As part of the international cinema and audiovisual positioning strategy, Uruguay – through the recently launched Uruguayan Film and Audiovisual Agency (ACAU) – was present at the European Film Market and Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).

On behalf of the institution, Marcio Migliorisi -head of Internationalization- participated in various meetings with festival programming directors, sales agents, distributors and representatives of various organizations, among others. Thus, after several years and online editions due to the pandemic, Uruguay resumes its participation in one of the main film and audiovisual markets in Europe and the world.

The meetings with representatives of renowned Films Festivals such as Toronto, Guadalajara, Cannes, Berlinale, Locarno, as well as contacts with representatives in charge of different funds, such as the World Cinema Fund, Vision du Sud, Sorfund, and the regional funds of Germany and Italy, are worth mentioning. In many cases this contact has been essential for seeking new possibilities of support for national productions.

With the aim of reaching possible bilateral funding and co-production agreements, the European Film Market (EFM) have also hosted meetings with authorities from the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the Dominican Republic.

Likewise, Ibermedia, on its 25th anniversary, organized a meeting of audiovisual authorities and sector institutions, and a round table on co-production in Ibero-America. Producer Lucía Gaviglio, president of ASOPROD (or in English: Uruguayan Association of Film Producers and Filmmakers) and vice-president of FIPCA (or in English: Iberoamerican Federation of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Producers), was present.

The Conference of Ibero-American Audiovisual and Cinematographic Authorities (CAACI) also organized a meeting with its peer EFAD, the European Film Agency and Directors Association. Marcio Migliorisi as Uruguay’s representative participated in the exchange between Latin American and European countries on how to strengthen co-production and distribution opportunities.

Uruguayan projects and works present at the event:

Participating in the Generation Kplus competition was the feature film Desperté con un sueño, an Argentina-Uruguay co-production (Mutante Cine, Aramos Films, Pampa Films) directed by Pablo Solarz.

Participating in the 14plus competition was Antes de Madrid, a short film produced by Dulce Cine and Intermedios pro, directed by Nicolás Botana and Ilén Juambelz (recently selected for the Malaga Talent Campus at the Malaga Festival).

Uruguayan producers Lucía Gaviglio from U-Films; Andrés Varela from Coral Cine and Agustina Chiarino from Bocacha Films also participated in the event in the German capital.

With this participation in Berlin, the annual calendar of events begins. Uruguay was present, generating opportunities for this new stage that begins with the support of the Uruguayan Film and Audiovisual Agency.