Colombia was again the focus of attention for 16 representatives of international production companies who gathered in the country during the annual Fam Trip (Familiarization Trip) organized by the Colombian Film Commission to promote the culture, talent, sets and benefits offered by Colombia for film production.
“This is an opportunity for foreign producers to see first-hand the locations, the local companies providing film services, and the incentives to shoot their projects in Colombia. Although we are bringing more and more producers to undertake specific projects, the goal of the Fam Trip also seeks to invite guests who can create a buzz about the film resources that exist in Colombia,” says Silvia Echeverri, Director of the Colombian Film Commission.
The agenda of this group of visitors included a tour inside and outside the Walled City in Cartagen, as well as a chance to explore Medellin through its modern transportation system, its metro and its cable car. The visitors rode the cable car to destinations including the Santo Domingo Sabio station, where they got out and visited the neighborhood of the same name. Finally, in Bogota they visited the historic city center, as well as the surrounding areas: the Guatavita Lagoon and the Zipaquira salt mines, where the movie “The 33″ was shot.
“It has been just amazing to see the different places, to see how different they are. I’m bringing back great material to the U.S. to tell the producers that in Colombia there is not only an incentive but many reasons to shoot,” said Joe Chianese, Vice-President of EP Financial Solutions.
During their trip this group of visitors had the opportunity to meet with the Medellin Film Commission and the Medellin Bureau, charged with promoting the city, and Invest in Bogota, which has actively supported and participated in the Fam Trips as part of its strategy of promoting the city. The producers also had the opportunity to become acquainted with the major television networks in the country, Caracol and RCN. In addition, they attended meetings during the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM) with Colombian producers such as 64A Films, Cinecolor, Cinempresa, Dynamo, Miracol, Proyeccion Films, Rhayuela, Burning Blue, Fox Tele Colombia, and Screen Colombia.
“Meeting some production services companies and all the producers here who we will have to work with if we come to shoot in Colombia was very helpful,” commented Kevin Loader, producer with the London company Film Range Films. Loader was one of the producers who found in Colombia the ideal conditions for producing one of the projects that he is in charge of.
The eighth version of the Fam Trip, which took place from July 14 to 20, was attended by: Altitude Film Entertainment (UK), Umedia (UK), Free Range (UK) , Embargo Films (UK), Back Up Media (Francie), Pierre Javaux Productions (France), Shivertownroad Films (US), Cabinet Entertainment (US), Ep Financial Solutions (US), Starz (US), Archlight Films, William Morris Endeavor Agency, Belladonna Productions (US), Annapurna Pictures (US), Vanessa Tovell-Productora Independiente (UK), and Antoine de Cazotte-Producer (France).