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  • Some twenty relevant receiving companies will analyze in person the film and audiovisual projects of the XVII edition of CIIF Market, among which are Secuoya Studios, Atresmedia Cine, Filmax, Latido Films, Scenic Rights, Álamo Producciones and Avalon PC .
  • Renowned international experts , from countries such as Germany, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Argentina or Chile , will participate online in the pitching sessions to present the projects.
  • Several conferences and debates will be held on updating tax incentives for cinema , the evolution of fiction in Spain and the relationship with streaming and on-demand video platforms.
  • The film and television projects and the selected literary works will be announced next Tuesday , April 13 .

On April 28, 29 and 30, 2021, the 17th edition of one of the most anticipated events on the film and audiovisual scene in the Canary Islands and especially in Santa Cruz de Tenerife will be held in a hybrid format . The Canary Islands International Film Market will turn the city into a meeting point and business engine to promote the co-production of film and television projects for the European and international markets.

Participants will have the opportunity to have a personalized schedule of meetings and networking activities with the invited professionals and potential investors to co-produce their projects or adapt their literary works , in addition to attending different conferences and colloquia , either face- to-face or online , depending on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic . Likewise, they will be able to opt for various prizes for their promotion abroad.

The selection of projects and literary works will be announced during the Press conference presentation of CIIF Market 2021, which will take place on Tuesday April 13 in the Town Hall of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and which will be attended by the Mayor of the city, José Manuel Bermúdez, Accompanied by Guillermo Ríos, director of CIIF Market, among other sponsoring authorities and market collaborators.

We want to thank the great reception that this edition has had, since again they have received more than 80 registrations of national and international film and television projects in development for the search for financing (fiction feature films, documentaries and television series) and Spanish literary works of different genres and aimed at all kinds of audiences.


CIIF Market 2021 will hold pitching sessions and meeting agendas for the selected projects before producers, sales agents, television channels, platforms and other national receivers in person and international experts via streaming. In this way, advisors, consultants, producers, distributors, film funds and festival programmers from other countries who will not be able to attend in person due to the current pandemic situation, will actively participate virtually.

The confirmed receiving companies that will examine the cinematographic and audiovisual projects of the XVII edition of CIIF Market for their possible investment are Secuoya Studios, Atresmedia Cine, MAFIZ (Málaga Festival Industry Zone), Latido Films, Filmax, Avalon PC, Televisión Pública de Canarias (RTVC), Tenerife Film Commission, Clúster Audiovisual de Canarias, Canary Islands Film, Macaronesia Films, Music Library & SFX , Filmarket Hub, Álamo Producciones, Imval Producciones, Scenic Rights, Bendita Film Sales, El Viaje Films, Sur Film, Volcano Films.


Between the invited international experts who will advise the projects selected in CIIF Market, there are prominent professionals such as Isona Admetlla (Germany), coordinator of the Fund for Cinematography Berlinale-World Cine Fund; Luciano Barisone (Italy), independent consultor from various markets and international film festivals; Pablo Iraola (Portugal), founder of Ukbar Films, one of the main Portuguese independent film production companies, and the Brazilian company specialized in documentaries Muiraquitã Filmes; Anders Riis-Hansen (Denmark), of Hansen & PedersenFilm and that he was a consultant to the Danish Film Institute (DFI).

will also participate Paulo Roberto de Carvalho (Germany), from Autentika Films, adviser and programmer for several international film festivals and who founded the Tübingen Cinelatino Festival, one of the most important forums for the promotion of Latin American and Spanish cinema in Germany; Rosanna Seregni (Italy), from Alba Productions, tutor and analyst of scripts and projects in development of various laboratories and film markets and member of the jury of the Script Development Fund of the Amiens Film Festival; Walter Tiepelman (Argentina), of Fidba & Impossible Films, coordinator and programmer of the Malaga Work In Progress of MAFIZ (Málaga Festival Industry Zone) and artistic and industry director of the FIDBA (Buenos Aires International Documentary Film Festival). He coordinated the Documentary Incubator of INCAA (Argentine National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts) and the Documentary area of Ventana Sur.

In addition, Leonardo Ordóñez (Chile), from creative santiago, founding member of the Chilean Audiovisual Art and Industry Council, international consultant in matters of promoting creativity in the cultural sectors and the main promoter of strategic actions in Latin America for cinema, fashion, music, among others; and Sylvia Stevens (UK), co-founder of Faction Films, more than Thirty years of experience as a producer and director. He has made programs for British stations such as the BBC and international stations such as Netflix. She is an expert in documentaries for the EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) and has given workshops in Colombia, South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey and Cuba.

Luis Ángel Ramírez, from Imval Producciones , with extensive experience in film and television, mainly as development director and executive producer, will act as moderator for the presentations of the projects. Member of the network of European producers, ACE (Ateliers du Cinema Européen) and EAVE. He is a member of the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences and the European Film Academy.


In this edition of CIIF Market , several days of conferences and colloquiums have been scheduled for the participants who will attend in person, and which can be followed online by all interested professionals.

On Wednesday, April 28, the ” Tax incentive update ” will be held, a class taught by Jaime Sanz, director of Macaronesia Films . Natacha Mora, coordinator of Canary Islands Film , and Pilar Moreno, director of PROEXCA ‘s Investment Attraction Department, will give an introduction to the audiovisual sector in the Canary Islands.

He Thursday April 29 discussion will take placeThe Evolution of Fiction in Spain”, in which we will have David Martínez, fiction director of Sequoia Studios, and with the introduction on the value of filming for a city by Alfonso Cabello, councilor responsible for Development Society of Santa Cruz de Tenerife; and Jairo López, manager of the Audiovisual Cluster of the Canary Islands.

On Friday, April 30, the conference ” How to deal with the platforms ” will be held, offered by Sydney Borjas, director of Scenic Rights , with an introduction on the importance of the relations of the different sectors with culture and the participation of Guillermo Ríos, Director of CIIF Market .

Lastly, several location tours are planned to show the islands to new producers who are interested in filming in the Canary Islands and the use of the latest technologies to continue with the productions.


Canary Islands International Film Market was born 18 years ago with the vocation of promote audiovisual creation and strengthen the network of contacts between the different agents of the industry To generate business opportunities, adding today the consolidation of synergies with the publishing sector and including literary works with the possibility of being adapted to different screens.

In the latest editions of the market, around 300 professionals, 150 companies and 90 projects from 15 countries have participated. The results support us with more than thirty feature films produced that began their journey in the CIIF Market and with global investment figures that exceed 70 million euros .

Selected newer projects on the market are also progressing with their production and financing . “Las mil vidas” , by Meridional Producciones, directed by Marisa Seresesky, a Spanish feature film project that has now become a television series with several seasons developed, participated with great success in the latest edition of the market. The CIIF Market Santa Cruz de Tenerife Award was won for the project with the greatest international projection, arousing the interest of several investors outside our borders and has taken part in the speed meeting session “10 Promising Spanish Projects in Development”, organized by the ICAA (Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts) in the virtual edition of the Marché du Film 2020 at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Poor devil”, a feature film project by Guillermo Polo (Los Hermanos Polo, Japónica Films, Spain), won the Music Library & SFX Music Sync Award at CIIF Market 2019, where it closed an agreement with the Canarian production company Volcano Films and already has the help of the IVC (Institut Valencià de Cultura) and À Punt TV. In 2020 he received the Malaga Festival Special Award at the Valencia Pitch Forum and with plans to shoot the film starting in the summer/autumn of 2021.

For its part, “The Year of Dirty Memory”, a fiction feature film project by Reverso Films (Spain/Italy) and directed by Matías Boero, has advanced in its international co-production, entering four more selections in markets and co-production forums (Sofia Meetings / Coproduction Market in Bulgaria, Apulia film Forum in Italy, EsteLab in Peru and VLC Pitch Forum in Valencia) after their participation in the XVI edition of CIIF Market.

More projects that have participated in the latest edition of the market and that are expanding their development are, among others, “Murder at Low Tide”, from Teleaut Produzioni (Italy), which has received development aid from the Ibermedia Program in 2020; “My name is Casablanca” (Mexico), by Mauricio Aguinaco, who reached an agreement with the Scenic Rights agency to promote the project in Spain and has been adapted into a television series with plans to shoot part of the sequences in the Canary Islands; the argentine project “Disconnected”, by Ariana Saiegh is also working with Scenic Rights as a result of her participation in CIIF Market; and “The dog in the year of the dog”, from Abubuya Producciones (Bolivia), is finalizing the entry of a possible co-production with Mexico and Argentina.