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Ventana Sur Registers Further Consolidation

6 December 2014 9:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Buenos Aires –Film Factory’s “Spanish Affair,” FilmSharks’ “Americano 3D,” Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s “Scherzo Diabolico” and Rhayuela’s “Alias Maria” were four of a large litany of titles that saw some business at a robust sixth Ventana Sur, which once more witnessed now-hallmark growth: new sections, such as a European Day and transmedia showcase Interactuar; the mass support of the Latin American and international genre community for Ventana Sur’s genre mart Blood Window; a Thierry Fremaux master class; and two big Spanish-language production-distribution announcements: on Daniel Calparsoro’s “No Crook, No Crime” and Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan.”

Delivered to a Sro crowd, Fremaux’s master class formed part of a renamed Cannes Festival Film Week, which saw some of the biggest titles at Cannes – “Winter Sleep” and ”Mommy,” for instance – unspool in Buenos Aires at Fremaux-hosted presentations.

Now a fixture, and Latin America’s prime film market, »

- John Hopewell

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Ventana Sur Market Works to Fuel Biz in Latin America, Europe

30 November 2014 3:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Over the past decade, one of the biggest shifts in the international movie business has been the rise of local film industries. Latin America has proved a pacemaker in growth. Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest movie market, which kicks off its 6th edition in Buenos Aires Dec. 1, has positioned itself sagely to not only grow with it but channel and drive change.

Final numbers have to come in. But on its first half-day of trading, this Monday, its organizers – Argentina’s Incaa Film Agency and the Cannes Festival and Cannes Film Market – were reporting at least several hundred more international buyers attending this year.

Once an after thought for a highly Hollywood-centric industry, Latin’s America’s movie ramp up cannot but attract attention.

Fueled by government subsidies, tax coin, TV promotion, new generations of filmmakers, ever cheaper high-tech digital cameras and the local audience’s hunger for films reflecting their own social realities, »

- John Hopewell

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Ventana Sur’s Blood Window Focuses Ramp-up of Latin American Genre (Exclusive)

27 November 2014 5:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mar Del Plata – A cohort of Latin America’s young high priests of horror – Uruguay’s Gustavo Hernandez, Argentina’s Adrian and Ramiro Garcia Bogliano and Daniel de la Vega, Mexico/L.A.’s Lemon Films, Colombia’s Rhayuela, Cuba’s 5th Avenue – will congregate for Ventana Sur’s Blood Window, which ranks, besides Austin’s Fantastic Market as one of Latin America’s two big Latin America genre jamborees.

Notably, Latin America’s modern genre build is an almost entirely 21st century phenomenon. None of the 21 directors featured at Blood Window in either its six-title Work in Progress or much larger Beyond the Window helmed a feature before 2000.

“There’s always been a sensation, not only in Argentina but also over Latin America, that genre couldn’t really belong to us: It was the almost exclusive preserve of Americans,” said Incaa’s Javier Fernandez, Blood Window organizer.

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- John Hopewell

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