Chile Connected was created to consolidate the U.S. as a destination market for innovative and high value-added Chilean products and services that respond to current market needs. Through this event, ProChile seeks to contribute to increasing exports and generating employment, in this case, to the United States, Chile’s second commercial partner, and one of the priority markets in ProChile’s strategy to contribute to the economic recovery.
The virtual business roundtable promotes Chile’s expansive exportable portfolio, focusing on its creative industries due to their high internationalization potential. The connection between prominent players in North America and Chile’s video game industries will be fostered between November 4-5. The event continues with the music industry during November 16-18 and ends with the audiovisual sector on November 18-20.
Chile’s creative sector has more than 30 thousand companies, according to a study carried out in 2014 by the Chilean government. The growth of the country’s video games, cinema, tv & animation, and music industries reflects that Chile is not only a source of raw materials, but also talent, creativity, and intelligence. The export of high value-added services associated with these sectors has contributed to positioning Chile’s image abroad, especially in the last decade.
In 2012, Chile was the first Ibero-American country to have a pavilion at the Game Developers Conference, the most prominent video gaming event in North America. Today, the Chilean video game industry is comprised of more than 60 companies, most of them associated with VG Chile. Chilean companies mainly develop projects for Android, iOS, PC, MAC, Web, Facebook, Play Station, and Xbox One, which has allowed them to sustain alliances with large conglomerates such as NINTENDO Japan, with which there are currently projects in development. Chilean cinema has received more than 240 international awards, including the historic first Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for “A Fantastic Woman” by Sebastián Lelio, produced by Juan de Dios Larraín of the Fabula production company. This critical achievement came just two years after “Bear Story” (Punkrobot Studio) won the first Academy Award for Chile in the Best Animated Short Film category.
With more than 150 production companies, the Chilean audiovisual industry has given life in the last decade to more than 200 feature films, 200 short films, and 200 documentaries. With this varied proposal, the Chilean industry has made its way into North America, Europe, and Latin America, with the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and France being the main markets for its productions.
The Chilean music industry is living a unique moment in its history, driven by a generation of artists that have positioned the country as an international force. Mon Laferte, Chancho en Piedra, Pablo Chill-e, and producer Taiko have received nominations for this year’s Latin Grammy Awards. Around this vibrant creative community, independent music agents and companies have devoted themselves to developing, promoting, and supporting this talent.
Through Chile Connected, professionals from Chile’s creative industries have the opportunity to connect with numerous key North American market players. Additionally, companies will have access to expert-led panels regarding market access and trends and challenges for the different sectors within the framework of the new scenario generated by the pandemic.
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