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Costa Rica seeks movie investors at Cannes Festival

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Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica promoted the film and audiovisual industry at the 
Marché du Film which is an event part of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival that is taking place from May 14 to 25 in France.

According to the Foreign Trade Promotor Agency (Procomer), the Costa Rican film companies participating in the event are Noche Negra Producciones, EQV Worldwide Film Services, Café Cinema, Cymbiola Films, Gelb-Hi Pictures, and Equal Film.

These companies representatives are in the "Esencial Costa Rica" brand stand promoting the country as a first-class movie destination, said Procomer in its statement.

At the country stand the company's representatives are holding business meetings and networking activities to generate leads and strategic partnerships with different companies in the sector.

"The Marché du Film is a crucial platform for filmmakers, audiovisual producers, directors, actors, distributors, sales agents, platforms, investors, and other entities related to the film industry, where business opportunities are generated, international collaboration is supported, and innovative projects are promoted," said Mario Sáenz, Procomer Manager. "It is also a showcase to the world to demonstrate the talent and innovation of Costa Ricans."

Sáenz added that Costa Rica's participation in the festival seeks not only to promote the visibility of local projects and talent but also to attract the interest of potential foreign investors. "With a conducive investment environment and a growing audiovisual infrastructure, Costa Rica presents itself as an attractive destination for foreign direct investment in this industry that offers a favorable outlook for those who are seeking investment opportunities in the film and audiovisual sector," he added.

El Retorno is a Costa Rican silent film from the comedy and drama genres, released in 1930. It was the first feature film made in the country, directed by Italian filmmaker Albert-Francis Bertoni and scripted by Costa Rican Gonzalo Chacón Trejos. Costa Rica has since hosted almost 50 film productions.

In addition, during the festival, Costa Rica is promoting the 2024 Central American and Caribbean Film that will take place from September 10 to 12 at the Costa Rica Convention Center, in Heredia Province.

Cannes Film Festival is held annually in Cannes, France. First held in 1946 for the recognition of artistic achievement, the festival came to provide a rendezvous for those interested in the art and influence of the movies. Like other film festivals, it became an international marketplace where producers and distributors could exchange ideas, view films, and sign contracts.

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