Latin American Film Market Changes Dates

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Panama's co-production market is now scheduled for mid-October.

Panama’s MEETS co-production market for Latin American films will no longer coincide with the Panama Film Festival as it moves its dates further down the calendar.  

"We're programming it for Oct. 18 – 22," MEETS director Arianne M.Benedetti told The Hollywood Reporter.

According to Benedetti, the idea behind the postponement is to give LatAm filmmakers more time to prepare after they receive notes and observations about their projects at MEETS, so they can use them to create more solid presentations in places like EFM, Sundance, Berlin and Cannes.

The new dates bring MEETS closer to the three main LatAm markets today, which take place in the second semester: Bogota Audiovisual Market (July), Rio de Janeiro’s RioMarket (September) and Buenos Aires’ Cannes-sponsored Ventana Sur (December). Recently created as a sidebar for the Panama International Film Festival (IFFP), MEETS will maintain its $25,000 prize for the best film project, for which it has received 108 applications from all over the region.

The market also will be present at the Guadalajara Film Festival to announce the MEETS-sponsored project chosen to participate in the 11th Ibero-American Co-production Meeting. The MEETS project selected to take part in Tolouse’s CineLatino Rencontres will be announced in late February.

"On its first edition, MEETS provided the Latin American film industry and its participants an advantageous encounter with renowned programmers, such as Sundance’s Trevor Groth, producers like Oscar winner Roy Lee (The Departed), sales agents such as XYZ Films or Shoreline Entertainment, and distributors like FOX,” commented Tom Davia, international industry advisor to MEETS, in a statement.

Since 2012, Panama has rapidly become a spot for the LatAm film industry, with new government funds for production, a growing film festival, plans for studio development and the Platino awards — the first Latin American film prizes — which had its first gala event during the last IFFP.

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