This morning, in the Situation Room of the Government House, and with the aim of encouraging local film productions, the Province delivered subsidies and contributions to missionary filmmakers. They are distributed in four financing lines. In addition, an agreement was signed between the IAAviM and the production company Montecine SAS through which the Province will make a contribution to this film production that will benefit the economic movement of the sector.
Governor Oscar Herrera Ahuad highlighted the creativity of audiovisual producers and their ability to generate added value, while highlighting the role of officials, agencies and institutions involved in managing benefits for the sector. For this reason, he valued this type of production for “generating employment and genuine”, opening the possibility of creating jobs other than public employment, “and that allow the industry, a true industry, to get moving using what it has, that is its nature, something that is of great value.”
Along the same lines, he highlighted Hugo Passalacqua’s previous administration as governor because he understood “what the film and culture industry means. That paved a very important path for those of us who come later in management, so we must honor it”. In this way, he expressed his “commitment that all the productions that we have with a view to next year will be financed and will have their co-financing.” Regarding the agreement, he said that it is the product of “trusting the province and trusting the audiovisual art industry of Misiones.”
The outstanding role of Misiones in audiovisual production
Meanwhile, the first vice president of the House of Representatives, Hugo Passalacqua, highlighted Herrera Ahuad’s management in the audiovisual sector, which generates many jobs. Thus, he pointed out that Misiones is the second or third province in use of locations and highlighted the highly trained workforce in this sector. “It is a work of political engineering, of high politics,” he added, emphasizing that “culture being seated at the table of political decisions is very important. Culture is a great political decision, there is no social fabric if there is no culture”.
Later, the Minister of Culture, José Martin Schuap, reported that “Misiones was, in times of pandemic, the first province that started shooting again and that put contingency plans into action when everything stopped in Argentina.” He highlighted the promotion of incentives from the province, the role of the IAAviM that is trained and seeks new projects that enhance the development of the area. For this reason, he stressed that “it generates so much work and brings us so many benefits, as the entire independent sector has been doing together with the provincial State.”
Along the same lines, he supported the role of INCAA, which has Misiones as a benchmark, and its incentives to promote local cinema. “I want to highlight that work is being done in these project laboratories to promote them and teach how to prepare these folders, to prepare those ideas and to motivate creative knowledge of our province through the scripts, through the story of what we are going to tell to be filmed in Misiones. That is the most exciting thing about missionary cinema, that it talks about us and that brings money, like very few things in Argentina today”.
Finally, the Minister of Finance, Adolfo Safrán, highlighted the audiovisual activity for what it moves economically through the production of a film. “Of course Misiones is standing out for their quality, but beyond that there is a lot of work from the actors, extras, assistants and it is really generating an important incipient industry. And yes, today it is standing out at the national level, it is one of the first provinces in the production of this type of material”, he added.
Among the other officials present at the event were the Coordinating Minister of the Cabinet, Ricardo Wellbach; the head of the Institute of Audiovisual Arts of Misiones -IAAviM-, Mario Giménez, together with audiovisual producers.
A contribution to audiovisual culture
The subsidies delivered this morning respond to four lines. One contemplates Industrial projects, they are the projects that have INCAA funds or international funds and the province contributes a counterpart. The beneficiary on this occasion was “Zulma” which was finished recording in June in Colonia Alberdi, and is a production directed and written by missionary Axel Monsú, from Cooperativa La Tierra, whose cast and crew are also missionaries. . Likewise, the productions “Samba tu é”, by Benjamín Correa de Oberá, who received the contribution for the closing of the production, were benefited; and “La Selva does not exist” a fiction feature film that was recorded in May in Arroyo del Medio, by José Salvia.
The other line is for the development of documentary projects, which is an economic contribution for research, since they are documentary projects that, once they are finished, will be presented to INCAA to obtain the funds to be produced. In this line there are four beneficiaries, one for each of the regions. It is an important line because later they are going to attract national funds for the production stage. The beneficiary on the day of the date was the Documentary “Ripoll” by Luciano Pensa de Posadas.
The incentive line for short formats concentrates productions such as video clips or similar short formats. For this reason, on this occasion, four filmmakers received the second installment of the benefit that went to the projects “Batallas Freestyle”, by Lorena Wik; “GeneraZión 00” by Victoria Cáceres; “Barata by Katy Solem” by Walter Mosón and for the completion of “A Mitad de Camino”.
Lastly, the incentive line for the completion of works is a stimulus for a post-production process, whether for color or sound arrangements or for subtitling. Also in this line there were five beneficiaries who will receive a second installment of the benefit. Meanwhile, the project that received the benefit today was “Natural Violence” by Gabriela Roldan.
In addition, an agreement was signed between the IAAviM and the production company Montecine SAS, represented by Yamila Barnasthpol, through which the province will make a contribution to this film production for the shooting of “Mitra”, a feature film written and directed by Diego Bellocchio whose shooting is scheduled for the month of October.