Expanding Mexican producer Altavista Films has unveiled plans to establish a production beach head in Spain.
"We hope to set up local operations in order to gain access to Spanish government incentives," said Altavista director general Francisco Gonzalez Compean.
Altavista is currently in co-production talks with some of the biggest players in the Spanish film industry including Telefonica Media, Sogecable, Cartel and Filmax. It is already involved in various Spanish projects, including Carlos Saura's Bunuel And King Solomon's Table (Bunuel Y La Mesa Del Rey Salomon), a co-production with local outfits Rioja Films and CPI. France's Les Films Sans Frontieres and Portugal's Hora Magica are also co-producing the $4m film.
Meanwhile, its sister distribution company, NuVision, is poised to acquire Latin American rights to Spanish director Montxo Armendariz' Broken Silence (Silencio Roto). The $2.5m budgeted drama is currently shooting in Spain. "We're tracking it and will probably buy it for the region once we see a more completed film," said NuVision director Pedro Rodriguez Domecq.
The two-year-old NuVision has quickly grown to become one of the leading distribution companies in Latin America, going head to head with major Hollywood distributors. Altavista and NuVision are owned by Estudio Mexico Films, the 50/50 joint venture between Latin American entertainment conglomerate Corporacion Interamericana de Entretenimiento (CIE) and Mexican financial giant, Inbursa.