The Wallonia-Brussels Federation signs a new co-production agreement with Chile
by Aurore Engelen
- After signing agreements with China in 2012 and the Netherlands in 2016, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation has added a new country to its list of co-production partners
A cinematic co-production agreement has been signed by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and Chile.
Belgian producers are particularly active in the field of international co-productions, both with "natural" partners such as France or Luxembourg and with countries that are farther away. This additional agreement thus adds a new string to their bow.
The signing of this agreement results from a very strong political commitment to opening up French-language Belgian cinema to new territories and reflects a desire in the professional sector for co-production relationships with new partners to be as easy as possible, thereby offering the possibility of diversifying the funding structure of films. Chile has a rich cinematic tradition – including Pablo Larraín, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Raúl Ruiz, among others – and provides several support systems and tax rebates for cinema. This agreement should allow Chile to benefit from the film support schemes that are available in Belgium (the Film and Audiovisual Centre, the Tax Shelter and regional funds) and gain easier access to the European continent.
This is the very first co-production agreement that the Wallonia-Brussels Federation has signed with a Latin American country and the ninth bilateral co-production agreement involving the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
Individual bilateral agreements have been signed with countries considered to be high priority, including France and Switzerland. The desire to increase cultural diversity soon encouraged the Wallonia-Brussels Federation to search for new partners – hence why an agreement was signed in 2012 with China and with the Netherlands in 2016, while co-production agreements with Mexico, Brazil and Uruguay are under negotiation.
(Translated from French by Margaret Finnell)
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