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Additions to Ecuador’s National Film Fund Spur Growth in Production

15 May 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Ecuadorian film biz is on the upswing, punctuated by recent triumphs on the festival circuit and a boost in production.

Spurring growth is the tripling of the national film fund from its original amount of $700,000 in 2007 to its current $2.4 million. When the fund grew to $1.1 million last year, 13 pics — narrative and documentaries — bowed on local screens. Some 17 to 20 pics, mainly fiction, are expected to be released this year.

“I’m so surprised at the high numbers; five years ago this would have been unthinkable,” says Jose Manuel Cueva, who heads the delegation of Ecuadorian producers to Cannes as director of the National Film Institute (CnCine).

Considering that when CnCine was created in 2006, Equador produced barely one film a year at best and one every four years prior to 1999, Manuel Cueva’s observation could be considered an understatement.

The newly fortified fund can be tapped for everything from script development and research to post production, »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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