Colombia. The ninth edition of the Bogotá Audiovisual Market, BAM, which takes place this week in Bogotá, has Spain as the guest of honor. The Spanish delegation that traveled to Colombia is made up of ten producers with extensive experience in co-productions in Latin America and thirteen professionals from the industry who will be part of the different activities of the market.

This participation is given thanks to the collaboration of the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA), of Acción Cultural Española (AC / E), through the Focus Culture Spain Colombia, and the Embassy of Spain in Colombia. In addition, there will be a select group of experts who will participate in the Co-Production Forum of the General Society of Authors and Publishers - SGAE.

Among the guests is the presence of the director, screenwriter and producer Arantxa Echeverría, the first Spanish director to be at the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes 2018; by Sergio Frade, co-founder of the producer Frida Films, with which he has produced films that have been selected to compete in top-level international festivals such as "San Sebastian International Festival", "Miami Film Festival", "BAFICI" and festivals from Sitges and Málaga, among others; and Manuel Cristóbal, an audiovisual producer who has won four Goya awards in the category of best animation and who was selected as one of the 60 personalities of the Cannes Film Festival by Variety.

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The Good moment of Spanish cinema
Both the Colombian and Spanish audiovisual industry have registered a sustained growth in recent years and, currently, there are more and more opportunities to generate business among them. 2006 and 2017 were co-produced between Spain and Colombia by 20. On the other hand, in the same period, 10 Colombian films were released in Spain. Among them are The Embrace of the Serpent, Paradise Travel and Dreaming costs nothing.

In fact, BAM's invitation to Spain comes at a time of significant growth in the audiovisual sector in that country. According to information from the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts of Spain (ICAA), "2017 produced 241 Spanish feature films (120 feature films are documentaries and animation 4), of which 42 were co-produced with other countries. Of them, the one of Demons your Eyes of Pedro Aguilera was realized with Colombia. In addition, the filming of 196 feature films has begun during the year, and 153 feature films have been released in commercial movie theaters. "

Apart from the economic benefits, Spain offers the actors of the international audiovisual sector the possibility of accessing a market of productions that are increasingly seen in different circuits to the exhibition halls, such as streaming platforms, which becomes an opportunity for the Colombian audiovisual industry.

Richard St.
Author: Richard St.
Editor
Journalist from the University of Antioquia (2010), with experience in technology and economics. Editor of the magazines TVyVideo + Radio and AVI Latin America. Academic Coordinator of TecnoTelevisión & Radio.

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