The feature film “The 33”, based on the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners is the first project to receive the cash rebate with resources of the Colombian Film Fund- FFC created by law 1556 of 2012 administered by the Colombian Film Commission, a division of Proimágenes Colombia, the audiovisual organization representing the South American nation of Colombia. The production qualified for the country’s generous 40% – 20% rebate program with the cash payment wired to the producers only 22 weeks after physical production of the film was completed. The announcement was made by Claudia Triana, the Director of Proimágenes Colombia.
“We are very pleased to have THE 33 showcase the competitive incentive program we offer to the global film community as well as our country’s constantly evolving production infrastructure,” said Triana.
“From eager crews, and locations, which can be dressed to appear as any type of terrain, to the speed and efficiency in which we are able to disperse the cash rebate, we have built a filmmaking ecosystem that rivals and in some cases may even surpass the offerings of other nations around the world,” added Silvia Echeverri, Colombia’s Film Commissioner.
Robert Katz, who produced the film along with Mike Medavoy, was the primary liaison between the production and the film commission and stated, “The support we received on this production was incredible. Working with Proimágenes Colombia and the film commission could not have been easier or more efficient, and the vast array of production resources available to us was a tremendous asset to our movie. The attractive cost of mounting “The 33” in Colombia enhanced by the rebate made Colombia an ideal place to produce the film we intended to make. Everyone we encountered, from the crews we used on set, to the vendors who provided services such as hotels, transportation and catering, offered true support and a work ethic which is on par with anywhere else around the globe I have filmed.”
Based on the events of the 2010 mining disaster which trapped 33 miners in the San Jose mine, “The 33” was directed by Patricia Riggen, written by Mikko Alanne and stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Cote de Pablo and Lou Diamond Phillips. Robert Katz, Edward McGurn, and Mike Medavoy serve as producers.