Iberoamerica has its own way of telling stories. Of telling itself, of explaining itself. Cinema, this truth that runs 24 times per second, as Godard wanted, found in Latin America, Spain and Portugal expression forms that get closer to bolero, tango, cante jondo or fado. Also to melodrama and soup opera, and to the chroniclers of the Indies, to the novels of García Márquez, Vargas Llosa or Bolaño.
That is why, in 1996, the establishment of Ibermedia was endorsed at an Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government held on Isla Margarita, in Venezuela.
Ibermedia is a programme to stimulate the co-production of fiction and documentary films produced in our community, which is composed of 19 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Our aim is to work for the creation of a new audio visual Iberoamerican space by means of financial assistance and calls open to all independent film producers of the member countries of Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
Ibermedia promotes film excellence in the community, encourages the implementation of audio visual market-driven projects, promotes networking in producer companies to boost co-productions and helps the continuous training of the production and business management professionals through workshops, scholarships or seminars, encouraging solidarity-based cooperation and the use of new technologies.
Since Ibermedia logo appeared for the first time in 1998, we have launched 22 calls to support 636 co-production projects, we have contributed to releasing 298 films and awarded 2,700 training scholarships in all the community member countries.
In total, we have invested well 85 million dollars in Iberoamerican films, what led to 1,975 projects benefiting from the program, more than 500 films premiered and indirect financial assistance for 1,200 firms and more than 6,000 production and business management professionals.
Through its films, Ibermedia has been present in the most important film festivals of the world, as Berlin, Rotterdam, Cannes, La Habana, Los Angeles, Mar de Plata, Huelva, Sundance, Toronto, San Sebastian, Tokyo, Venice, New York, Valladolid, Busan, Haifa or Calcutta. Besides, several of these films have been nominated to the Oscar as Best Foreign Language Films.