The Film Industry Conference serves as the prelude of the auteur cinema Market and as center for the debate on the Canarian audiovisual sector

 The Film Festival, the Canarian Filmmakers’ Association Microclima and the Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster (CLAC) get together to analyze the present and future of Canarian cinema

Imagen de las jornadas celebradas en 2015

Picture of the conference held in 2015

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, February 26, March. The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival starts next week its 16th edition’s schedule with the holding of the 2nd Film Industry Conference, a space that serves as a prelude of the auteur cinema Market of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival (Almost Finished Cinema Market, MECAS), whose birth is planned for 2017. It will be two days devoted to debates and round table discussions thanks to the collaboration between the Gran-Canaria-native festival and the recently created Canarian Filmmakers’ Association Microclima and the Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster (CLAC).

On Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3, March, the Pérez Galdós Theater will become home to the Canarian audiovisual sector with the holding of talks and round tables that will include, among others, María Maldonado, deputy director to Promotion of the Film and Audiovisual Industry; María José Gómez, ICAA’s secretary general; the producers Andrés Santana and José Ángel Alayón, and, as chairmen, the International Film Festival’s director, Luis Miranda; Luis Renart, CLAC manager; and director Víctor Moreno, president of the Canarian Filmmakers’ Association Microclima. It will provide the opportunity to examine the problems concerning film funding and distribution, especially that of the least commercial cinema.

The creation of the Almost Finished Cinema Market (MECAS), whose presentation will take place the same Wednesday. March 2, at 11am, within the beginning of the 2nd film industry conference, is motivated both by its singularity in Spain and by the film industry on which this festival bets, “a cinema usually struggling with funding”, according to Luis Miranda. The MECAS will be then the space “for advanced projects in need of postproduction financial aid”, a film industry that has major difficulties to forge their way through festivals and commercial screens.

The day will carry on with Silvia Iturbe’s talk directed to producers and directors about the work of international sales agents (12:15pm), the round table about ICAA’s new lines of aid to audiovisual production (4:15pm) and to the coproduction with Europe as a challenge and an opportunity for Canarian producers (6:15pm).

The following day, Thursday, March 3, the round table “Cinema financing models in Spain”, organized by the Canarian Filmmakers’ Association Microclima, will open the second day (10:15am) and will be the presentation act of the aforementioned association. It is a public debate about the Spanish public administrations’ different cinema financing models, that is, about how to contribute to the promotion of cinema from the public and which one is the philosophy behind the different types of aid, both at a national and a regional level. The round table will be made up of María Maldonado, deputy director to Promotion of the Film and Audiovisual Industry; María José Gómez, ICAA’s secretary general, Benito Herrera, head of the Andalucian Film and Visual Arts Unity; and Xurxo Chirro, Galician government’s technician (2006-2012). Furthermore, the representatives of the Canarian sector will be placed at the first row, that will be graced with the presence of Aurora Moreno Santana (Culture’s director general of the Canary Government) a Canarian Television’s representative, Ana Sánchez-Gijón (president of the Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster), Andrés Santana (producer) and Víctor Moreno (president of the Canarian Filmmakers Association Microclima). The meeting will be chaired by Jairo López (filmmaker, producer, distributor and researcher) and presented by Víctor Moreno.

At 4:15pm, Peter Andermatt, from the Oficina Media España, will talk about film financing and distribution challenges at European level. Finally, at 5:15pm, the last round table will begin, dealing with independent distribution in our country: its opportunities and challenges.

There is a detailed list of the schedule, subjects and speakers below:

Wednesday, March 2:

11-11:30am: Film Market MECAS 2017 and Conference’s presentation.

12:15-2pm: “How to work with International Sales Agents: a guide to directors and producers”. Speaker: Silvia Iturbe. Presented by Luis Renart, from the Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster.

4:15-5:30pm: “ICAA’s new lines of aid to audiovisual production”. María Maldonado, deputy director to Promotion of the Film and Audiovisual Industry, and María José Gómez, ICAA’s secretary general. Presented by Luis Miranda, director of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival.

6:15-8pm: “Coproduction with Europe: opportunities and challenges for Canarian producers”. Round table: Andrés Santana, producer; José A. Alayón, producer; Peter Andermatt, from the Oficina Media España. Chairman: Luis Renart, from the Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster.

Thursday, March 3:

10:30am-12:30pm: “Cinema financing models in Spain”, organized by the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival and the Canarian Filmmakers’ Association Microclima. Speakers: María Maldonado, deputy director to Promotion of the Film and Audiovisual Industry; María José Gómez, ICAA’s secretary general, Benito Herrera, head of the Andalucian Film and Visual Arts Unity; and Xurxo Chirro, Galician government’s technician (2006-2012).

4:15-5pm: “Film financing and distribution challenges at European level”. Speaker: Peter Andermatt, from the Oficina Media España.

5:15-7pm: “The distribution of independent cinema in Spain: opportunities and challenges for the new creators”. Guest distribution companies: Carlos R. Ríos, Noucinemart; Irene Visa, from Paco Poch Distribution; Jairo López, from Digital 104 Distribution. Chairman: Víctor Moreno, director.