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Latin America LGBTQI + Panel at the 2021 San Sebastian Festival

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An art panel at the San Sebastian International Film Festival was Latin America LGBTQI + Cinema Challenges, Latin American LGBTQI + Cinema Challenges.

Participants included the German sales apparel Spano, which manages the sale of the homoeotic property “El Principe”; Festival programmer and producer Hebe Tabachanik, producer of “Valentina”; Clarissa Navas, Berlin director and screenwriter “One Thousand” one hit, sets a gay love story on the outskirts of Argentina’s Corrientes working class; And Gabriela Sandoval, multi-hyphenate producer and distributor of Storyboard Media in Chile, head of Sanfic Industries and executive director of the Amor LGBT + film festival. Peruvian moderator Rolando Salazar led the discussion.

Spannu talks about the subtleties of reaching out to distributors.

“We work with Earthhouse Film, and our first concern is the film and Earthhouse sector and then it’s with the LGBT story so you can attract specific distributors,” he says. “There are small categories that can accept movies for video or they are sexy or they say they support these communities.”

Tabachanik has been programming the festival in the United States and Latin America for over 20 years. He co-produced the Brazilian trans film “Valentina” by Casio Pereira dos Santos in 2020.

“It took seven years to make it but today it couldn’t be made because these films were censored by funding,” he says. “We are seeing progress but also that we are back, especially in Brazil which is a conservative society that makes financing difficult.”

The film by Casio Pereira dos Santos had its world premiere at the Outfit Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival during the epidemic. In the case of “Valentina”, we were able to sell it on multiple regional platforms. But friends, talking to the producers, we want gay cowboys that meet in the mountains. This is what we want to see, ”he added.

Sandoval talks about the role of the festival in creating much needed LGBTQI + space. “At the film festival we create space for the audience. 10 years ago, it was a different situation. Today, filmmakers relate to the audience and are more aware of its diversity, ”he said.

He added: “Sometimes we feel we haven’t moved on. We deal with hatred with festivals that raise awareness about things that make society uncomfortable. But we’ve seen many societies go back to practicing violence during epidemics.”

That said, the opportunity to distribute movies in the LGBTQI + space has increased as has the quality of filmmaking.

Tabachanik says: “New channels have encouraged the distribution of this content. Knowing that people who create LGBT content now have a place is helping to expand this sector.

One positive thing is that storytelling is becoming more diverse, Sandoval notes: “Lesbian movies weren’t very well presented but now we’re starting to see better content and themes.”

Tabachani added: “The necessary work is a concerted effort to create an audience, to create space for alternative creators. Help promote this type of content. You need to get the audience accustomed to things.”

He said: “People get used to seeing some things. In 10 years we’re going to tell stories that you can’t even imagine. I think it’s going to be a lot more fluid. Young people are much more open today.”

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