Shooting in Latin America: Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and São Paulo
Film Commissioners of Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and São Paulo will discuss the wonders of shooting in their territories and what they offer in terms of generous incentives, breathtaking locations, and other production assets.
Jose CastroFilm Commissioner at Costa Rica Film Commission
Jose Castro studied acting, marketing, and an MBA at the University of Costa Rica. He combines his careers by serving as the Costa Rica Film Commissioner and as Vicepresident of the Latin America and Caribbean Film Commission Network LACFCN. He promotes the export of content and the development of audiovisual production services to attract investment. He worked in the team to develop the new Costa Rica Audiovisual Incentive law approved in 2022. He conceptualized and developed the Central America and Caribbean Audiovisual Market MAUCC and he is Co-founder and Director of NOS Film Fest Association and the EQUAL Film Festival, which seek to raise awareness about inclusion and diversity.
Silvia EcheverriFilm Commissioner, Colombia Film Commission
Silvia Echeverri has been the head of the Colombia Film Commission at Proimágenes Colombia since 2009 and participated in designing and implementing the incentive system for audiovisual production in the country. She’s a member of the Board of Directors of the AFCI and is also part of the Board of Directors of the Latin America Film Commission Network.
She is an Economist from the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) and has a Master’s Degree in Economic Law from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia).
Luiz ToledoDirector of Investments and Strategic Partnerships, SPCine
Luiz Toledo has a solid background in the world of audiovisual innovation with extensive experience in cultivating industry connections across Latin America and Africa. As Director of Investments and Strategic Partnerships at Spcine he has driven pioneering initiatives such as the renowned Audiovisual Observatory and the first policy to attract international filming in Brazil.
Marianna Vargas GurilievaDominican Republic Film Commission
Marianna Vargas Gurilieva is the Film Commissioner of the Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCINE) since 2021, an institution dedicated to the regulation, development and promotion of the Dominican film industry; and the management of the Dominican film fund. Graduate in Law and has a L.L.M. in Business Transactions from Erasmus University Rotterdam. She has a well-established background in legal planning and entertainment.
Marianna has served as a Senior Director of the Business Department at OMG, a legal firm in the Dominican Republic. She worked as Director of Business and Legal Affairs for Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios, where she acted as legal advisor for Dominican and international productions filmed in the DR.
Marianna acted as a representative for the Film Studios at the Dominican Film Council (CIPAC) and collaborated in the preparation, revision, and modification of the Dominican Film Law. She has extensive knowledge and a well-established background in Corporate and Commercial Law, specializing in legal planning and entertainment. She has also served as jury for various film industry awards and competitions including DALE! at San Sebastian and Prime Corte! Ventana Sur.