Ventana Sur came to a close on Monday (5) after four days of meetings, panels and conferences with a smattering of deals and the announcement of the winners of the Primer Corte competition of works in progress.
There were 1740 attendees at the market this year, up 42%. Argentine attendees rose by 64% with non-Argentine Latin America up 54% (boosted by Brazil, Chile and Mexico).
Guido Rud’s FilmSharks International licensed Lemon Films’ Mexican title Saving Private Perez to Maywin Films for the CIS after screening it for the first time at the Buenos Aires market.
Rud said the film ranks as the second biggest local release of the year-to-date in Mexico, where it drew some 2.1m admissions. Lionsgate released it in the US earlier this year.
Maywin trades as Cinema Without Frontiers and recently had success with Unresolved Sexual Tension in the CIS which drew in the region of 60,000 admissions.
US-based GoDigital has acquired North American digital rights from KAFilms to The Singing Men (Los Hombres Que Cantan), Bye Bye Life, Airforce Inc (Fuerza Aerea Sociedad Anonima) and Angels Of Rio.
GoDigital president Logan Mulvey negotiated the deal with KAFilms CEO Javier Krause and the company will play the titles across VoD and digital platforms such as iTunes, Netflix, Amazon and XBox.
In the Primer Corte competition the Haciendo Cine Award went to Guillermo Rocamora’s Solo (Uruguay-Argentina-Holland) while the Copia O Award was presented to Juan Carlos Melo of Colombia for Jardin De Amapolas. As part of the latter prize, the film will get a release in Cinemark theaters in Colombia and some other territories.
In total, 411 films were presented. The most popular in terms of viewers (at screenings or in video library) were: De Martes A Martes (Carrousel), Solo (Sudestada Cine), Perez (Forastero), Violeta Se Fue A Los Cielos (Wood Producciones) and El Paramo (Wild Bunch).