Friday saw sometimes-vigorous debate at two Europe-Latin America Forum round tables on co-production across Ibero-America.
Susana de la Sierra, ICAA Spanish Film Institute director general, said co-productions can be expected to rise in tough times: Spain’s 2000-2011 annual average was 50.
Despite tough times, Elena Vilardell, at Ibero-American fund Ibermedia, a crucial source of coproduction finance, reported its $6.9 million annual budget has been cut by just 10%.
Cinema do Brasil’s André Sturm announced - to the scarcely veiled envy of many participants - that Brazil’s Audiovisual Sectoral Fund for film and TV will boast an around-$400 million war-chest next year.
Protesting at difficulties in Spanish film financing, Gerardo Herrero said he expected going forward to spend most of his time in Latin America and as little as possible in Spain.
Guadalajara Festival’s Andrea Stavenhagen noted sales agents are boarding projects in development.
Rizoma Films’ Hernán Mussaluppi (“Whisky”) recalled a sentence from his teacher, director Manuel Antín (“Don Segundo Sombra”): “Cinema is made in corridors: Projects get better when discussed; when I pitch them I know them better.”