We finished Cannes with new deals, awards and connections! During the two weeks of the Marché du Film, Chile saw a total reactivation of its audiovisual industry: more than 60 producers participated in the market, with 14 projects selected in official sections and countless new opportunities for our cinema and series.
See the figures on our participation and all the news about Chile in Cannes.
Chilean delegation: promoting their projects
“It was very gratifying to see first-hand the interest that was generated by Chilean cinema in one of the most important markets in the industry," says producer Rodrigo Díaz, who was at the market presenting his portfolio of feature films in development, including Bloques erráticos (Erratic Blocks), the "opera prima" of Thomas Woodroffe.
New bridges were also created for emerging producers such as Maximilian Scheleff (Pajareza Films) who had, in his words, “the opportunity to connect with producers from France, Italy, Ecuador, and Argentina, who line up well with the needs we have for our projects"; including a thriller in development by director Juan Pablo Arias, Karinka.
Meanwhile, projects from established directors also made progress in the internationalization of their projects. The producer Valentina Roblero (Ocio cine), commented: "I had a very interesting first contact with a French company for a possible co-production for our documentary directed by Cristián Jiménez. We also moved forward with other potential sales agents for our films, who we had already met before”.
Check here more details on the projects folder of the 15 Chilean producers supported by the Ministry of Culture, Arts, and Heritage, including new works by Elisa Eliash, Constanza Fernández, Carola Fuentes, Ignacio Ruiz, and Andrés Waissbluth, here.
Diversity at Screening Room Cinema Chile
With 24 screenings of 12 films over 9 days, the schedule of the CinemaChile room represented the wide variety of our talents and what they had to offer, presenting new looks and styles to the cinema community at the market.
This initiative proved to be a total success, and the participation numbers have made us proud.
- 300 spectators in total, from 41 different countries and from all continents.
- The countries with the most spectators were the United States, South Korea, the United Kingdom, India, Taiwan, and Germany.
- New spectators of our cinema, from countries such as Fiji, Kenya, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Egypt.
- The most watched movies were Onkel Gunter (Juan Francisco Riumalló, Cine Liebre Granvista Media Production); Karnawal (Juan Pablo Félix, Beta Cinema) and Los Fuertes (The Strong) (Omar Zuñiga, Meik Cinema)
- Spectators from all areas: festival bookers, sales agents, distributors, financial agencies, producers, among many others.
We're continuing our work together with ChileDoc and ProChile, so that Chilean cinema can be seen in all corners of the globe!
Announcements and news events during Cannes
Four great news events for the future of Chilean cinema were announced during Cannes:
-The future of the gaze: Sebastián Lelio (Oscar winner for A Fantastic Woman) joined as associate producer of Cristián Leighton's new documentary. Produced by Storyboard Media (Gabriela Sandoval and Carlos Núñez), it focuses on human rights violations in Chile during the 2019 social uprising, focusing on those who suffered eye injuries from police forces.
-Los Huesos (The Bones): Director Ari Aster (Hereditary; Midsommar) was confirmed as executive producer of the new short film by León & Cociña, the animation duo who directed La Casa Lobo (Wolf House) (Berlinale Forum, 2018). The short is produced by Lucas Engel from Pista B Producciones (Chile).
-Niebla (Fog): Dominga Sotomayor (Tarde Para Morir Joven Too Late to Die Young, 2018) will once again partner with RT Features, to make his third feature film, Niebla, a drama with a very different plot from his previous works, set on a cruise ship and currently in development to be shot in 2022.
-Bastardo - la Herencia de un Genocida (Bastard - the Legacy of a War Criminal): Totoral Media Lab signed a co-production agreement with Stefilm, Stefano Tealdi's Italian producer, and with Swedish Laika Films and TV, represented by Andreas Rocksén and Catalina Donoso. The film is a powerful documentary that will address intimate and political spaces.
- In addition, producers such as Jorge Olguín, Pablo Calisto, Robert Doveris, Clara Taricco, and Marcello Ferrari were at the market looking for new horizons for their projects and picking up coverage from Variety magazine.
Chilean project awarded in Docs in Progress
Four Chilean projects were part of the Docs in Progress Showcase Chile, a meeting organized by ChileDoc, and one of them was awarded:
Punto de Encuentro (Meeting point), directed by Roberto Baeza and produced by Paulina Costa and Alfredo García won the VOSTAO Award for bilingual subtitling of the film once it is finished.
The documentary is showing that it will be one of the great national premieres during the next year and a key piece for the reconstruction of memory. With an emotional and intimate point of view, the film reconstructs the moment when the directors' parents meet at the Villa Grimaldi detention and torture center.
See all the details about this movie and many more in our 2021 International Cinema Catalogue.
Dominga Sotomayor stood out with her first premiere as a director at Cannes
“Sin título, 2020' ("Untitled, 2020") by Dominga Sotomayor is a melancholic portrait of a singer with two very different daughters: she feels distant from both, even though one lives nearby. ”These silent investigations into personal failures, made worse by the stress and loneliness of the quarantine, are extremely beautiful, " commented Tim Grierson of ScreenDaily following the premiere of The Year of the Everlasting Storm in the Special Screenings section.
The film, co-directed by Jafar Panahi, Anthony Chen, Malik Vitthal, Laura Poitras, David Lowery, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, is a compilation of 7 short films about life during the