Valparaíso Prepares For Its Close Up as it Becomes an International Film Location

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CHILE — Mike Fantasia, an American location manager recently took his first steps on Chilean soil. Fantasia’s most famous projects include “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

ProChile and Comisión Fílmica Valparaíso from the National Council of Culture and the Arts invited Fantasia to explore the country, in efforts to promote Chile in film adaptations.

The organizations hope Chile will become a location for national and international motion films. In efforts to do so they are working on “A Practical Guide for a Chile Film Friendly.”

The guide will present information about all of Chile’s possibilities to producers. The guide is supposed to aid producers and make the process of finding a location easier.

If Chile were to become a destination for major motion films, the country would probably attract more tourism and Chile’s economy would also benefit as a result. According to Gobierno de Chile, Fantasia seems to be impressed by the country’s varied landscape.

“(Fantasia) specially highlighted Valparaíso’s potential as a film production location,” said the Chilean government.

ProChile and Comisión Fílmica Valparaíso from the National Council of Culture and the Arts’ efforts have not only impressed big names in the movie business, but closed this year’s first movie deal.

Poet Pablo Neruda’s stories of love and persecution during the rule of President Gabriel González, will be adapted for the big screen. Directed by Chile’s Pablo Larraín, the film will recreate Santiago during the 1940s.

The film will star Luis Gnecco and Gael García Bernal, set in both Buenos Aires and Paris.

Furthermore, the Consejo Nacional de la Cultural y las Artes will be giving away tickets for the Mercado International de Cannes 2016 to national productions, or international co-productions. Mercado is a major event to sell films for foreign distribution.

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