Six Latin American films will compete for post-production and marketing funds in Primer Corte, one of several anticipated highlights when the third Ventana Sur market kicks off in Buenos Aires on Friday (Dec 2).

Vying for the Copia O and Haciendo Cine awards are Gustavo Fernandez Trivino’s From Tuesday To Tuesday (De Martes A Martes) from Argentina; Bernard Attal’s The Invisible Collection (A Colecao Invisivel) from Brazil; Juan Carlos Melo Guevara’s Field Of Amapolas (Jardin De Amapolas) from Colombia; Alvaro Viguera’s Perez from Chile; Juan Sebastian Jacome’s Route Of The Moon (Ruta De La Luna) from Panama-Ecuador; and Guillermo Rocamora’s Solo from Uruguay-Argentina-France.

The Copia O award comprises four contributors: France’s Titra TVS is offering sub-titling, duplication and other services; EDI (Europa Distribution) will pay a financial bonus to its distributor members who release the winning film in 2012; while Film Suez will create an advertising campaign for the market in Argentina. Finally Cinemark, the US exhibitor whose portfolio includes select LatAm interests, will host the premiere at its multiplexes in Argentina, Chile and Peru.

The Haciendo Cine magazine offers post-production services through Monica Bartolome Producciones, Tauro Digital Sound, Full Dimensional, Estudio de Postproduccion de Sonido Jise Luis Diaz, Tienda Cine SI and Betaplus.

Meanwhile market organiser Jerome Paillard, who also runs the Cannes Marche, expects passionate discussion among delegates on the subject of closer co-production ties in the region, a necessary evolution if Latin America is to emerge as a collective industry power base.

On a related note Eric Garandeau, president of French film support body CNC, gave a presentation on Thursday ( 1) in which he outlined how the group has partnered with the French Ministry Of Culture And Communication to offer a broader platform of financial support to global projects.

The recently announced World Cinema Aid will grant subsidies to international projects seeking French producing partners. The fund will reach €6m in 2012, which according to a press release is nearly twice as much as that offered by the French government’s Fonds Sud initiative and the Aid To Foreign Language scheme combined. CNC and the Institut Francais will administer the fund.

Cannes Film Festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux is in town to promote European Film Week, a showcase of previously unreleased work such as Melancholia, Le Havre, The Kid With A Bike and This Must Be The Place.

New pan-regional distributer LaRed will be scouting for its first title. There are many on offer without a sales agent and plenty that arrive with the benefit of representation. Sales agents have descended after an encouraging market last year when it is claimed that 15 or so picked up LatAm titles here.

O2 Filmes has Cao Hamburger’s Xingu, Pyramide International has Lucia Puenzo’s Wakolda and Jean-Pierre Denis’ Here Below, Bac Films will be touting Americano from Mathieu Demy, Funny Balloons is talking up The Year Of The Tiger from Sebastian Lelio and Elisa Miller’s Alicia, Go Yonder, and Film Sharks International offers a market premiere duo of Widows from Marcos Carnevale and portmanteau The Misfits.

Round table discussions throughout Ventana Sur will cover such perennial favourites as intellectual property, crowdsourcing and regional funds. Cannes Marche and Argentina’s Incaa film institute organise Ventana Sur and the market runs from Dec 2-5.