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Latin American filmmakers are an emerging global force, riding on a wave of genre films. So much so that Latin America’s biggest movie market, Ventana Sur, which means Southern Window, has launched Blood Window, a slice of the mart dedicated to horror.

More widely available digital distribution systems, whether set-top boxes or game consoles or even mobile phones streaming content, have created a demand for youth-skewing genre pics in Europe, Asia and especially the United States.

“Ironically, it’s easier to find interest abroad when producing genre films than here in Argentina,” says scribe-helmer Ramiro Garcia Bogliano.

Javier Fernandez at Buenos Aires’ Incaa, which co-organizes Ventana Sur with the Cannes Festival’s Film Market, likens the rise in Latin American genre to what happened in South Korea a little more than a decade ago, and more recently Spain.

Some highlights of the surge:

Argentina’s Andy Muschietti (“Mama”) and »


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