Made in Chile


With about 2,500 miles of coastline, an attractive wine-producing region and untouched desert and mountain landscapes, it's no wonder that film, television and commercial producers are drawn to Chile's locations.

Chile's entertainment industry has come a long way since the fall of the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in 1990. During the past two decades, numerous production facilities have sprouted up and audiovisual output has increased thanks in large part to the nation's economic stability and free-market practices.

Last year, director Marc Forster and crew descended on northern Chile's Atacama Desert to shoot an action sequence for the James Bond film "Quantum of Solace." It was the largest film project Chile hosted in 2008.

On the downside, the government is still working on establishing a production tax incentives system for foreign producers and Chile does not have an official film commission. In the meantime, export promotion bureau Prochile handles locations matters for international producers, while Chile's Consejo Audiovisual oversees funding.

In television, Sony Pictures Television International has had great success in Chile with its partner Roos Film. Together they have done Spanish-language remakes of "Married ... With Children" and "The Nanny."

"I think it's a very professional market from the broadcasting and production point of view," says Brendan Fitzgerald, Sony's senior vp international productions in Latin America.
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