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Honorary State of Spain at the 2023 Marche du Film – The Hollywood Reporter


The Cannes film market, the Marché du Film, will this year honor the Spanish film industry, and will designate Spain as the official country of honor for 2023.

Spain is the second country of honor in the Marché, after India last year. The tribute aims to highlight any country’s film industry across the spectrum, from features and documentaries to animation and extended reality. Spain’s Ministries of Trade and Investment and its Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA) will work together with Marché to highlight Spanish content and talent at this year’s Cannes. The umbrella promotional group Cinema from Spain will once again be on site to boost the presence of Spanish industry professionals.

“We are proud to have Spain as our honorary country for this special market edition,” said Guillaume Esmeul, Executive Director of Marquet. “In my first year as president of the Marché, I am especially grateful and happy to build the 2023 edition in such a creative country. Spain will have a significant presence in the Marché du Film programs and it looks forward to sharing with the entire professional film community its admirable ambition to support international co-productions and to strengthen Spain’s role as a hub A major audiovisual in Europe”.

The audiovisual industry in Spain has enjoyed a steady boom over the past several years, fueled in part by the success of streaming media such as Netflix’s Stealing money And elite In addition to a new generation of filmmakers whose work is resonating internationally.

Last month, Estibalez’s Orisola Solagoren made his debut 20,000 species of bees She won the Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance at Berlin for her debut role as Sofia Otero, just one year after Carla Simon took home the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlinale for her Catalan family drama. Alkarras. Two Spanish participants in Cannes last year – Albert Serra Calm down and Rodrigo Soroguine monsters – He was honored at this year’s César Awards in France, with a Pacification The star Benoît Magimel won Best Actor and Artur Tort won Best Cinematography, with monsters Winning the Best Foreign Film Award.

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Alcarràs, by Carla Simon, won the Golden Bear in Berlin in 2022

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The Spanish government is investing heavily in its domestic industry, with 1.6 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in public investment earmarked with the aim of boosting audiovisual production in Spain by 30 percent by 2025. Those plans were launched last year, as well as details about Spanish taxation. Offer incentives to visit producers in detail at an event on Marché’s Palais Stage.

Spanish talent will be visible in all sections of the Marché this year, including the Producers Market Network, which brings together more than 400 producers from all over the world each year for a series of meetings and events aimed at promoting networking opportunities and co-productions and Goes to the Cannes section that highlights It highlights the next generation of filmmakers and presents original work-in-progress hand-selected by Marquet’s partner festivals. Spanish professionals from the Animation, Documentary and XR sectors will have a privileged place in the various networking activities, round tables, workshops and conferences of Animation Day, Cannes Docs and Cannes XR events.

Spanish experts, financiers and decision-makers will participate in the Marché Cannes Next and ImpACT programmes, which focus on the future of the leisure sector, the industry’s environmental impact and sustainability efforts. Spain’s latest short films and up-and-coming talents will also be highlighted at the Short Film Corner in Cannes and at Rendez-vous Industry, the festival’s official forum to connect emerging filmmakers with programmers, distributors, buyers and other industry professionals.

The 2023 Marché du Film will take place from May 16-24 during the 76th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival.

Joanna Swanson

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