princesita,” “Neruda” and “Una mujer fantástica;” Invercine, represented by Esteban Larraín, with the films: “Mary & Mike” and “El fotógrafo de Dios.” Also part of the delegation, Josephine Schroeder of Cinestación, with “1976,” “Tarde para morir joven,” “Mar,” “San Cristóbal,” “Lo que queda,” “La última Tierra;” Producer Karina Yuri –representing Miguel Littin and his production house, Miguel Littin EIRL, who will attend with “Allende en su laberinto;” StoryBoard, represented by Gabriela Sandoval, with “La mujer de Barro,” “El Paraíso” and “Forastero,” represented by Gregorio González with: “No soy Lorena,” “Aurora,” “Tierra Yerma,” “Mucha ex poco Sex” and “Invumche.”
The rest of the delegation is comprised by 21 directors and producers, among these, Marcia Tambutti, director of “Allende, mi abuelo Allende,” the only national feature in the official selection of the Director’s Fortnight; Mariana Tejos (producer) and Ignacio Juricic (director), with the short film, “Locas perdidas,” competing in Cinéfondation along with school films from all over the world. Also attending, Manuela Martelli, Ignacio Rodríguez, Matías Rojas Valencia and Teresita Ugarte, selected directors of the Chile Factory program, produced in alliance with the Cannes Director’s Fortnight, CinemaChile, The Culture and Arts National Council and Quijote Films.
In regards to new talents, Rodrigo Espinosa, director of DIRAC (Cultural Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), confirms their support, “Chilean filmmaking has shown undeniable growth, which translates into ongoing presence on International festivals, receiving awards and extending widely within distribution circuits. For DIRAC, it’s fundamental to contribute to the visibility of a new generation of creators, who reflect in their works the different realities and problems of our current Chilean society. We proudly present, via these new talents, our sponsorship to national cinema.”
Within the Chile Factory project, The four Chilean filmmakers were selected: Manuela Martelli, Ignacio Rodríguez, Matías Rojas Valencia and Teresita Ugarte, they each co-directed a short film with a foreign director. Their premieres will take place at the Cannes Director’s Fortnight. The Taipei Factory and the Nordic Factory preceded this initiative unheard of in Chile; these are milestones that highlight the trajectory of these four productions that will represent our country. The Factory aims to reveal new talents through a selective workshop that concludes with a feature film made collectively by all four national directors and four international directors. Each pair creates a 15-minute short film that gives way to the Chile Factory feature, which will have its international premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight opening.
“The Cannes Film Festival is the most important showcase and gathering point for the international audiovisual industry in the world. The Chile Film Commission is part of these efforts to foster the promotion done by the national audiovisual industry, reinforcing Chile’s positive image, which is not only seen as privileged with spectacular filming locations, but also relying on a powerful and united filming community that meets international standards, ready to take on the most demanding international productions on Chilean soil,” said Joyce Zylberberg, Chilean Film Commission General Manager.