The Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum is a benchmark platform and a meeting point for promoting new audiovisual projects, fostering agreements and strengthening co-operation between accredited professionals at the Festival. This year the Forum will have an extra day prior to the event itself, on Sunday 24th, when the pitching sessions will take place.The other dates, from the 25th to the 27th, will coincide with Films in Progress 32 and Glocal in Progress, the new industry activity created in 2017.
As a new feature this year, the Eurimages Award for Co-production Development with 20,000 will go to the majority European producer of one of the selected projects, eligible by Eurimages.
The Co-production Forum is open to the submission of developing European and Latin American film projects with a minimum duration of 60 minutes and 20% of their funding already guaranteed.
European projects must have an express connection with Latin America. Projects experimenting with new formats will also be accepted, provided that film is one of their main platforms. Being the first time a project has been submitted to an international forum will be a special advantage.
Those responsible for the selected projects will have the opportunity to find strategic, industrial and financial partners from all over the world to complete the funding of their projects. 843 professionals participated in the Forum in 2016.
The Festival will select a maximum of 20 projects based on reports by three international experts: Andrea Stavenhagen, Manuel Pérez Estremera and Javier Martín.
Best Project Award, consisting of 10,000 (gross) for the majority producer of the winning project.
EFADs-CACI Europe-Latin America Co-production Award, given by the European Film Agency Directors Association and the Conference of Ibero-American Cinematographic Authorities, comes with 20,000 for the majority producer of the winning project.
Eurimages Award for Co-production Development, The Eurimages Development Co-Production Award, a cash prize of 20,000 euros for feature films has been created to promote the Funds role in encouraging European co-production from the initial stages of a project. The eligible projects must have been submitted to the Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum by a producer established in a Eurimagess Member Country and have the intention to involve at least another Eurimages Member Country.
ARTE will give the ARTE International Prize consisting of 5,000 for the majority producer of the winning project.
Thanks to the Forging Alliances agreement signed with the Marché du Film-Cannes Festival Producers Network and the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts-INCAA, both organisers of Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires, the projects selected for the Forum will have the opportunity to continue making international progress at said events.
This initiative is possible thanks to sponsorship of the Basque Government Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness, the support of Creative Europe MEDIA and the collaboration of CACI, EFADs, Eurimages, Marché du Film-Festival de Cannes Producers Network, National Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts-INCAA, ARTE, Eiken (Basque Audiovisual Cluster), EPE-APV (Basque Producers Association), Etxepare Basque Institute, Europa Distribution, FAPAE (Federation of Spanish Audiovisual Producer Associations), IBAIA (Association of Independent Audiovisual Producers of the Basque Country), Programa Ibermedia, LatAm, Creative Europe Media Desk Euskadi and Zineuskadi.