VENTANA SUR: The Panama co-production market is teaming up with the industry office of the Guadalajara International Film Festival for its 2015 edition.

The partnership means the five Panamanian projects selected to take part in the second annual MEETS will be invited to participate in Guadalajara’s pitch workshop in March.

In return, one project from the Mexican market will take part in the Latin American co-production event, set to run during the Panama Film Festival from April 9-15.

MEETS previously signed a support agreement with CineLatino Rencontres de Toulouse.

Under this separate deal a Central American or French-Caribbean project selected at MEETS will take part in the Toulouse co-production forum, while a Latin American project chosen by Toulouse will be one of the 14 participating in Panama.

MEETS offers a $25,000 cash prize to the winner of its co-production forum. General coordinator Michelle Rojas added that the call for submissions had been extended through December 15.

“In its first edition, MEETS provided the Latin-American film industry and its participants an amazing platform to present their projects in front of a strong group of world-recognised programmers such as Trevor Groth from Sundance, The Departed [executive producer] Roy Lee, sales agents XYZ Films or Shoreline Entertainment and distributors of the world film industry such as Fox,” said Rojas.